Saturday, August 21, 2010

Of Sick Dogs and Rewrites

This is Lily on her bed. Lily has had a rough few days. Apparently, when I was out to dinner with a friend a few nights ago, she went a bit crazy with a toy. The Hubster was not keeping a close eye on her, as he so often neglects to (as you can tell, this is a very sore point with me). He did not notice any part of the toy missing when he cleaned up the stuffing, squeeky and fabric. Yesterday, fabric came out of her. Unfortunately, she has a sensitive system and this sort of thing can cause a set back for days. We are on day three of this.

Erik and I have not been, nor will we ever be, blessed with children. Until we are ready to adopt, our pets are our children. I worry over them like my brothers do over their human children. I had a wonderful day planned! The Hubster is on call and has been at the pharmacy most of the day. I have the music on, candle ready to burn and was going to do some rewriting this morning! I was excited about that plan. Not so excited about the cleaning of the house which was to follow, but that's okay. However, with Lily being sick and making frequent trips outside, I find that I can't focus. My worry for her has completely clouded my mind. Cleaning is getting done because I can do that and still obsess over my dog. Writing? Not so easy to dive into that forest and tighten things up when all you can think of is your sick pup. Perhaps when The Hubster gets home, I'll be content to let HIM worry over the dog he made sick and be able to go into the woods with my characters for a bit.

What about you - do you have things that distract you from your writing? What keeps you from diving into the pages of your story?


  1. I can't write when anyone is home...I have to be alone. Wednesday everyone will be at school and work. :) I feel my focus returning...

  2. Poor puppy! I hope she feels better soon.

    When I want to write, I find that everything distracts me. Do I feel like it's been too long since my roommates have cleaned the kitchen? Well, I need to do that instead of write. Or I'll play the Sims 3 on my laptop or I'll go for a walk or I'll just wander around aimlessly because I don't want to work. It's a sick cycle, but I vow this year to make it better!

  3. Awww poor Lily. I hope she feels better soon.

    I can't focus when I'm sick. It doesn't matter how major or minor it is. One little sniffle and I lose the desire to write.

  4. Poor, poor Lily. You have to be so careful with dogs. Ours had to have surgery because she'd snatched up a corn cob that our kids dropped on the floor. She had only bitten off a small chunk, but it stopped up her whole system. i remember it being very scary at the time. What stops me from writing? Being at work!

  5. Sharon - I do love when I have the house to myself with no distractions! Hope you have a productive Wednesday!

    Mina - I go through periods where I am easily distracted. Blogs will be a huge time suck. "I'll just check a few," I vow and next thing I know it is afternoon and I'm on a website that has nothing to do with anything. Sigh.

    Andrea - I use it as an excuse to curl up on the couch and watch my fave movies or tv shows on DVD! If we don't nip that cold at the very beginning, it can easily be worse, right? Right?

    Angie - who would think a small chunk of corn cob would cause a blockage? It's so scary and it can add up fast!

    Lily is feeling much better. Thank you everyone for your well wishes!