Tuesday, February 26, 2008

time bombed

Well goodness me and golly gosh, where does the time go?!

I'd say I spent the last week as follows:
Work: 50%
Sleep: 40%
Housework: 3%
Shopping: 2%
Watching TV: 3%
Email / Blogging, etc: 1%
Getting my hair done: 1%

A couple of things to note here:
1 - Only about half the shopping was boring old groceries. Cinderella and I went shopping just for fun on Saturday and bought some clothes for ourselves just for fun. It was my kind of shopping: cheap stuff that I don't expect to last more than 5 washes but that's OK 'cos at that price I get to go shopping again soon to replace it.

2 - On the Hair thing: I forgot to mention that we went out for dinner with friends on Saturday night in honour of my new haircut. I HATED the last cut and it had finally grown out to point where it could be fixed so I decided to celebrate. Well I had to have some excuse for going out, didn't I?

So what was the point of this little exercise? Well I'm not 100% sure, mostly because I'm too bloody tired from working so hard to even think straight. This post could, in fact, have started life as a rant about work but I just don't have the energy.

It ties in well with what I'm really trying to say, though: 1% on email AND blogging (etc[1])?! That's just not good enough. I'm supposed to fancy myself as an amateur writer of sorts... like a hobby that maybe might one day turn into something I could retire to do full-time. Blogging is a great way to keep the writing juices flowing. On those days when you don't have time to work on that story you've been writing, you write up a quick post for your blog, just to keep in practice.
Having half an hour a week to write is just not cutting the mustard! It's been bugging me... but I've been too weary to do anything about it.

It's really annoying.

Having said that, I did manage to do a little bit of creative writing over the weekend, late on Sunday afternoon. My friend Jason Evans is hosting a little Short Fiction contest over at The Clarity of Night, you see, and the photograph he posted for it did it's job well and inspired me to pick up a pen (figuratively speaking, of course - nobody uses pens anymore!) and add my contribution.
You may read the fruits of my labour here.
It's not exactly my finest literary masterpiece but it's better than what I've been writing lately which is pretty much, um, nothing.

Thank you, Jason, for spurring me out of my slump for an afternoon.

Now, if everyone could just spare me 10 minutes of free time over the next few days, maybe I'll finally get to spend some more time with you guys in Blogland. For now, sleep beckons....


[1] The "etc" is the dreaded "F" word - Facebook. It just seems rude not to poke people back y'know?


Ben O. said...

That's a pretty good rundown of your weekly time allotment, but sadly I see time set aside for polo.

So heartbreaking.

Ben O.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Damnable business, isn't it, trying to get blogging percentages right. I find I'm either doing too much blogging or none at all.

Glad the haircut was worth a celebration! :-)

Oh, and left you a comment over at Jason's place :-)

Terri said...

Ben O - Polo? Really?

Vanilla / Atyllah - And I you :-) Yes it seems to be the story of my life, I'm sort of an "all or nothing" personality type, much to my distress.

beadinggalinMS said...

Will have to go read your contribution. I also need to visit Jason. I have not been there in awhile.
Glad you got to go clothes shopping. That is always fun fun fun!:)

angel said...

i missed jason's competition... i was working on a piece- but didn't get nearly far enough with it.
and yes- it is rude not to poke back!

Terri said...

Beads - It seems to be more difficult to get round to these things, these days.

Angel - I shall make an effort to poke you the very next time I log in :-)

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