delight & distraction.

Well, just when I started being productive, we went and bought ourselves a distraction. This distraction’s name is Lou. He’s eight weeks old, nine pounds, and 100% an absolute darling of an English Springer Spaniel puppy.

We love him, dearly, even just in the four-ish days we’ve had him now. He is so sweet, so smart, so warm and wriggly and playful. But I will say: because we now have this puppy, having enough time to sit down, enough sleep, enough brain power (even just for twenty minutes!) to work on my novel feels like an unreachable goal right now. Between trips to the vet and Petsmart, cleaning up urine, hours of sitting on the hard floor, and the fact that I have not had an uninterrupted sleep for the last four nights, I can literally feel the tiredness in my bones. When on earth will I be able to write?

But maybe this “distraction” is actually a blessing. Not just in the way that puppies are usually a blessing to their owners–joy and unconditional love and all that–but in the way that suddenly over the past four days I have longed to write. Anchoring my entire day around Lou’s needs has made my desire to write feel way more urgent. Right now I feel as though I would do anything just for a quiet space to sit down and express myself without a puppy whining or crawling over me. This is not normal for me–I usually have to drag myself to do it because writing is effortful. But now, raising and training Lou feels like the far greater challenge. So writing feels like a reprieve. Like a delight.

Maybe Lou is just what this writer needs.

Or maybe just a nap.

I guess we’ll find out.

Current Novel Word Count: 18,757
What I'm Writing: I'm rewriting a scene from Moira's tragic past that's 
pretty important to who she is as a person. Just about to get to the 
good part.
Weird Writerly Topics I Googled This Week: So far, none, but last week's 
terms were: Lichtenbergianism, feeling movement in stomach pregnant, 
Irish foster care 1990s, Irish phrase for brat, home pregnancy test 
Ireland 1990s, Irish OBGYN
Writing Exercises I've Done: none so far
What I'm Reading: Native by Kaitlin Curtice; Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn 
Ward; How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
What I'm Listening To: "Hurt" by Johnny Cash, "Húsavík" by Molly Sandén, 
"The Book of Love" by The Magnetic Fields

One Reply to “delight & distraction.”

  1. Aw that’s such a cute puppy, and I see my cocker spaniel in Lou. But yes, while having a puppy is super demanding, even having a grown up dog takes a lot of focus and attention away from my writing.

    I love your perspective of seeing your writing time as more valuable now that you have something more pressing at hand. I should think think this way too. Thanks for sharing this!


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