Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'd Rather do a Double Stitch

Tonight I'm fighting my 'Shoulds' against my 'Wants'. My word count for the week leaves quite a bit to be desired. I know I have my work cut out for me tonight. But that doesn't stop my inner procrastinator from procrastinating.

Yeah... I printed out a procrastinator award and taped it above my desk.

That is from Hyperbole and a Half, which is absolutely amazing. Plus, 'X all the Y' is one of my favorite memes ever.

I made a list of all the things I'd like to get done tonight.
-Tidy the house
-Fold some laundry
-Unload dishwasher
-Meet my word count goal
-Write a blog post
-Stop wallowing in sleepiness
-Go to bed early
-Figure out what's wrong with my head
-Bring in stuff from the car
-Put it away or whatever

But I'm a procrastinator, so I know those first three won't get done tonight. Mostly because they aren't fun. I really hate doing anything that isn't fun. I'm optimistic about my word count. And obviously I accomplished the blog post. (To be fair, I often use blogging as a procrastination crutch.) I won't go to bed early. Probably after 2. Hopefully before 3. I've had a six day headache, but it's gone down a lot today. I probably shouldn't research this, but if I get distracted from writing, I will. There's a giant box of diapers and a few bags of non-perishable goods in my car. Al;l of those things are heavy or bulky and not fun. I actually wrote 'or whatever' on my list. In Charis speak, that translates to dropping it in the entryway and dealing with it tomorrow.

Those are the things I should do. Many of them feel like work tonight, and that makes my soul sad. Really, all I want to do tonight is curl up on the couch with the TV on and crochet a scarf. But that's not going to happen.

Last night, someone asked me, "How do you write a book?" On nights like tonight, you write it one begrudging word at a time.


  1. Did you highlight your list? Did you make a folder for it? Did you reward yourself with a cup of coffee or trip to the vending machine after adding to it? Did you try striking up a conversation to anyone around who will listen after making the list? Did you add things to the list that you knew weren't actually important, but it was something you wanted to work on at the time?

    Sorry......I've had the privilege of observing a case study procrastinator the last 9 months. I know the tendencies of a procrastinator quite well now.

  2. Well, I finished the post. Dabbled on youtube, Pandora and iTunes. Set the weekly budget. Pulled out my writing from the current chapter. Unloaded the car. Reorganized the diaper bag. Sat back down to write. Didn't. Changed the music. Watched The Cloak. Went on Failbook. Tried to write again. Thought about the proposed David Blaine parody. That sounded more fun. Started writing that. Changed my music again. Started texting.

    Also, B-Deck 5 is your new rapper name.