Some of you may remember this post here where I talked about gaming and how I get sucked in to a new game and spend way too much time playing. I happened to mention that I was about 751 levels into Candy Crush and had no intention of deleting it but that I had just that day deleted Clash of Clans from my phone. That one decision, however, led to a whole host of things that have changed the balance in my life, I kid you not; because once you purge one thing from your life, it’s almost easier to look at the next thing and think, “I deleted that one game, why not this one?”

I realized about a few days after I wrote that post that games are really just a distraction and it felt awful to play games all day and then be upset that I didn’t write or I haven’t read a book in about two months.

I’m one of those people, as again already stated, that just jumps in. I don’t waffle; I usually don’t second guess. I just do it.

In the two weeks since I deleted that particular game off my phone and anywhere else it was saved, I have started reading again; I have blogged more than I was and have actually enjoyed the process rather than it feeling like pulling teeth or grinding words onto a screen; I have also started doing things around the house that I’ve been thinking about for ages, like cleaning up the hard drive on my computer and downloading music to my phone.

I’m enjoying this time I seem to have found and wonder why the hell it took me so long to realize that a distraction can become something else entirely and it will start to eat away at your life if you let it. I’m not against gaming at all, there just needs to be a nice balance where you are accomplishing things and taking a few moments for the distraction, rather than letting the distraction take over your life.

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10 thoughts on “Distractions

  1. For me the games are both a blessing and a curse. There are times when I get caught up in them to the point I do nothing else, but then at times, when I’m trying to write something that’s being particularly difficult to advance, the games are a good way to step back and do something else while I think. I wrote a whole novel last year (NaNo2013) doing this with Candy Crush – the game forced me to stop for a while and go back to my novel while I waited for a life. Ha! Isn’t that just the thing though? A life. So ironic. 😉

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  2. For me, certain games, like Cake Mania 3 and assorted solitaire games, really help with my writing and other things that I need to ponder. There’s something about the patterns and obviously non-writing-ness of them, that help my subconscious to freely play with the ideas and imagery…

    My creativity also goes through ebbs and surges. Sometimes I need to take in a great deal of input – going places, cleaning house, reading and watching TV and playing games…and then the writing comes out in a huge outpouring (the house isn’t so clean in these times).

    I think each of us has our own way of being, and I’m happy you found a better place with gaming. I’m very selective about which games I’m willing to play, because some in the past have pulled me in to the degree where I felt guilty if didn’t play them regularly (Farmvilletype games, especially).

    I’m glad you’ve found a better balance.


    • I agree. Games help me in that respect too, I was just completely out of balance. I’ve found a few others that will be better for me to play during down times and not take over my life. 🙂

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  3. You know I am not one to play games. Reading is much more fulfilling. I used to play games on my computer, but not anymore. Time is too short when there are other worthwhile things to do.

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    • I agree to a point. Sometimes they really can be good for stewing on a story and letting the creative juices flow. Just in moderation. Lol


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