The other day, while I was
procrastinating writing a blog post and looking aimlessly around the room, I started thinking about how habitual I am in general, and how every time I sit down to type something up, or even visit other blogs, I kind of have the same things around me. I figured you guys probably do too. So I will share mine, and then you can go ahead and tell me about the things you need to have around you to blog!
1. Not Kids
These small humans may look cute and innocent and non-threatening, but believe me when I tell you, it’s an illusion. Do you know what the chances are that they would ever let me type a single word? Zero percent. Exactly zero percent. Blogging and small human children do not mix.
2. A Beverage
How I wish it were wine, or perhaps a lovely cocktail I require, but if I drank while I blogged… well, let’s just say the posts would be far less coherent, but maybe a lot funnier? Either way, between all the calories, and the fact that if I sat around drinking for hours on end every night, I’d probably qualify as an alcoholic, I stick to coffee, Aquafina, and Cherry Coke Zero.
No idea why, really. I guess I like the smell? The flickering light? I don’t know, but I have a lot of them, and I am always burning one, and it makes me happy. But oddly, I only ever burn candles while blogging.
4. ALL the tabs
Sure, we can agree to pretend a few are legitimate: Amazon can be opened for links in a post, maybe I have Goodreads open for a character’s name reference or a cover picture. But let’s be real: The only thing I am using Twitter, BookOutlet, and a hundred different blogs for is sheer procrastination.
5. Music… for approximately 7.5 minutes
I kid myself into thinking I can concentrate with music every single day. I cannot. I set up a playlist and then…. I lose focus, I get angry at said music, and after about two songs, I am out.
6. The oft-useless “notes” I took while reading
I have this handy (and quite attractive) notebook that I write important stuff in (theoretically) while I am reading, so I don’t forget. When I am stuck writing a review, I refer back to the notebook, only to find that I wrote nothing that could be construed as helpful in any way. It’ll be something ridiculous like “I love Character!” or “that quote on page whatever was cool”. Not helpful, past-Shannon. Not helpful at all.