Future Tense

Another short one today. We’ve had some men laying hardwood floor at the house all day and the noise has pretty much made it impossible to think. So here’s a quick one.

I took my time perception personality test this morning. Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo developed this test to determine whether you’re more oriented to the past, present, or future. It told me what I already knew, that I place a lot of value in the future and its infinite possibilities, I view the past negatively, and I view the present as something close to hedonism but not a ‘come what may’ sort of view.

Anyway,  I read a post from guest blogger Colleen Story on Writers in the Storm’s blog today about how that can affect my writing career. Apparently I need to take more vacations! Way ahead of you, Colleen. Not having work has given me a lot of time to think. While I’d be lying if I said I’d written a lot since I left my position, I’ve certainly written more than when I was working as a copy editor. But I guess that depends on how you define a lot.

I know can’t continue ‘vacationing’ for too much longer, but I’m really enjoying the free time to write. But at the same time I’m discovering that I sort of yearn for actual work to keep me busy, a yearning I’ve been trying to satisfy with working on the novel some. I could probably go for a little more social interaction too honestly, now that all the house remodeling is wrapping up. But I’m strangely confident at the moment even though I’ve no reason to be. I know I will finish this novel and I know I will find a career that fits.

But enough about that. I think this personality test might just be the only one that’s worth a damn. Fifty-six uniquely specific questions gave me pinpoint accurate results and actually made me sort of reevaluate myself. So if you’ve got a few minutes, I’d encourage you to take a look, and maybe check out Colleen’s story. The whole Writers in the Storm blog has some really great content on writing.

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