Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This Is How It’s Supposed To Work

Having a day job forces me to do my writing at night.
Having confused hormones forces me to exercise at night too.

Decisions, decisions.

Tonight, I got home, put a load of laundry in, answered some email, then conducted a heated debate with myself.

To exercise…or to write. Ah, that was the burning question.

On one hand, I argued, maybe getting on the treadmill wasn’t such a good idea since (sniff, sniff) I’ve got a head cold.

On the other hand, I didn’t write anything yesterday, so MAJOR guilt is setting in.

But…but…my progress toward regaining my old body took such a frickin’ hit last week, what with three nights out in a row (not to mention Valentine’s yesterday—which, don’t get excited, I spent with friends)…I really, really, thought I should knock off at least 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Then the truth hit me. The real problem—the reason I didn’t wanna do EITHER (aside from the fact that I’m an honest-to-goodness slacker)—was that I wanted to get back to the book I’m reading. The Secret Life of Bees.

Somehow, realizing the source of my indecision, made my choice clear.

I got on the treadmill.

And about fifteen minutes into it, as I flipped back and forth between Everybody Loves Raymond and the making of the latest Madonna video, somehow a MAJOR problem I’d been having with my current WIP got fixed. Just like that! Seemingly out the blue!

Hey, that’s what I call multi-tasking…and the way writing should work all the time. Now if I could only squeeze in the next scene before the Olympics come on (not to mention American Idol). Shoot, more multi-tasking.


Carol B. said...

So, I guess this post answers my question on Bees. Hmm. Maybe I'll pull it out of the old nightstand and give it another go--but not this week.

Gotta write!

Gina Ardito said...

God, Randy, I loved "Bees." Sue Monk Kidd's voice is so beautiful! Do yourself a favor--take it out of your local library on CD or Cassette and listen to it while you do that treadmill thang. Time flies when you're being read to...

And congrats on fixing your WIP's problem too. That IS a great night's work!