Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Squirrels and other Distractions (Lizzie)


Any fans of Disney's Up out there? Somethings I feel like Doug, so easily distracted. So easily overwhelmed when things get busy or don't go as smoothly as I anticipated. Having too many things on my mind and eating up my time too often ends up in me not doing some of those essential things (like writing and focused Bible study and prayer) that help me deal with life's craziness.

This is Phoebe, my Great Pyrenees. She's
lovely and sweet but doesn't understand "stay."
The lovely new cover for my book.


In the last couple of months, I've been in the middle of trying to buy a house (possibly, hopefully, there are a lot of bumps in this road), struggling to get everything done for the new school year at work and keep up the literature class I'm taking, leading a Bible study group and planning/carrying out events for Women's Ministry at my church, promoting the re-release of my novel The Beast's Enchantress as The Rose and the Wand (and sorting out technical difficulties holding up the print version), trying to figure out how to keep my escape-artist pooch from breaking out of houses and Houdini-ing over fences and off runs, and working on other writing projects. I'm grateful I don't have any major health or relationship issues or flood/fires/hurricanes to deal with, but, if I'm not careful, I'll still fall into the trap that life is just "struggle-through-able" right now.

How do you deal with distractions and overwhelm? 

I've noticed if I ignore those squirrels and make myself take time to write and have a quiet time, then I am much better equipped to deal with the distractions and difficulties that come up. What things must you do in order to stay on top of things?


  1. Great post, Lizzie! I completely understand - I get sidetracked by distractions all the time, especially where my kids are involved :) Writing is so hard that way because so few authors have the luxury to set aside time for it like a standard job. I agree that quiet time is important. It also helps for me to compartmentalize my time and make my day a bit more scheduled so I can work in time for things like writing. Love the new cover, by the way!! :)

  2. I still haven't figured out how you moms do it. I admire your time management and motivation. I'm glad you like the cover!


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