Accomplishments – Not

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein

Social distancing is easy for a writer, or a reader. These are solitary professions. The same as most everyone else, I’ve been staying home, avoiding crowds, washing my hands, and trying not to hoard toilet paper; all easy tasks. I’m retired so I have no job to go to, or lose. I live in the woods outside a relatively isolated community. And Walmart is rationing toilet paper. How hard could it be?

So why can’t I finish anything? At present time I am reading three different books. One is the lesfic novel by Clare Lydon I mentioned in the last post: Before You Say I Do. The second is a paranormal mystery, Freaky Fangs, by Amanda M. Lee. The third is Eliza Andrews’ Soldier of Dorsa, a lesbian sci-fi-slash-fantasy epic. They are all good stories and well-written. I’m also listening to an audiobook version of an Amada Quick novel (my equivalent of a comfort read). And at least once a day I download another book, read two or three pages, and abandon it. I just can’t seem to finish any of them.

The same with my writing. I did complete Afternoon Delight and got it out on Kindle Unlimited a couple of weeks ago, but that was mostly written before the pandemic. Since then I have started two novels, both standing at about 10K words. And both just sit there on my laptop not getting finished.

I read in other authors’ blogs how productive they are being, using this recess from their normal lives to work on, and complete, projects. I just flit from project to project, completing nothing.

How about you? Are you one of those productive types, getting things done that you had been putting off? Or are you like me, starting too many things and finishing none? Let me know. Maybe you will be in inspiration for all of us do-nothings.

Now I think I’ll take a break and go wash my hands.


Author’s Note: I will have an embarrassing anecdote posted on the I Heart Lesfic blog this week as part of T.B. Markinson’s Project Laughter. Coinciding with that, my book The Taste of Cyn will be free for five days on Amazon Kindle starting on April Fool’s Day. It’s a slow burn romance about two young women in, you guessed it, Omaha, Nebraska. Enjoy.

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