No, really. I have (at time of posting) eleven works in progress. The only way I get anything written is if the internet is turned off, because other wise I spend a lot of time “researching”… ahem.
Anyway, you often find new things to play with when you’re… researching. I’ve been on sites where you can generate a chinese or japanese name for yourself (my chinese one is Pei Chang Ying – I might use it for a pen name one day….) you get to find out about different things…
Did you know that the chinese god Monkey hatched from a stone egg?
No seriously – Godchecker.com is one of my favourite places to research all things deified and is entertaining enough to waste time on!
Unfortunately, Facebook has to be the worst place for a procrastinator like me. Not only are all my friends there (no I can’t meet them in person instead, half of them live abroad!) but there are games…
I am a self confessed puzzle gamer.
I love anything that requires me to match block, blow up bubbles, find numbers or beat my sister at something (I’m not normally that competitive, but where Lil Sis is concerned, I have to try and beat her scores). So yes, I’ve played Tetris, Bubble Bobble, Lumines, Kolumn, Mean Bean Machine, Minesweeper, Slingo… and pretty much every other game on Facebook that does those kind of things.
My current obsession is with Slingo. I can’t help it, I have to play every day and I play until I run out of energy in the game…
There came a point when I actually started spending money on the game to get power-ups and more balls, so that my scores got higher and I had more medals… it was a serious addiction at that point. I decided that it was time to cool it down and went on to playing Simcity Social instead. But I kept getting dragged back to Slingo. So I deleted my Paypal account from Facebook and started weaning myself off it.
I really need to get my Gaming Addiction down to a manageable level. Facebook by itself is a really tricky place to work with up, let alone playing the games as well.
Facebook is a good place to connect with other writers, artists and readers, but I get so involved in keeping up with all the conversations and I get very little written.
Not good for my stories. I have all these characters screaming in my head, begging me to write about them and I get so easily distracted…
I finished a story today and I must have broken my personal best on the writing side – it took me 12 hours to write, edit and submit a 4900 word story. That’s including gameplaying, sleeping, eating and family time! It was for a contest in a Facebook group and possibly might get published (I think) but either way, it’s one of the best shorts I have ever written. And that’s why I haven’t written a lot of things recently (other than blog posts of course)… I’m bored with writing long stories.
um… let me explain that one. I’m not exactly bored with them, but I get bored with the worlds. Like any new relationship, the fun is in discovering all the new things about it. It’s the same with world building. I much prefer to build a new world and play with the lives of new characters in them than revisit the same one over and over again.
That’s the main reason that I haven’t finished writing the first draft of all the “The Tower and The Eye” stories yet. I’ve got as far as starting the final story and my muse has gone, “Nope, don’t want to do this any more, let’s find something new”
It’s the reason I have so many WIP going at one time – I can swap between them when I get bored… or I can go play Slingo.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a story to finish… but I’ll go via Slingo first.