Procrastination and a Mash-Up

Hi.  My name is Tami and I am a writing procrastinator. 
Sounds like something that needs a twelve step program, doesn’t it?
Here’s the thing.  When I carve out a few hours from my seriously crazy schedule to sit and write, I find myself doing everything BUT writing.  At this very moment I have four reviews left that I had planned to write by the end of May, a chapter for my group blog’s latest group novel, a the edits on my submission for the Maggies contest, and nailing down the outline for my current WIP.  Plenty I could be working on, right?  Lots of variety here if I get bored with something I could easily move onto another project without missing a beat. 
Instead, I’m sitting at the computer, checking my e-mail, reading the various blogs I subscribe to on my Google Reader.  Terrible isn’t it? 
Well, since I now know the problem, I should be able to find a solution.  Working on that.
In the meantime, here is a Mash-up of some of the great articles that have kept me from my writing goals… Just don’t blame me when you find yourselves just as engrossed as I was…
Apparently there is a crazy article going around from the Wall Street Journal talking about how YA Fiction is too dark and too ugly for kids.  Wowza!  This sent off a fire storm on Twitter.  Two of my favorite blog posts regarding this article are 1) the Terribleminds blogAdolescence Sucks, Which is Why YA Rocks (and Why the WSI can eat a Jar of Poop).  Chuck Wendig is seriously funny.  I get a kick out of the topics he comes up with, but this one really set him off.  I also loved Literary Agent, Janet Reid’s take on the article with her rebuttal blog – Stuff It.  I LOVE the internet!
Okay, I couldn’t NOT post this blog link.  Susan Sey has a new book out titled Money Shot.  Susan blogs over the Romance Bandits about the problem with promoting a book with this title and a heroine named “Goose.”  LOVE, LOVE this take and her explanation.  The explanation alone had me hopping over to Amazon and pre-ordering the book (comes out June 7th).  Can’t wait to read it. 
I have to share one of my favorite books with you.  I recently read Hainted Love: The Ghost Handlers Series by Maureen Hardegree and reviewed it over at the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog.  If you like YA or have a young teen or tween girl, this is a very good book for all to read.
Great post over at the Seekers blog with author, Kelly L. Stone, on Time Management for Writers.  As you can see by my earlier statement, I really need to grab her books!
Author, Jody Hedlund, has a really good blog about First Page or Last? Which is More Important?  I’ll be bookmarking this one for a future refresher.
The Seeker blog also had another great post about How to Win Writing Contests with Guest Blogger, Clarissa Southwick.  Lots of great stuff and I love her “Attitude is Everything” line. 
I couldn’t help but love this post by Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner, Are We Having Fun Yet?  I will be perfectly honest and tell you that I’ve had those moments (quite often) where I wonder why I do this to myself.  Why do I keep plugging away when it is like pulling teeth to make myself ignore that pile of laundry and sit my butt in the chair.  I love her quote from an interview with Nicholas Sparks when asked if he liked writing, he answered truthfully with “No”.
Literary Agent, Janet Reid posted a very funny YouTube video called The Elevator Pitch.  Still laughing at this one. 
Finally, I do have one complaint.  I get really irritated with my local grocery stores for not putting the new series books out at the beginning of the month.  I read blogs like this one from the Blaze Author’s blog about their new Hot Summer Reads and I get very excited about the selections.  Only When I try to find them on the shelf at XXXX (store that shall not be named), I see the same ones from last month (which I already own most of).  I know I should just run to the bookstore, but when a person is limited on time, grabbing a book during the evenings shopping is very convenient.  I hate to say it but I think my Amazon account will be getting a ton of business because of this in the very near future.

Okay, that’s all I have for today.  I guess I’d better fold this last load of laundry then sit down and write.  Let’s hope nothing else gets dirty today…. ;-) 


Alicia McCalla said...

Hey Tami:

I read that WSJ article, too. It is interesting. More importantly, I want you to write. We can distracted from it so easily, I know. Sometimes I just have to step away from FB and Twitter to get some work done. LOL. Maybe we can start Writer's Anonymous!

Tami Brothers said...

Hi Alicia! I agree, I need to get my butt in the seat and start writing. I'll definitely join that Writer's Anonymous group. Maybe I'll make myself a sign that says "step away from the internet!" Who knows. The reminder might work...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a terrific week.


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