I never thought I’d compare myself to George W. Bush in any way, but as a freelance writer, I may have to declare war on social networking, as it is fraught with weapons of mass distraction for writers. Take Facebook … please. I frequent that site mainly because I love the Scrabble-type and Solitaire games I can access – and they keep coming up with new ones! I’m running two businesses here, and I barely have time to meet my deadlines without seeing things like Lady Jane Solitaire pop up for the first time in Mind Jolt Games. Enough, already.

And how about social networking in general? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ … who can keep up with all those distractions? Then again, this isn’t so different from the other million things that divert writers’ attention on a daily basis. Even before social networking, we procrastinated with all kinds of excuses. Gee, I’ll finish this article once I put in the laundry and vacuum. Or gee, I’ll work on my novel after I take the dog for a walk. Or gee, I’ll start a new story once I lie down on the sofa to rest my arthritis-ridden knee, and while I’m lying down, I might as well put on mindless TV, and hey, there’s a Real Housewives of Somewhere, so why not see what that’s all about?

Yes, TV, the ultimate time-waster. A weapon of mass distraction that continues to dominate the lives of otherwise-productive people around the world. How can I declare war on TV? I grew up waiting to see who Ed Sullivan had on as his guests every Sunday night, what shenanigans Red Skelton and Carol Burnett would get up to on their shows, and whose life Ben Casey would save next. I watched Lawrence Welk with my parents and envied The Lennon Sisters (I wanted to be Janet). Today, I’m into So You Think You Can Dance, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones, Chopped, Master Chef, Top Chef and Project Runway. I slip in an educational show on the Discovery channel from time to time, and I LOVE Masterpiece Theater when there’s an Agatha Christie on, so I do have a little class.

And TV isn’t the only villain – just about everything in life can be a distraction from writing. Cooking, eating, showering, attending meetings. If it’s so easy to be called away from writing, why then, you may ask, be a writer? Don’t be silly. What else would I do?