This week’s topic:
I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve taken time to sit and write. I no longer seek a moment of peace to engage in this activity. I sometimes feel as if I no longer think because it’s becoming harder to hear my thoughts in this modern world filled with noise and distraction.
That’s what happens when I take a moment to think and write — I get distracted. My phone vibrates and I have to pick it up to see why. I overhear a conversation and I have to get up and find out what’s being said. I recall a TV show or movie and I have to look it up and watch it for a while to remember what it’s about. An odd bit of fact pops in my head and I have to research it immediately on Google, though I have no need for the fact at that time.
It’s either that or my house is so noisy that I can’t think straight or hear my thoughts. I live with my family and my parents recently learned how to play the silly videos their friends send them on their phone. I hate whomever it was who taught them to do that. The speaker on their phones isn’t great so when heard from afar (because they play the videos loud), the sound is squeaky and annoying. It grinds my nerves. There’s no way for me to concentrate through that. The only thoughts that come through is “SMASH. PHONE.”
This morning I have a moment of peace because nearly everyone has an errand to run. I’m grateful for it, but it’s been such a long time since I’ve sat down to write that when I take up my usual place to resume the activity, my mind goes blank and I’m tempted to run to a social media site rather than stare dumbly at the blank, white screen.
So I wrote what I’m feeling and whatever I’m thinking and this is what comes out: a complaint about being unable to focus because too many things call for my attention and I easily give in to all of them.
What I’m currently reading:
School for Psychics by K.C. Archer
I’m about halfway through, but I’ll have to DNF it. I like the premise — a 20-something girl is recruited to attend a school that trains psychics to become government officials — and it started out really interesting, but the story progresses too quickly, there are too many inconsistencies, and the characters are all immature. I tried to ignore all that but I can’t. I’ll have to give up on this.
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
😀 I’m totally hooked on this story. It has me so excited and I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
I’m taking my time reading this one, which seems like a bad idea. I think this is a book that should be read by itself so it’s easier to keep track of the different characters and details. I don’t get confused when reading multiple books at once, but there’s so much in this story that reading it with other detailed stories (like The Golden Fool) isn’t a great idea.