Saturday, January 06, 2007

What in the world??????

Well, I'm sitting in Border's - my favorite spot to go when I want to focus on a project with minimal distraction ... meaning minus two little tornadoes name Tyler and Junior. It's easy to be inspired surrounded by limitless literature and caffeine. Normally.

Doesn't seem to be working today.

Backstory: I was selected by a best-selling author (No, not Zane) to contribute a short story for his anthology and I really wanted to start laying the foundation for that - think on characters, plot, location, etc.

I bought a cup of coffee, picked a quiet spot by the window, powered up the laptop.

And I was doing alright - mulling over some storylines, doing a bit of research, looking on line ..... you know, trying really hard to be focused on writing.

But then I had company. A ten year old boy asked for an autograph - damn those 50 foot WGCI billboards - and his mama wanted a little bit of conversation. I never mind that. But when they left, I decided to check a few of my online spots.

And that's where I got stuck.

There are sooo many interesting things to do and see while surfing the Internet.

Among other things ......

1. I watched a video on the ten emotional stages we go through to open a tightly sealed jar.

The 10 Stages of Opening a Jar

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2. I created a zwinky. Not quite as fun as Build-A-Bear but close. You be the judge:


I continued to be amazed at the unnecessary amount of flesh that is exposed on MySpace. I'll spare you an example of that.

I learned that of the ten most dangerous toys of 2006, my kid's have three. I will confiscate them today while they are napping.
Click here and see if you are as bad of a parent as I am.

And I finally broke down and took a damn survey.

Name:Nikki Woods
Birthday:June 23
Birthplace:St. Louis
Current Location:Chicago
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Brown
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:I'm a combination of a lot of things - just like everybody else.
The Shoes You Wore Today:Black and Silver Nike's
Your Weakness:The three men in my life - T, J, N
Your Fears:Wasting Time
Your Perfect Pizza:Pepperoni, Ground Beef, Onions on Thin Crust
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:lmao
Thoughts First Waking Up:Is it 2:30 in the friggin' morning already?????????
Your Best Physical Feature:My smile
Your Bedtime: the same time as my children usually - ain't that sad?
Your Most Missed Memory:sleeping in until noon
Pepsi or Coke:Coke
MacDonalds or Burger King:Neither
Single or Group Dates:Who needs a crowd?
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Lipton ... my mama drinks it
Chocolate or Vanilla:chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:plain old dunkin donuts coffee
Do you Smoke:nope
Do you Swear:make me mad and see
Do you Sing:yes .... much to the annoyance of those around me
Do you Shower Daily:few times a day
Have you Been in Love:MADLY
Do you want to go to College:
Do you want to get Married:yes
Do you belive in yourself:if I don't - who will?????
Do you get Motion Sickness:sometimes ...
Do you think you are Attractive:I'm pretty cute
Are you a Health Freak:no but I should be
Do you get along with your Parents:They are my heroes
Do you like Thunderstorms:if I'm not alone
Do you play an Instrument:a couple of them ... not very well though
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:I've had a sip or two ...
In the past month have you Smoked:nope
In the past month have you been on Drugs:legal ones .... alleve is my drug of choice
In the past month have you gone on a Date:yes ... quite a few
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:yes
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:nope
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:yes
In the past month have you been on Stage:yes
In the past month have you been Dumped:nope
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:nope
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:are you serious?
Ever been Drunk:yep
Ever been called a Tease:nope
Ever been Beaten up:nope
Ever Shoplifted:nope
How do you want to Die:OLD
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:still trying to figure it out
What country would you most like to Visit:Spain
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Doesn't really matter as long as they see out of them
Favourite Hair Color:Brown or black
Short or Long Hair:Short
Height:over 6'2
Weight:'bout 220
Best Clothing Style:his own
Number of Drugs I have taken:a lot of legal ones
Number of CDs I own:don't do cd's anymore
Number of Piercings:3
Number of Tattoos:2
Number of things in my Past I Regret:don't have regrets


All in all, not a totally wasted day .... but I still have to write! Toodles.

PS. Be Blessed!


  1. Anonymous2:58 PM

    Nikki I can definitely understand your plight. I get caught on myspace for hours when I am supposed to be writing. I could be on my second book by now if I didn't have internet on this computer.

    Good luck with your collabo!

    Shani Greene-Dowdell
    Author of Keepin' It Tight

  2. I have to basically shut off the internet when i decide to write or I'll never get anything written or edited or read.

    Sylvia Hubbard

  3. Anonymous10:28 AM

    At least you had some fun thinking and blogging. I love the bears, they are too cute. I feel you when seeking the need for our own private space to write without the distraction.

    Have fun writing on your story, I'll be looking to read it soon.
    Good LUCK!

  4. I go to Borders and Starbucks as well to do my writing. It helps that I only have a pen and a pad. :)It also helps that I'm not recognized. I'll have to listen to your show the next time I'm in Chicago. I drove there from DC twice last year. By the way, congrats on the anthology!

  5. I love your bears, they are too cute, lol. I've finally created me a spot at home to write but I find that early morning hours such as 4am is my best time to write. Or late at night if I'm not too sleepy.

    The internet can be such a fun distraction, huh?

    Happy New Years!

  6. I tend to hide out in bookstores to get writing done too but I rarely take my laptop. Addictive stuff, that internet. :O)

  7. Well I see you made the most of your day. Good luck and have fun with your writing.