It's the first Wednesday
of the month ~
the day when members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and offer their encouragement
and support to other members.
To visit the IWSG website, click here.
To become a member of the IWSG, click here.
Our wonderful co-hosts who are stepping up to help
IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh today are:
Eva Solar, Melanie Schultz,
Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp.
Visit them and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate an encouraging comment!
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My husband's recent retirement
has thrown a monkey wrench
into my writing.
It has gone to hell in a hand basket.
Now I am not blaming
for this unfortunate turn of events.
The fault lies
squarely with me.
I struggle with being distractible
at the best of times.
But the novelty and fun
of having Terry home all day
has undermined my discipline!
After a lifetime
locked into schedules,
I have no constraints!
This is not good!
I know what I have to do:
make a schedule to accomplish them,
and focus on sticking to the plan.
I suck at all three.
|My Favorite Button-Pusher|
My Brother Roy with Me
My siblings call me
the ADHD One.
Siblings so excel
at pointing out
Sometimes I think
they may be right.
I've had lots of experience working with
children coping with ADHD.
I've found them to be imaginative,
creative, and divergent thinkers.
But they do have trouble with
and focusing. ✔
I was giving an intensive reading test
to a third grader while the rest of the class
worked independently and quietly.
Suddenly we were interrupted
by the unmistakable sounds
of photon torpedoes firing and big explosions.
I walked over to the offender's desk.
He had transformed his name tag
into the helm console of the starship Enterprise
and was loudly shooting down Klingon Birds-of-Prey.
Guaranteed he was seeing Birds-of Prey
and not the work he was supposed to be doing.
Fortunately I am empathetic.
Because I am no better!
This month while lounging around with the Retired One,
I discovered one of my favorite slot games on-line,
Star Trek Slots,
a game I could not play in Vegas
because it gobbled money at an alarming rate.
On-line it is free!
It's also an inane time waster,
but irresistible to me
if I take that first spin.
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Guaranteed I am not gonna stop
till I have phasered aliens
and torpedoed Romulan Warbirds.
Or blasted through
all my fake money.
So I've identified the problem:
the sudden freedom of no constraints.
I know the solution:
Can I do it?
I'll let you know how it goes on June 3rd.
Thanks to Teresa and Alex for helping me
recognize my problem and its solution.
ADHD: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
✔ Me too!