Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Working Through Distractions


007It was early on Saturday morning. As I worked on revisions, I heard all sorts of commotion coming from outside. The birds that typically sing a soft and cheery melody were sounding crazed. I’d never heard such racket.

As the noise became louder and more disruptive to my work, I went to the kitchen window to investigate.

This is what I saw.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

I suppose he was ready for breakfast. I had to admit, he was a handsome distraction.

How do you work through distractions?

**I learned last Friday that I’ve advanced in the writing contest I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. In order to meet the July 15th deadline, I’ll be a little scarce on WordPress.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

141 thoughts on “Working Through Distractions

  1. Jill, congratulations on advancing with your writing contest. I am so happy for you. I am sending good thoughts your way. That hawk is a beauty, I bet he caused a ruckus!


  2. Congrats, Jill! Good for you for putting the writing first! You’re an inspiration to me.
    What a beautiful hawk, but how scary for the other critters!


    • Thank you, Luanne. It’s difficult to find the time for everything, but I must put this opportunity first.
      Yes, I felt bad for all of the birds. They were freaked out by his presence.
      I hope you and your family are doing well. xo


  3. Jill so excited for you, that must be a real good feeling, good luck in the comp. Im afraid I would get no work at all done if this beautiful creature paid me a visit. Fantastic photo thanks for sharing.


  4. Congratulations, Jill! And I love the picture of the hawk – absolutely beautiful 😀


  5. What a wonderful distraction! I wouldn’t want to work past that one. Good luck for the competition.


  6. Indeed how does one work distractions?

    I suppose the answer to this lies in the amount of passion one holds in doing the work at hand. It is out of this passion that one gets access to discipline and working to deadlines….

    Do you too see this occurring in your own life?



  7. Best wishes to you, Jill. That hawk would put me off-track as well. I’d be too busy worrying about the innocent chicks or tiny mammals it was after. Try to stay focused. I know you will. As for me, I’m like the – “squirrel” – “shiny” – easily distracted kind of person. 😉


    • Thank you, Judy! Thankfully, I’ve been able to stay focused as I work toward the deadline. 🙂
      The hawk’s appearance definitely cleared the birds from our feeders. I don’t think his hunt was successful, at least that day.

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  8. I’m so happy for you, Jill. I am sending good wishes your way, and I have all my fingers and toes crossed.


  9. Spectacular! I LOVE raptors and sadly have yet to capture one with my camera – great pic Jill! This post reminds me that I am reading a book called H is for Hawk (have not picked the book up in over two weeks but it is a great memoir about a woman and her goshawk)


    • Thanks, Yolanda! I was surprised the photo turned out as well as it did given I shot it through the kitchen window. I was afraid if I opened it, he would flee. Sounds like a great book. Maybe you can write a blog post about it, once you finish reading. It’s great to see you! xo


  10. Congratulations, Jill. Keep that pencil flying or should I say those fingers on the keyboard. 😀 Lovely shot of a beautiful bird. xo


  11. Wow! Nice shot of the hawk. They are so majestic!


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