Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D is for Dithering, The Practical Use Thereof

Day 4
April 5, 2016

Thanks for stopping by Between the Keys on this fourth day of the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge. Today I’m considering a bad habit of mine - dithering.

Dithering is an old country word for a state of mind best described as a mix of procrastination with a hint of indecision and orneriness. Old-timers like my grandfather liked to get to the point. If someone was dithering, there was no need for more detailed explanations. It didn’t matter what a person was dithering over, they were wasting valuable time.

Well, maybe. Fast forward to our modern, fast-paced, almost out of control, life.

As a writer, there are a lot of good reasons to manage your time wisely. Finishing your current work-in-progress is near the top of the list. Meeting a deadline you’ve committed to is another. Prioritize, divide and conquer is one of my mottoes. But so is “dithering has its place.”

The month of December is a dithering time for me. With so much going on, writing is difficult. Blogging isn't. Knowing this allowed me to work on the A to Z guilt free. And some evenings, not work at all. 

I can’t do good work if I’m tired, or stressed from the day job. It’s up to me to know when I’m like that and not compromise a story. I find it counterproductive to write a thousand words of trash I’m going to end up deleting. Dithering can equate to necessary downtime. 

In my world, dithering is another skill to hone to a sharp, practical edge. The trick is to learn when to effectively use it to save time and be more productive in the long run.

KC Kendricks

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D is for Double Deuce

Being a writer and talking about time, it seems appropriate to use this blogging opportunity to do a short book promo. Here’s a bit about Double Deuce.

Contemporary gay romance

Free spirited Ian Coulter works hard and plays harder. An ex-cop turned private investigator, Ian enjoys meeting new men and making new friends. A night out ends up with one man on the floor at his feet, and another asking for his help. Big trouble’s brewing in little Amethyst Cove, and Ian’s a step behind. He’s quick to see Rick Mohr is the man holding the flare at the end a long, dark tunnel.

Undercover agent Rick Mohr walks a fine line, serving two masters. Insider trading, counterfeit printing plates, and a blown-up yacht have Rick stuck between two Federal agencies, one of which has been compromised. Rick has to discover the mole before it’s too late. When Ian Coulter walks into his life, Rick grabs the chance to salvage his assignment with both hands.

It doesn’t take Ian and Rick long to discover joining forces and sharing resources has definite perks - ones not found in any departmental manual.

Contemporary gay romance mystery
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