Things That are Bad for You

3 Jul

Last week I had my writers’ group over to my house. I was speaking to my uncle before my friends came over and he said I had to wear the present that he and my aunt gave me for my birthday. They gave me an apron. And while that doesn’t really seem like something one would wear to a writers group, because I am a good niece, I did.

Wine-how-classy-people-get-wasted

So nice to know I’m classy!

You may wonder what one does at a writers’ group, so I will tell you. We drink a lot of wine and talk too much about things that have nothing to do with writing. (So it turns out wearing the apron was a good fit after all.)

Actually we do have an agenda. We chit-chat for about 30 minutes as people are showing up, we have a writing prompt and spend 10 minutes writing whatever that prompt brings to mind, we all read our prompts aloud, then we each have ten minutes to discuss our goals for the next month. We can also send over a piece we’ve been working on before the meeting for feedback. If we were orderly this would all take about two hours. It usually takes four. (Mostly due to the drinking and talking too much about non-writerly things.)

I was in charge of the prompt (which can be a word or a phrase or even a question) and I chose “things that are bad for you.” The great thing about writing prompts is the varied responses from everyone. I love to hear my clever and creative friends read their prompts aloud.

Kim did not like my prompt. She started to write a story that was very similar the piece she’d emailed earlier in the day for feedback, but she felt that story had already been told, so she crossed it out and just made a list. I thought her list was fantastic as it wasn’t really a list of things that are bad for “you,” (as in everyone), but rather things that were bad for her.

And with 2014 officially half over, on this 19th day of my 49th year, the year I am trying to make productive, trying to make count, trying to make matter, it inspired me to make a list of my own. Because I want to stop doing things that are bad for me. And I have always found that things are so much easier to achieve when I have a list.

 

Things that are bad for me

  • Staying up late
  • Time-sucking activities (Candy Crush I’m talking to you!)
  • Procrastinating
  • Being late
  • A third glass of wine. (Not that I ever have that!)
  • A second cup of coffee
  • Forgetting what the words “portion control” mean (What do they mean again?)
  • Not writing
  • Not working out
  • Not stretching
  • Not making lists
  • Chandler being gone for 5 1/2 weeks (though this is very good for Chandler)
  • Being forgetful
  • Being unorganized
  • Jealousy
  • Self-doubt
  • Lack of motivation
  • Being lazy (especially when my laziness becomes blazy, which is a term my writer’s group came up with that means being blasé about your laziness. We’d campaign to get the word into next year’s Merriam Webster, but that would take way too much effort, thus being the exact opposite of blazy.)
  • Excuses (see above)

I could probably go on and think of 20 things that are bad for me instead of only 19, but I’m blazy remember?. Besides, I feel myself bordering on negativity. And that’s not my style. Perhaps I will counteract this post with a post listing things that are good for me. (Like Bradley Cooper obviously.)

Bradley-Cooper-shirtless

Yeah, I chose a picture of Bradley Cooper shirtless. You’re welcome.

 

Oh, and my kids, of course.

But as I said, another post.

I’d love to know… what are some things that are bad for you?

 

 

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6 Responses to “Things That are Bad for You”

  1. Rina Nehdar July 3, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I love your blazy attitude, it makes for great comic relief from the things we take too seriously. Or at least I take too seriously. Which brings me to my (abridged) list.

    *taking myself too seriously
    *judging people, specifically my mother and brother
    *not working out
    *too much sugar
    *too many nacho corn chips
    *expecting my kids to hurry when we’re running late
    *yelling when we’re running late (and if you know me, that’s usually)

    Thanks for your post!

  2. Cindy July 3, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Too much Diet Pepsi,
    Too much worrying.
    Too much worrying.
    About things I have no control over.

  3. My Inner Chick July 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    TOO many things are “BAD” for us…but then I wonder, if they are so bad, why the hell do they fell so good? AHHHHHHH, that’s the rub))

    Love clicking into your authentic world, Charlene. Your writing group sounds too much fun!

    xxxx

  4. juliecgardner July 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    You, my friend, make BLAZY look good. And I am so so so sorry I missed this meeting because I could write a novel about what’s bad for me.

    Hmmmm….
    Maybe I will.

    (See you Wednesday! You wear the apron, I’ll provide the wine!)

  5. Kim Tracy Prince (@kimtracyprince) July 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    GAH! I love this! I would publish my list here but I started a new notebook and left that one in LA. I’m still in CT.

  6. Kathy Combs (@KathyCombs16) July 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Loved your list, but honestly once I seen Bradley Cooper I was lost. Damn that man is HOT. Thank you for the eye candy. :)

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