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Netflix, It's an Opportunity, not a Problem

These past two weeks started out strong with writing. I stuck to my Write a Mile challenge and jotted down my increasing distance.

But then the deep freeze got to me. Staying under warm covers rather than waking before dawn to a freezing house, won. Having missed a few mornings of writing, I figured I'd resort to the next best step; put my pre-school aged son in front of a dvd after lunch and work on my story. But that's where the problem, or opportunity, says my husband who doesn't stay home with the kids full time, especially during a deep freeze that follows 2 weeks of school break, begins.

My problem/opportunity is that I recently got my kids hooked on Netflix. We don't have cable or an antenna so it's dvds or the computer. As all you moms know, dvds from home get dull after the 15th showing and dvds from the library often skip. But Netflix can give us a solid 21 minutes of Power Rangers or 54 minutes of Barney. Yes, I know, these shows are old, but to my kids they're brand spanking new, addicting and to me it means a break.

But it also means my computer is occupied during what was my writing time. So this past week, the opportunity for writing by hand and reading has increased. I've been writing more in notebooks and reading up on plot and structure. Although I've enjoyed this change in activity, I am antsy to get back on a roll with writing.

What about you? What opportunities do you find with your writing routine and children?

Marcia

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Comment by Marcia Fowler on January 9, 2014 at 9:44am

Great idea! Thank you.

Comment by Mom Bloggers Club on January 9, 2014 at 8:09am

Great post! Here's a great trick to let the kids watch Netflix on your televison. Buy a Sony DVD player (we have the BDP S580) that allows you to streat Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon. Your kids can watch endless Netflix. Hulu Plus has great selections, but we've found Amazon (with a prime membership) to be the absolute best. They have so many selections now. So, when you're writing they can be watching some of their favorite shows. 

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