Distract Me Baby One More Time

I was having a hard time picking a subject this month, until the darlin’ hubby kicked me in the rear.

“What?  With all the things going on around you, you can’t find anything to write about?”

I of course stood there like a deer in the headlights as he shook his head in irritation, pointing to my laptop and pages strewn all over the desk of our hotel room.

“How about the fact that you just told me, ‘the trip has kick started your teeny tiny brain’?”

Duh, there was my subject, motivation.  Snickering, he took off for his meeting and I debated where to write.

The urge to start immediately was outweighed by the sounds of housekeeping making its way down the hall.  As much as I enjoy sitting there making them nervous–yes, I know, I’m an evil person–I really wasn’t in the mood for the distraction.  Like the Starbucks I’m sitting in right now is any better.

I mean come on you can’t wear the clothing of a 16 year old when you’re over 40.  Miniskirts are not meant for those with cottage cheese thighs!  Just because you were in my sightline when I glanced up doesn’t mean you have to wink.  Seriously, I wasn’t flirting, that blank clueless look is pretty much how I always look.  Ok, family with noisy children, time to move on, can’t risk turning up the music without harming my hearing anymore than I have.

Distractions and a dwindling battery have sent me back to my room.  Ummm…ok, so more distractions, housekeeping hasn’t been here yet.  Should I stay or should I go?  I need that thing in the wall that feeds my hungry computer so I guess stay it is.

I was doing so much better yesterday, did talking about how this change of scenery helped just jinx me?  Is it because I’m writing this instead of working on revisions or that I have the attention span of a gnat?  Oh look, something shiny!

Maybe that’s the true topic of this post…distractions.  Whether they are at home or on the road, you can’t get away from them.  The trick is learning balance.  You don’t want to look like some crazy stalker or attract unwanted attention.  You also don’t want to be so focused you miss something that could round out that character you have problems with.  Most importantly, you need to finish what you are working on.  In my case this post, which is a losing battle with the distraction of revisions.

So how do you handle distractions?  Are you balanced, focused or do you have the attention span of a gnat, like yours truly?

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A.R. Miller

A.R. Miller’s contemporary fantasy series, Fey Creations, has been compared to potato chips. ‘Absolutely no nutritional value, but fun to eat and highly addictive.’ A great complement considering potato chips are in the top five of her favorite foods and she strives to do nothing but entertain with her writing. The series revolves around stylist, Keely Fey, the secrets of her heritage and suppressed magical Talents. A.R. lives in Central Iowa with an accommodating husband and their feline companion. When not testing the patience of readers with cliffhanger endings, you might find her wielding a makeup brush or curling iron as a freelance stylist. The next installment of the Fey Creations series is scheduled for later this year.