Give it up . . .
To quote our Babes cheat sheet lovingly prepared by Babe Amy, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so what would I change?
You thought I was going to say smoking, right? Wrong. I’m a considerate smoker who doesn’t smoke in her house or in cars with other people. So I’ll continue to smoke in my self-imposed exile, while keeping my second-hand smoke to myself.
Not that I’ve been diagnosed, but if I could get rid of any habit it would have to be my penchant for order. It borders on OCD. For example, all light switches must be in the same position – I’ll go through my house for 20 minutes making sure all the switches conform. I must reset the odometer on my car whenever I fill up with gas. This one is particularly stupid since my car has a gauge that automatically tells me how many miles I have to go before I run out of gas. Still, I can’t keep my fingers off the reset button. I can’t write a book until I’ve completely finished a Power Structure file for that book. Even a 100-page novella gets plotted in detail before I hit the starting gate. On some level this is good. On other levels it can be an unnecessary time suck. I’m working on a Finley short for direct sale through Amazon and even though after five books I know the characters inside and out, I still have to go through the same process. Stupid, I know.
I have made some progress. I gave up on the pristine house thing. In the not so distant future, I wouldn’t write until my house was spotless. Yeah, well this house would take me 2 days to clean and after that I’d be in bed for 2 days lying on a heating pad. We bought a large home because my mother was living with us at the time (one of the 7 levels of Hell). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice house but it’s too much house for one person to clean. I do have a maid who comes in once every 2 weeks and I’ve decided that’s enough on the home front. Plus I have a hubby who doesn’t mind doing housework. He even does it without being asked. He also does laundry. It’s like having a wife.
So see? Smoking isn’t my only character flaw.
Enjoy your day – Rhonda