Introverts Are Me

I’m an introvert, and among other things, that means I benefit from several of the American Introvert’s Association’s widely publicized membership perks.

For instance, I just paid my phone bill. For the entire year. I have one of those little pre-paid numbers, and I never run out of minutes. Just service days. And data. I wind up paying about ten bucks a month, and less, if I were willing to give up the data.

I use the money I save to buy headphones and earplugs to use in the workplace break room. It keeps all the random sports celebrations and potty-training stories on their own side of the skull. And allows me to work, or at least stare dejectedly at my revision project for an hour.

When I’m lucky.

There’s something particularly motivating about work in a break room at a job that you’re hoping to replace. Something that keeps you moving forward.

I’m doing my cutting at home, and the revision of my latest chapter at work. The cutting is moving faster. Got about a hundred pages into chronological order, yesterday. And some rearranging of that one chapter at lunch.

There are issues, of course. Cat eats the headphone wire, and leaves me in silence. One of my co-workers has a new year’s resolution to work on her own book. (I am working on believing this will actually happen. I am an optimistic introvert.) Obviously, I must talk to her. And that means taking the ear plugs out…

And there goes my lunch hour.

4 thoughts on “Introverts Are Me

  1. John Holton says:

    I used to use bitter apple spray on my wires, and the cats would leave them alone. They just love to chew on wires, I think because they know it upsets us.

    • Karen says:

      I should have done that, already. The animal actually got into my purse to go after this particular wire, and I’m a little shocked that she got to it. **sigh** New cat-owner mistakes. She belonged to my sister, though, so I guess I’ll have to learn.

  2. Damn! You take your revisions to work? And people know you’re a writer? I didn’t tell anyone I wrote until my 1st book came out. Courage!

    • Karen says:

      I would have been quieter about it, but I really do need the time. At first, no one noticed, and now, no one cares. I think most of them see it as a pipe dream, but then, I root for their longshot projects, so I get the same courtesy, for the most part. And I know they’ll be my loudest cheerleaders when I do publish, so… Not too bad, even if they do think I’m a little odd.

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