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Not Enough Time–Too much Net!

Oh, internet, how I lurvs thee…so much so that I spend far too much time with you, stalking your nooks and crannies, always amazed by your eccentricity, shock value and tendency to over-share.

As a history nut, one of the first time-sucks for me is research. I love learning new things, and the weirder, more surprising or unexpected the better. So when I go online supposedly to verify one fact, I might be at it for hours, following link after link, sometimes to the point where I forget what I was supposed to be looking up to begin with. Oh noes! I have to go back in again. D’oh!! J

Even when I’m not working I’m usually thinking about my writing, but I like to have something to do with my hands while I’m at it. Which leads to mindless gaming…shooting stuff, matching stuff, that kind of thing. You know what I mean…those free game sites where you have to sift through all the dreck to find something relatively good. And then, when you do, you end up playing it almost constantly for the next two weeks, like an uncontrollable teenager who’s discovered porn for the first time… Oh, is that only me??? Sorry…

But honestly my weakness is “news”. Note the quotation marks. I usually start out on my favorite international news site, catching up on what’s happening around the world, but I have to admit after a fairly short time serious news is replaced with silly/shocking/interesting/cute videos. I’m particularly drawn to animal videos, road rage videos, people doing awesomeness of all kinds and anything with military, kilts and bagpipes (I had to watch this again, twice, just writing this), or better yet, bagpipes with fire! Oh, and cops, particularly when mixed with reggae. I wanted to move to Denmark after watching that one! Usually once I start watching videos I move on to music…and the day goes pretty damn fast after that.

See? I started this piece hours ago and, having watched a bunch of Military Tattoo, talent show auditions and using-the-dog-to-propose videos, am only just finishing it.

*sigh*

Have a great day, on the internet and off!

Anya
Journeys Through Seduction

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Hanging out at Ted’s Place. A Lot.

Welcome to the internet.  You know the place. Full of mysteries, both frightening and beautiful.  A world of information at your fingertips, new friends to meet, stalkers to fend off, political arguments to be had. Frustrating, boring, overwhelming, fun and always, always, engaging.  The topic of the next two weeks–our biggest internet time suck.

First, I’ll waive off the obvious.  Like many others out there, I’d be lying if I didn’t say social media, predominantly in the form of Facebook, remains my single biggest time suck on the internet.

Also, as a writer, research can draw me on, chasing facts and stories from site to site to get that one piece of information that will my own story fall together.  Or maybe, the research is just so interesting I get drawn into it, that I know now everything I could possibly know about Amazon lore when all I really needed to know was a list of Amazon queens.  But given that I am prone to lose myself in research, I tend to keep that tightly under wraps and only embark when I really can’t move forward with out.  Wherever possible,  I often purposely leave the research until the end for that very reason.

Now that I’ve gotten the easy answers out of the way, I will introduce you to my real weakness and reveal my true geek DNA.  If I want to get lost, I just pop on over to Ted Talks and watch those videos.  Speakers are chosen for their ability to communicate well, their topics are challenging and fascinating and some are just so cool and they can be a real motivational voice in the dark when I’m feeling blue and need to hear someone say things I need to hear.

Take a visit. Here’s the link to the playlist on how to tell a story, with videos by writers and thinkers on story telling. Here a couple links to how to tell a story videos.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

JJ Abrams: The mystery box

But you remember, once you enter….

Bwhahaha!

When you eventually drag yourself back to the world, tell me how you like it.


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