Today I attempted to make some cookies. Everyone knows that baking is just not my thing. Even no-bakes are a problem for me.
But I decided maybe sugar cookies would be different.
I mixed the sugar with the butter and the flour. I threw in some vanilla as per the very, very, foolproof recipe.
“Mix the dough,” the recipe said.
“I’m mixing the dough,” I said, “But, that shit isn’t working out.”
No matter, I pushed through. I thought, maybe this is supposed to be a bit crumbly...
Step three: roll the dough and cut into shapes. I rolled and rolled. The dough cracked, crumbled, and stuck to the pin no matter how much flour I used to prevent it.
I got five cookies successfully circular before I said screw it and threw the rest of the dough out.
The dough may have beaten my patience level, but I was going to make those five cookies.
Is that not the saddest sugar cookie you’ve ever seen?
After I had tried my creations--visually they were lack luster, but the taste wasn’t half bad--I questioned why in the hell I was trying to bake anyways.
The answer: Procrastination.
I would rather bake horribly, shitty cookies than sit down and write. I was mid-bite through the second cookie when this epiphany hit me. instead of doing the dishes and finishing the laundry that I was also supposed to be doing, I got a cup of tea, went to my horribly messy office in my pajamas that I was still wearing at noon, and sat down to write.
Vintage Santa mug--hell yes!
If I can let horrible cookie making take an hour out of my day, dammit, I can sit down and write something.
And then I did.
NaNo Update: My novel has taken over my life. I really only allowed myself this post because I'm 2,000 words away from 50k. ONLY 2000 TO GO. Although the novel won't be finished at 50k; I'm feeling 60K. I fell off the writing wagon in week 2 by taking two days off, so I've been in constant catch up mode since. I had a goal of being finished before Thanksgiving, and I'm going to do it!
What are your procrastination habits? Anybody else do things they’re intentionally bad at to waste time? How are your NaNos coming fellow writers??