I feel blech. I have about a thousand and one things on my to-do list and no energy or motivation to do any of them. Partly it’s because I’m overwhelmed, and mostly it’s because I’m underwhelmed with what these tasks are. There are only so many times you want to layout books in one day or read short stories or write up marketing plans, etc.

So, I shall open this up to discussion. What do you do to procrastinate from writing? Do you suddenly feel a need to rearrange your closet, unsnare the mess of cords behind your desk, dig up the front yard, or just little things like redecorate your entire home – from scratch – with hand embroidered linens – with completely original designs inspired by European cathedral windows. (I just read Dragon Slippers where, yes, the heroine embroiders designs inspired by stain glass windows.) And when you finally accept that you are procrastinating, what do you do to remotivate yourself? Share your idiosyncricies in the comments.

And of course, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t share mine. I procrastinate here on this blog, but mostly by reading published books. If I was reading unpublished books, it might be argued that I’m working. So, published (or advanced readers) it is. And I tend to find that looking at my expenditures tends to remotivate me. There’s nothing like 1100 brand-new ARCs to motivate you to get that marketing plan drawn up. (or in this case revised).

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