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:~: Thursday, August 24, 2006 :~:

Explain the Logic

Two of my three Gremlins are gone to their grandparents'. The house is relatively quiet (esp. when Gremlin #3 is sleeping), and I can't bleed out a single word to save my life.

Fast forward a week. All three Gremlins are now home. Chaos reigns supreme. The dog is barking, the doorbell's ringing, kids are screaming and I'm writing like a mad-woman.

Just where is the logic?


Blogger Christine Keach said...

Oh yeah, I always think I'm going to get sooooo much more writing done when the summer comes around because I have nothing else to do. I've had 5 summers as a teacher and that has yet to happen. There is no logic. Elisabeth, I think we just thrive on the stress.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


I just found this blog!! I followed you over from Murder She Wrote. lol.

I think it all boils down to what you get used to. I bet you've always had to write with walking/talking/screaming distractions around. So maybe when you get peace and quiet you can't concentrate? Maybe instinctively you think, before you remember they are gone you think "Okay, what are they up to? Its too quiet in here." lol

I used to take my laptop to work and work at the lunch table with about twenty to thirty men playing cards and yelling around me. Never bothered me a bit. Now-- I work in a dead silent 0ffice, and any noise breaks my concentration.


4:10 PM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

Nowadays, I sleep when the kids are gone. LOL

6:50 AM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

Life as a wife and mother is never logical so don't stress yourself out trying to be logical about it.

Can you imagine Mr. Spock as a husband and father? LOL He'd go nucking futs!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Christine - I think you're right. Some editor's going to love me because I work way better under pressure than I do when I'm just writing with no deadlines looming.

Theresa - glad you found me! And yeah, I am used to noise and chaos, although I dream of peace and solitude to think and create. (Don't we all?)

TJ - I wish I could sleep when the little one went down. My internal clock won't let me nap anymore though (sucks to get old).

And Piper - Logical? Me? Never. Linear maybe, but definitely not logical. :)

1:32 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

For a while (right after the kids all left) if I had all day to write couldn't write word, but give me only two hours... and I could crank out several pages!

Now, I when I have a full day to write, I break it up into segments and get a lot done! But its that untraining that takes a while!

12:11 PM  

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