And another lesson re-learned today: Don’t write with the TV on.

I have run into this issue before where I want to be part of the family happenings, but need to get some words written, so I figure I can just sit on the couch and do my thing with Life Happening around me. Often I can get so focused on writing that I block out what’s around me.

Apparently not so much when the TV is on. And especially not so much when you now have a bunch of new TV channels* that come in very nicely because your Dear One installed a TV antenna on the roof, so of course you have to go through all the channels seeing what you have that’s new.**

Note to self: When writing, do so in solitude. Or a coffee shop. (Not much difference there, really.)

The story is moving ever so slowly forward, as evidenced by writing 1420 words in 50 minutes (about my slowest pace to date—see note about the TV). But now that we have Changed the World for our heroine (i.e. turned everything she thought she knew on its head), we can start moving toward the Great*** and Final Ending. Whatever that will be.

Writing sessions today:

50″ – 1420 words

Total novel writing time so far: 995 minutes (16 hours 35 minutes)

Total novel word count so far: 27590 words


*We don’t have cable television, so everything is over-the-air broadcast and has been limited by what reception we could get through wet tree leaves. Which is to say, we only had about seven channels that occasionally came in.

**Which in our house means syndicated reruns of Roger Moore in “The Saint,” Bill Bixby in “The Incredible Hulk,” and Lynda Carter in “Wonder Woman,” with the occasional “Love Boat” and “The A-Team” thrown in for good measure. Gotta love the 80’s (and 70’s and 60’s).

***Well, “Great” in terms of it being the Big/Significant ending. Not that the writing will be great. That I sorely doubt.