Procrastination and Writer’s block – My Typical Day

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By Fareeha Qayoom


Yes, I have not been around for a while now…


No, I am not suffering from Writer’s block. I am suffering from over work.


Yes, I think it’s a disease too. You develop a tunnel vision. You become compulsive and obsessive (about your current obsession). Which I am anyway – a compulsively obsessive person…when you add work to the mix, it becomes something totally beyond normal. All work and no play makes you a dull Jill (or Jack whatever your particular case).


I have no time for hobbies. I have no time to play with the kids (my nephew and niece). The other day I caught myself giving Abdullah a lecture; (I got home late from work that day and had gone straight to my room to be alone – the kids followed me; since I was quietly reading, they started playing or rather fighting and then hitting each other and even me – on my queen sized bed – since it’s always Abdullah who is more vicious than Sarah, I ended up spanking him when he wouldn’t stop hitting her) – I told him, “don’t mess with me when I come home. Give me an hour at least to unwind/simmer down. Do not invite negative attention by hitting your sister or me – do you really want to be my punching bag?” He rolled over and quietly feigned sleep. I returned to my reading…Sarah and Abdullah dozed off on my left and right… Peace returned.


On weekends, I simply vegetate. You know, sleep the weekend away. Sometimes, the kids manage to drag me out on Sundays for their time out.  I take them to Readings, or Mall of Lahore or some other place where they can hang out and play.


Time seems to fly but I don’t know where it went. I am so busy playing fireman at work – take yesterday for example; I spent literally an hour each on the phone with two of my vendors after 3:00 pm, making them really work for their money. It’s like pulling teeth you know. Then, I spent a couple of hours clearing my inbox (email) and answering my emails…I also got a call from home to hurry up as Adnan wasn’t letting them watch the latest TV shows without me…I told them to start without me. Story of my life…I did manage to catch the tail end of “Elementary” when I got home after eight – a new show about crime solving by dynamic duo Holmes and Watson.


Day before yesterday, I missed the latest episode of Emily Owens MD because I was too tired to watch. It’s a promising new show…I like Emily, the main character in the show…she’s human, funny and interesting…though I heard through the net grapevine, it might not return next year because of poor ratings or something like that.


There are many new shows like the “Beauty and the Beast”, “Go On”, “Arrow” which I like and watch faithfully every episode, “Last Resort” which I didn’t watch beyond the first episode because I thought it was pure propaganda that fueled this particular story line involving orders to “bomb Pakistan” – it cancelled mid-season I hear, though they tried to make it like “The Hunt for Red October” – only Mutiny on the Bounty was never that successful on this particular Island…another new show that got cancelled is “Partners” and “Mob Doctor” and may be “666 Park Avenue” and “Animal Practice,” not sure about that since I never tuned in to watch the last three anyway…


”Revolution” is another new show set in future with a permanent power outage in the United States, people having to return to  stone age, you know, something like the “Lord of the Flies” in an urban setting. I watch this one as well. There are many new shows and many old favorites like Dexter, Once upon a time, Gossip Girl, Revenge, Person of Interest, Supernatural etc., The problem is finding the time to watch them all. Since Adnan has run out of storage space (or rather shelf space), he no longer collects DVDs of the whole season so it’s one time deal with him now. You can catch the show only when he airs it and then you can kiss it good bye because it’s time to delete it and save the current shows du jour on his memory stick for that day…


Well, gotta go, more later…

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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  2. aarzoo says:

    Hi Fee! I got my new blog working and wanted to link my story on Gloria Jeans with your site 🙂 Came across THIS! and realized how much I miss you! You know I started watching 24, it is so addictive! Alos, try watching Fringe…set in the future type, really cool! Have you read the Hunger Games trilogy? Youre going to LOVE it!
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