Tuesday Wild Card: Procrastination!

When it comes to procrastination, I’m a house-cleaner. The more I don’t want to do something, the better the counters look. There’s something really satisfying about devoting several perfectly good hours to a project I would never choose to do in a million years if this other massive thing wasn’t hanging over my head.

When it comes to writing in particular, though, research is my biggest procrastination friend. I’m perfectly capable of convincing myself that I need to be a crash-course expert on anything in order to give it a two-sentence mention. This tendency manifests most strongly in all matters science-related. Both education- and aptitude-wise, science is my weakest area, so I’m always completely paranoid that if I don’t spend hours reading university press articles on forcing mice into stasis using rapidly-decreased temperatures and hydrogen sulfide gas, I’m going to expose my ignorance by getting something woefully wrong if I mention sleep chambers. Which is a made-up technology. This is actually why I really try not to write much science fiction. Science fiction kicks me into procrastination-mode like you would not believe.

As for this Wordle thing, it’s really neat. There’s just something oddly fascinating about seeing all your characters and motifs distilled down into a little cloud of significance.

Here’s mine for the opening of my not-a-fairystory:

7 thoughts on “Tuesday Wild Card: Procrastination!

  1. Ooo, that turned out very well with the nice red blood smack in the middle. It’s very fitting.

    Also, your reason is also mine for being slightly anti-scifi in my own writing. I’m finding, however, that writing about a culture 1500 years old is similarly problematic. Can’t win!

    Maybe for next week’s fic I’ll try to force a bit of futurism. Or at the least, distopian speculation. Hmm.

  2. writing about a culture 1500 years old is similarly problematic. Can’t win!

    That’s right–Beowulf and everything! However, I’d still take history over science any day. With history, you can always go deeper, but there’s this very human element coloring all of it. I know it’s there with science, too, but it’s harder for me to find.

    Plus, I think you personally just get it, when it comes to Beowulf. I mean, you’d have to, to be turning selections from Old English epics into slam poetry, right 😉

    And yes, when that nice red blood came up smack in the middle, I knew I had to post it 😀

  3. I’ll take history too. I mean, I’m not so much worrying about inaccuracies as obsessing for my own personal edification.

    Plus, I think you personally just get it, when it comes to Beowulf.

    Please, God, let it be truth!

  4. That is SO cool. You made my day. Needed a little shot in the arm to get me back to writing today and this was it:) Happy procrastination…thanks for sharing.

  5. And just how much research did mentioning Sci-fi in this post take? That whole mice in stasis bit–wow! I was right back in psych lab undergrad. And I try not to say the “P” word.

  6. And just how much research did mentioning Sci-fi in this post take?

    Haha–I cheated and used some past research from the zombie-zoo story, so I didn’t have to look anything up for this post. But if I hadn’t had that trivia kicking around in the back of my head, trust me, it would have been like a two-hour research rampage.

  7. Glad you liked it 😀

    And it turns out that my Wordle was the shot in the arm I needed, too, and procrastination took a holiday. Now, I don’t know that it would work every time, and the temptation to keep refreshing it into different formations is strong, but it’s a pretty nifty gadget all the same.

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