Rambling to a Tee #SOCS

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “T, tea, tee.” Theme your post around “tea” or “tee,” or find a word that starts with “T” and talk about that. Bonus points if you manage to incorporate all three. Enjoy!

(Stream of Consciousness Saturday writing is just writing – little to no planning, and no editing – so, please excuse an glaring grammatical errors or other nonsense in today’s post.)

 

A nice cup of terrific tea suits me to a tee. There. All done. Can I have my bonus points now? Do we get even more bonus points if we use all three in the same sentence?

Let’s just get this part out of the way and get to writing – because I have no idea where I’d even want to go with these prompts. I know its stream of consciousness writing and we’re supposed to do this with minimal planning. But still, it seems like I should have some sort of idea of even a vague destination.

I’ve got nada.

I really shouldn’t even be doing this particular post. My list of all the things I need to complete this weekend far exceeds what I’ll probably end up getting done. My weekly newsletter – that’s not too bad. It doesn’t take much time. The workbook I need to complete for a four week class that starts Tuesday…well, that’s the top priority, but it seems I’ve hit a wall of resistance with this one. I don’t even know why. The class was my idea. I proposed it and a library accepted it. Why should I be resisting one of my own ideas? Then there’s the Good Old Days submission I’m working on. The deadline is here and I’ve only got the story roughly started. I have three Chicken Soup for the Soul pieces I’m working on. I’m determined to get another acceptance from them. This goal is turning out to be more challenging. I think I’ve sent them nine or ten (possibly more??) submissions in the past two years and am hearing crickets.

What else is on the list?

Oh yes. I need to be working on a handout for a library presentation that’s coming up in two weeks. I have a week to add to a short story that I want to take to my writer’s group for critique. I need to set up a sale on my web page for an offer that another author and I are working on. And…

Yet, here I am writing this. But I haven’t participated with Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday for too long and that’s something I was enjoying. (Along with her One-Liner Wednesday which I missed the last week or two too.)

Why do I do this?

Do you do it too? Take on too many commitments? Load up your schedule with more tasks than you can humanly complete? Do we think we’re Wonder Woman (or Super Man) and can accomplish it all?

writing-923882__340I sense a larger problem here. Is it procrastination? Trying to keep from being bored? Trying to make up for lost time, thinking I can magically achieve ‘it all’ now? Is it turning 60 and realizing that I’m far, far from where I wanted to be at this age? I think I need to dig deeper on this one – some meditation and journaling seems in order. But…two more items to add to the daily list.

Oh my, I feel like I’m spinning in circles and not accomplishing any purpose here. See what happens when there’s no plan and no structure? This wandering missive is nothing I’d take to my writer’s group – that’s for sure! (Plus they’d be sure to point out the many clichés used today!)

So I think I’ll wrap up this babbling, incoherent post – go make myself a cup of tea, toast myself for crossing one item off of Saturday’s to-do list, and celebrate that despite the deadlines and the list that is never complete, a writing life suits me to a tee.

Do I get extra brownie points for using the prompts twice? Even if they don’t really relate to the post? And…can I spend these points anywhere? Can I cash them in for a really cool prize? (But hey, even if the bonus points aren’t redeemable, I just added 700 words to my monthly word count, and that’s a prize in itself. Right?)

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sizzlesue15
    Jul 30, 2018 @ 04:52:43

    Guilty as charged on taking on too much in my schedule, Trisha. I’ve tried to take a step back on the blog to breathe during July. I’ve still posted but I haven’t been on social media as much and it has really helped take off the imposed pressure.

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 23:25:17

      We can fall into the ‘fill-it-all-up’ trap so easily! I’m glad you’re adding some breathing space into your days!

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      • sizzlesue15
        Aug 01, 2018 @ 07:12:24

        Yes, I’m terrible at trying to do everything, Trisha. I’m learning though even at almost 61 it has taken some work to try to kick the habit but we do need to take time out and not feel guilty about it. Have a great day! xx

  2. leannelc
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 02:51:54

    Trisha you made me smile – we’re all guilty of jumping into something extra because it sounded like fun and then wondering what we were thinking! If it’s any consolation, I write ALL my blog posts as stream of consciousness and they aren’t pre-planned, pre-editedk, or overly checked (I’m just glad my spelling and grammar are good enough to let me sail through). I like unedited stuff because it always seems like a conversation – that’s why I enjoyed today’s post – it was like a chat!
    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM 🙂

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  3. sizzlesue15
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 03:33:46

    Hi Trisha! I’m visiting via #MLSTL and thanks for linking up with us. I’m also looking forward to your guest post publishing tomorrow evening. Enjoy your week and I’m sharing on social media 🙂

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  4. Mother & Daughter
    Aug 02, 2018 @ 18:19:52

    I think I need to try stream of consciousness I tend to over think.

    Reply

    • trishafaye
      Aug 02, 2018 @ 21:47:56

      We were just talking about that in a class a few nights ago – about how writing with our inner editor in place slows us down and stifles creativity.

      Reply

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