Tuesday, April 30, 2024

May brings so many distractions

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The chaos of book-related events is in full swing now. What should I be doing? Writing. I was hoping to be adding more words to I9 now that One Shot At The Sphinx is out. If all had gone according to plan, I was also supposed to be wrapping up illustrations for Laya's Vacation.

Did things go according to plan? No.

What a perfect IWSG question for this month: How do you deal with distractions when you're writing? I'd love to say that I avoid them and diligently write. But the truth is, I dive into them full throttle.

Why? Because if I'm all in on a project, I can't be distracted. In fact, I often can't be bothered with things like sleeping or eating regularly. But if that urge is grabbing me, it's usually my brain telling me I need a break to recharge. And who am I to argue with my brain?

April's distractions on the downside from releasing Frayed and Sphinx, included all six seasons of Vikings among many other Netflix indulgences, and starting a random cross-stitch project after not having done one in years. 

And now that I'm over my Netflix binge, I'm back to painting so I can get the Laya book out this summer. 

Sometimes we need a brain break. 

Last month was also busy with Grand Rapids Comic Con Spring Fling, at which Nana Visitor 
(of DS9 fame, which is my favorite Star Trek, in case you were wondering) stopped by to pet Kay-Kay while she was taking a break from her table. Sadly, I did not get photo evidence.

The show mascot also liked Kay-Kay. Chickens unite!

I just got unpacked from a weekend at Viking Fest with Laya. It was generally good weather for once and we had a lot of fun. We survived the spring winds and rain showers and I managed to get a sunburn. But no hail this year and it was actually downright hot on Sunday so its a win!

I get this weekend off and then there are four weekends of excitement at which I'll be camping. Who scheduled this??? (That would be me.) Renaissance faires and comic cons oh my!

See you next month after a long warm shower. By then I'll probably craving another round of distractions. 


  1. Sometimes you do need a break! Especially as busy as you've been.
    Cool Nana Visitor stopped by. Yes, that is the best Star Trek series ever.

    1. I think so too! I like all the Star Treks but that one has a special place in my heart. :D

  2. You push yourself really hard. I think it's great that you took a brain rest. I hope your weekend travels are successful this month.

    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to spending some time outside and working on my tan while...working. :D Let's just hope the weather cooperates.

  3. Happy camping, Jean! A lot of people in my extended family love to camp. It's really hard for me to pick my favorite Star Trek series. I really loved Data on TNG. Okay, I loved them all. In my life things rarely go according to plan. Good luck with getting your Laya book out this summer!

  4. You have a jam packed schedule in May! Have a great time and sell lots of books!!

  5. Who worries about distractions when you're having so much fun? All those experiences will play right back into your stories. Especially that camping trip. Do you like ghost stories along with all else that comes with the dark? Really enjoyed your post and congrats on your most recent release AND all those projects working their way to completion.


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