Tip of the Day: Just for fun, it's the Game of Thrones premiere poll! (My opinion, which wasn't a voting option: More Direwolves!)
I'm writing this blog in a Barnes and Noble/Starbucks cafe while I wait for my dog to be groomed. I know a lot of people love getting out the house to write. Me, two years have gone by since I've written in this cafe. I'm a stay-at-home writer, which of course offers lots of distractions. But you think I don't get distracted in a book store? Ha ha ha.
In fact, right now I'm just staring around at people and toys (I swear they sell like 3% books and 97% other stuff here) and trying to force my attention on my keyboard. And the latte I'm drinking probably won't help my attention span. The clerk asked me if I wanted another shot of espresso in it, and I was like, heck, I shouldn't even have this shot. In fact, the more I sit here analyzing the clerk's choice of playing the Titanic soundtrack, the more I wonder if this was a good idea. Maybe I was meant to write in a dark, soundproof room, with periodic electric shocks when my mind wanders.
Funny, when the kids were little, I could block out a lot more. The crashes from their bedrooms? Probably just the cat. Whines of "I'm thirsty"? After two or three of them go unanswered, kids actually do figure out how to get themselves a cup of water. My kids learned that launching into a long story of how unfair their siblings were usually ended with me asking if anyone was bleeding. No? Then work it out yourselves.
But now that my kids don't bother me so much, I seem to have lost my ability to block outside stimuli. I know it's just a matter of being out of practice. So here I am. The Titanic soundtrack has changed to Alannis Morrisette. The employees can't stop ragging on some girl who's at lunch who tried to heat up a coffee drink on the panini grill. Maybe I should have brought headphones, although I'm a little charmed by the panini grill story. Can I work it into a novel? Um, no, probably not.
Okay, I'm going back to Word right now. We'll see if this is a success by my results at the end of the day.
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages