Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
TITLE: A Writer's Day
By Karin Beery
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2. Edit article
3. Start new article
4. Edit 2-4 chapters in book
5. Finish reading book on writing
6. Submit article
5 am – Up with husband! Made his breakfast and lunch. Cleaned kitchen. Quick snack. Prayed.
6 am – At the desk for an early start – yes! Printed out article to edit. Tired of the topic (too much time spent researching hummus, reading the same 700 words). Needed a break. Played solitaire.
7 am – Cat barfed. Considered calling the vet. Googled “cat barf”. Cleaned up mess. Realized the floor needs to be cleaned; swept and mopped.
8:30 am – Back to article. Two paragraphs edited. Fixed a real breakfast: pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Considered extra bacon for the cat...maybe not.
9:30 am – Cleaned kitchen. Back to desk. Finished editing article – whew! Opened file on the computer to make the changes. Not ready to keep writing about hummus. Played solitaire.
10:15 am – Answered phone; talked to Mom.
11:00 am – Potty break; bathroom needs cleaning. Started typing changes. Wondered about other periodicals for submission. Picked up Sally's guide and started taking notes.
1:30 pm – Famished! Quick lunch – sandwich, soup, cookies, chips, apple. Cleaned kitchen. Mail arrived!
3:00 pm – Put down writer's magazine, feeling inspired! Back to work!
3:15 pm – Potty break; cleaned the toilet.
3:20 pm – Need water.
3:25 pm – FOCUS! Finished editing and changing article. Needed a new article topic. Searched internet for ideas.
4:30 pm – Closed solitaire. Started writing about procrastination. Brainstormed rough draft – over five hundred unorganized words saved to computer.
6:00 pm – Husband home – forgot dinner! Boiled water; popped open jar. Spaghetti again.
7:00 pm – Cleaned kitchen...again. Walked with husband to beach. Discussed the day. Prayed together. Back to house.
8:30 pm – Panicked! Goals not met! Opened novel; started editing. Ignored husband's dirty laundry on the floor. Edit!
8:40 pm – Started laundry. EDIT! Finished first chapter. Felt accomplished; checked email.
9:15 pm – Started another chapter. Husband done with shower...fought urge to clean the tub. Considered changing new article topic to include housework.
10:45 pm – Barely awake, finished chapter two. Eyes drooped. Looked at goal list – not done.
10:50 pm – Wrote goal list for tomorrow:
2. Find an office outside of the house.
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