Distractions and avoidances…

I want. Christmas is coming up…

I am continually amazed at the ways I find to avoid writing. I am supposed to have the whole day today to write. I’ve even blown off a family get-together and a write-in to be more productive. And what do I do? I take a four hour nap get up and for some reason start looking for a new hat. Yes for some reason I suddenly really need a new panama hat. I did finally find a black one I really like. You know it is hard to find panamas in any color than white and white is just not my color. Not only did I find a black one, but it is Havana style. Just what the mature budding southern writer needs to look snazzy while he is working on his delusions, aha, dreams of becoming a published author. Of course it is $90. I don’t have $90 to spend on a silly hat, but damn it is a nice hat.  I certainly don’t have time to be blogging about looking for a hat I don’t need instead of writing. I mean for gods sake, my main character just got shot. He has to get to the hospital, he has to hear the bad news about his high-school lover and what will happen to the kids?

I don’t know I have to write it!

[Yes there are kids involved. I don’t know why. They were just in the mobile-home  when the MC got shot.]

Am I rambling yet?

But damn it is a nice hat. Will I write better if I have a cool hat to wear while I write? Does style while avoiding things count? Does anyone really care what the old fat guy typing way in the corner is Starbucks is wearing anyway? Not like one of the cute baristos will come up and say, “Nice hat. Wanna go on a date?”

Now what was I doing?

Oh yes, convincing myself that blogging was a way to get warmed up for writing. Good thing I spent all of that time looking for the hat. It gave me something to blog about. Humm, maybe I should get another espresso before I start. The guy with the green eyes is at the register again.  I wonder if he would notice me if I had a hat? A nice black Havana style panama hat…

Author: Stephen del Mar

Stephen del Mar lives in the Tampa Bay area and writes in the Southern Literary tradition. His stories are character driven with rich settings. They often have a touch of the paranormal, supernatural, or magical realism. Although he writes about serious subjects, they are sweetened with humor and wit. He says, "It's a southern thing."

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