Sunday, July 17, 2011


As much as I love writing, there are times when I feel like I'm going to go crazy if I look at my MS for one more second. I'm sure many of you have experienced this as well. I love my book, but every once and a while I need a break.

That's when I turn to minesweeper.

I first started playing the game when J.K. Rowling mentioned on her website that she plays it to pass the time. I didn't realize then how addictive it was. Once you get good at it, it's almost a mindless game to play, and I can play for hours without even noticing the time fly by.

So while minesweeper can help me take my mind off my MS, it causes me to take my mind off of everything else as well, and a few hours later I find I haven't accomplished anything related to my book or otherwise. Mindlessly, I continue to click on squares and stare at numbers on the screen, forgetting why I started the game in the first place.

About six months ago I actually had my roommate remove minesweeper from my computer in order to rectify this problem. It really had become a dangerous addiction, and I wasn't even getting my schoolwork done. Unfortunately, the addiction was so bad that I started searching for online versions even after it was deleted. Kind of defeated the purpose. The addiction's now under control, but I still find myself gravitating towards it when my head's about to explode.

So, I have two questions: when you need a break, what do you do to keep yourself sane? And once you've taken the break, how do you get yourself to focus once again?



  1. When I really need a break from everything, I'll play Sims3 on my PC. It's mindless, like you said. But once I've played for an hour or two, I realize how pointless it is to pretend to live (you can even pen novels and become a bestselling author on Sims3). So it works for me to refocus me rather than keeping me in bondage to a game. Took a while for me to find this outlet, though, and when I first started playing it my first year of marriage, I was prone to excessive play-time. :)

    But hey, I'm a firm believer in down time. You can't be productive and creative all the time. Good luck finding a healthy outlet!

  2. Haha I remember minesweeper! Lets see...I always watch youtube videos or wedding videos. OR scrapbook. You should take that up- its fun. BUt if i were you I'd write songs because you can do that but I cant and I wish I could! Ha


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