Good old dad 👴🏻
I knew you’d come through for me, but I WAS prepared just in case…
I prefer my privacy too, but thinking about trying new things has me thinking about the way we converse. This may be the way we have to do it. Out in the open, like.
Where we have to think hard about what we say before we say it, because you never know who’s around/listening. You know, procrastinate before answering.
I don’t like being a millennial either. I can’t even spell it. Seriously. I feel it throws connotations all over me that don’t belong to me. I feel older than I am.
I feel the same way I hear my elder peers describe “getting old.” I am getting older and getting used to the idea that I’m going to keep on getting older. It finally dawned on me. I have a chronic illness. I feel thirty years older than I am. Heavy wings.
I’ve also learned heavy wings is not always a bad thing. It’s a great stretch and prime belly-rubbing position according to Piper
The more I embrace the term (Millennial) the less that bothers me. I’m also embracing that I’m the next generation ready or not so try to be ready.
That’s part of what this whole blogging experience is about…which reminds me I need to write about that. In the wisdom of waterskiing and Steve Harvey: You’re going to fall. It’s going to hurt. If you don’t jump, you won’t go anywhere.
Coming next: Conversations with myself
Then why the hell I’m doing this in the first place.
Mal here with the Dad Joke of the day: …drum roll, please… “It is, after all, PROcrastination!”
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You are right that I answered the procrastination question without even realizing that I had, in fact procrastinated in commenting. And of course, the wait WAS worth the time. I like your characterization of procrastinating as “preparing”, so I’ll use that word. That is exactly what I did yesterday, without thinking about it. Even so, that was somewhat “intentional” preparing. The program I listened to was more about “unintentional” preparing. It’s when you put something off or don’t feel like doing it while feeling guilty about it. It could go on for weeks, months, or years and the guilt hits you every time it crosses your mind. A study showed that this could also lead to better results when you finally pick up the project again. Something about the brain automatically erases a project that has been completed while continuing to take input from multiple life events for the uncompleted project. It seems that our brains are always bringing in new inputs and threading them into the unfinished project. I am curious about your novel(s). Have you found that going into a “preparing” mode by leaving the novel for an extended period sometimes leads to new insights or new energy or new inspiration when you finally do pick it up again?
But there is a catch. If you prepare too long and a deadline looms, the level of creativity goes down rapidly. Of course, as with everything in life, the study was plotted into a bell curve, with poor results on both ends, that is, 1) acting too quickly as well as 2)waiting too long. The best results were in the middle.
I did not intend for this to be lecture-esque. I am really sorry for that. This is all probably very obvious to you but I have learned something from it so maybe you can forgive me and be glad that a dim lightbulb burned a little brighter in my old head. Be free to let me know if I went on too long and I’ll try to do better.
I replied to this before but some wordpress sorcery happened and it’s now gone forever. I’m sure it was better than this 🙂
“Preparing mode” works in both writing and editing. The longer you leave a project the fresher your eyes get when looking for both information (that may or may not be there) and errors. I like to leave my writing projects alone for a year minimum before I attempt to change anything. Editing is faster, but ideally I’d have months between drafts to ‘prepare’ to edit them again.
There’s no right or wrong here. Just thoughts.
Mal, was that an OK Boomer dig? I’m just upset that I didn’t think of it.