A little bit of discipline

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I find posts like this difficult to write. After all, I am basically saying ‘I am not available’ – which is entirely true, but makes me feel just a bit twitchy.  I pride myself in being available to anyone when they need me, but let’s be honest, this place rarely gets updated right now, I’ve got a resit for my psych exam and a hand in and a dissertation hand in to deal with, my book is due out on the 4th of June and is requiring what is probably going to be a major rewrite, and most of all, I’m a mother and fiancée, and queen of a happy little world that requires more attention than bears thinking about sometimes.

Coming back from our trip, I realized that I had to start applying more discipline than I have been lately.  Which means coming off Facebook almost entirely for the next month, save promotions – actually writing blog posts instead of procrastinating and generally getting about 20k of writing done (or equivalent editing) a week.  It’s all doable, easily, but it means taking a couple of massive steps back.
I’ve already curtailed my Livejournal stuff once and for all (as in, I’m not even logging in to comment any more) but it goes without saying that I’m tired of chasing my tail.  So, I’m going to wait for everything to loop round and grab it on the way past.
The rest of this week is quite handily being filled by drafting some new chapters for GB as I remove some of the stuff that slowed the story somewhat, and add some stuff in that needs to be explained, and then see where that gets me.  But discipline is something I’ve never been good at, so I’ll need to see how things go.

That’s not to say I won’t be around, but I am trying to teach myself that, like email, Facebook doesn’t need to be constantly open.  Same with Skype and chat and all of the other niggles I keep running all day – it’s nice to be in touch, but I’m keen to start trying it on my terms again.  And now, with the changes that have come up, I’m free to actually *write* and so, write I shall.
See y’all on the flip side!

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2 Responses

  1. Margaret says:

    don’t sweat it…..iv been pretty much in the same boat (unavailable) for a week or more due to family events and health for most of the last week but didn’t admit it until my net got cut off….. I have just been floating past when I can and hoping no one notices just how “absent” I have been for close to 3 weeks now…..

  2. Al Bain says:

    Yeah, I totally get where you’re coming from. But you have to remember what we’re doing here, and it’s writing! I’ve recently remembered (and i actually have to remind myself which is kind of poor) that I have to dedicate more time to this stuff or it just won’t get done.

    Being there for others is good but you and yours are always more important. Of course, I’m not saying anything you don’t already know… 😉

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