Must. Stay. Off. Net.

Sharon December 20th, 2008

Ok, book is due on self-imposed deadline one week from today - and if I don’t get it done by then, I’m going to lose my set aside vacation time before I start up my classes (still spaces in all three classes, btw, if you want to register).  So that means I need to get the hell off the net, and stop writing posts just because something that happened catches my eye or I’m teed off on some subject, or whatever. 

 So I need your help - as I said, I’m bad at self-discipline.  I need you all to promise to yell at me if I post in the next week.  I have this problem with self-imposed deadlines - I do best with externally imposed rules.  So I’m asking for some external reinforcement from my kind and loyal readers.  1. If I post anything between now and the 27th, other than announcement that the book is done and in the hands of my publisher, yell at me.  And 2. If I don’t announce on the 27th that the book is finished and sent to the publisher, yell at me.  I need the vacation, but I can already hear in the back of my head the little voice saying…well you could….  Nope, I need to feel that there are loyal and supportive readers out there with baseball bats threatening me into completion ;-).

 Thanks everyone!

 Sharon

47 Responses to “Must. Stay. Off. Net.”

  1. Markon 20 Dec 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I figured I’d start now — an extra boost of encouragement — Get the hell off of the internet!

  2. Lisa Zon 20 Dec 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah, and you’re posting too much for your loyal readers to keep up with lately, anyway. Go write your book!

  3. Delpasoredon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Sharon wrote: “last year my total earnings from all sources ran a bit under 14K”
    Are you crazy? Stay off the internet and get back to work already!

  4. AmyDon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Does that include you “checking” the comments to see what people are telling you??? off, off, off… it can suck you into a dry hole, instead of out “there” making a difference (i.e. finishing your book)!

    amy in n calif
    wishing she could make more time to write

  5. Shambaon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t have a baseball bat but I can growl at you really loud.
    *GROWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLLLLLL*

    GET BACK TO THE BOOK ALREADY!

    Peace to all, Shamba

  6. sacon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Write that book! If you are reading this, your are peeking! GET OFF THE BLOG!!!

  7. rainmanon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Stay Off the Net until you finish your book!!!

  8. Karinon 20 Dec 2008 at 5:37 pm

    WEll, ( I am going to be a bad influence here) it is not that you haven’t been writing. Some of you posts have been truly inspired. But now, dear, it is time to get back to work.

  9. Kation 20 Dec 2008 at 5:40 pm

    *Grin* Best of Luck getting the book finished, Sharon. NOW GO, GET TO WORK!

  10. Erikaon 20 Dec 2008 at 6:02 pm

    In support of you meeting your goal of both finishing your book and staying off the net until then - CONGRATULATIONS!

    :-)

    –Erika

    P.S. I won’t tell if you take a timer and set it for 10 minutes and let yourself on the net for those ten minutes only, once each day until the book is done… Addictions are tough to break. :-)

  11. Greenpaon 20 Dec 2008 at 6:31 pm

    yeah, and here you are reading comments.

    Naughty, naughty. Do you need a spanking?

    ;-)

    Not much into ball bats.

  12. The Screaming Sardineon 20 Dec 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Oh, I’m the same way. The ‘net is such a temptation when you have writing deadlines.

    SHARON - GET OFF THE NET AND WRITE YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!

  13. Rosalieon 20 Dec 2008 at 7:32 pm

    As we say out here in Redneckville, “GET ‘ER DONE!!”

  14. karenon 20 Dec 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Scold, scold, scold (wagging my finger actually). Get your book done!! Do not write to us until you are finished!
    Karen
    We’ll miss you

  15. homebrewlibrarianon 20 Dec 2008 at 10:26 pm

    You!

    Go write a book!

    NOW!

    Kerri in AK

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  18. EJon 21 Dec 2008 at 7:43 am

    Sorry to add a link but after the book is off this story is worth reading:

    RAID on seeds (Life, itself) … by Monsanto

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/12/15/224022/35/752/673513

  19. Beaweezilon 21 Dec 2008 at 8:26 am

    Ok, I’m on board to help…. GO WORK!! The interwebs will still be here when you get back.

