Broken Promises or How Skyrim Stole My Weekend

Sometimes I get weirded out on how much of an all-or-nothing kind of dude I am. It’s like I only have two ways of being: on or off. There’s nothing in between, you know? No nuance.

Take this blog, for instance. When I started into it I figured I could post once a day. Good idea, right? More posts means more opportunities for the hungry bloggy masses to read my stuff, which is a doubleplusgood idea since I’m trying to be a writer. I kept up the pace too, hitting this bloggity blog with new stuff about…well, stuff. Then I got the idea for the quote-of-the-day thingy and started doing that too. If there was a blogging equivalent to light speed then I would have become pure energy (along with everything else in the universe).

Blogging a lot is great, you know? It is a wonderful way to get my words into the world so I can connect with all of you! But the thing is, at some point the blogging began to steal time from my main endeavor: writing a fricken book. I want to be a novelist, not a blogger. So I decided I was going to reign in this crazy blog machine. Slooooow it down a bit, you feel me? Instead of posting every day I would try to post, say, three times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays would be good. Then I could have more time to do the fiction thing and not feel so constrained by needing to blog every day.

Well wouldn’t you know, I made the plan last week and I’ve already screwed it up. I didn’t post on Monday, and I almost didn’t post today either. What’s more, I haven’t gotten a scrap more writing done than I was before. I’m pretty sure that I’ve found a new addiction in Skyrim for PS3 (and by “addiction” I mean I played it for at least twelve hours this weekend), but that’s not real conducive to the whole being a novelist thing. I swear, when I’m not drowning in responsibilities–otherwise known as “having too much free time”–I don’t get anything done! Maybe my brain is wired for go or no-go? I don’t know. But whatever it is, it’s driving me B-A-N-A-N-A-S like a Gwen Stefani song.

So my question to you, Dear Reader, is how have you found balance with your writing? Are you like me in that there doesn’t seem to be an in-between setting? Or are you the sort who can sort of do a bunch of stuff and totally kick ass at all of them?

Also, I know I haven’t done this in a while but I wanted to to thank my new followers. I totally appreciate when people follow my blog so I feel like a jerkwad for not thanking you guys sooner. There’s Evan and his Better Man Project, Helen with some sweet cosplay flicks, Gina and her pictures of of grilled cheese sandwiches (and YA fiction), and the Mafia Hairdresser whose profile literally states, “Read my books or I’ll cut you.” Sound like he wants to make you a coiffure you can’t refuse. Am I right?

Have a good day, my peeps!

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10 thoughts on “Broken Promises or How Skyrim Stole My Weekend

  1. I go through phases of playing computer games nearly all the time (including Skyrim, which I love), but the more I write, the more I find myself hooked on writing. I have long stretches now, going on for weeks, where I find myself thinking, “Maybe I’ll just loaf off and play Warcraft for a couple hours,” but I can’t break away from my writing. And it’s not because I’m forcing myself to write. It’s because it carries me away. It wasn’t always like that, and I do still have weeks where games suck up nearly all of my time, but the more I write, the more I want to write. On the other hand, when I do have several days of loafing off, I don’t worry about it, because I’ve learned that I’ll get back on track as soon as a new idea grips me.

  2. I have a similar problem in that I want to blog on the regular, but I feel like it takes me away from my novel. I also have a pretty serious TV addiction. I think it’s probably some form of self-sabotage or distracting myself with noise or something, but I’ll find myself saying, “Oh, let me just watch Parks + Rec and The Office, and then I’ll write.” You can imagine what happens after that. And then, I’m just so frustrated with myself. I agree with the previous commenter that writing begets writing, so it’s probably a matter of getting into a good pattern and staying there.

    • Oh man, I had the exact same problem with the show Supernatural. It has everything I love in a series: corny jokes, sci-fi/fantasy, super evil Big Bads a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The only thing reason I’m not watching it anymore is that we ran out of episodes on Netflix and I refuse to pay for cable.

  3. I have no clue how to find the balance. I have to work 9-6ish, then eat and maybe blog or read and write my own novel and, oh yeah, spend some time with the guy I married. And I do like to sleep, so I need plenty of time for that. Blogging can definitely eat into novel-writing time, which is a problem. Because, like you said, I want to be a novelist, not a blogger (although imagine getting paid to blog. That’d be pretty awesome). Unfortunately, I don’t get that much more novel writing done on weekends when I have entire days free, so I guess it’s not more time I need. I just need to use what time I have better.

  4. Lol I know how the whole “hey where’d my day go?” gaming sprees- my addiction: World of Warcraft. Yup. You’re not alone.

    I tend to be everywhere, doing everything at once on days when I have a lot of energy, but with writing I kinda gotta sit down and consciously start writing. Once I’m in the groove I’m there for hours easily but I have to make myself do that. Which doesn’t happen every day but ah well. What can I do but just make myself do it.

    Thanks for the compliment about my pictures! I’m glad you like them!

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