Hi there and welcome to the Life, Or Something Like It blog. I have been trying to get this blog going for a long while now, but consistency isn’t my strong suit. I also wasn’t exactly sure what kind of blog I wanted to write because I really don’t like writing articles or essays. I’m more of a psychobabble, stream-of-consciousness kind of girl who needs to remember to show and not tell. The showing eventually comes… But it’s got to be coaxed out of hiding with a glass of wine or two. It makes me constantly question myself. I mean, how exactly is one who is afflicted with the attention span of a squirrel supposed to become a successful writer?
I love to write. I have to write! I need to write! It’s become an addiction, and I wish it will one day pay the bills. My brain is always so full. I need to get it out. I’m on overload and I don’t know where to begin. I started a novel. It’s harder than I thought… Especially when I get interrupted constantly by my boys. I try to write when they are in school, but then my house talks to me. It tells me what a mess it is and how it wishes I would clean it up. I get out a few words, maybe a few sentences, and then the new clump of dog fur in the corner starts telling me to go grab the broom.
Sometimes I work on my novel, but then other ideas start slipping out… another idea for a novel? A memoir? A poem? A thought? And it’s absolutely genius! And I think I’ll remember so I don’t write it down. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. Then I want to kick myself! I carry a notebook and an iPhone around with me. I could scribble a note any time any place. Hell, I could leave a voice memo if I was feeling especially lazy. But I don’t. Even the bottle of Adderall on my shelf sits untouched, and I’m not entirely sure I am even making a lot of sense anymore. I know this and do nothing. And it leads to self-loathing. I’m doing it all wrong!
To break this destructive cycle, I am challenging myself to a year-and-a-day long quest. Finish my novel (and shed some weight for my sister’s wedding) by next November. I’m not the best multi-tasker, but hey, a girl can try, right? I mean, I was working on my novel when this brilliant idea came to me, deciding it was time to get another chapter under my belt, or at least a few decent pages. It’s on my desktop under my blog page this very moment. I should probably get back on the Adderall too, huh?