Dirty Laundry and the Writing Routine

If you’d have asked me five years ago, whether I could be happy back in Japan, I would have laughed. When I returned to the U.S. after thirteen years here, I’d had it with the crowds, and a school system that liked to treat foreign teachers like talking dogs rather than professionals. Well, other than the talking dog part — I’m  now at a university where I am treated as an adult — I’ve discovered there’s a lot less harm in a few grouchy, hung over salarymen than some hopped up douchebag in a BMW trying to cut me off on the 405.

There’s also something about living in a big, abrasive city that perks up the synapses. Having to jostle through crowds and hang up my own laundry rather than throwing it in a dryer, and separating garbage under a Byzantine recycling system, has had some positive side effects on my motivation to write.

I’ve even been alternating chores with writing.  One becomes a reward for the other, but I don’t ever try to do either  all at once.  I’ll write for an hour, then fold the laundry, and so far both are getting done.

I was wondering how others might balance their household chores and other errands with their writing routines.  Any tricks to psyche yourself out and remove the guilt for having left the dishes in the sink?

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2 Responses to “Dirty Laundry and the Writing Routine”

  1. I can give you advice on what to NOT do… I’ve got me a mighty fine illegible not quite second draft AND a sink full of dirty dishes. Sigh.
    I’m going to try and copy you.
    I’d been neglecting your blog, here, sorry! It’s wonderful to hear that Japan is still treating you right, and the pace and lifestyle are feeding in to more creativity. Hear you on the 405- we were living in California last year and found the driving culture… um…. well, what you said, ahha. Enjoyed your other post with the pink-pen ‘whooop’- awesome. Congratulations!

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