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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Occupational Hazards

As a writer, there are some occupational hazards you should be aware of. I'm sure you know about carpal-tunnel syndrome, eyestrain, back pain, etc. But have you considered these others?

Ink stains on all your clothes. (At least if you write by hand like me.)

Ink stains on your family's clothes, too.

Ink stains on the walls. (When you fail to notice your three-year-old sharpening a pen in the pencil sharpener right next to you.)

Other lost-track-of-the-three-year-old disasters (including, but not limited to, half an inch of water on the kitchen floor, a dozen broken eggs, toilet-flooding, etc.)

A tendency to space out in the middle of a conversation when a great plot point suddenly pops into your head.

Compulsive email checking.

Losing track of time and realizing you're ten minutes late for picking your kids up from school.

Accidentally posting on the wrong blog (like I just did).

Any others you can think of?


19 comments:

Linz said...

:) you make me smile! Give that 3 year old a big hug from me!

tiffany said...

angie you just made my day with the accedently posting on the wrong blog i havent looked at your other blog yet and i wonderd why both blogs said occupational hazards

computer crashing can be a hazard

Angie said...

I'm such a dork! :p Computer crashing is a big one. Save, save, save should be our motto!

Christine Rains said...

*LOL* I needed that laugh. Thank you! I space out more than I'll admit to. I'm good at faking that I'm listening when I'm rewriting my latest WIP in my head.

Angie said...

You're welcome. You made me laugh to, Christine. :)

Michelle said...

HA!! Love it. Those are definitely some hazards, all right. heeheehee. ;)

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Missing missing an exit on the highway because you're plotting in your head.

AstonWest said...

Getting odd looks at large family events when you show up and spend all your time working on your brand new manuscript(s) instead of interacting with everyone...

Angie said...

Thanks, Michelle.

That's so funny, Terry. I could see that happening to me.

Todd, yes. I have done that. Many times.

Rebecca said...

Sometimes I space out thinking in front of my kids and they think I'm upset, because I'm staring blankly.

Carolyn V said...

LOL! I do the spaced out thing all the time.

So funny!

Tyrean Martinson said...

LOL - oh, I've been there, and still am. Spacing out in conversation thinking about a plot, kitchen disaster from kids while I'm writing . . . oh yeah. Plus the ink stains, and even permanent marker body paint by my daughters when they were really little.
Thanks for this fun post, Angie!

Angie said...

You're welcome, Tyrean. I'm always glad to know I'm not alone!

Angela Felsted said...

You hit the nail on the head with these two:

A tendency to space out in the middle of a conversation when a great plot point suddenly pops into your head.

Compulsive email checking.

ali cross said...

ROFL!!! I can't think! I'm too busy laughing at your examples! Yep, being a writer is a hazardous occupation, that's for sure!

Melanie Goldmund said...

I didn't write all that much when the kids were very small, so I escaped most of these consequences, at least during those years. But I've noticed lately that I put off writing sometimes when I'm worried about being late for something, or not getting my son to bed at exactly nine p.m., or other "timely" consequences. I'm concerned that if I let myself use the thirty minutes here and 45 minutes there, that I'll immerse myself in the story so much that I'll forget the real world and we'll all suffer for it. I should try setting an alarm, I guess, to pull me out when it's time.

Angie said...

That can be a hazard, Melanie. Thanks for stopping by!

Jaime Theler said...

He He He! All of the above, esp. the "Holy Crap I was supposed to pick up the kids" moments. Writers are strange bunch, aren't we?

Brenda Susan said...

...so lost in writing that you wait too long and have to RUN to the bathroom!

...so lost in writing that it feels like 10 am and it is actually time to cook dinner!

...staring out the window for long periods of time!