Thursday, 18 February 2010

Thirteen Things Which Keep Distracting Me

Hello, all! Welcome to this week's Thursday Thirteen post. As you can guess by the title, I'm a little distracted, lately. I need to refocus on writing, but sometimes, there's just so much to play around with to keep me from getting down to the nitty-gritty, you know?

So, this week, I'm sharing at least

Thirteen Things Which Keep Distracting Me!


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1) Facebook.
While I love my social networking as much as the next person, should seeing my friends' updates really be such an obsession for me? Seriously.

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2) Youtube.
Foul, evil scourge that it is, I go there for some innocent research, and end up lost for huge chunks of time. Very, very distracting.

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3) Romance Divas.
Sheesh! Just poking around the forum is bad enough, but then I start compulsively hitting my "refresh" button to see what's new. Too, too DISTRACTING!

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4) Google Image Search.
It's ridiculous. One little search for honest-to-goodness research purposes, and I'm lost for ages. Too many images, too little time.

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5) Shutterstock, Big Stock Photo, et al.
What happens on Google happens here, too. I go searching for a potential cover photo for my work, and end up thinking of a million different search strings and keep digging, and digging, and digging...

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6) Naked Men, Happy Women blog.
(Definitely Not Safe For Work!) It is what it says it is. A frank discussion of what makes women happy. With pictures.

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7) Cycling Race Results.
I mean, weren't YOU tuning in to the live coverage of the Tour of Qatar? I was! Aren't YOU digging up the results from the first-ever Tour of Oman? I am! Whither thou goest, Fabian, I go!

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8) Work.

One of the more unpleasant aspects of having a job is that whole working bit. Don't they know I need to be focused on the voices in my head to get things done?

9) My kitteh.
I love my kitty, Sophie. Really, I do. But there are days where she literally drives me to distraction. I can't let her in the office where I'm writing, because she goes nuts and destroys things to get my attention. So, I have to go out and play with her and give her skritches, or hold her tail so she can eat. (Weird, I know. She's a neurotic pussycat to the extreme.) Needless to say, no writing gets done when Sophie needs attention.

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10) Email.
This is all on me, of course. Do I really need to check my email every fifteen minutes or so? No. So why do I do it? Am I hoping to get a surprise?

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11) Listening to music.
While music helps me create, it can also distract. If I'm not listening to the playlist I made for the current WIP, the music can pull me right out of the "zone" I need to be in to get things down on the page.

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12) Webcomics.
I only follow a few of these (Questionable Content and Girls with Slingshots, plus a few others) but waiting for the newest one to be posted can keep me clicking back on their sites again and again. Sad, eh?

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13) Revisiting other WIPs.
(or is that WsIP?) This is something I've been able to mostly resist, but there are times I find myself rooting through older works (and a soon-to-be-published one) for no real reason. Except it seems to kill time. Which I don't need to be doing!

Yeah, I know. I need to focus and stop blaming my lack of output on other things.










But some things are just so...








I don't know...











Distracting...
Ciao for now! :)

5 comments:

Paige Tyler said...

LOL! Great TT! Great pics! Now I'm off to the Naken Men Blog!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Inez Kelley said...

FB is annoying but I twitter some. I agree on most others though. Love the pic!

Ella Drake said...

I seriously and quite honestly forgot what the list was about when I got to that last pic.

What were we talking about again?

Janice said...

Great TT, and I keep getting distracted by forums and chats, lol.

Happy TT.

Janice~

Heather said...

There's a good reason (well, several) I'm not on FB. Google Reader and email take up enough of my time, LOL. Sorry I missed this last week!