Saturday, November 19, 2005

What about Time? Part 2

Okay, this lovely chest was on one of my short story covers and has nothing to do with time, other than--wouldn't you like to spend time with him?

So am I the only procrastinator in the bunch? Certain things I delay simply because ideas need time to percolate and it's almost like I write better when under a time crunch. Hence my newsletter is often written at 2 am the day it's due out. But other things I put off because they make me almost sick to my stomach, like calling back the principal at my son's school or dealing with the insurance company. Even a simple task like making a doctor's appointment, returning a phone call, or RSVP-ing for a party I often put off until it's too late.

Why is this?

Even eating I put off until late in the afternoon, and by then I'm starving, so I tend to binge. It's a perplexing fact about my personality. I'm either anally early or chronically late. And no amount of Dr. Phil episodes or self-help books do me any good.

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Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

Yummy pic, Shara. Yep, would like to spend a LOT of time with him!

What is it about procrastination? One of the things I've mentioned a time or two on my blog is that the blog is yet another procrastination tool. So... you're not the only one!

Happy blogging today.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

If any of books were made into a movie, which book would it be and who would you want to be the hero and heroine?

You find yourself stranded on a desert island, what things could you not survive without?

10:58 AM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Sherrill, I agree about the blogging as a form of procrastination. I've been doing a "Shara's Stream of Thought" blog at SiN, the LSB forum. Fun and has not a thing to do with what I should be working on.

Amy, Are you a Lost fan by chance? Love that show! Yes, TV is another necessary form of procrastination.

Hmm, tough on the book into movie thing. I think Primitive Passion could make a good movie, though probably an NC-17 rating. I like Dylan McDermott for playing Heath. Hmm, maybe I'll hunt up a pic of him to post.

On a desert island, I couldn't survive without books, cable internet, or chocolate milk (sad but true)!


11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Procrastination, Shara, is a job requirement.

It comes right after having to write a synopsis. Although, I must say, procrastination is much more preferrable.

Books are dangerous. Very dangerous. Sometimes I'll get the urge to clean my toilet rather than hang with my characters. Oh, scrubbing the scuff marks of my linoleum works too. Movies are dangerous. Blogs are dangerous. Very dangerous. Because notice I'm blogging to you rather than write?

Sigh. Okay, okay. I'm getting to work.

jenna; (thanks for all those inspiring pictures. Ahhh, procrastination can be a thing of beauty)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Thanks for procrastinating with me, Jenna! Sorry to say I never have the urge to clean my toliet instead of write, but I do get sucked into folding laundry or rearranging my books. That in itself can take all day. Of course, the urge that just struck me right now since I'm watching the Food Network, is to make some pumpkin pie--it's a vegetable, right?

12:23 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Procrastination - I am right there with you when it comes to scheduling a doctor's appt or paying bills. But, I am totally the opposite when it comes to making plans for my work schedule, holiday planning, etc. Need to know where I need to be so I can get there on time. I hate to be late and have two sisters that are late always. So late, times we tell them it is starting 30 minutes earlier than it is so we are really only eating nabout 15 minutes late.

Dylan McDormett - he can star in anything as far as I am concerned. Yummy!

My question: Is there a movie that you can see yourself watching over and over again?

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Miki said...

I'm a horrible procrastinator about lots of things - cleaning, paying bills...

But I get just as frustrated with the other side of the coin. At work, there's always some deadline approaching. I don't mind working to deadlines. What drives me nuts, though, is when I get bugged day after day "Is it done yet?"

If they wanted it earlier, why not just give an earlier deadline?!

Makes me crazy {grin}

1:06 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...


The pics are yummy!

Have you ever procrastinated doing something that you wound up never doing it at all - that it was too late to do anything?

1:07 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Jessica, I'm a bit of a movie junkie, so there are several movies that I watch over and over again. Any of the Harry Potter movies, Bridget Jones' Diary, Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version), and Romancing the Stone, to name just a few :-)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Miki, totally relate--who needs the nagging, right? You've got it mapped out in your mind and you'll get it done. They just have to have faith.

Annalisa, I've definitely procrastinated until it was too late. Most recently on entering RWA's Golden Heart contest. Thought about it, forgot about it, deadline passed. Luckily--knock on wood--the consequences haven't been too major, but I probably have missed a few opportunities this way.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard on my local news that a pumpkin was a fruit. Go figure. I, personally, think it's the Great Pumpkin conspiracy and the pumpkins are just trying to work their way out of the dreaded vegetable gang into the upper ranks of the fruit elite.

Sigh. I have too much time on my mind.

jenna;) (refusing to admit that this is procrastination. I am merely connecting fellow readers & writers...)

1:24 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

And connecting with fellow readers and writers is very important, Jenna. Let me enable you.*g* Pumpkin has Vitamin A, right? And speaking as someone who does not eat enough carrots, I think this is a big plus. Ooh, smell the air--I think my pie is about done!

1:30 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

For me, reading spending time on the internet is my form of procastination.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Warm pumpkin pie--heavenly!

Jenny, I spend waaayyy too much time on the internet. It's amazing how much info is out there if we just take the time to search.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

I always procrastinate on the weekends. It's hard to concentrate on writing with two kids underfoot. Is it Monday yet?????

I LUVVVV Romancing the Stone!! :)Matter of fact, I may have to go dig it out of the closet...:) Great way to procrastinate on a rainy day. A good movie and a HUUUUGE bowl of buttered popcorn.


4:08 PM  
Blogger Jeanette J said...

I too am a procrastinator....depending on what it is (pleasant or unpleasant)I put it off as laong as possible

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

I procrastinate therefore I am. And nnniicceeeee pictures.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

>>So late, times we tell them it is starting 30 minutes earlier

OMG I thought my family was the only one who did this! Unfortunately when we're eating at Dad's there's no way to fool my step-mom so the turkey is ready on time =(

5:02 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Shara, we have the same taste in movies! BJD is my favorite movie of all times - Colin is such a dreamboat - and naturally I love his peformance in P&P. I'm also a die hard Harry Potter fan. Only one in your list I haven't watched is Romancing The Stone but if you liked it, I must go and search for it.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Another hunk I wouldn't mind spending time with, Shara - might even show up on time for him, lol. Sawyer on Lost is my guy,love that show.

Jenny, that fooling latecomers with the 30 minutes early doesn't work, we figure that out first time it's tried, lol. I've turned into such a nite owl and often only catch up on sleep in the day, so I tell them start without me and I'll catch you all later.

I tend to procastinate on things I don't really want to do but have - put them off until last minute but that seems to work out okay, I do just fine, sometimes better that way - less worrying about "should I change this" lol.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous AJ said...

You can't miss Romancing the Stone. It's a great movie!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Shara Lanel said...

Sawyer and Colin--oh yeah! Both dreamy!

Jenny, you haven't seen Romancing the Stone?! Yes, rent it! And rent its sequel Jewel of the Nile. I had them memorized at one point. Another great romance movie is American Dreamer. Those movies inspired me to write romance.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Dennie McDonald said...

Love that pic!

Thanks for sharing!

4:48 PM  

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