I’m currently working my way through the TV series Bones, season by season.
I’m up to Season 4 now- I was late to the Bones party.
Before that I watched The West Wing, season by season. I was late to the West Wing party too.
In between I started Game of Thrones but couldn’t quite get the same level of obsession happening.
And that’s exactly what I do when I’m in the middle of one of these series. I obsess.
I do the same with books. If I find a new author I’ll read their entire back catalogue. The thing is, it’s rarely a new new author, but rather a new one that everyone else had previously discovered. The point is, I’ll read everything by that author before I read anything else by anyone else.
I have a habit of obsessing on whatever it is that I’m doing- until it all becomes too much.
I went through a stage where I was doing a lot of scrapbooking- every single spare minute.
Then there was the time that I decided to file all of my slides and negatives into those little plastic sleeves- and I used to take a lot of photos. More recently I’ve done the virtual version with my digital files.
And let’s not even mention the time that I spent days copying albums from iTunes onto CDs.
There’s so many other examples littered through the house of stages I’ve been through. That reminds me- I really need to dig that glass grinder out and list it on ebay. Yep, I went through a lead lighting phase.
When I’m in first draft mode, I write every available minute- until it’s done. Then I don’t write another word for a month or so.
I do this- I go from chaos to control, anything goes to obsession in the flick of a switch.
And when I obsess about something (or someone) I obsess about it…until I don’t. It’s a case of more is more until I decide that I don’t want any of it. Currently I’m obsessing over when a friend will ring me regarding an overdue catchup. It’s what I do.
As for secret obsessions? I have them too…but that would be moving into way too much information territory.
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