Last month our own PHS ed Ally Blake spoke to us of eBay as a perfect time waster for those looking for one. This month she admits to another problem which takes time away from her writing. The scourge of the digital camera.
Every photo taken was carefully set up, carefully constructed. If somebody thought maybe they closed their eyes as the flash went off, well tough. You only ever took a second shot of the same thing if it was reeaaaaally important.
And then as the camera whirred to the end of the film, you took the film out in the dark under your bed covers. You saved up to get the thing developed. Then there was that special moment a few days later when you got the pack and hid in a corner of the shop to flick through the whole lot as you couldn't wait until you got home. The thrill, the disappointment, the 'oh my god I'd forgotten about that one' excitement.
Can you believe that nowadays, with the invention of the digital camera, that same process – from the click to knowing how it turned out - takes about three seconds? If there is a chance to have that same excited thrill when a happy memory is captured, over and over again no wonder we are click happy.
Then add to that fact that I have a new baby. Can you imagine how many hours are spent hovering over her with the camera?
Click click click. Hang on I don't like the flash so we'll try again without. Click click click. Oh hang on that pink outfit would look so cute if she was lying on the dark pink rug. Click click click. Oh look did you see that face she pulled? She's never done that exact face before. Click click click.
Seriously, the minutes of my life that are spent reliving these moments over and over again. I once burnt a frying pan full of pikelets because she suddenly discovered her right hand. Not five minutes later she discovered it yet again so I had to take more photos and guess what? Another batch of pikelets burnt.
So how is a girl to sit at a computer and write when there is a going gahing bundle of gorgeousness rolling about on the floor beside her and a digital camera within reach? Will I ever be able to finish a book again? Panic…rising. Breaths…coming…harder.
Hello, my name is Ally Blake and I have a problem…
Ally's latest Harlequin Romance, FALLING FOR THE REBEL HEIR is out now in Australia and New Zealand as part of the bestselling Mothers Day Gift Selection and in North America as well!
And next month her third, and sexiest yet, Modern Heat novel THE MAGNATE'S INDECENT PROPOSAL is out in the UK. Or if you simply can't wait it's available online now through Amazon and Mills and Boon UK.
Check out more about the books at her website...