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November 08, 2010


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Well, one person's wasting is another person's gold. I suppose my favorite wasting time thing to do is is start a book and read straight through to the finish.

I'm one of those odd ones who actually enjoy having more hours in the evening. I sat in Starbucks on Sunday and was there long enough to see the afternoon darken as I worked revisions. I enjoy time like that.

I like your idea about time being fluid. Maybe Q will come by and chime in on this!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, you're right -- "wasting" can be different things, depending on a person's outlook. I have a hard time thinking of reading a book to the finish as "wasting time". :)

I have a harder time with the darkness starting earlier because it also comes with bitterly cold weather (we were supposed to have our first snowflakes yesterday!) I'm guessing it's different in California. :)

But more writing time is always a good thing!


Have you been looking over my shoulder? Is this a friendly wake up call to ME in the form of a blog post?

My BIGGEST time waster EVER is online Rummikub. It is like crack, well, what I would imagine crack would be like. I can't stay away from it; I am seriously considering establishing some parental controls against myself to stay away from it.

If I were to combine this post of yours with your procrastination posts and LIVE them like I was a follower of Donnatology, I might actually get something done!

So thanks, I guess, for the gentle poke in the back........

Donna Cummings

Bren, no, it is not a friendly wake-up call to anyone. :) Well, usually I write about things that will improve ME. LOL But I'm not as devoted a follower of Donnatology as I could be! At least if I acknowledge what needs doing I can head that direction, right? :)


So! Going to take over the world with a new religion? Donnatology! Man, I need a catchy title for my cult...

I actually realized I have a different HOA than most this weekend. To avoid writing on my current WIP...or revisions...I write. I write anything but what is at the top of the list. I write blogs, shorts...etc.

And yup, Donna...autumn here on the Central Coast is really the best season of the year. The sunsets are to die for, the canopy opens up as leaves fall... And our rain doesn't turn ugly until Jan/Feb...and sometimes not even then!

Move to CA... ;-)

Donna Cummings

LOL -- I don't want the responsibility of running a cult! So don't worry about me taking over the world. :)

I think it's good to write other things. Your brain is using that to work out solutions to other writing problems--in fact, I'm amazed how many blog posts pop into my head because I'm working on my WIP.

I love CA, but don't see me moving there anytime soon. :) I'm not really sure WHERE I'll be going next. . .still pondering that one!

Jan O'Hara

I love the fall change in the clocks because I'm a morning person. Being able to rise an hour earlier and get something done before the rest of the world awakens... That's my kind of heaven.

My biggest time-waster is giving in to negative thinking. I'm working on that. :)

Donna Cummings

Jan, I like those quiet morning times when you have the world to yourself. It does seem heavenly. I just want to have that AND the daylight at the end of the day. LOL

Mmm, I hadn't really thought about negative thinking as a time waster, but you are so right. A lot of wasted energy too!


I love that it's not dark when I get up in the morning and will gladly take the tradeoff of it being dark earlier. It just doesn't seem normal to get up when it's dark. LOL

Hmm, least favorite time waster is probably commuting time, the hour to and from college by car as a passenger. I feel like I should be doing something but I get car sick by reading. Either that or the road rage tendencies of the car pool driver is distracting. LOL I use to love long commutes actually by train, which didn't bother me for some reason, and it was my favorite time waster. I use to spend an hour on the train commuting to DC and read a ton of books! Good thing I was at the end of the line or I would have missed my stop. LOL

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I guess I'm in the minority here, because it doesn't seem natural that it's dark at 4:30 p.m. LOL In fact, on a rainy day like today it was dark ALL day. I don't know whether it's morning or night without looking at the clock! LOL

I completely agree with you about commuting. I've spent what feels like years of my life in that time-waster. I do like riding on trains -- there is something soothing about the motion and I love watching the scenery go by. Wish you could do that now so you could do homework or reading for school. :)


I honestly think that I'm a throwback to a time when our ancestors lived in nice dark caves, gathered around a fire and told stories. So, for me...I totally dig the long evening and telling stories.

And if I do have to get up early, it's nice when it isn't desperately dark.

Donna Cummings

Maureen, never fear -- you are in the majority! I am the one who is in need of sunshine and warmth. . .I seriously need to move to the tropics. LOL

And by the time I wake up in the morning the sun is usually up first. If only I could get it to start the coffee. LOL


Don - I know I'm going to enjoy the Friday blog on the Revenge so much better this Friday, because it won't be pitch black when I climb out of bed! Those mornings are hell...

Clarissa Southwick

Great blog, Donna. High on my list of favorite time-wasters is listening to my kid's impromptu guitar concert. The time-suck I hate? Uh? Walking past the teenagers' bathroom guarantees an hour of cleaning duty. Totally pointless because they are, after all, teenage boys.

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I sympathize -- I'm not a morning person and when I'm forced to get up earlier than usual the day is harder than it should be. LOL

Donna Cummings

Clarissa, I think the impromptu guitar concert shouldn't be a time-waster. It sounds like it could be inspiration instead!

You definitely need some blinders for when you pass the teenage boys' bathroom! LOL I think I'd squeeze my eyes shut and RUN!

Liz Fichera

Favorite time waster? Facebook, definitely. Least favorite: Anything having to do with cleaning supplies and toilet brush scrubbers.

Donna Cummings

Liz, I have to say Twitter is probably my biggest use of "non-writing time". I tell myself it's part of the business of writing, but I know that not ALL of it qualifies as that!

And cleaning? I'm definitely with you on that!

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