Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The muse of nothing

Listen to this.

I finally had a free day. Six hours to myself. Excitement!

I considered all the things I could use the chunk of time to accomplish: work on my book proposal, write blog posts, write an article to submit for publication, finish painting my room.

I decided to write. I can work on my writing ALL day long, thought I. I can churn out ten or fifteen pages of writing. Yes, that's what I will do.

I am a goddess.

I decided to start with the book proposal.

Here's what I did:

  • Read an e-book on how to write a book proposal.
  • Read sample book proposals.
  • Decided which part of the proposal I should start on first: the chapter summaries.
  • Changed my mind: the synopsis.
  • Thought about how I might market my book.
  • Emptied the dishwasher.
  • Fantasized about being on Oprah, even though Oprah is off the air.
  • Read an article in Oprah on the benefits of creating a daily writing discipline.
  • Tidied my room.
  • Decided that before I could successfully market my book, I needed to revamp my website.
  • Searched the internet for web designers.
  • Read a blog post about a new site called Picmonkey, which is similar to (the late, great) Picnik.
  • Jacked around with my header in Picmonkey.
  • Wrote some friends on Facebook telling them how I was planning to submit two articles for publication.
  • Looked at the time.
  • Realized my six hours was up.


Daily tally:

Writing: 0 hours
Painting room: 0 hours
Farfing around: 6 hours

Clearly, not a goddess.

* * *

Today is a new day, thought I this morning, upon waking. But my day was full. I had lots of errands to get done. I had very little free time.

But I got up early anyway, set the timer for an hour, turned off the internet, buried my phone under a pillow and wrote two pages of my chapter summaries and a blog post. Then I went about my errands.

I am, quite possibly, a goddess after all.



24 comments:

  1. Proves something I have always thought. If you want something doing, give it to a busy person. ;-)

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    1. Yes! I think there is truth to that!

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    2. I agree. Husband is outta work and he missed an interview workshop today because he had it down for the wrong time. Really? He had nothing else to do! I have another friend out of work complaining that she can't sleep; she has no schedule so she has no need to go to sleep or wake up at a certain time. When we're busy, our minds work better; of this I am sure. Old folks who have nothing to do can't tell you what day it is because it doesn't matter. Well...it matters to me.

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  2. Yes, you quite possibly are THE goddess of today. Go for the gold.

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  3. Snort. I know this feeling.But how do you measure the cogitating you did in all that nothingness, huh?

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    1. Oh, I'm sure it was immeasurable (in a good way). Right?

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  4. Ooh - you should have writeen a muse wars post!

    Get that mojo a flowin' good 'n proper!

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    1. OMG I should. Is there one on currently? (because clearly, I need more to write)

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  5. Sometimes when I have a day to myself I make all these plans to achieve so much. Write the list. Look at, and decide to do none of it, and sit in the sun instead.

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    1. Maybe we need to set 'doing nothing' as our goal. Then sit back and see what happens.

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  6. Love this post! I noticed your tag line, right away. and loved it. I hope you keep it there! I am the same way, i really am wondering how my book is getting written, like what am I doing here commenting on your blog! Get to work, Jodi!

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    1. Jodi, go back to work! Write that book!

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  7. Oh man I had this EXACT day last week! There appears to be almost nothing worse than a whole day to yourself!

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    1. Hmmm...maybe we need to be checking in with each other more often?

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  8. Hee hee.
    It's amazing what you can accomplish in the right frame of mind - and with some pressure!
    I work well with deadlines - not great chunks of time!!
    :-) xx

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    1. Yes, I find deadlines to be very motivating!

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  9. I once tried to start a book. I got as far as choosing the font. PS Keep me AWAY from pic monkey! xx

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    1. Oh god, I have to choose a font? That's another six hours.

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    2. P.S. Welcome back from New York. It looked amazing!

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  10. I did just about the same thing the other day...the best of intentions.

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    1. I have a feeling we are not the exception, but the rule.

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  11. Hehehe! I've been trying to be really good lately and actually writing, but some days are just like that... :)

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  12. I read all this and I just think "oooh, picmonkey!!".
    xx

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