Apparently I Can Only Do One Thing At a Time. Maybe Two.

In the woods near my house Photo Credit: Doree Weller

In the woods near my house
Photo Credit: Doree Weller

So, as you might be able to tell by the title, I’ve been having some trouble with multitasking.  I’m getting a lot written on my novel, and I’m almost done, which is super exciting to me.  However, I have not been blogging.  Or doing stuff in, you know, my real life.

I wrote a while ago about how I needed to go on a technology diet, to leave space for creativity in my head when I was being quiet and not occupying it with Candy Crush or checking Facebook.  I was somewhat successful with that.

I’ve found something my muse has liked recently, and that’s taking walks in the pool.  I’m always on the lookout for exercise I enjoy, and since I hate exercise, that doesn’t happen often.  I used to go on hikes with my brother, but since I moved out of Arizona, that doesn’t happen anymore.  😦  I hadn’t found anything to replace those weekly hikes, and I had put on a few pounds.  I tried walking at home, but I hate the humidity, and I hate feeling soaked in sweat.  I joined a gym that had cycling classes and yoga, and while I liked them, I got bored with them after awhile.  Then I broke my finger and couldn’t do yoga anymore, so I quit.

We have a neighborhood pool, and it’s hot here in Texas, so one morning, I decided to go out and walk the pool.  I walked for a half hour, and during that time, I had lots of ideas come to me.  My characters started speaking to me, and I came up with scenes that my book had been missing.  (The only problem is that I have to remember them when I get out of the pool.  Taking a pen and paper in with me doesn’t work that well.  Not that I tried it.)

I love that I’m super productive with my book and getting some exercise.  I just wish I was good at doing more than one thing at a time.

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5 comments on “Apparently I Can Only Do One Thing At a Time. Maybe Two.

  1. darlamsands says:

    I think you did fabulous! I’m imagining that you remembered things very well after your exercise, too. That’s usually how it works for me. Good for you.

    • doreeweller says:

      Well, it’s funny. I have a goal set to do a half hour, so I got out to check the time, and was going to write some notes in my phone, but I forgot what I was thinking. Then I got back in, and pop! I remembered again.

  2. Multi-tasking in the pool. Good one. Lol. And, uh-hum, I’ve never tried the pen and paper in the pool either. **wink**

  3. What you need is a Rite in the Rain All Weather Field Book and a Fischer Space Pen.

    Go ahead. Plug those into Amazon. Find out what happens.

    Mwuahahahahhahahah!!!!! I will convert you ALL to Fischer Space Pens!!!!

    • doreeweller says:

      Lol. My husband has a Fischer space pen obsession, but I didn’t know they wrote in the water. And I’ve never heard of that notebook. (Yes, I was already on amazon) Oh my… I can just hear my neighbors now. “Mommy, why is the crazy lady writing stuff in the pool?”
      “Shush honey. We need to go.”
      “But we just got here!”
      “We need to go. NOW.”
      Thanks.

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