It’s one week to Valentine’s Day, and love it or hate it, you should visit the Snake Bites blog next Saturday for a list of digital scavenger hunt items. Yes, that’s right – my publishing company is hosting a scavenger hunt contest with the winner to be announced on Valentine’s Day. Be there or be…well…not heart shaped…
This Week on The Variety Pages
Tuesday: Ch. 45 of The Biker’s Wench
Wednesday: Exploring Romantic Suspense – The Hero
Thursday: Ch. 46 of The Biker’s Wench
Last week was one of those weeks where I never stopped moving, and still managed to complete only the absolute necessities. There’s a reason for this, of course – it’s called a “lack of focus”. Normally, I’m pretty focused on whatever I happen to be working on at the time. It’s why I can work on several drafts at once – I can focus completely on whatever story I happen to be working on at the time, instead of having my mind try to wander between stories. It’s a very handy skill, and as far as writing goes, I’m still okay there.
The problem is with everything else. I sit down to write a blog post, and pretty soon I’m checking twitter, or looking up something on the internet, or reading someone else’s post, or distracted by TV – you get the idea. My brain is on information overload, but I have to tell you – it’s my own fault. Because I am the one letting myself get away with that, instead of forcing myself to calm down and focus on what needs to be done. It’s not social media’s fault, it’s not work’s fault, it’s not all the interesting bloggers out there – it’s all on me, truly. It’s laziness, more or less, and I’ve been letting myself get away with it.
One of my favorite art professors in college was a very odd man (in an interesting way), but he was big on the concept of “mindfulness”. Whatever we were doing, he wanted us to do it in a calm, mindful, focused manner. Nothing else mattered at that exact moment other than what we were working on, and he was convinced that anyone could create art when they approached it with mindful focus. I never did learn how to draw/sketch well, but I did learn how to let everything else around me go and focus on the project in front of me, no matter what it was. I really need to get back to that discipline, rather than allowing my thoughts to become so fragmented. So this week, my goals aren’t only about getting things done, but doing so in a calm, focused manner.
Goals for the Week
5 serial scenes
1 scene for TMM
1 extra scene (doesn’t matter what it’s for)
Order business cards/cover cards
Add link to site
Valentine’s Day contest
Workout three times
1 load of laundry 4 nights
Update nail art blog
So that’s it for me. The word for the week is “mindfulness”. Do you approach the things you do with calm focus? Or are you fragmented like me? Care to join me in being more focused this week?
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