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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 03:36 am:   

What are you working on?

What are you supposed to be working on and instead you're goofing off here?

What's your favourite method of procrastination?

If you've already covered this in your own topic, cover it again over here, for those of us who aren't clever enough to use the search function to find it. And if you don't have a topic, then those of us who *are* clever enough to use the search function can't find it in the first place.

Dialog, dialog! Intellectual discourse! Exchange of ideas! Not to mention Gossip! Gossip! Gossip!
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Liz
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 05:45 am:   

I am supposed to be revising the novel for which kind readers have recently given me feedback.

I am also supposed to be doing some preliminary reading for Milford, which kicks off in York tomorrow (and may I just say that the Milford participants this year truly rock, due to everyone circulating at least 1 story in advance - an unheard-of phenomenon).

Instead, I am goofing off here. Other forms of procrastination include cleaning the house and, on occasion, staring vacantly into space.
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Bishop, Michael
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 05:45 am:   

I posted this message on my own board about five minutes ago, procrastinating, as usual, from the actual job of writing, but it does explain what I'm up to nowadays:

"As for me, I'm working on a novel. At first I thought it was going to be a YA effort, but now I'm convinced that I'm simply -- ha! simply! -- writing an adult novel that happens to have a precocious eleven-year-old girl as its protagonist. It's also a satire (which closes, I understand, on Saturday night) and a misguided attempt to conflate The Odyssey, Hamlet, the Alice books of Lewis Carroll, and James Joyce's Ulysses. I should probably start writing a memoir yesterday to save me from this madness!"

The reference to memoirs derives from the fact that Leslie What told me she is writing a pair of nonfiction pieces and apparently enjoying the process.

Mike

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ellen
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 01:58 pm:   

I should be reading reading reading and rejecting, accepting, etc etc.

But if I'm good and get some more work done in the next couple of hours I'm taking a break to watch movies on my new DVD player.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 02:21 am:   

Well, I was *going* to procrastinate by describing in great detail how I procrastinate, but suddenly and without warning, my workload has doubled while my deadlines have been cut in half.

I've taken up doing movie novelizations as a way of making sure that we continue to live indoors and get regular meals, and I've been ploughing through my first one with a dance in my step and a song in my heart. Got a third of it finished and then they changed the screenplay so drastically that I have to start over.

The punchline is, I can't bring myself to be angry about it. I've done this with my own work so often that not only am I not upset, I'm completely sympathetic.

Maybe I should start another topic: "How My Personal Philosophy Sneaked Up Behind Me And Bit Me On The Ass Today."
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Laura Anne
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 06:59 am:   

I'm in Las Vegas, myself, avoiding the work I'm supposed to be doing on a YA proposal... that's due Monday morning. *sigh*
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Mike
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 05:11 am:   

I spoke on radio last night! Words came out of my mouth and got broadcast across the state! The program is called "Cover to Cover," Georgia Public Radio's monthly book program, hosted by an ex-Brit named St. John (pronounced Sinjin) Flynn who has lived in Georgia for the past 17 years. I was on as part of a series devoted to a new anthology from the University of Georgia Press called After O'Connor: Stories from Contemporary Georgia, with funding -- hey, I received no money -- from the Georgia Council on the Humanities and Arts, because I have a new story in the collection, "The Road Leads Back," in which the main character is a Flannery O'Connor stand-in. (I call her Flora Marie Craft.) I also got to talk about a novel published all the way back in 1985, Ancient of Days, which we learned, only a couple of days after I agreed to go on the program, has gone out of print at Tor where it had been an Orb trade paperback for a number of years. So, there I was, promoting a book that no one can find except by going online and buying it from somebody who will have no obligation to send me any of the proceeds. Talk about wasting time. And today I should get back to work. Can't help wondering if Laura Anne managed to get her YA proposal in today. . . .
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ellen
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 02:20 pm:   

Very nice, Mike.

I spent this morning at the eye doc for my regular exam and now am trying to get used to a near and far sighted pair of contact lenses to see if they will (as my doc says) even out so that I don't have to wear reading glasses over my contacts. I can feel the eyes slowly adjusting. He says by tomorrow I'll never know the difference. If all goes well I'll order one new colored lens next week (in the prescription for the far sighted eye). Right now I'm using the clear sample lenses he gave me. So for the first time in many years my eyes will be brown for a week :-)
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 04:36 am:   

Glad to learn your doctor is helping you to solve the problem of wearing reading glasses over contacts, Ellen. Your eyes will be brown for a week, eh? It wasn't that long ago that my eyes were red for a month . . . without contact lenses of any color or clarity.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 03:28 am:   

Well, my eyes are red near the outer corners. I have an autumn allergy to something here in London. It only shows up for a few weeks but it really wrecks my eyes in a major way. And whatever it is, it's not like anything that bothered me back in Kansas.

