Let's Talk with Terry Ambrose
Ain’t it funny how time slips away?
It seems like it was yesterday that I was beginning the process of plotting Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise, the sixth Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery. But calendars don’t lie, and mine says it was actually October when I started. Early October. Here I am, six months later, scrambling to finish edits. Where did the days go? I’m not sure, but I think Willie Nelson had the right idea when he wrote Funny How Time Slips Away.
Little distractions add up to big delays
It doesn’t matter what your favorite music genre is, Funny How Time Slips Away has been on most of the charts at one point or another. If you’re familiar with the song, you know it follows the standard formula. There’s a guy. His heart’s been broken. And he’s just run into his old love. Kind of an age-old problem, but one with universal appeal.
Like the guy Willie wrote about, it was the little things that snuck in and got me. Email? Check. Blog post? Check. Exercise, doctor’s appointments, a chance to do something fun. It didn’t matter. Life was a party and I was drunk on distractions. And the next thing I knew, it was Thanksgiving. Then came Christmas. And it went. President’s Day. Yikes! I had a book due in two months and was still editing! Willie, I get it. I understand where the song came from. I also realized I was out of time. (Sorry, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to fire off a Rolling Stones reference.)
Time keeps on slipping…
Sorry again…no, actually, I’m not. I loved the Steve Miller Band. Fly Like an Eagle was a great song! Uh oh, look at that. The distractions keep popping up. Maybe I need a time management guru. Someone to scold me for letting myself get distracted. Could I manage my time better? Most likely. But then, over the past six months, I’ve gotten to do things besides sit at my desk and write. And you know what? It felt good.
So, what about you? Are you focused like a laser and get things done? Or, do little distractions creep into your schedule until suddenly, baby, you’re out of time?
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