The lamp reflects on the family room windows.
Beyond, on the hill, the flourescents of the complex glimmer like sprawling Italian villas.
In the background, a Law & Order marathon plays.
You hear that all-too-familiar sound every few minutes: You know … Doink, Doink! – the sound that plays over scene changes – white letters stark against a black background.
The smell of coffee comes off the brewing K-Cup machine. Lightning fast java in less than 30 seconds.
Writing prompts devoid of prompting what to write.
Where’s the ink? Blank screen sits in loneliness.
How to write around Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (albeit not medically diagnosed).
What to do?
Here’s a few thoughts:
1. Switch to the NBA basketball playoffs and pull the laptop closer to write. Be sure to get engaged enough in the game where you can’t focus very well on the writing.
2. Take a break for a healthy snack.
3. Stare some more at the screen.
4. Get distracted and do some “research” on the internet. Check email, Twitter, and Facebook.
5. Stop for dinner.
6. Coffee smells beckon again. Have another cup of coffee.
7. Lather, rinse, repeat. [Yep, it’s actually on wikipedia – my research bible.]
Ever have one of those days (or weeks)?