If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me mention that as of October 1, 2010, I would be sans television. It’s been almost a month now . . . (she says, chewing her little fingernail).
There are a lot of reasons for this. One would be the money. As someone who went without cable from 1996 to 2009, no one was more surprised than me when I signed up for a satellite service. But the HDTV thing was coming up, and they offered me a good bundle deal, and and and . . . and I wound up with more than 200 mostly ignored channels. In addition to the local channels, I watched A&E, TNT, and USA. My addictions were (in no particular order)
Law & Order (prime and SVU)
Rizzoli & Isles
The Big Bang Theory
Nerds and murder, which is pretty much the story of my life. And my writing.
Which brings me to the main reason I went cold turkey on the viewing.
Now I’ve been moving, which has zapped a lot of my off-job time. But I’ve noticed that I’m having more creative ideas, and what time I do spend writing is more relaxing and productive. I figure once I stop worrying about realtors showing a house that hasn’t been vacuumed in a month, it’ll get even better.
Do I miss it (she asks, checking on that chewed nail)? Yeah. Enough to go out a buy a new TV?
I wouldn’t have believed it either. But I hope (and I know my agent hopes) that my writing career will get a jumpstart. My next book, House of Secrets, launches in April, so now is the perfect time to submit.
But if you like serial stories, stay tuned here. The CRAFTIE Ladies are about to start a new one...
What would you miss most if you were without a television?