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Driven to Distraction

Harrison Ford is Jewish. I found this out on Shabbat. This, of course, led to an obsessive search for other Jewish actors on Wikipedia. I wish I could say this was my first search. But, alas, it wasn’t. Back when I found out Sammy Davis, Jr. converted to Judaism, I put in a good amount of time online searching for other Jewish entertainers.

In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which I previously discussed in a blog, she talks about developing a writing routine by essentially committing to a word count or an amount of time you’ll spend on the computer on a daily basis doing some “writing.” I use quotes because let’s face it, with the Internet (and Wikipedia no less), it’s hard not to sit in front of the computer and get distracted from actually writing. There is online bill pay. There are my library book holds to check on at the New York Public Library AND the Los Angeles Public Library. There are books to add to my wish list. Technically, writing in my blog counts as writing but when I have pitches to think about, a writing book I got for my birthday to read (Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington) and well, a book to write, you start to wonder about how effectively you’re managing your time.

Hold on, I have to check my Amazon wish list one more time.

Sorry, I had to check my Facebook page, too.

Sigh, I think it’s time to focus.

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