Courtney S. Barr

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday Memos on a TUESDAY! Keeping you on your toes ;o)

"Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm. Monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them."
-William Arthur Ward

We all know that interruptions in writing are quite temperamental. Sometimes the break is what we need, allowing us time to reflect and see what we have missed; then dive back in. Other times the interruption shines light on the fact that we are completely lost within our current projects. Who ever said writing was easy never understood interruptions.

You see, we all have them. They may come in the form of persistent children, slightly neglected housework, husbands hungry for supper, wives wanting to go out rather than sit in while their husband writes and of course the need to be interrupted can arrive straight from the author's own mind.

Most of you know that I am definitely a glass half full girl, or really a 3/4 full girl ;o). This is something that can come in handy when dealing with interruptions. Just last night I needed to work on a chapter in my WIP. I sat down and began to type, twenty-five minutes in my dog scoots next to me. He rolls over and puts his belly up to be scratched. I look at him and tell him give me five more minutes. He lays there tail wagging, patiently hoping that my fingers discover his stomach is much more pleasing than the keys. After eight minutes he flops onto his paws and tries to crawl on top of the computer.

Yeah, he likes to do this.

I quickly hit save before his paws type the dog version of my story and I look at his face. I have been traveling for pretty much the past eight days. I have not been home really more than seventy-two hours during the last eight days. I decide to let his interruption occur. Even though I KNOW that while traveling I did not get to put as much time into my work, this interruption is worth it. I set the computer aside and for the next thirty minutes I pet him and watch Big Bang Theory on my DVR utterly relaxed.

Honest to goodness after the show he hopped up and went to sit on his perch in the window, allowing me to open the computer and start working again. That thirty minutes did not hurt my progress, nor did it hinder the nights events. It actually allowed me a little down time and I found myself putting more productive energy into my work. Rather than be aggravated by the interruption I just dove right into it. Sure, it was thirty minutes rubbing a dog that loves me unconditionally but to be honest it could have been a load of laundry or a trip to the store and I still would not have let it become a hindrance. It is all in how you approach/react to the interruption. Let it in but don't let it control you. Let yourself enjoy it but don't forget that work is still waiting.

Sometimes I live for interruptions, memories are made with interruptions, characters are discovered, locations realized, and life enjoyed. So when you get bogged down, you shut the door, you only have enough light on to see the keys, you have your mug of tea or coffee and you feel like the world is separate from your hole; remember that interruptions can fuel your work if you let them. They can become food for thought, they can let your dog enjoy some me time, they can let your family know that you aren't a zombie or that dinner will occur before the kids are old enough to own their own restaurant... ;o)
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Have a Terrific Tuesday!


  1. Thanks for the linkage and for stopping by my blog! :)

  2. Sometimes those little distractions are just what I need to get things going on the WiP again.

  3. Not to mention it's easy to write when you're not feeling guilty of neglecting the fur kids. Pickles (my working dog for the deaf) reminds me quite often I've been at the computer long enough. And you know...she's usually right and I feel refreshed after grabbing up the leash and taking a jaunt in the woods with her. (Hugs)Indigo

  4. Love the "Life is made in the interruptions" idea - great post!

  5. Interruptions, sometimes, like you and your dog, are meant for us to realize what's truly important. More times than not, I look up at the clock and realize I haven't fed Monster Baby yet. I'm getting much better at it. I hate whining.

  6. Sounds like a great name for a novel: The Beautiful Interruption. (should I copyright this?)

  7. Great reminder. Interruptions can be good. Better learn to deal with it, and it might as well be in a positive way, since they are pretty much a constant. :)

  8. Aw, thanks for the linkage. :) And my cats have a funny way of deciding when I will and won't pet them--especially Marty (a.k.a Behemoth) who's 20 pounds of solid kitty muscle) When he wants to be pt, the word screeches to a halt. Even *gasp* revisions. :)

  9. TAA - you are so welcome! I discovered your blog through Matthew Rush at TQQQE blog!

    Tara - me too! It seems that the breaks are good, you know the ones we self impose. But I also enjoy the unexpected ones that catch me off guard.

    Indigo - I LOVE PICKLES! I have seen some of your pics on your blog and just love that dog. Yes my little fur buddy is quite demanding when he sees my laptop...he REALLY likes to be a distraction ;o)

    Christine - Thanks! WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM by the way ;o)I definitely believe life is made during the interruptions.

    PW - yeah the whining would get to me too. I cannot imagine juggling my writing and work and children and the dog and the husband! All of you writers that do it are my heroes! I am constantly amazed when I read your posts.

    Wendy - lol That would make a nice book title. Perhaps you should copyright that one ;o)

    Janet - Thanks! Btw WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM! So glad to have you here now! Constant...oh yes they sure are that! Dealing with the constant variable has always been a trial for me, but I am learning to just go with the flow and embrace it all ;o)

  10. Shannon!! You slipped in while I was responding to the others. You are so welcome! I am glad to know that felines have a tendency to be as controlling as my cutie Peanut Butter Barr. ;o)

  11. Thanks for the links! And can you send our little cute dog over here, please? I need some interruptions.

  12. Aww, your dog sounds cute. :)
    Great links!

  13. Sometimes I like a good distraction, it energises me to write.
    Great links. Off to check them out now.:)

  14. Wait, your dog sounds like my 5 y.o.--LOL!!

  15. Ah, yes...interruptions. I call my interruptions kid 1, kid 2, kid 3, and kid husband! LOL! :-)

    Great post, Princess.

  16. Thanks for this post - I shall look at my interruptions in a different manner - well, maybe, hopefully...

  17. Courtney--I'm with you on the value of interruptions. For some reason, I sometimes get my best ideas in the space between "real" events. Just one of those quirks.

    Great post and discussion!

  18. Interruptions can be very good things indeed. Sometimes the universe just knows we need that mental break. Glad you got some puppy time in :)

  19. Like Anne mentioned, I believe interruptions are just the way God taps us on the shoulder and whisperes, "Hey, you're missing what's really important. Take a look here."

    Have a beautiful mid-week, Roland

  20. wow, what a lot of cool links. I don't think Shannon has to worry about her books being banned. Or maybe I'm wrong.


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