- television - I love TV. In fact, if I gave up more TV, I'd probably have another dozen books by now. Of course, I'd also be brain-fried.
- cooking - Sure, my family gets fed, but if it weren't for microwave steam-in-bag (SIB) stuff, they'd be eating sandwiches five nights a week. Last night, SIB salmon and SIB rice. I figure last night was training for what'll happen during November. Tonight, pizza made with store bought crusts. I can't remember the last time I made pizza crust. Probably right before my food processor died, when it was still easy.
- reading - Oh, I still read, but not nearly as much as when I'm not writing. In fact, for a while I couldn't read when I was writing new words. The way around that was to not read in the genre I'm writing until the book is firmly seated in my head. For instance, right now I'm writing a new speculative and I'm reading a thriller. :shrug: We do what we can.
- the occasional shower - At the risk of grossing everyone out... Yep, I stink. I should've showered last night but I was on a roll with the new book. By the time I wrapped up for the night, it was time for bed and since my bathroom is en suite, I couldn't shower without keeping Husband up. This morning, I'm grossing myself out. As soon as he gets out of bed, I'm totally hopping in there.
-exercise - Okay, so I probably wouldn't actually exercise if I never wrote again. Still, sitting here for hours at a time is less exercise than I'd get from walking around the house, doing things like... you know... cleaning.
As NaNo approaches, many people will think about writing a novel. Some will succeed and others will at least try. A larger segment of the populous won't even begin because they'll tell themselves they don't have the time. They might be right. I think it's more likely, though, they haven't made writing a priority.
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