christine alexis virgins of the screen.

Do you ever notice when you bring something too close to your eyes that it hurts and you lose focus? You close your eyes or move the object away or both.

As a writer, I’m a student of human behavior. This means psychology, sociology, history, biology, and anthropology are all tools in my arsenal. These, along with personal experience and observation, help me to orchestrate fiction. They help me write in depth characters and stories.

It’s easy to look at people from afar and know what they could, would, or should do. However, figuring things out about myself takes conscious effort. It took training to be able to focus on things affecting me.

In the past, I was slow to figure out what was happening with my body or my mood. I don’t know if this is a common problem, or if this is unique to people with my personality type. To be frank, it’s only been in the past ten years that I consciously recognized the connection between hunger, thirst, or sleep and my mood.

It’s the little revelations that really change things.

I write this because today I’m operating from a lack of sleep. I’m one cup of coffee in and only now do I feel like I just woke up (with all the associated awesome). I’m banking on my toddler napping, some meditation, and a serious nap after lunch.

In the mean time, I’m going to finish collecting inspiring sacred text for my devotional while I listen to Sesame Street interpret Les Miserables. And drink more coffee. And play on social media. And drink more coffee.

Did I mention more coffee?

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep focused.



P.S. Check out my SIX DEGREES curriculum here and the devotional here. If you’re interested in reviewing them in exchange for free copies, drop me a note!

Holding Focus
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