Monday, May 11, 2015

SPRING FEVER


When I put my sandals on the last thing I want to do is sit down and write. I want to enjoy the colors of spring, and all that sunshine. Spring and summer is for getting out and doing. The ease of writing during the darkness is the only good thing about winter.

Do you change your writing habits in the spring and summer? I do, I find myself finding better excuses not to write like planting new flowers, weeding (yes weeding) or spending the day running errands. Why are errands so much more fun in good weather? It has to be the sandals.

I try to combine the two by taking my work outside, but those three birdfeeders I put out this year bring in the most colorful birds. They're so much more interesting than my open laptop.

Spring fever is a serious illness for writers but when the cure is winter, (OMG what a lousy cure) as soon as the sun is down, the laptop is open.

How do you deal with spring and summer distractions?
 
 

23 comments:

  1. Luckily I can give in to them Yolanda. One of the beauties of being retired.

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    1. I'm so glad you are enjoying your retirement - that is a blessing!

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  2. I do love bird watching, so that would be incredibly distracting, but it's better than the cabin fever of being snow bound. Of course, in Arizona we have the opposite problem since we head inside when the summer heat gets to 100. LOL

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    1. I love the snow, but when it's all just gray and cold, and the sun doesn't shine, I mourn. I do love the birds, but couldn't name a one. Arizona, a beautiful place, but yes during that afternoon heat even the pools are empty.

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  3. Hi Yolanda,

    I actually try to incorporate the wonders of spring and summer distractions into inspiration for my writing. I try to do that any time of the year. Been a bit of struggle this year, however.

    Nice sandals!

    Hugs, your friend,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hey Gary, thank you, they are my favorites. I buy dozens of sandals each spring - can't have enough. LOL

      Hugs to you too!

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  4. It becomes humid here during the summer and on most days, you just don't want to be out in it. So I can write just as well in summer as winter.

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    1. Humidity does keep me in with the air conditioner during the worst, so there is some time that I'm not playing instead of working. Tomorrow it's the porch, and the birds, and the laptop - editing must go on!

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  5. When it become super hot, i can stay in no problem. But since I stay far ahead, I can do whatever I want and still have plenty of writing done

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    1. You are remarkable - I strive to get one week ahead, and fail miserably!

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  6. Since I recently moved, I have been finding a lot of excused not to write. Like unpacking, decorating, buying new furniture, gardening, shopping for the house and garden, etc. I haven't worked on my WIP in a long time. Oopsy!

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    1. But when you go back, you'll be fresh, reenergized and ready to go! Breaks are always good, well, most of the time. ;)

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  7. I tend t keep writing, but my blogging spirit often evaporates to nothing.

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    1. I resemble that statement totally! LOL

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  8. It's really hard to stay inside, but I'm even worse on chilly, rainy days when all I want to do is nap. I guess we just have to make up our minds to work and then follow through (after the errands/nap)

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    1. So true Patricia, for the muse will not be quieted - distracted for a time but never quieted!

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  9. There's nothing like writing as the snow falls. In the spring and summer, I try to get in some morning in the sun time and then either have to go to work or I'll write for awhile. Since I'm up early, I take an afternoon nap, get in some gardening or whatever, get dinner started, do my job for another couple of hours and then I can write for a bit before the body says, enough. Go to bed. My problem has been juggling job for pay and writing time. It's coming together. Mostly it's not being too tired to be able to think creatively and that's the big one for me. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Struggles that are somehow to make us all better writers. Love the mornings, and now the nights for the peace and quiet = when the muse speaks the loudest!

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  10. Well seeing spring and summer take up most of the year over here, Aussies would be hard put if we let gorgeous weather stop our writing. That's why NaNo amuses me. It's set in November as the Northern Hemisphere is cool then. Unfortunately we are dripping with sweat. Nothing for it but to sit in air-conditioned comfort. As well as home, I have a great cafe down the street with air-con and big private tables where I can drink coffee, indulge in calorific cakes if I desire, and write my heart out. Fun!!

    Glad my blog is showing up at last! Hard wrought that one. Naturally my blog comments have gone way down thanks to my feedburner problem. :-)

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    1. Things will pick up, I'm sure. I always get a bad case of spring fever, winter is very hard on me and the sunshine is so freeing! I have plenty of excuses, but when the s... hits the fan I'm working! LOL

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  11. I write less during the summer because my son is not in school, but before I had him, winter and summer were my best writing months. I stayed inside to keep warm or cool! Fall is the season that brings me outside.

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  12. Georgia's winters are generally mild, and our summers are generally brutal, but it's still pretty most of the year 'round, so distractions present themselves almost every day. (If not from the beckoning weather, then from my beckoning husband.) How do I handle all of those distractions? Most of the time, I give in to them and enjoy the moment. As Jo said, that's the glorious life of retirement. :)

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  13. Wintertime definitely gives me more reasons to procrastinate! It's 90+ degrees here for most of the summer, though, and that's just miserable. But I write inside with lots of light coming in the windows!

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