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June 17, 2011


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I like this post a lot! I do put my writing first often, after family of course, but before other things, like social life, lol and cleaning and working out. It also depends how entwined I am in a project how much it takes over. Sometimes I'm so into it, I barely even tweet. (this is rare though, ha!)

SG Redling

You had me at potato! I've come to learn that so many of those "musts" on my lists are really "I wish you would's" from people in my life who prefer to have me do the heavy lifting. I'm in the midst of a (self-imposed) 30 day writing challenge and, when push comes to shove, a whole lotta "musts" have become "Why don't you...?" So far the world has not stopped spinning.
Can we go back to the potato?

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Jenn. :) I love that feeling when a project takes over, and next thing I know, it's a completely different time of year. LOL I like to have Twitter open so I can take a little mental breather and see what everyone else is doing--okay, okay, to make sure they're not having too much fun!

Donna Cummings

SG, I'm such a potato gal too. In fact, I wanted to find a better pic of one with all the trimmings, but that was the best I could do (I'll fix it in revisions. LOL)

Excellent point about the "I wish you would's". It seems people get used to certain ways of things being done -- especially by OTHER people! So kudos to you for the writing challenge. What a great way to make sure writing gets done first.

So that you have plenty of time for potatoes. :)


I'm a writing comes last girl right now and I hate it. Thanks for the reminder that I need to be more selfish. :)

Donna Cummings

Sabrina, I think that's the tricky part -- we feel like we're being selfish, but we're not. We're doing something that is important to us, like everyone else seems to do. :)

But I know what it's like when work things come first. Sometimes you have to be creative--one of my favorite scenes came to mind while I was doing some mindless paperwork. LOL Writing is very subversive sometimes!


I often seem to be on a time delay for putting me/my writing at the top of the to-do list. Since I've been insane enough to take a summer physics class, writing is out. The energy just isn't there. However, I still read the word problems and wonder, for instance...if a child in a boat throws a 6.40-kg package out horizontally at a speed of blah, blah, blah...then the burning questions are, of course, why the heck is the child in the boat and what is in the package? LOL Of course, this is all irrelevant to figuring out the speed of the boat (don't really care and part of the "blah, blah blah" info), but it makes for an interesting writing prompt, don't you think? :) But *sigh* I have to put those burning "irrelevant" questions aside for now, which is really driving me nuts. LOL So I guess -- oddly -- I'm struggling NOT to put writing first. LOL

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I nearly swooned just READING the word "physics". I can't imagine having to LEARN it, every day, in the summer. Eeek.

It sounds, though, like your writerly brain is in the forefront, so even if you don't have the energy to get the words onto paper, you're churning up great story ideas. (Yeah, why IS that child in the boat?!)

It makes my heart proud that you're a contrarian, just like me. :)


And some days, putting yourself first means taking a day off from writing. I'm doing that today. Went to the movies and read the paper and just took a break...

Trust me, the state of my house shows that generally, the writing comes first. And some days, it's the writer! ;-)

Donna Cummings

Maureen, that is so true! The writer has to be taken care of, and too often that isn't high enough on the priority list. I hope you had fun with your day off. :)

Kari Marie

This is so true. No one else can write for us. OK, well we could hire a ghostwriter but what would be the fun in that? Unfortunately putting myself (and my writing) first means getting up at 5 a.m. I am sooo not a morning person. You know what? I LIKE it now. Who knew? Some days the dishes can just sit in the sink and the delivery boy is just 30 minutes away.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I like your attitude! Not to mention your resolve. I'm not a morning person either, but if we want to make this a priority, this is what we have to do. :) Congrats to you for putting your writing first!

julie gardner

LOVE the word "knackered."

I will now be using it every day for the rest of the summer to describe myself.

SOOOO much better (high maintenance) than "tired" or even "exhausted."

Yes. Knackered sounds serious.
Like a thoroughbred.
A sleepy one.


Donna Cummings

Julie -- "knackered" IS a great word. I think we can thank the Brits for that. So much more refined, and fun. I'm glad you'll get to use it this summer. :) Except for the fact that you'll be, well, knackered. LOL

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