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 others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.
Mondays. It doesn’t matter how much we wish they wouldn’t, they insist on coming back and shutting down the weekend. Mondays are made for a dash or two of procrastination, because, really, otherwise how would we make it through them? The first of my Monday links are unabashedly time-wastey pursuits, I will not lie, but number three is something you can use to help stay on task. I include it here because you can also use it to avoid those tasks. Your call, my friends.
Stickman: Haven’t you always wished that the stickmen you draw could magically come to life and get themselves into sticky situations from which only you can extricate them? Don’t look at me like that. Clearly I’m not the only person to wish this, since there’s a site devoted to exactly that: Draw a Stickman. You draw your little stickman–actually I drew a stickwoman, because, really, sexist much?–and the site animates it for you and plonks it into an interactive adventure. It only takes a few minutes, too, so you hardly have to feel guilty at all.
Stripgenerator is a free online tool for creating your own comic strip. You just drag and drop characters, shapes and items into one of the preset frames, resize, rotate, add dialogue and futz about till you’re satisfied. If the extent of your artistic talents is drawing stick folk, this one’s for you.
Songza: Many of you are probably already familiar with Songza, but it was new to me until a couple of months ago, and I kind of love it. When none of the playlists on your mp3 player seem to be doing it for you, and your brain is feeling too overworked to put another one together, it’s Songza to the rescue! They’ll put together a playlist for you based on your current activity or mood, or if you prefer, based on genre or decade. For example, I composed this post on a Sunday afternoon, and Songza suggested the following playlist options:
How delightful is that? If you click on one of those options, it will take you to still more options until you’ve refined your playlist into something you might actually want to listen to. You can also browse different activities and moods. I’ve found it to be a great way to discover new artists and sounds. Hope you enjoy it too!
There are some terrific bloggers participating in the challenge this year. Check them out over here.