Friday, May 23, 2008

'FESS UP FRIDAY | Procrastination


I made a simple button for 'Fess Up Friday last week. The type-writer seemed a tad bit anachronistic, so I found this picture instead where Snoopy upgraded to a laptop. It even has Woodstock sitting there as a supportive audience.

I made the button when I was supposed to be writing. Procrastination is a powerful thing: I get so many (other) things done - my bookshelves are finally dusted and my laundry gets done. If I procrastinate enough, I can take over the world.

This week, word count remains around 1,800. No actual writing was done. *sigh* I hope for better progress next week.

What did get done:

  1. Drew up a research reading list
  2. Put The Apprentice and Making of a Chef on hold at the local library. I hope to pick them up this weekend
  3. Read blogs by farmers: Grow Better Veggies and I Love Farms
  4. Finally named all my main characters.
  5. Set aside a notebook for all my note-taking for the story
  6. Reading Tender at the Bones
  7. While drinking soup, suddenly thought of turning two of the characters into ghosts - so that it becomes a fantasy piece instead. I'm keeping it as Plan B though.

Can I add: "Going back for yoga class" into the list of things done? Yoga - er - grounds me. Improves focus, and er - makes me happy so I feel more productive?

11 comments:

Matt said...

The farmer websites are very informative and interesting to read. I'll check out some of your reading list. Is this another reading challenge?

Dark Orpheus said...

Matt - Not a reading challenge - but it's for a personal challenge (of a sort)

I'm taking a leap and trying to write a novel. The farmer websites were part of the research for the background of a character.

Yogamum said...

You got a lot done!!

Can I steal your button?

Dark Orpheus said...

Yogamum Please, go ahead and use the button if you like. It's not stealing if it's shared, right?

I like Snoopy. :)

ailuros said...

Though her blog isn't a regular visit for me, I've had 'I Love Farms' bookmarked for a long time. She's got a lot of great info. Glad you found her.

Other blogs I really enjoy are Farmgirl Fare and Tiny Farm Blog, though they are more picture blogs.

jpderosnay said...

yes, you didn't write anything, but i what you did is very productive!

of course you can do research for ever, but still, i think what you did this week was very worthwhile and in fact very important!

Dark Orpheus said...

ailuros Hullos. Thanks for dropping by.

I like "I Love Farms" - and he's given me a few links that are actually about some of the things I want to write about.

How odd - I was just googling Michael Ruhlman - and I found all these gardening/farming links.

JP Ah...You make a great motivator, bro. :)

Thanks!

the duck thief said...

Writing a novel, very ambitious. Are you going to post tidbits for your readers from time to time?

Dark Orpheus said...

duck thief probably not - that would require courage and a total lack of self-consciousness. besides, I'm not proud of what I wrote at the moment.

I'm still struggling with this writing gig.

ovidiayu said...

it's not 'procrastination' if you're working on a novel... it's 'processing & fermenting'both necessary to the process!

sincerely
another procrastinatiing novel writer

Dark Orpheus said...

Ovidia - fermenting. I like that idea. :)