Procrastination and Friday

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This week I’m supposed to be participating in Romance Writers of America’s online chapter Kiss of Death’s Book In A Week. First day, over 5,000 word count. The next day, 700 or so. Third day? Over 5,000. Last night? Over 200. I have no excuse. No valid excuse other than cranking out a goal of 5,000 words per day is exhausting. When I get tired, I get really whiny and make a lot of excuses why things aren’t getting done.

Yesterday’s excuse? I needed to go to Weight Watchers, then pick up a new suitcase for the RWA convention next month. By the time my “errands” were done, my writing time had been frittered away. My husband asked if I’d had a good day, and I replied that little writing had gotten done, but it was a good day. Then my remorse set in.

I can’t get back those hours spent doing crap instead of writing. Today I tried looking through my WIP, and just got more annoyed with myself. That in itself is manufacturing procrastination.

Time to figure out if I’ll continue to fritter another day away, or put words to screen. Time to make another cup of French Roast and stop making excuses. Put my keister in my office chair and fingers to keyboard.

Carpe Diem, y’all. Carpe Diem.

From Wikipedia: Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day”, taken from the Roman poet Horace’s Odes (23 BC)

“Don’t ask (it’s forbidden to know) what end
the gods have given me or you, Leuconoe. Don’t play with Babylonian
numerology either. How much better it is to endure whatever will be!
Whether Jupiter has allotted you many more winters or this one,
which even now wears out the Tyrrhenian sea on the opposing rocks, is the final one
be wise, be truthful, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes
to a short period. While we speak, envious time will have {already} fled:
seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next day.”


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