Breaking the Tumblr Habit

Breaking the Tumblr Habit

It’s soooo haaaaard…

Okay, I’m managing. It’s only when I want to avoid thinking (which, you know–is so rare! Really!) that I want to go to Tumblr.

I don’t even contribute content to Tumblr. I just scroll, and reblog what I like or what I think is important, very occasionally commenting but mostly not.

Kinda like how I do Twitter lately.

I had to draw the line, though. I am so ridiculously past deadline…so I set Firefox to not let me on Tumblr at all, via Leechblock. I set Chrome to only let me on distract-y websites for a minute at a time, via Productivity Owl.

Generally I use Twitter on my phone, so I’m currently leaving that across the room, way out of reach and sight.

Productivity is hard, yo. I gotta do all I can to help me focus.

It’s so ridiculous that it’s so hard. I don’t even know why! I love this story. I love writing. But every time I try to steer my brain at it, brain acts like a horse refusing a jump. Dodge left. Swerve right. Stop suddenly and dump your rider into the ditch. (I know to be ready for this and also I’m not actually riding my brain, so it’s not as bad as it sounds.)

Maybe the problem is the blasted middle. It’s the second book of a trilogy. It’s ALL middle. One of my biggest issues with writing is commitment–I want to write it all, right now, in THIS book. Always. In the middle you have to commit. You have to set aside a lot of shiny, in order to focus on THE SHINY of the story you’re working on. Too much shiny is blinding and also incomprehensible. I’ve got to be selective. And I dunwanna.

Which is just too blasted bad. I’m going to do this, by gum.

So there.

In other news, last week I was going to eat a yogurt and I looked at the ingredients first. Milk, sugar–wait, what? I did not eat the yogurt. I made my own, and it was super-simple.

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp of maple syrup or brown sugar, or to taste

Mix it together and pretend you were gonna make a pie but decided just to eat the filling. 😉

Yeah, yeah, I added sugar. But it wasn’t the SECOND INGREDIENT BY VOLUME! I’m not trying to go sugar-free, I just want to not eat what the food industry thinks is an appropriate amount of sugar.

Also, I added 2 tsp and it wasn’t quite enough, so I added a packet of Equal and that was just a little bit too much (though still pretty tasty.)

I was really proud of myself because I knew, ballpark anyway, how much of what stuff to put in to make it come out within tweaking distance of what I wanted, and that’s because of my experience with overnight oatmeal.

Also last week I made chicken with orange and yellow peppers and 3/4 of an onion and it was pretty dang good.

Keep it up and I might one day learn to actually keep myself in healthy food.

Right, so– 750 words nearly done. I gotta get back to editing Hiro II, and making those commitments.


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