Not Leaving Without Me: My Earliest Memory #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge

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I love to travel so it’s probably not all that odd that my earliest memory is travel-related. I’m not sure how old I was, 4 perhaps. My parents were going away for the weekend and planning to leave me at home with my grandmother. Of course, I wanted to go. I remember waking up really early Saturday morning. Without saying anything, I got dressed and packed my little tiny child suitcase, though I have no idea what I thought I needed for a trip at that age. Toys, probably.

Once dressed, I plunked myself on the top step of the staircas knowing my folks wouldn’t be able to leave without tripping over me.

My devious ploy worked. My folks caved and took me with them, though they soon regretted it. It wasn’t long before I got car sick and threw up in the back seat! No wonder they didn’t want to take me with them!

You know the saying, no good deed goes unpunished.

Later, as an adult, I realized that the problem wasn’t motion sickness so much as my father’s smoking. In general, I don’t suffer from motion sickness, but it tobacco is involved, I quickly get nauseated. So it was really my dad’s fault. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What is your earliest memory? It’ll be fun if people share in the comment area, and not just other authors.

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I’ll Finish Some Day #MFRWauthor 52-Week #Blog Challenge #badhabits #procrastination

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#MFRWAuthor Blog Challenge: Week 35, My Bad Habits

Yep, bad habits, my least favorite topic, because I have a few of them, mostly related to procrastination. Oddly enough, when I started this post on Tuesday afternoon, the linky list to sign up for the weekly blog hop wasn’t working, so I even had to procrastinate on that! LOL, I can’t think of a more perfect metaphor, but Mercury is retrograde.

There’s a theory that procrastination is caused by either fear of failure or fear of success, and that may be true in some cases. In my case, I know that indecision plays a big factor.

Now or Later?

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I’m an Aries, which means I get excited about starting new projects, but am not so excited about finishing old ones. I can’t tell you how many unfinished manuscripts litter my hard drive. I don’t want to know how many how many unfinished manuscripts litter my hard drive. Not to mention unfinished needlework projects and genealogical charts from before I started writing. And I won’t even mention the boxes full of old stuff in the storage area.

Which brings me to hoarding, I mean collecting, another bad habit. No, on second thought, let’s put that discussion off for another day.

Stop Bad Habits

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Before you decide I need professional help and/or an intervention, I’d like to point out that it’s Week 35 of this blog challenge and I’m still hanging in here. And let’s face it. There are worse habits than procrastination, like drugs and alcohol. Though there is that little chocolate addiction… That I have no trouble finishing! But hey, dark chocolate is good for us. Right?

Now I will take a procrastination break to hunt up pithy quotes on procrastination, avoiding quotes of the “just do it” variety, as if bad habits were easy to break. (Rolling eyes here.)

surfing… surfing… surfing…

I’m back. I found some good ones at

“One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.” ~Unknown

“One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” ~Vincent T. Foss

“If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” ~Unknown

“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.” ~Joan Konner

And one of my all-time favorites…

“I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ~Anonymous

Should I have taken this topic more seriously? Maybe, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. Have a good weekend!


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