Favourite Nano Videos, Progress to Date, and a Winner!

I have been procrastinating. It’s particularly bad today, because I now had a clear outline of how to get this story to the end… I spent half an hour yesterday (or maybe it was the day before… it’s all blurred together at the moment),  working out how this story was going to end, and how I was going to get there. And yes, my writing has deviated slightly off the outline, but in a better way! Much much better. So I should be writing, and NOT procrastinating. But I couldn’t help myself.

Above is one of my favourite Nano Videos (or at least an attempt to embed(?) it, I really have no idea what I’m doing, so here’s hoping it works!!). I can’t remember what year it comes from but it was incredibly inspiring at the time, and I enjoy watching it again now.

But watching old Nano videos is not the only procrastination I’ve been doing today.

Pinterest has got me too and this morning I began to search for travel pictures – of Scotland in particular. I’ve been to Edinburgh once before, for two days! I loved it! It felt like home! I’ve got to go back, explore the rest of the country, pop across to Ireland and explore that too! I can trace several branches of my family tree to these two countries (Yes, I’m ignoring the fact that Scotland and England are now the UK – that’s ok, isn’t it?), and I would love the chance to see some of the places they lived, and to maybe do some genealogical research at the source.  I want to travel again!

But at the moment the funds are dry, and I have other things to do anyway… like finish this novel. Only 8 days of Nanowrimo to go. And less than 10,000 words to reach my goal! I know I can do it, if only I can drag myself away from the internet for a few hours. :/

DS’s Young Writer’s Program experience is not going so well… “I’ll catch up tomorrow,” he tells me. He is now several days behind. He needs to write 80 words a day to catch up. I’m sure he could make it, if he wanted to. He has, after all, had a day of over 100 words. But I’m not sure he does want to. We’ll wait and see I suppose…

But I did come to post for a purpose today, and that was to draw a winner from the ‘hat’. There have been a few more commentors this week, but finally, finally – Monica! You have won!! Yay!! Will send you an email right now for your details, and soon your book will be winging it’s way to you! Enjoy!! 😀

I have one more copy of Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper to give away. Comment on any post or page, and stay tuned for next weeks draw to see how you go!! 😀

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is retrograde. Communication is backward, confusion arises. Misunderstandings lead to hurt.

The telling of tales is a form of communication, is it not? It doesn’t bode well for the story-teller, the writer.

I’ve started a new story – a short one for a competition that closes early next month. I started it several days ago and all seemed to be going well, but then I became distracted – facebook, email, and various other websites that take up my time seem to be taking even more of it. I look at my story, write a few words, a paragraph maybe, then find myself suddenly elsewhere. And now the story that flowed so well to begin with feels stilted. I know where I want it to go. I know how I want it to end, but getting there seems nigh impossible. (And it needs only be 1200 words away!).

In my procrastinating – and googling – I read a horoscope that spoke of Mercury being retrograde till early August. It seems a reasonable excuse. But can I really blame the stars do you think? Or is that just a poor excuse for my current lack of focus and discipline?


Procrastination… or not

I found this on Facebook. A quick Google search suggests it can be found in this book: ‘The Fire Starter Session: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms’ by Danielle LaPorte.

I like the idea. It sounds good – makes my moments of procrastination less something to feel guilty about and more something that is okay – sensible even.

And I can agree with the author. There have definitely been times when my procrastination has paid off – when things have become clearer, or fallen into place because I have hesitated before completing something.

An interesting view anyway.



From Wikipedia (what would we do without Google and Wikipedia!!??)

– The act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time.

– There are three criteria for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying

– To voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.

– Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder. Such procrastinators may have difficulty seeking support due to social stigma, and the belief that task-aversion is caused by laziness, low willpower or low ambition.

This made me laugh:

My latest form of procrastination: googling the term ‘procrastination’ instead of editing my story.

I have a whole 4 pages to go until I have completed this round of editing of my novel. A couple of thousand words I suppose, at most – Ha not even that! A quick word count shows there is 1,262 words and I will be at the end, ready to put it aside to rest a while, so I can work on something else. So why am I not getting in and finishing it? Because I don’t like what’s happening at the moment – it’s not right – I have to change something. I think the ending has come too soon – the novel works towards a battle, and it’s over in a few pages. Surely there needs to be more, otherwise isn’t it a bit of an anti climax?? Perhaps I should leave it up to my beta-readers to tell me what they think? Probably…

So I probably should get back to it and stop all this procrastinating!