Cutting My Nails

I know that’s an odd title, but it will make sense in a minute!

You know the feeling when you have a big project looming; it might be a household chore, such as cleaning the cellar, or a work project that just needs undivided time. If you’re like me, you think about it long before it actually happens; but there comes that moment when you make the decision to tackle it. Perhaps to do so, you need to make a purchase (like clear plastic boxes to help you organize the cellar), or something needs to happen before the project begins, but once you’ve done that something, it will happen.

Nail Art Inspiration

What my nails looked like until yesterday. Photo credit: Instagram 8715

Well, that’s where cutting my nails comes in: I have very hard nails; cutting and filing them takes about an hour, and usually, I can’t be bothered so I let them grow, keeping them oval-shaped as they go. I enjoy doing nail art, so I’ve been experimenting (this photo was my inspiration when I painted my [longer] nails last week, and it came out looking exactly like the image, minus the cool ring!). But long nails also kill my keyboards – I’ve at length (no pun intended) resorted to keyboard letter stickers; as long as the keys still work, other people can find their way around my keyboards. Even at that, when writing a novel, I go through a keyboard a year (e.g. the letters stop working).


Lately, I’ve been working on short stories, and doing a bit of “spring cleaning” in my writing files – projects half done (what I call myΒ “PHDs”),Β  ideas that want fleshing out, etc. and so I haven’t had to cut my nails. But now I’m getting ready to tuck into my next novel – this time science fiction. And so, today, I cut my fingernails. For me, it’s an act that means I’m serious about this project; in my mind, it moves from “hobby” to “profession” by that simple act.

Maybe there’s a project you want to work on, but something’s keeping you from digging into it. I write this to encourage you to go for it! Take that step, whatever it is, that’s between you and getting down to brass tacks about your goal. Cut your nails; clean off your writing desk to eliminate distractions; buy those boxes if you need them; simplify life; get rid of the clutter that keeps you from your goal. Then enjoy that sweet moment when you reach that goal, or begin a new chapter in your life, figuratively or (as in my case) literally.


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9 responses to “Cutting My Nails

  1. Your mention of cleaning off the writing desk really struck a chord. I’ll be on the road for the next three weeks, but will have to do that when I get home. My writing desks for the next three weeks will all be relatively clean, so my productivity should be pretty good. πŸ™‚

  2. Enjoy three weeks of gratis clean desks! πŸ™‚

  3. I used to do my nails once a week — filing and using polish. I don’t have time for that now that I’m retired. My nails need to be ready to garden, type, or roll out dough at a moment’s notice. Now I file nails every day, just a quick swipe. Doing that seven times a week is still much quicker than a manicure once a week.

    I’ll bet you enjoyed your pretty nails, though. That’s something to look forward to when the novel has been finished.

  4. My nails are so hard that even with length and polish, I did the daily household work. I’ll still enjoy nice nails, just shorter for the time being. πŸ˜‰

  5. I’m glad you don’t have to give up nail pleasure entirely.

  6. Making the decision to begin tackling a project “right now” is often the hardest part.

  7. I agree, but eventually it will come; I just prefer to take charge of my situation and tell it when! LOL πŸ˜‰

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