Last day of my June blogathon. I was going to head into another one, but instead I’m going to focus on getting my young adult novel, Monkey’s Wedding, edited and published. Again. I’m embarrassed to report. One of the things I’ve vowed to do to make this happen is to seriously limit my forays onto the web: that tempting daily headline on my home page–CNN Top Stories–The Daily Beast, all those emails with social media tips, writing contests, words of inspiration, writing prompts, Narrative Online Magazine. Facebook is a whole other rabbit hole of distraction.

Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist  at the University of California, San Francisco contends that our brains are adapting to handle the many inputs of digital stimulation. Not my brain. I thought perhaps I had Attention Deficit Disorder–something I’d wondered about before because of my hyperactive mind. Maybe some drugs could fix the problem? But then I researched the symptoms and checked with a psychologist friend of mine. Nope. I’m just not the amazing multi-tasker I used to be nor as focused. So, even though I have gained a certain immediacy through blogging, a boldness if you will, and confidence, I’m heading for my friend’s mountain cabin for some serious focus-time.

But I shall be blogging as often as I can, because I’ve grown to love it.



Blogging Fool

F is For Foolish, as in foolish me. You see I’m about to launch into the 2012 WordCount Blogathon for the month of May and I’m using the A to Z challenge format to get me going again (that was fun, if a little stressful).

I found out about the blogathon on Julie Farrar’s delightful blog, Travelling Through. I thought it would be a terrific way to document my trip back to the past via England where I paid a visit to my old chum, Joan, from our lives in Zambia. (She’ll be commenting, who are you calling old, you just watch and see). Plus, Michelle V. Rafter, who hosts the blogathon has theme days: May 7th “Five movies that have inspired my blogging,” don’t know about that, but hey, I’m game. May 14th, “Guest Post Exchange Day.” May 21st, Haiku Day. I love  haikus, never written one. But I shall. May 23rd, finish the phrase–If I started blogging today I would . . . Hmmm. Stay tuned. Hopefully, I can stay the course  while finishing my final edit on my memoir, Loveyoubye.  And everything else.