Procrastinators of the world, unite … tomorrow


What do you do when you have a squillion and one things on your to-do list and deadlines breathing down your neck?

Why, you start crocheting a random shawl, of course. Despite the fact you’ve never worn a shawl in your life. And summer is approaching, and said shawl could not possibly be worn for another six months.

Hello, my name is Marina and I’m a terrible procrastinator. Well, actually I’m a darn good one. It’s my habit of procrastinating that’s terrible, and it seems the more urgent the tasks hanging over my head are, the more likely I am to skive off and do something else completely. It’s as if the weight of everything hanging over my head paralyses me and makes me incapable of doing anything.

I am enjoying crocheting again, though!

And the situation isn’t quite as dire as I’m painting it. I’ve written two scenes in Moonborn since my last post. Should have been more, of course, but two is better than none, and I only have five to go. I’ve finished the read-through of the first draft of Fairytale Curse 2, which is the first step in my revision process. I also finished up a beta read of a friend’s novel, so I haven’t spent all my time crocheting.

Funny thing about that, though. I realised some time ago that all my creative pursuits have fallen by the wayside since I got serious about this writing thing. No more quilting, crochet or scrapbooking. Each of those has been a huge part of my life at one time or another, and I miss the colour. I’m a very visual person. I love playing with fabric, and seeing a piece of art emerge under my hands. It still thrills me when I look over a piece of crochet forming and marvel that this object is taking shape from a single strand of yarn. I miss the tactile nature of practical crafts. Making up worlds and people in your head is a very different kind of creativity, and even though I love that, life has felt like it’s missing something since I started focusing so exclusively on it.

And sometimes, particularly when deadlines are looming, even the most creative enterprise can still feel like work. That’s when a hobby, something you do just for fun, no pressure, can be a wonderful release. Whether it’s baking, woodwork, gardening or crochet, there’s nothing like the feeling of creating something with your hands, and the quiet, contemplative nature of such creation makes a great stress release.

So maybe my shawl wasn’t so random. Maybe it’s my subconscious’s way of telling me to stop and smell the roses a little. That’s my excuse, anyway, and I’m sticking to it!

What activities do you turn to when you need to chill out?

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6 Responses to Procrastinators of the world, unite … tomorrow

  1. Beth Camp says:

    Gorgeous. I fully agree and may just grab my crochet hook. That yarn is sumptuous! Though most of my attention goes to writing as well, your comment that when deadlines get intense, it’s time to step sideways rings true for me. Maybe it’s the thought of NaNo looming that has you skipping to the yarn? Either way, lovely progress.

    • Marina says:

      Thanks, Beth. Yes, Nano looming is a bit scary, since I don’t know yet what I’ll be writing, and probably won’t have time to think about it until the night before. I have a couple of other big deadlines bearing down fast too. I’m sure I’ll get there, it’ll just be tight!

  2. Tammy Rizzo says:

    Oh, wow, that’s some lovely yarn! It’s making me want to find my royal purple (with colorful inclusions) yarn and my rosewood crochet hook and make a shawl! The only problem is that the things are somewhere in one of ten bins stuck behind all the things in my closet, and I haven’t got the energy to dig through all of them today. Plus, I still have a few boxes out to finish going through. But now I REALLY want to crochet! Gee, thanks. ;->

    You’re right, though. When deadlines loom, and you’re feeling extra pressed, a bit of distraction is in order. 🙂

  3. deniz says:

    Love it! That sounds exactly like me! I need a couple hundred more words, and should really be editing, but I keep giving my latest knitting project the side-eye…
    I think I can get both the writing and the knitting done if I read less — but that’s asking a lot 🙂

    Gorgeous colours on that shawl!

    • Marina says:

      It’s amazing how enticing knitting and crochet can be when there’s words to be written. Good luck with fitting it all in!