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In which I am definitely not procrastinating

When you’ve got Things You Really Should Be Doing, there is no finer time to put bootees on a brown dog: Sometimes I’m really good at using procrastination to light a fire under other things I’ve been meaning to be doing. It’s a way of legitimising the not-doing: I avoid doing the washing by cleaning […]

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Stop it.

Just stop it. I know, you’ve got a whoooooole day to squander.  Plenty of time, right? You can cook, knit, do the sudoku, do the cryptic crossword, and still have heaps of time left over.  Plenty of time for writing/whatever thing you were going to do today. Probably not.  I have this conversation with myself […]

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The Washing Monster

I procrastinate a lot.  I think there’s probably a fairly robust argument to be made that currently working on this blog post is a form of procrastination, since I’m supposed to be working on something else, but let’s move past that issue, shall we? I have always used doing the washing as a procrastination tool: […]

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What’s important?

How the hell would I know?  I’m a short-arse with blue hair and a predilection for polski orgorki straight from the jar. I think about this question a lot, usually while munching said polski ogorki.  The same answers come up, over and over, from almost everyone you ask.  Family. Health. Etc.  Those are givens.  That’s like […]

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We’re all going on a summer holiday…

…doing things we always wanted to! Well, faithful chums, M and I are off for a month to New Zealand. I can’t wait. We depart tomorrow morning, so consider this your official warning that this here blog is going to take a one-month hiatus while I prowl around the wilds of NZ, getting my boots […]

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NoQuiNaNoWriMo part 4: Schizophrenic auto-persuasion

When all else fails, abandon hope completely.  Somebody completely forgettable once told me “If at first you don’t succeed, try again: then quit.” I love NaNoWriMo: I think it is an awesome idea, and fun and exciting for writers of all walks.  It reminds me why I love writing, that exciting moment where the story’s […]

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NoQuiNaNoWriMo part 3

Another tangentially-related activity you and many others can enjoy instead of working studiously, industriously on your NaNo manuscript is bagel making! Everyone loves bagels. Well, I do.  I freaking can’t get enough of them at the moment.  I’m having them at breakfast, then taking them to work and toasting more for lunch. I keep wanting […]

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NoQuiNaNoWriMo Part 2

Still behind on that NaNo word count, huh?  Yeah, me too.  Mostly because I get easily distracted.  Like writing blog posts on things that are tangentially related to NaNo. Beans!  Delicious, recently-roasted Alan’s Blend from Coffee for Connoisseurs, waiting to be ground.  I’ve ordered from there a few times and I heartily reccommend the Espresso […]

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NoQuiNaNoWriMo (Not Quite NaNoWriMo)

If, like me, you’re behind on your wordcount for NaNoWriMo — and by behind, I mean you would have to write 13,000 words today in order to bring yourself up to where you’re meant to be by two days ago — there are many options available to you to offset the pang of an arbitrarily […]

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How to kind of do NaNoWriMo

Honestly, don’t take advice from me.  I haven’t a clue. I started out on the ol’ NaNoWriMo bandwagon, and astonishingly I was doing pretty well — not only did I find myself ahead of the curve, but I actually liked what I was writing (well, not all of it, but that’s okay too).  And then […]

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