Monday, March 7, 2022

Pasta or Progress?

I can't tell which has more holes in it – my attention span or the colander I use to drain pasta. Yum . . . pasta. Smothered in sauce, topped with cheese. Maybe some ravioli. No wait, baked ziti. And garlic bread. And . . . oh. 


See what I mean?



I rearranged my office furniture in an effort to minimize distractions. So now a blank wall stares back at me every time I look over the top of my computer. This might actually be working because I wrote and subbed a flash fiction story for a contest, and I started making notes on a novella. 



I mentioned back in January that my husband and I signed up for two virtual challenges, 100 miles each. Well, we also signed up for a third one – 202.2 miles. (Don't even ask me how this happened. I'm pretty sure my husband distracted me with cake.)

Stats so far = 

43/202.2 miles (walking only)

0/100 miles

0/100 miles



Movie – SCREAM (2022] aka SCREAM, "The Requel", was a fun romp down memory lane, and it made me want to re-watch the old SCREAM movies again, at least the first one.


I'm in the middle of Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea – enjoying it so far!



What creative project - writing or otherwise - are you working on? What do you do for exercise/fitness? Have you read or watched anything lately you enjoyed? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those forty-three miles for the one can't count for the others?
A blank wall is a good idea. Hope it keeps working.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You can count the miles for the others - it's all pretty flexible - but it's just not preferred. There are separate ribbons and pins and medals for each of the challenges. And I'm stubborn that I want to complete each one on their own. :)

Patricia said...

I need to figure out some sort of exercise for wintertime because I have not been active at all this past winter. In the spring, summer, and fall we go for walks, but it's too difficult to walk here in the winter with no plowed sidewalks.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm going to guess you already know this, but what about exercise videos, online or otherwise? I like the walking at home ones - they help me keep my miles up when it's too hot to walk here in Florida. :)

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Pasta strainer is definitely a good analogy. I am in your boat, and ravioli sounds amazing.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I like to walk with friends. I got an inexpensive exercise bike in late 2020, and I've really enjoyed riding it because I can walk TV or read while I ride.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I would say we could use the colander to bail out this boat we're in, but I don't think it would do too much good. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I wish I could read when on a treadmill or exercise bike! Then maybe I would actually want to exercise. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I saw Scream. I liked how they merged the old and the new.

Now, I'm hungry. Thanks. LOL

I so easily get distracted. I went to Facebook to share a giveaway and was there 30 minutes checking friend's posts. Then I wonder why an hour of writing time only delivers a few words.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I liked how they did that, too. And also how the whole franchise, while still scary, pokes fun at horror movies in general.

I'm finding if I set myself smaller chunks of time to write - or to do pretty much anything, really - I tend to get more done because I'm able to focus better. Smaller chunks of time but more of them.

M.J. Fifield said...

My desk is right next to a window, so I admit I spend a fair amount of time looking out of it when I should probably be doing other things. I wonder if I should try the blank wall thing, too?

Best of luck with the contest—and yay for making notes for a new project!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My desk was near the window, too. I kept the bottom shutters closed and the top ones open so what I saw was sky and palm tree tops, pretty but not particularly distracting, not like cars or people. Right? Wrong. :)

Thanks, MJ! My story made the contest's final round so is now eligible to be voted on.

Patricia Stoltey said...

My attention span has taken a nosedive as well. I'm trying to do more reading (and less time watching war news) but keep having to read paragraphs over again or refer back a few pages to figure out who the heck is Mabel. Walking the dog is the big exercise at the moment. And I'm slowly revising a mystery manuscript that's taking me forever and a day to finish.

Nicole Pyles said...

Good progress! I recently finished rewriting a story that has driven me BONKERS. I think it helped I set a deadline to get it done by March!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't know why exactly, but this totally made me laugh out loud - "Who the heck is Mabel?" :)

Good luck with your mystery manuscript! Remember what the tortoises say - slow and steady, slow and steady.... :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...


Good for you for setting that deadline and finishing that story! I hope it does well when you send it out into the world. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like your year's off to a good start. Good luck with your submissions and other endeavours. I also have a blank wall to look at when writing - or I would do if it didn't have a pile of clutter in front of it. Need to fix that!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Nick!

The trick is to move the clutter to the sides. :)