Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Destination Procrastination


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Panda Mating Fails;
Veterinarian Takes Over
Miners Refuse to Work
after Death
Juvenile Court to Try
Shooting Defendant
War Dims Hope for Peace
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Cold Wave Linked to
Enfield Couple Slain;
Police Suspect Homicide
Man Struck By Lightning:
Faces Battery Charge
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Astronaut Takes Blame for
Gas in Spacecraft
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Hospitals are Sued by
7 Foot Doctors
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through
Cemetery; Hundreds Dead


There's no way I can top the above, which I ripped off of Janet, but I DO remember one that got me in the 80's. I was living in a town populated with more Cherokee than whites, and two cousins got into a fight. Headline the next morning read: Turtle Shoots Bird.

So what keeps you away from your story?

There's an old joke about a hunter doin' his thing in the woods when he accidentally hits a big ole bear. Bear is pissed off, grabs hunter, drags his ass through the woods, and screws him then leaves him to die. Hunter doesn't die. Gets back home, pulls out a bigger gun, cleans it, vows to take revenge. Goes bear hunting. Gun misfires. Again, bear takes hunter deep into the woods and screws him blue. Third time it happens, regardless of hunter's intentions, something goes wrong. Bear grabs him up then shakes him and sez: You don't really come here for the hunting, do you?

Some of us writers are like that hunter, we get to the computer and find other things to do, whether it's clean the monitor, inspect the keyboard for lint and hair, check out our floors, turn on the television, listen to music, or write a letter, when we know we'll berate ourselves later for not having worked on that chapter that was waiting.

Or we read email and find headlines.

I have one friend who figures I'm writing if I update my blog (don't ask me why) and that I'm sick if the blog gets neglected. One of these days she'll figure out that if the blog is fine, I'm procrastinating, and if the blog is dead, I'm writing. Or it's summer. Or the cute guy asked me out, and I'm...researching.

I don't beat the hell out of myself for procrastinating, though. Angst is just another excuse to me. I look at it like this, if I'm gonna do it, I want to ENJOY it, whether it's writing OR procrastinating. As long as I get "the job" done, let me do it my way - lol. Life is too friggin' short to spend it complaining about the means when the journey is at hand.

If you WANT the story, you'll find a way to get to it.

Will Power. That's the name of the dog.



At 2:02 PM, Blogger Gretchen said...

How dumb am I. I didn't even notice the dog didn't have any front legs until the last photo.

E-mail is my poison.


At 5:49 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

:) you weren't supposed to figure it out too soon, so ya did good.

my poison is whatever is attractive at the time - lol. casino, pretty weather, friends or family who phone or drop by.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

My poison is the new game I loaded on my computer. Bookworm. Bad idea. Maybe I need to take it back off.

How are you today?

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

I'm draggin - just did too much today, but you brightened it by saying hello, Denise! THANKS.

Bookworm. Sounds interesting. Like something I'd enjoy - lol.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Brynn Paulin, Author of sassy erotic romance. said...

Excellent blog. Loved the dog pics too. What a champ.

I didn't know you were out here for some reason. I've added you to my blog list.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Isn't that dog wonderful? My friend Janet sent me that one.

Thanks, Brynn - great to see you!


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