During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and other time-wasters.
Today I bring you a cosy collection of distractions inspired by the magical letter C. I’m not going to lie. Only one of these links could reasonably be described as even remotely useful. The rest are unabashedly silly, because everybody needs a little silly sometimes.
- You know how you have those moments when you start getting anxious about how to extricate your protagonist from her latest predicament? Or you’re feeling down in the dumps because no one seems to agree on whether it’s acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition? Or perhaps or you’re simply fed up with trying to vacuum the dust bunnies out from under the bed? You can’t ignore the task at hand for long, but you need a break, a mini-reprieve. Enter Cat Bounce! Because, I ask you, who does not like to see cats bounce? That’s what I thought. After you’ve had your fill of bouncing, don’t forget to click on “make it rain.” You’ll be glad you did.
- But maybe a few minutes of bouncing cats isn’t enough of a distraction. Maybe, just maybe, you’re looking to kill half an hour or half a day getting your kitty fix. There are two billion and seven (yes, I counted) sites on the internet where you can find videos of cats engaging in adorable, outrageous, and sly behaviours, but The Top 20 Cat Videos of 2012 provides a handy starting point. If you want to see a cat eating with a fork, spinning vinyl or getting fit on a treadmill, you won’t be disappointed.
- Not enough cats for you? Well, how about this: imagine cats were fonts. What would Helvitica cat look like? Or Apple Chauncery Cat? Come on, don’t tell me you’ve never wondered. The good news is, someone else has figured it out: and provided visuals.
- What’s that? You’re not a cat person? Don’t worry, I’ve saved a very special link for you, and in addition to being a handy distraction, this one is actually informative and useful. The Merriam Webster website has a series of top ten lists, and my dear friend Jo (@jtvancouver on Twitter) just pointed this one out to me: Top 10 Words for Unusual Colors Worth Looking At. (And, yes, I agree, that title is desperate for a good editing. What were they thinking??) You’ll find some fascinating snippets of history, art history, and science, as well as some very cool colour names.
So, how about you? Where do you go when you’re in the mood for a little cattish distraction? Or colour distraction, if you’re so inclined?