    Speaking of which, I should go be productive.

  20. Hausfrauon 21 Dec 2008 at 10:08 am

    I think you type faster than I can read. Did you notice you’ve posted THIRTY times in December?

    Sheesh! Get outta here!

  21. Leila Abu-Sabaon 21 Dec 2008 at 10:52 am

    Good luck, Sharon. I have a self-imposed deadline for my novel, as well. Doesn’t keep me off the internet. My extremely scary health diagnosis doesn’t keep me from wasting precious hours on the Internet.

    I’m thinking of starting a 12-step group for Internet addicts. Hi, my name is Leila and I am a compulsive web-surfer. And I don’t even do games, or porn, or shopping - themselves incredibly addictive for so many - I just amble around aimlessly reading the news, recipes, peak oil/Middle East/Environment/literary blogs etc.

    So if I see you posting it means I’m doing my own time-wasting.

    Happy solstice and holidays to all.

  22. curiousalexaon 21 Dec 2008 at 11:02 am

    Sharon,

    We adore you and we are grateful for your writing. But some writing is best put into widely dispersed book form!

    Thank you very much for spreading your message of how to live a satisfying yet sustainable life to people both on and off line.

    You’ll have finished your third book in two years by the time you read this! You efforts in sharing your knowledge, viewpoints, opinions, and suggestions are TRULY appreciated!!

    Congratulations and Thank You,
    -curiousalexa

  23. peter in Auston 21 Dec 2008 at 11:55 am

    sharon. I am going to check each day and if I find you cheating then I wont read that post until your book is finished.

  24. Greenpaon 21 Dec 2008 at 12:34 pm

    OOOOHHHH, SHARON!!!!!!!

    NAUGHTY!!!!!!!!!

    Folks, she just posted a comment over on Crunchy Chicken!!!

    Spank!!

    Go right back and get to work, young lady!

    Or you’ll get coal in your Hanukkah stocking.

  25. Roseon 21 Dec 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Hello Sharon,

    I noticed that while you have not posted another entry, you have left comments on at least one other blog (Crunchy Chicken). I believe that the spirit of your post is that you have a task that needs to get done and you use the internet as a form of procastination. Further you have enlisted our help to keep you on task. As such, please consider this your reminder that if you choose to play around/procastinate right now, you will have to work when everyone else is having a good time. As my grandma would say… “back to work young lady.”

  26. Sharonon 21 Dec 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Augh, you caught me!

    Wow, this more effective than I realized ;-).

    Sharon, back to work as ordered.

  27. Lisaon 21 Dec 2008 at 6:09 pm

    “I’m thinking of starting a 12-step group for Internet addicts. Hi, my name is Leila and I am a compulsive web-surfer. And I don’t even do games, or porn, or shopping - themselves incredibly addictive for so many - I just amble around aimlessly reading the news, recipes, peak oil/Middle East/Environment/literary blogs etc”

    oh, sign me up…..I am the same, Leila

    Thanks Sharon
    Happy Solstice to all, and getting back to work myself.
    Lisa

  28. Ton 21 Dec 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Yes, stay off the internet!

    But when you come back, after your book is complete, I thought you might appreciate a quote from this article:

    “One of the biggest consequences [of store and mall closings] is the loss of a sense of community,” Birnbrey said. “I am a big believer that malls are an essential part of Americana. A mall is a place where people gather and socialize.”

    I think I can hear you laughing from here …

  29. KatJon 21 Dec 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Okay, Sharon, I have Christmas presents to finish for my grandkids and am procrastinating as well. You, however, have a mission! And I am so eager to read your next books (all of them-I was very impressed by Depletion and Abundance). So get busy, girl. We don’t have forever here! You have important words to write so that the rest of us can read them (although, arguably, much of what you write on this blog is also noteworthy and important). However, when you finish the book, even more people will be able to read them. Get to work!!

  30. KatJon 21 Dec 2008 at 7:59 pm

    However, to be truthful, I did check just hoping you had written a few words for us. Sorry!

  31. Rebeccaon 21 Dec 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Get off the net, Sharon!
    I need the help, too. I’m trying to finish the first draft of my novel by New Year’s Eve. Aargh!