I never had seasonal allergies until I moved to Kansas in 1973; then hayfever dropped the hammer on me. It never occurred to me that I had allergies since I'd never had them in the first place. I thought I was going to be the first person in Lawrence to die of a severe head cold.

But that's another story. Can't talk now, still engaged in Bataan Death March with novelization of revised screenplay...
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 05:30 am:   

Good luck with the novelization of the revised screenplay. I'm struggling with the novelization of a diffuse idea of my own, which I wish were somebody's screenplay.

Meanwhile, last night Jeri and I took all the cabinet doors off our old kitchen cabinets in preparation for the imminent installation of brand-new cabinets. Disruption. Chaos. Nervous breakdown. How am I supposed to get any work done when everyone addresses me as Dr. Caligari? Or is that Dr. Calamari? Perhaps the latter, if this were the "Food Porn" thread. Which it isn't. Enough.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 02:25 am:   

Paging Dr. Calamari...report to Food Porn at once, we have a Code Blue Margaritas. Which are excellent with Calamari.:-)

Going out for lunch today at last. The Society of Friday Lunch Eaters of Great British Great Science Fiction and So Forth will be meeting in Islington today at the King's Head on Upper Street, and then adjourning to a nearby restaurant for victuals and drink.

In case you were wondering, or even if you weren't, Upper Street in Islington is Restaurant Heaven. You don't have to die to get there, which makes it my favourite kind of heaven. I realize that this may also be more appropriate for the Food Porn topic, but since it happens to be what I'm doing instead of working at the moment, it's over here.

Of course, if I have an especially memorable lunch, I'll post the account in Food Porn.

:-)
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 02:13 am:   

While I'm procrastinating this morning:

Support Internet Radio, in all its wondrous permutations.

If you don't know what I mean and you have broadband or a really good dial-up, start here:

www.live365.com

and behold a universe of possibilities beyond AM, FM, MTV, VH1, The Box, or anything else. I bet most of you didn't even know that there were radio stations that played nothing but songs from the decade of your choice--i.e., 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, etc. Not to mention world music, techno, dance-industrial, movie soundtracks, and younameit.

Then go to the BBC website and click on Radio. I'm highly partial to Radio 6 myself.

Toss the Live365 people a small monetary donation if you can--either the website itself or at least one of the individual broadcasters--and tell them I sent you.

Unless you're a rude dickhead, in which case you should tell them that I tried to stop you.

I'm going back to work now. For real, this time. Go ahead and laugh but I really mean it...this is me going back to work...
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ellen
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 10:00 am:   

Pat, I downloaded live365 but can't figure out how to get the music to run.!!!
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 05:05 pm:   

Ellen--

You have to install the live365 program, then double-click on the desktop icon.

Failing that, you can run live365 by way of RealPlayer.

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ellen
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 07:02 pm:   

I thought I did. It's on my desktop but there are only two files in it: np_mplayer.dll and np_mplayer.xpt

Is it possible I didn't download the entire program?

I also downloaded the most recent Realplayer (that is what I was trying to run it on in the first place and it didn't work).
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 03:45 am:   

Ellen--

Damn, I can't see your screen from here, and my arms are too short to reach the keyboard even if I could.

Did you try accessing the site from the browser part of the RealPlayer?
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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 10:00 am:   

Nope. Perhaps I'll try that next, when I have time.
Gotta run to the office now.
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J. Thompson
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 03:39 pm:   

My first Contract Law essay.

Thats what I SHOULD be working on...
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La Cadigan
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 01:26 am:   

Hey, I would procrastinate on that, too. Whatever it is.

It certainly sounds procrastination-worthy.
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J. Thompson
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 08:41 am:   

Nearly finished now... hurray!!

500 words to go...
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La Diva Loca
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 02:31 am:   

Hey, you should see J.Thompson in one of the other topics--he finished and he's already out getting ratted.

:-)
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Jim Thompson
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 02:59 pm:   

Now I'm slacking off my Legal system essay...

I got a 2:2 in my contract essay by the way and a 1st in my Process one...

(note to americans- that is good!)

So :-) :-)

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