Practical Procrastination Techniques #3 – Research Random Things on the Internet

Because, hey, you never know when a clever turn of phrase, an insignificant fact, or a fleeting moment of genius could help you out of a tight situation. Like an awkward silence at an industry networking party, for instance! As poet Bernadette Mayer says, if it’s not writing, it’s research. ~  ~  ~ A friend of mine’s facebook status stated that she might be Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobic. Since I absolutely have to know what every word I run across means, I dutifully looked it up (see Practical Procrastination Techniques #2). It means fear of the number 666 (fear that it is related to satan and the anti-christ). Well, me being the cheeky monkey that I am (and not even stopping to consider that this may be a serious phobia of hers), I attempted to...

Office Cleaning Randomness

I’m a compulsive list-maker, so I’m always finding lists everywhere (I just created a list-management system, which may in fact change my life). I was cleaning my In-Box and found a list of short stories I was working on. In the middle of the list was written: Monday: bury dog. Tuesday: bury cat. Wednesday: buy camel. Thursday: sell camel. Friday: buy car. Saturday: drive to zoo. Sunday: set all the animals free. ~  ~  ~ I realized this must have been meant for my To-Do list, so I moved it there. I can’t really afford a car right now, so I’ll have to bike to the zoo. And actually, Vancouver doesn’t have a zoo, so I’ll have to bike to the Aquarium. Setting free marine life would be a bit of a mess, so I think I’ll just set...

from August 3:15 2008

I was cruising Art Predator’s blog (highly recommended as a worthy distraction) and was inspired by THIS ENTRY of one of the poems she wrote for last year’s 3:15 Experiment. I grew DETERMINED to get the rest of my 2008 and 2009 3:15 poems typed up and logged on the the official 3:15 site!!! As I was doing so, I came across this little goodie from Aug 2008. I don’t recall writing it, I don’t recall if it’s from a dream or a TV show or a conversation. I just thought it was really cool. 3:15 AM August 25, 2008 pulling 3 monsters in a red wagon no one knows how she found them dead or how they were placed   she was all grins    speechless but sparkling we take her in     traumatized she speaks not for 13 years one day she is looking out...

Every Woman Over 40 Should Have a Gay BoyFriend – #103

GBF: You know what? I’m going to make friendship bracelets for us. Me: Yay! I’ll write about it on my blog. GBF: Ooooh, tell them they’re going to be pink!

When Life Gives You Bad Reviews… Make Lemonade.

A writer friend of mine shared this with me today.

Best Description of a Bad Hangover Ever

from Neil Gaiman‘s Anansi Boys Fat Charlie was thirsty and his head hurt and his mouth tasted evil and his eyes were too tight in his head and all his teeth twinged and his stomach burned and his back was aching in a way that started around his knees and went up to his forehead and his brains had been removed and replaced with cotton balls and needles and pins which was why it hurt to try and think, and his eyes were not just too tight in his head but they must have rolled out in the night and been reattached with roofing nails; and now he noticed that anything louder than the gentle Brownian motion of air molecules drifting softly past each other was above his pain threshold. Also, he wished he were...