As an author, I try and work from home. I don’t think people realize how hard it is not to be distracted. I have my own office, equipped with a laptop, printer and other essential items. It’s quiet, I close the door and I’m off and running, right? Ha.
The phone rings. Is it important? Nope. It’s a telemarketer. The phone beeps with an incoming text. Is it important? It’s my friend saying hello. Can’t ignore that. The doorbell rings. A salesman, really? Okay, this is not working.
I pack up everything and go to the public library. Another joke. Have you noticed how noisy a library is these days? Modern moms think nothing of letting their kids run down the aisles of books, screaming at the top of their lungs. I sit in the adult section of our library with earplugs. We have tables for work with QUIET signs and also tables for Tutoring. How many tutors sit at the tables designated as quiet? Or friends who happen to run into each other at the library and gab like they’re at Starbucks. You know? Maybe home isn’t as bad as I thought. Sigh….
I also want to vent about door to door salesman. I thought they were a thing of the past, but no. We now live in a new development and they are as numerous as ever. Yes, I know they’re trying to make a living but guess what? So am I! I don’t appreciate them sticking their cards in my door or ringing my doorbell at 7 pm on a Saturday night. Water softeners, security systems, frozen dinners, you name it. Since I live in Texas, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone would try and sell snake oil! If I want what they’re selling, I’ll research the product online or ask for a recommendation from a friend or associate. Let me approach you, not the other way around. It’s time to visit Home Depot or Lowes for a No Soliciting sign which still is ignored, but at least it’s a deterrent….