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Avoiding Editing

November 3, 2016

I’ve taken my capacity to avoid editing to an entirely new level with Catching Echoes, Reconstructionist 1. A sampling of the avoidance techniques I’ve employed in the first three hours of my day are as follows:

    1. Completely mapping out the ending of Dowser 9 in my head while taking a shower and blow drying my hair. I have at least four more books to write between R1 and D9.
    2. Discussing the fine details of the song Michael is currently writing, including the musical ‘makeup.’ And, yeah, I know nothing about music. Not. A. Thing.
    3. Making a wish list of small fruit I’d like to add to the orchard NEXT SPRING, including researching optimal growing conditions for a Meyer Lemon.
    4. Social media posts. Including posting a picture of my cats on Instagram. Because what could possibly be a better way to waste time?
    5. Listening to music to ‘get me into the head space,’ then writing large random chunks of Reconstructionist 2.
    6. Coming down with a head cold. This is an amazing feat, because I never leave the house so I have no idea where I could have picked up a cold. So therefore, logically, it’s self-generated. Like a reverse superpower.
    7. Blogging.
    8. This post needs a picture, let’s see … hmmm … chickens?


So now that my shame is out there, and everyone knows the lengths to which I will go to avoid editing, I will now be forced to edit for the remainder of the day … and for all the days between now and my deadline to get R1 back to the editor.

Oh! But first, a hot chocolate. [That’s not an avoidance tactic, it’s a fundamental need].

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan Hayes permalink
    November 3, 2016 10:37 AM

    We all have those days. Well, days of avoiding doing what we probably should be doing. Not that my avoiding folding the laundry is on par with avoiding editing a sure to be amazing book that will be loved by all your readers lol Enjoy your hot chocolate and fingers crossed your head cold goes away

    • November 3, 2016 10:54 AM

      No guilt trip in that comment, LOL, Megan. I can tell you are a mom! No worries I’ll make it work.

  2. November 3, 2016 11:02 AM

    That’s awesome, Meghan, I think I’ll try #4, 6 and 7 as procrastination techniques for myself … they seem very effective!

    Happy editing! 🙂

    • November 3, 2016 11:50 AM

      Not sure I can actually recommend any of these techniques, but they have been effective in distracting me. LOL

  3. Kendall Jarish permalink
    November 4, 2016 9:58 PM

    These are actually some great techniques for avoiding tedious chores such as completing report cards 🙂

    • November 4, 2016 10:11 PM

      I really do think these could be applied to that task as well. 😉

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