Monday, April 6, 2009

Where does the time go?

I started out today with great intentions but here it is noon and I'm still social networking. How does that happen? Honest to goodness, hours have gone by. I was just going to dive in and check on my email before starting edits and gracious, the morning is over.

There were some immediate to-do things in my Inbox. I tended to those. Two close friends were blogging. I had problem commenting on both blogs. One was setup in Italian and I don't know Italian (except the word Ciao which I think is cool). The other was on e-Harlequin. I couldn't set up a new account there because I already had one. So then I realized I had no clue what my password was. I got a new password from them, slipped in and reset it for my latest password that I can remember, but then I couldn't get to the blog post from there. Went back to the email with the link, tried to log-in again and was denied. I wrote my friend that I'd tried.

Then I remembered that I was supposed to blog elsewhere today. I went and did that. Posted it again on my Myspace which is my consolidated blog. Then since I was logged into blogger, clicked over here to SRNWrites. I've been meaning to get by here more. Where does the time go? Thought I'd write about my daffy morning, so I did.

I think the problem of not being able to focus is related to the coming changes in my writing career. I'm finishing up a book, looking for an agent, and casting about for my next project. I don't want to have my head down when the perfect idea comes my way!

Where does it all lead? Some days its hard to know, but the trick is to just keep putting words onscreen.

Happy writing to all!

Maggie Toussaint

a fresh new voice in Southern fiction


Denise Patrick said...

I understand. Some days, I get to the end of it and think "WHAT have I done today?" Unfortunately, the answer is often, "Very little." The time just goes by even when I'm trying to keep an eye on it. Case in point, I'm at work and have been since 8 am. It is now 10:30 and I have done very little actual work. So, what am I doing? I'm out "taking a break". Some work, huh?

So, it's time to get into the project sitting on my desk and I'll see you later.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Thanks for stopping by, Denise! I can see that time management is an issue we all face. Maybe I will be more productive later by being so scattered today. One can only hope!

Mary Ricksen said...

Motivation is a problem for me.
It holds me me back. But luckily I find my way back eventually.

Susan Macatee said...

I know what you mean, Maggie! I work out for about 45-50 minutes every morning, then try to get to all the household things, so I can spend afternoons at the computer. But I have to split that time between edits, promo and trying to plot out a new book. It's never easy to work everything in and before you know it, it's time to start dinner.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks so much for stopping by the SRN blog. Motivation is always a biggie for me too. That's why I set weekly goals. When I reach my goals, I allow myself a reward. A treat I wouldn't normally eat, an afternoon off, a long phone call with an old friend, something out of the ordinary.
Have a great day!

Maggie Toussaint said...

Susan, You are definitely one up on me by doing the working out part first thing. My muse wants to be exercised first thing and if I don't let her out, she will sulk until I put myself in a carb coma, nap a bit, and wake up with a fresh muse.

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

You're certainly not alone, Maggie! I took Margie Lawson's course earlier this year, and now I don't open my email (or other social networking sites) until I write my allotted words for the day. It's pretty easy to do since I write at 5:00 a.m. NO, I'm not a saint, but I am desperate to finish my current wip and send it off to my agent. : ) Good luck with tha Italian!


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