This morning I was browsing through my drafts folder and realized I start alot of entries that I never finish. I have the best of intentions – I plan on finishing them…but for whatever reason I don’t. The longer the draft sits, the harder it is for me to complete it. Part of the reason is that I am a forgetful soul and the prompt “New pool blues” just isn’t enough of a hint for me to remember exactly what it was that I was planning on writing about.

Oh, I’m sure it was something deep and theological (not), but the fact that I have at least 22 drafts sitting unfinished is slightly disturbing to me. I mean, you’d think I could at least finish one of them, right? Here are some examples:

1. Chuck and his tomato plants. How everything grows twice the size in Alaska due to the sun. The desire to grow things and yourself should never stop. With age comes the desire to create new life and nurture it.

Now, I’m sure that was going to be a good one, but I have forgotten how I was going to segue from one thought to the other…what I do remember is at the time I wrote it, I was on the phone talking to a friend and the idea came to me because we were talking about aging and how it affects people differently. Some become mean and some, like my stepdad (Chuck) become feeble and sweeter in their old age. I’ll have to think on it a bit more, but I’m pretty sure that one’s filed away so far back in the old memory banks that I’ll never find it.

2.Patience is the number one quality in maturity. The leader should be the most mature person in the group. Leadership is influence.

I can tell you right now why this one was never finished…it was about patience…something I am finding I lack sorely and it was just too painful to finish. I am supposed to be more mature than my kids, but sadly, sometimes it is me who is throwing the biggest fit in the bunch. (I’m all about keeping it real here, folks) I may come back to that one in about 42 years when I’ve matured enough to write about it. Or my kids are out of the house. Whichever comes first.

3. Take care – Big brother is watching. I have a link to share that may disturb you. It disturbed me.

If only I would have SAVED THE LINK. (rolling eyes) It might have been something good…but I have no clue.

4. Open Letter to My Body – (nothing written…just the title)

Does it surprise me that I wanted to jump on the BlogHer train and write an open letter to my body? No. Does it surprise me that I never finished it? No. I’m also the one that swore I was going to participate in Chic Critique’s “naked blogger” roundup, but somehow, I just never quite made that leap. (okay, it wasn’t a naked blogger roundup – you were supposed to blog your makeup routine, starting with a bare face – “naked blogger” just sounded more sensational, don’t you think?)

5. Fun Google Search Strings (yep. empty again.)

Well, this is one I could still do. Just from today, I have the following:

4 25.00% parenting in today’s world
3 18.75%
2 12.50% amusing blogs
1 6.25% single at 31
1 6.25% symptoms that cancer has spread to spin
1 6.25% post sunburn severely itching skin new freckles
1 6.25% pepe noodle
1 6.25% timeline of skin cancer
1 6.25% utube the pea
1 6.25% how many sunburns does it take to get skin cancer

Hmm…maybe that’s why I didn’t do it…nothing all that interesting except for the person who was looking for “utube the pea“. What’s that? I’m assuming the parenting in today’s world entry I wrote wasn’t much of a hit because it only received one comment, but it still gets the most traffic, week to week. I must needs improve my writing skillz, people.

However, I am happy to see 4 searches today regarding sunburn and cancer – it’s a topic close to my heart and that’s why I did the Cancer Series – you can find it on the side bar to the left.

On the brighter side – I am going to finish this post, and in just a moment I’ll hit the “publish” key and it will be sent out into the webiverse for someone to read.

But before I do that, I need to remind you that the time? It is running out, people! No, I’m not talking about the end of the world as we know it (I’m saving that for November) – I’m talking about my June giveaway! Have you entered??? Get your name in that hat! What are you waiting for?


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6 Comments on The Author, but apparently not the Finisher…

  1. World's Greatest Mommy
    June 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm (15 years ago)

    If a post sits for more than a week, I never go back and finish it. Usually I go back and realize that they were all stupid ideas. (Like a poem about my dislike for peas.)

    Your’s actually sound like good reading!

  2. Lora Lynn
    June 13, 2008 at 12:16 pm (15 years ago)

    Now I totally have to go google “utube” the pea.

  3. Jenny 865-53oh9
    June 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm (15 years ago)

    Yeah, I had great intentions of doing the naked blogger thing too, but before I knew it that moment had passed. It’s like showing up to the prom the next night.

  4. Jeni
    June 13, 2008 at 1:19 pm (15 years ago)

    I think I may have a worse problem – I partially compose things in my head, and then forget them before I ever get them in draft. Then I spend a ridiculous amount of time hemming and hawing and trying to remember my great blog fodder.

  5. Emily
    June 13, 2008 at 5:37 pm (15 years ago)

    i like your naked blogger idea. i’m afraid if people were to open my blog and were confronted with a picture of my face w/no makeup, the might be afraid to come back! logically, i know other people must look like that w/no makeup…but …really?

    your #3 cracked me up. i’ve done the same thing. here’s something hilarious: _________. <------insert something funny here that i forgot to copy and paste.

  6. Mel
    June 15, 2008 at 6:52 pm (15 years ago)

    I just twittered about this same thing. I went through and deleted all my unfinished work and am now starting fresh. We’ll see how I do!!

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