Just spent three whole days at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. What a fabulous weekend! I met so many wonderful writers. It is both amazingly inspiring and scary. There are so many talented writers out there but it also makes me wonder if they need one more. When I look at al the work being created I cannot imagine being able to compete.
One of the editors from Philadelphia Stories talked about how many submissions his magazine received in a given month–hundreds. I asked, “How many are wrong, bad, not appropriate for you magazine?” I mean, seriously, I have to be seen as better than hundreds? I was hoping to hear the the majority of what he received wasn’t right–instead, he said that only 10-25% wasn’t right for their publication. Great. So now I’m only competing against 400 instead of 500? Now I feel so much better.
But I came home so much more inspired. I connected with women from a writing class I’d taken and we’re going to start a writer’s group. Don’t tell my husband that though, I feel like I’m out of the house enough as it is.
So now my trick is actually using the ABC method that I’ve spoken about in the past. I really think that Facebook was invented by Satan. I say to myself, “Oh, let me just check and see what everyone is up to. It will only take a minute.” And then I find myself turning off my laptop after three hours of Solitaire. How did this happen?
I don’t want to delete my account or turn it off–I just need to have the willpower to not live on it. Enough is enough. There is a time for Algerian Solitaire and time to write. Or knit. But more knitting and writing and less Solitaire. Less Facebook.
And I need to exercise more and eat more vegetables, too, but let’s take one vice at a time shall we. See, the problem is, I don’t have any self control.
Until now. Now I have self control.
And it was free too.
But you can only have it if you have a Mac. Can you hear me saying neener-neener? Sorry. It just seems like I have so many people saying (incorrectly), “Eh, you can’t do that on a Mac.” Well, this you can only do if you have a Mac.
Here is my Self Control. Isn’t it cute? It looks so innocent and simple. Only it’s not. It’s not innocent at all. There is a little button over there called “Edit blacklist” and when I type, “www. facebook.com” I get this:
And now I can turn off Facebook for an hour or two (or 5) and get some work done. Once I’ve turned on my Self Control there is no turning it off. No deleting it. No pausing it. No nothing. Once I hit “start” I am off Facebook (or any other site) for the balance of the timer.
Steve Lambert is my new best friend.
Now, I have some writing to do.