Do not disturb. How to zone out life.

The moment you start to write ‘denim shit dress’ instead of ‘denim shirt dress’ at work you know it is time to start finding focus.

I also told someone on eBay ‘fab butt, thank you very much’ (thank YOU very much apple for autocorrecting ‘buyer’, I’m not sure whether said eBay user was more worried about my bottom observations or the fact I was so openly thankful for her derrière).

So my words are bedraggled. My brain needs focus. And so I turn to the literary greats for some wordsmithing tips.

Maya Angelou and JK Rowling were fans of the hired hotel room, Alice Walker talks of fragmented minds thanks to modern gadgets and Margaret Atwood swears by a computer without an internet connection.

So it’s obviously time to check in to The Savoy and not connect to the Wi-Fi.

I wish.

Perhaps a few books down the line…

So here is the pauper’s alternative. I just found a wondrous little button that might just bring some resolve to my Apple-synced world.

Do Not Disturb.

The 21st century equivalent to that sliding metal door sign that tells the world to just leave you the fuck alone already. That paired with headphones and a door slam and I am all yours, writing world.

So from the hours of 09.00 until 19.00, if I’m writing, I’m ignoring.

In the oh so sincere words of Lana Del Rey, Sorry ’bout it.



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  1. 26 February 2016 / 6:35 pm

    For whenever you get this — I feel your pain. It’s hard finding that quiet space where you can just write and concentrate. Goodluck focusing today!

      26 February 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Mandi! Annoyingly, I often find the words come tumbling whenever I’m somewhere inconvenient, the shower in particular… I think we all get it!

      1 March 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you, I thought I’d take the ‘state of mind’ theme a little more literally! 🙂

  2. 26 February 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I agree with Mandy, I can’t help but feel extremely identified with this post. In the past two weeks I’ve broken five pens… but I really didn’t realize I need to back off until a ketchup bottle exploded in my hand when I was apparently calm. Oh gosh.

    By the way, Lana del Rey is a great singer – glad there’s someone else who knows about her. None of my Spanish friends know who she is!

    I wish you the best!


      1 March 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Oh dear, I was about to ask if the pens were broken in anger when I read about the ketchup… :O I love Lana, she has such an entrancing way with words and music, I find her work spellbinding! I hope you’ve found your calm.

  3. 28 February 2016 / 12:11 am

    Good for you, Laura. Even if you can’t step away for a large amount of time, or don’t want to, having a section of time designated as “off line”, you’ll do better and be more focused.


      1 March 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you Janet, I am sticking to my rules and long may they last! I like that idea of it being “off-line” time. 🙂

  4. 2 March 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Oh mercy!
    I needed this post TODAY! Facebook has had me hogtied. While there, when I wasn’t wrestling with my great baby nephew, I thanked fans for photo love and rendered a three-word or more report of my day…before long the day went traipsing along! No writing. Nada. Outside of socializing, which has its place and I love doing. However, off goes the Internet tomorrow! I will do one thing at a time. (Sounds like a blog post brewing!) 🙂
    Nonetheless, Laura, thanks again. I’m loving “Off-Line Time” myself! So double thanks to Janet.

      3 March 2016 / 7:18 pm

      One thing at a time is a fine idea. And write down anything else for later so you don’t have to think about it all at once! I hope it went well 🙂

      • 2 April 2016 / 7:07 pm

        Thank you, Laura! Great ideas and much appreciated! Yes indeed, it went very well! I’m excited! Perennially! 😀

  5. 23 March 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Like the way you write..simple words yet powerful impact.

      23 March 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you very much, that’s a lovely compliment, exactly what I’ve always hoped I can do with my writing 🙂

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