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    Twenty One Days Offline

    It takes three weeks to form a habit and it must take three weeks to break a habit too because I no longer miss social media. I no longer wonder what’s going on out there on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook.  I am not curious about what happened with whatever new viral drama because I have no idea what the current viral drama might be and this doesn’t bother me at all.  There is no FOMO with social media anymore.  There is no Fear Of Missing Out on the online world. There IS a Fear of Missing Out on my actual life now and some sadness that I already…

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    Fourteen Days Offline

    I’m late with this entry.  Fourteen days was two days ago, but the farther I move from computer screens and phone screens the harder it is to come back.  I’ve enjoying the quiet, learning how to think again, and how to observe.  I went to the doctor for my physical and didn’t know what to do in the waiting room.  How should I spend an uncertain, but small, amount of time without scrolling or texting or clicking?  How many of these mini-breaks, do I get a day and how can I use them if I’m not looking for something exciting on my phone to fill it? I’ve started carrying a…

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    Seven Days Offline

    Last week, I decided to make a dramatic change in my life.  I wanted to quit social media.  I tried to quit in the past and failed, but this time I was more motivated than ever. I wanted to quit so I could focus more on my writing.  This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. At first, I was just going to delete the apps from my phone and give myself a certain time of day to check in, but as my cousin reminds me, I’m not a woman who can “do moderation.” I’m more of an all or nothing kind of gal, so I pulled the…

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    Write Great Shit

    I started Kitten Holiday in October of 2013.  Since then, I’ve written ten stories, six hundred blog posts (insane, right?), and submitted articles to over twenty publications. I’ve published essays on numerous online publications and I’ve got a 40,000-word non-fiction book in draft and 75,000 words of scrap and freewriting for a novel–both have remained unfinished for two years. I need to focus and outline and edit and get the work done.  It’s time. My goal in starting Kitten Holiday was to get back into the routine of writing after a ten-year hiatus and to improve my skills.  I wanted to be able to take creative risks and push myself without feeling like…