Fun and Forgetting

Rain Rain Windy Windy
Rain Rain Windy Windy

It is now day 10 of my month long media fast–I only know this by working it out on a calendar just before typing that. My withdrawal I would say peaked on Wednesday but has been easy since then. I had two horrible days leading up to Wednesday and then the actual day itself was the worst of the three. I came home angry and sad and desperately wanting to lose myself for a long time. I sat in misery in my hard little chair at my writing desk trying to figure out how I could keep my media fast going and yet not feel this way. Eventually I took a drive and the cold winter air helped clear my head. I also talked with a friend and she suggested I read a book. A BOOK! Of course a book! Why hadn’t I thought of that? I realized after some thought that I had been unconsciously avoiding books in an effort to keep the novel I’m writing free from outside influence. I started reading immediately. My feelings lifted. I was up until 1 am reading that night. I felt much better when I went to bed.

When I awoke at 7am the next morning I wanted to destroy the alarm clock, but I got over it. I stopped keeping count that day of my fast. I worked on the background stuff for my novel, did some research and focused on what I had written for the next couple days. Yesterday, I finished two chapters and I have seven more started. I’ve been enjoying my tv free evenings so much I may never go back to any sort of regular tv schedule. I have to know how Once Upon a Time ends of course, but the rest can wait. Now I must go back to writing the novel before I spontaneously combust from sheer excitement. I bid you adieu to the sound of snow falling softly on dry leaves.

More Writing, Less Watching

Noooooooooo
Noooooooooo

Well, it’s day 5 of a month long media fast I have decided to go on. This boils down to no tv, video games, movies etc. (I have left music out of this fast for the sake of my sanity.) It is troubling to note just how much of life media has become. It seems that most of the people I know only talk about media–though this may simply be a symptom of my withdrawal. Yesterday I found myself making a list of the films I want to watch when I am done with the fast.

In other news, I am also writing in a different chair now as the usual one was getting to be up there in years. It now sits in the corner reserved for special occasions looking slightly forlorn. I hope it will forgive me. The new chair is less comfortable, but the perfect height for my desk. The novel is moving along well and I spend most of my free time writing now that I have taken away many other options. I hope to track my media-free progress here, but, I can’t promise consistency. With that I bid everyone a good evening as I return to the work.