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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: A Writer's Day
By Karin Beery
07/30/08


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A Day in the Life of this Writer

Daily Goals:
1. Pray
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:
1. Pray
2. Find an office outside of the house.


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Joy Faire Stewart08/03/08
This is hilarious. Isn't it the truth, you always see something that MUST be done in a room.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/05/08
I enjoyed following your day as a writer. Just look though at how many of your goals you really did accomplish, in spite of being sidetracked. Your last line is priceless.