It’s Not That I’m Lazy

Okay, honestly, I am just a tad lazy. But only when it comes to something I don’t want to do. Like cleaning out the fridge or ironing that linen shirt. And really, that’s just procrastination, not laziness. There’s a big difference, according to the Google Guru:

Procrastination is often confused with laziness, but they are very different. Procrastination is an active process – you choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. In contrast, laziness suggests apathy, inactivity and an unwillingness to act.

See? I procrastinate when it comes to the blog here. When I’m watching back-to-back episodes of America Says on the Gameshow Network instead of cleaning up the kitchen, that’s laziness. Anyway, the point is, yes, it’s the last day of September but I wanted to include my Muffin post and it didn’t run until today so I had a very good reason to wait.

Or maybe the post is not that great. But it includes one of my creepy stories and frankly, I’m still not at all keen on going out into my backyard after dark. So you can be the judge on whether it’s a good post/story or not when you read “The Unexpected.”

I also opined on a somewhat current topic over there at The Muffin with The Baby and The Bathwater. Don’t worry, it’s not political. At least, I don’t think bathing is a political topic, just a smelly one.

And speaking of writing, I’ve been thinking, thinking, thinking, and writing, writing, writing, all month long. Usually, I just think, think, think , and never quite get around to the write, write, write, part (procrastination) but there’s something about the fall that kicks the laziness clear to the curb.

Unless it’s cleaning up dead spiders from the basement. Then I absolutely have to watch one more episode of America Says.

Take That, August

Hold on! It’s still August, I can get this in…

Y’all know how hot it is in Georgia in August, right? I mean, whether you live in the Piedmont region in the northern part of the state or the Coastal region down south, you’re gonna get hot served with a side of humidity. Makes a body just want to sort of…do…a whole lot of…nothin’. (I give you the squirrel as Exhibit A.)

Honestly, I feel like if you looked in the dictionary under “languishing” it would say “See Georgia in August.” (Exhibit B)

So one has to accommodate the weather and sync up one’s goals accordingly. Which is why I spend August catching up on reading. I wrote all about that over at The Muffin with “The Busy Bee Reader.”

But then I thought I’d spend the last couple weeks at the beach because if a body wants to be really good and hot and sweaty AND has a hankering for mosquitos, the islands are just about perfect.

Anyway, in between the sweatin’ and swattin’, I had a thought. Actually, I had a whole bunch of thoughts and I somehow found the energy to write ’em down. And I found that if a body stays inside with AC blasting, one can open up a document and start a new story. That’s desperation for you, when a person would rather write than go down to the beach.

And so with books read and story started, I came back home. (But not before “An Alarming Situation” came up, which you can also read about over at The Muffin.)

So wherever you are, please take care of yourself.

And as for you, August, I got readin’ and writin’ AND a blog post in. I rest my case.

Well, This is Awkward

I forgot June. I forgot my password to get into WordPress. I FORGOT HOW TO BLOG HERE.

But in my defense, I have not quite got the hang of everything here at WordPress since I switched to posting just once a month; I have to re-teach myself every single time. So I think forgetting my password and the mechanics of this platform is completely understandable. Now, forgetting June…I’m going to blame that on the beach.

I spent the entire month, walking (and dodging bikes and skateboards) and eating my favorite seafood (when I could get into the restaurants) and sprucing up the house (technically, it was just cleaning and painting two rockers).

The rockers would be much more impressive if I’d taken a “Before” picture but trust me when I say they were a dusty, spidery mess. And now they’re quite pretty, right? Anyway, the point is, June was a busy month, what with all the rest and relaxation and occasional eating and painting.

But I didn’t go full out Beach Bum. I got my work done over at The Muffin…

There was Bad Writing Habits, Part Deux where I fessed up to all the quirky (yet adorably) bad writing habits I just refuse to give up. Bet you can guess a couple of ’em without even reading the post (but go ahead and read it because they’re just that adorable).

Then I shared Confessions of a (Non-Professional) Book Reviewer and if you have a published book, you’ll want to give this a read to see what makes me review a book (and maybe see how you can get your book(s) reviewed).

Next up was Just Start Over, where I had one of those days where nothing was going quite right. But I have a trick for days like that, and it’s a handy trick for life and writing.

Which brings us to today’s post, aptly called Getting It Done With Pre-Writing. I didn’t do much thinking up stuff at the beach but I did read a lot, getting myself primed for writing. Or technically, pre-writing. Once home, I had this brilliant idea and…well, you can read all about what I do with a brilliant idea over at The Muffin.

And I’d like to say that August will be different. That I’ll whip out some incredible pre-writing not to mention a new blog post here without having to get a new password and such.

Yep, that’s what I’d like to say. But I’ll probably go back to the beach for a couple weeks…