Making sense

Anne Lamott, on writing ...

"We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little. But we do. We have so much we want to say and figure out.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bye-Bye, Time Sucks

Well, one could guess. It's Facebook that's distracting me from writing and reading. Here it is, nearly June, and I've only read six books. Grr. At this rate, I will not meet my goal of reading 50 books by December 31.
And then there's this little game called Bakery Story, a sweet little app the little guy I nanny for introduced me to several months ago. It's a virtual bakery, and for the chubby girl inside me who could eat coconut layer cake every day for the rest of her life, Bakery Story is a daily dose of deliciousness. I'm pretty damned good at this game, based on my Four-Star Rating, and dozens of other players who requested I "add" them to the "neighborhood."
By the time I bake croissants and cinnamon rolls and brew espresso and whip up chocolate soy shakes, it is no hyperbole to state that I probably spend anywhere from ninety minutes to five hours a day attached to my iPhone and "Kay's Place." (Speaking of which, I just opened the app, only to find that I earned 14,368 coins while I was away ... having been absent for about one hour.)
Although I have never met BigMama or Aleisha in person, they send me virtual gifts daily (chocolate cake and cappuccinos). I tell you: Bakery Story is a Time Suck like none other. At least with this game, though, I feel good about myself.
Facebook? Different story. I need to get away from this sucky social app because every time I read about someone's awesome job, or amazing raise I get a little jealous. And, I get A LOT jealous when I read about a friend's new publishing contract, or her newest book release. Of course she's earned her Writing Life and isn't spending hours a day in the "kitchen" turning out celebration trifles and black forest cakes.
In a (candy-coated) nutshell, Kay needs to get away from her fake bakery and facebook page. Soon. Like, maybe, today?

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