E. Winter Tashlin

Distraction & Dedication [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | March 22, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: dedication, distraction, kink, PTAS, stress, timewatch, transcending boundaries conference, YouTube

The world (and by world I largely mean Internet) is full of distractions that can suck our attention away from what we should be doing with our time. As someone who both works from home and has attention issues to begin with, staying on task can be an ongoing battle for me.

This is only exacerbated when I'm juggling a number of tasks of nearly equal importance.

Right now the all-consuming topic dominating my thoughts is polishing my keynote address for Transcending Boundaries Conference in a few weeks. TBC is a sexuality and gender conference in Hartford, Connecticut, and they've asked me to speak on the topic of inclusion in the LGBTQ community.

You can imagine as a cis white guy, that's a bit nerve-wracking, particularly since I will be the first cis guy to give a keynote in the conference's history. It seems as if every time I tweak one piece of the speech, I realize how one or another marginalized population could find issue with what I'm saying -- particularly when there's already some dissension over having someone like me give the speech in the first place.

At the same time, however, there's work to do in my day job and I'm trying to figure out if I can supplement my income with photography or some other part-time work.

My family's financial situation is changing soon, and if I can't work out an additional income stream, I will have to leave my "main" job, which only pays about $10k a year, in order to find something else with higher pay. Not an easy prospect for a sex educator/event coordinator with a compromised immune system who barks like a dog at random times, particularly in one of the worst economies in recent memory.

The strain of all those conflicting priorities means that I all too often wind up watching old documentaries on YouTube, rather than try to decide which subject to give my attention to at any one time, particularly since making that decision is always accompanied by guilt over having not picked something else.

All of which brings us to today's photo. It's after the break.


The subject in this picture is my long-distance boyfriend Cole, who works long hours at a job he loathes while also going to school full time. In this photo he's attending an evening event at a big kink festival, just about the only vacation he allows himself.

Yet here he is, diligently doing his homework despite being surrounded by hot queer kinky people in various states of dress and undress.

I'm trying to follow his lead the next few weeks. If Cole can resist the lure of all those hot kinksters, surely I can resist Timewatch re-runs and Cracked.com articles for a while.

If you like Winter's photography you can find much more on his website: http://www.winterwindphoto.com

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