Even though work around here is mostly just one round of gaiety after another, occasionally the workday does come when time hangs heavy on the hands. Today is one of those days. Since this is a workday, and I have work to do, the obvious answer here would be that I could, well, work.
If you’ve ever been in this situation, though, you know how silly that is. On days like this work should only happen when all other resources have failed. So far I’ve pretty much managed to avoid that refuge of the uncreative. Here’s what I’ve done instead:
1. Checked my sales on Amazon.
2. Checked my sales on CreateSpace.
3. Followed and responded to most of the threads on the listserv of which I’m a member (the beauty of this is that responses tend to generate more responses, to which I must, of course respond. If I work it right this one activity can consume hours of time during which I might otherwise have to actually work.
4. Googled myself.
5. Googled my pen name.
6. Googled the names of each of my books.
7. Checked the various sales outlets that carry my books for sales and/or reviews.
8. Googled the names of family members from whom I am estranged.
9. Ran police checks on family members from whom I am estranged.
10. Composed a thoughtful memo about the relative merits of cows and horses.
11. Responded to an equally thoughtful memo debating my position.
12. Checked in with my son.
13. Checked in with the cats.
14. Took myself out for a coffee break/breakfast.
15. Checked in with the community college where I sometimes teach.
16. Cleared out my email again (more listserv stuff! Busy, busy busy…)
17. Considered what to do about lunch.
18. Made a leisurely trip to the restroom.
19. Considered whether the restroom walls needed to be re-painted or just touched up, or if I should bite the bullet and re-do the tile, too, and the floors…the floors could stand some work.
20. Tracked down parodies of the old disco song “Moskau” on YouTube and emailed links to friends.
21. Tracked down the name of the song in that wedding Subaru ad, located it on iTunes, and purchased it.
22. Tracked down the song from the shoe ad for Traverse and discovered that it’s not for sale.
23. Listened to Lyle Lovett’s “Creeps Like Me” and “If I Had A Boat” six times each.
24. Deleted all Lyle Lovett songs from my iTunes playlist.
24. Deleted all classical music from my playlist.
25. Did a Tarot card reading on what the Universe has in mind for me today (the Universe was apparently napping, or reading its own Tarot cards. At any rate there was no definitive response.)
26. Drafted another long, thoughtful memo on the use of the Tarot as a brainstorming device in the business world.
27. Made a list of chores I really need to get to this afternoon.
28. Planned my quote for Memorable Words Wednesday on my listserv (“Idle hands are the devil’s playground.”)
29. Checked my email.
30. Responded to listserv comments.