Sunday, July 4, 2010

Staying Away to Stay on Track

by Leann

First of all, happy July 4th! America rocks. On to my problem now.

I love my online friends and the Internet--the discussion lists, Facebook, the instant news, even watching hurricanes on Doppler. For me, who spends a majority of time alone, the online world keeps me connected. But these things are a huge distraction and could probably best be called Procrastination Alley.

To finish the book I am writing, I have had to scale way back on interacting online. It's been tough, especially when the ideas aren't flowing well. It's so easy to log on to the World Wide Web (does anyone call it that anymore?) and forget my problems with the characters. This bunch I'm dealing with in The Cat, The Lady and The Liar are always arguing--with each other and apparently with me. Sheesh. So easy to turn them off. Too easy. Added to that, I have chronic pain issues and nothing works better for me than distraction.

The withdrawal from the Internet has eased enough that I am getting the work done, but I have never had such a problem staying away as I have this time around. What about you? Does the Internet keep you from getting things accomplished? Does it sometimes strike you as just a little bit evil? Inquiring minds want to know!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why else would one be up at 1am idling away the hours stumbling on the web other than to procrastinate?

Andrea C. said...

Let me just say that I LOVE the internet and would be sad should it ever be taken away from me.
That said it is also a tool that allows me to wastes HOURS of time doing nothing productive so I totally understand Leanne! It is, indeed, a little bit evil, but as a person who is fastinated by "Information" of any kind, I just like to say my time on "World Wide Web" is preparing me in case I am ever on a show like Cash Cab or Jeopardy! :) See...it's training, really! LOL

Happy 4th Everyone!

Ellery Adams said...

I'm an addict, there's no doubt. I wake up and check my email (but not until I'e had coffee). IF I see a funny Facebook post I have to comment. We writers can have such solitary lives that we need these cyber connections. I hope you get your work done so you can rejoin us, Leann and that your pain recedes like an ebbing tide...

Lesley Cookman said...

Procrastination Alley - I like it! Facebook, Twitter, e-groups, Lines of research that take you to fascinating places. I have to turn off broadband if I need to get anything done these days - like today, when I have a book to finish by the end of the day!

So - bye - and Happy July 4th.

Dru said...

I would be lost without the Internet and I like how Andrea C thinks re: training for Jeopardy.

I tell people it is easier to reach me via email than phone.

I do try to get all my chores done between the time I wake up and put the computer on and the time I turn it off.

Happy 4th!

Leann Sweeney said...

See? I'm here wanting to chat the minute I can. Thanks for joining me! Now back to this bunch of non-cooperative characters. Their story must be told. :-)

Rural View said...

We're expecting a heat wave beginning later today so I'll be spending even more time on the internet, and yes that will keep me from doing something more productive - like working on my own book. I just can't keep from commenting and reading and seeing what everyone is up to . . .

Babs said...

I love the phrase Procrastination Alley, I can relate Leann as well as the others. I can on the internet all the time. First I check my emails answer them etc. Then Facebook. I have scaled down on FB and quit the games I was spending hours on there it is so easy.
I have to really scale back and start working on book 3 which I have no clue the way I want it to go. And I started back on my genealogy as well. There is never enough time to get things done. Then the house work, kids, dinner, pets, but I wouldn't change a thing but more time ha.

NoraA said...

I love Face Book, I also love my yahoo reading groups. Between the two I am meeting the authors who make my life a happier place. The people I've met online are, for the most part very caring and interesting people. I've enjoyed "talking" to my favorite authors, friends, and even some lost relatives. It makes my day a hell of a lot more interesting then it was. Being the stay at home half of my partnership it gets boring with just laundry, shopping, cooking etc. Thank the Goddess for the Internet and Face Book.

Shutterbug said...

I have to admit that I'm addicted too. And it's worse now that I have an iPhone. I'm always connected. And I do have my routines, too. I get up, make coffee, check email, check for Amazon deals, check Facebook, and read my favorite blogs. And I can do it all in my bathrobe. It's great!

Lover of Books said...

I am an internet junkie for sure. lol I have had to not get online at all some days but I deal. Life is crazy wiht two little ones one who is almost 6 and the other almost 9 months. lol It is fun though. :)
Krista

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks to all my Internet pals for stopping by on a holiday. I think I have a title for a book: Internet Junkies on Procrastination Alley. And for me, that NOT a bad thing! :-)

Laineshots said...

I even take the Internet with me everywhere I go - on my iPhone!

signlady217 said...

I check my email while I drink my coffee! Also read my favorite writers' blogs and forums. Sometimes I need a second cup while I'm doing all that! That's my wake-up routine. Then I tend to check things several times a day just to see what's new.

More time needed, no. Just better organization of what I already have. Then I would probably get more stuff done. Oh, well, a girl can dream, right?