Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Too True Tuesday

If you missed my post on Monday, there wasn't one. 3 out of 5 of our family members have pink eye, ear aches, sore throats, runny noses, and...and...and.... I'm one of the lucky ones who isn't sick, the other one is only 6 years old. Guess you don't have to wonder who's been dispensing medicine, tissues, and lots of love. I didn't get any writing done either...but that's okay because the book is FINISHED. Well, it's out with critique partners and put away for a month while I tackle a book in a month challenge at Cobblestone Press (can you say erotic big cat shifters???) Luckily, I can plot and be a mom simultaneously (sort of).

Essie, the accidental mommy, has thrown down the gauntlet for us to reveal to the world our compulsive/obsessive habits. The ones that enable society to exist and keep us from sliding into a horror even Stephen King couldn't contemplate (Dean Koontz, now, maybe he could envision my sort of horror -- read Relentless).

My obsession came along long before I was an author, but I didn't "own" it (i.e., I lived by myself and no one else noticed) until I was an author.

I check.my.inbox, um, constantly. Even when I'm writing, surfing the net, chasing spiders... my e-mail is open on my desktop. I've tried to turn it off when I write, but curiosity drives me to open it every one to five minutes. I found I spent more time typing in my virtually unbreakable password (which is near to impossible to type correctly the first time), every time I *had* to check my e-mail. So, it stays open so that I can see what has dropped into my inbox.

I'm also right on top of collecting phone messages & mail.

Now, the door? Someone else can answer that puppy, because I'll tell you, no editor/agent is going to come to my house, so I know whoever is standing on the steps is either Jehovah's Witness or for the kids.

So, do you have any obsessive/compulsive drive you'd like to share?


Anonymous said...

Um..does that count as a compulsion? 'cause if so I am sooooooooooooo right there with you. I mean, I guess I just figured that behavior was ONLY NATURAL!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Yeah, I am with you on the email (well, close anyway). Especially now that I have it coming in to my phone. Did you know you can send your inbox to your phone without paying for internet connection? Maybe I shouldn't have told you that, LOL!

Ericka Scott said...

Coolness....I now have to figure out how I can get e-mail on my phone for free....but first, I have to check my inbox...there's 1 unread message! (and this could be a contract for a book! -- or spam)