It's still early enough in January to be thinking about resolutions. Not being one to rush into anything, I have spent the first week or so just trying to come up with some to add to Elspeth's fine list from earlier this month. (I really don't like being told what to do, even by myself.)
Anyway, one of my top goals - isn't a goal easier to deal with than a resolution? Resolutions are so…. resolute and so hard to ignore. Whereas a goal is not as intimidating.
So back to my top goal. I decided this year I will write first. No matter what. Right after I finish this game of Solitaire.
Did you just slap my hand?
"Yes I did. Step away from that game."
But… but. Can't I play just one hand?
Did you just yell at me in Russian?
"Yes. You seem to have a problem with English."
I do not. I understand English just fine. And I use English all the time in my writing.
"But you are not writing."
Uh, right. But sometimes playing a mindless game helps when your subconscious is trying to work out a story problem.
"Snort. Do you really believe that?"
Of course. It's the same principle as washing the dishes or cleaning the toilet. Concentrate on something other than your story issue.
Nine? What's that?
"Not the number. It's German for 'no'."
"No, playing games is not the same as washing dishes or cleaning toilets. Who ever got addicted to those, huh?"
"Nothing to say to this?"
Leave me alone. I'm playing a game.
Maryann Miller is a novelist, editor and sometimes actress. Her latest release is Stalking Season, the second book in the Seasons Series. The first book, Open Season, is available as an e-book for all devices. To check out her editing rates visit her website. When not working, Maryann likes to take her dog for a walk and work outside on her little ranch in East Texas, and sometimes she plays on stage. She also tries to avoid computer games as much as possible.