Hidey-Ho! J Monkeys here. Happy Saturday. I continue to have a problem with writing procrastination and today I want to talk about the Distracting Dozen. TV channels, that is. Yes, in the advanced age of digital TV and 1000’s of channels, I have a whomping 12 channels. Yes, it’s cable and it costs me $25 a month. Yup – $2 per channel.
I get CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, ABC, CW, ION, something on channel 11 that I never watch, TBS (it’s very funny!), FX, TVLand and TruTV
Somehow, even with those limited choices, I still find hours of thing to waste time. You may remember from blogs past that I LOVE Once Upon A Time and I’m anxiously awaiting it’s return in the fall. I even went out to buy the 1st season on DVD this week, but it doesn’t come out until the 28th. I also regularly watch or DVR The Biggest Loser, Fringe, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS. When they are available, I often watch Who Do You Think You Are, Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef and Lie to Me.
This summer, I’ve discovered a previously untapped addiction to Storage Hunters and Lizard Lick Towing, both on TruTV. What’s better than a coupla good-ole-boys (as they call themselves from time to time) repossessing folk’s cars? If you haven’t see it, you’ve got to check it out. Lizard Lick Towing is a real-life style show (who’s to say what’s actually real and what’s fiction these days on TV?) about a guy (Ronnie) and his wife (Amy) and his buddy (Bobby) who repo cars from an incredible group of characters. When I found out that Ronnie is not just a repo-man but also the mayor of Lizard Lick NC (I swear to God that’s the name of the town!) and an evangelical minister while his wife is the office manager of the company, a wrestler (or some kind of fighter) and a mortician, it really only made me like them more!
I’ve checked with the cable company, and sadly there is no package that offers fewer channels than my Distracting Dozen. I’ve tried losing the remote – the dang thing keeps reappearing on my sofa. I suppose I could unplug the TV, but then the children would just plug it back in and I’m always telling them not to put things in the outlets. What kind of Mommy would I be if I set them up to fail that way?
Today’s secret: No matter how few TV channels I have, there is always something on. Or I might watch a DVD – I have LOTS of them. Or read a book – I have WAY more books than DVDs…
Today’s Question: How do you maintain writerly focus?