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The official blog for author Ashley Chappell. Check back every week for a few laughs at my expense or, if you know the love-hate process that is writing, commiseration.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Distractionless December

I'm making #DistractionlessDecember a thing. Who's with me? I'm never good at sticking to New Year's resolutions and I think that's largely because I can't kick the subconscious stigma that they're made to be broken anyway. Everyone makes resolutions, but who actually thinks of them as firm life decisions? They're basically little glittery ideals flitting around with fairy wings that we look at and think "Oh yeah, I should totally do that" and stick them in a glass jar to show everyone how cool this little shiny thing we have is. Then they die after a few weeks of not being fed. (Don't judge me. Everyone had a butterfly or lightning bugs in a jar at some point. We're all murderers and we're all in this together. Right?)

Screw that. I'm starting now.

For my Distractionless December, I'm swearing off all forms of TV with one cheat night allowed per week. I'm also not allowing myself to even log into my Steam account, let alone play any games. I won't spend an hour or so a day browsing 9gag or updating my Amazon.com wish list.

Bottom line, if I'm not creating something, achieving a goal, or enriching myself somehow, I'm not allowing in my December. My goal is to balance my growing need for passive stimulation and get back to the place where I begin drawing my energy from being actively creative by the end of the month.

No more excuses.

No more distractions.



  1. I watch TV and play games on my phone in the evenings, but it's because I can't get any writing done when the family's home anyhow. I do agree with the sentiment. Good luck. :)

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I have no worthy excuse. I have a wonderfully self-entertaining husband who has his own projects that keep him busy and out of my hair and no children to distract me. I guess I could blame the fact that the decade-long drought of good television programming finally ended and now I want to watch EVERYTHING. But that doesn’t excuse why I let myself play 9 straight hours of Fallout 3 on one of my free weekend days instead of writing ;-)


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