  32. Crunchy Chickenon 22 Dec 2008 at 12:31 am

    Yeah, well, some things are important. Like commenting on my blog :)

    Sharon, can I still yell at you after your self-imposed deadline?

  33. Lisa Zon 22 Dec 2008 at 7:58 am

    Leila Abu-Saba and Lisa, I would like to join your 12-step group too. I have the same problem! And I’m certainly NOT online looking at porn! Just geeky stuff–blogs, news, LATOC (unfortunately!), recipes and crafts. I need help! And those 2-3 hours back in my day…

  34. Meadowlarkon 22 Dec 2008 at 11:43 am

    Sharon, just have husband temporarily change your password. If you can’t log on to your site, you can’t surf.

  35. Shelleyon 22 Dec 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Augh! Caught you!
    You posted on Rod Drehers blog!
    Admittedly, this is not bad since those folks benefit from hearing your point of view on that economic discussion thread.
    HOWEVER!
    Book. Must. Finish. Book.
    We love your musings and will miss you…..enjoy the process!
    I too do best working under pressure. Perhaps that is crazy, but I accept it.
    Pax,
    Shelley

  36. Jadeon 22 Dec 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Ahem! Sharon has been posting music comments at The Automatic Earth.

    As my Uncle M. tells his grad students, “Put your butt in the chair and do your work.”

    As per your request…

  37. curiousalexaon 22 Dec 2008 at 5:05 pm

    LOL! like every writer, she needs a pseudonym!

    I’m not sure I’m not worse - checking daily to make sure the world hasn’t blown up, because I trust she’ll let us know if it did…

    We’re all going to be in withdrawal by the time she comes back, especially after having been treated to so many posts recently! [wry grin]

  38. Geoon 22 Dec 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Got my megaphone ready.

  39. Rebeccaon 22 Dec 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Stay. Off. Net. Sharon.
    I’m just as bad, but at least I have a sorry excuse; my car died today and I couldn’t run my errands so I had some time to kill.

  40. Veganon 22 Dec 2008 at 10:13 pm

    While Sharon is away, here’s something for us to do. Please oppose Tom Vilsack’s confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture.

    Sign petition at:

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/t/8516/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1783

    Thank you!

  41. homebrewlibrarianon 23 Dec 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Sharon posted a response today over at NoImpactMan about Christmas!

    Bad girl!

    Get back to work! And here’s a virtual whipcrack to show I mean it!

    Kerri in AK

  42. DEEon 23 Dec 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been waiting on this book…my DH isn’t much of a reader and he devoured your last book and I’ve promised him another about his favorite subject-farming. Even promised him to pre-order it when I could. DEE

  43. jyotsnaon 23 Dec 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Sharon, I’m not a fan of hitting people with baseball bats, but I am sewing right now, so how about a few pins and needles if you bother to even read or respond???

    Don’t answer that!

    Jyotsna

  44. Chileon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:48 am

    Hi Leila, Lisa, and Lisa Z! My name is Chile and I, too, am a compulsive web-surfer. There are games on the ‘net? I’d never know because I am too busy looking at blogs and news. I think there are now enough of us to hold an intervention for Sharon. She’s trying to be sneaky by commenting on other people’s blogs instead of reading her own, but we know all about those tricks, don’t we.

    Sharon, unplug your modem. That will keep you off the Internet while you get your actual work done. Surfing doesn’t pay for food. Do you want your children to starve? (Oh, shut up already. I know you grow most of your own. I’m trying to make a point!) ;-)

  45. jyotsnaon 24 Dec 2008 at 9:17 am

    PEAK!

    No, not peak oil. I’m peaking to see if you posted today. No need for the pins and needles afterall!

    Jyotsna

  46. Sharonon 24 Dec 2008 at 9:46 am

    Wow, you guys are tough! You catch me out everywhere ;-).

    It is coming along…

    I hope everyone is having a Happy Chanukah/Christmas/Solstice/Miscelleaneous Winter Holiday!

    Sharon

  47. Chris Haaseon 25 Dec 2008 at 6:46 am

    Off the net… means off the net.

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