Monday, August 27, 2012

Wikipedia and TV. Destroyers of Productivity.

From XKCD: http://xkcd.com/214/
I'm going to take you on a journey. (This is what the guilty do--they drag you down with them.)

Last night, I was going to get some writing done and made the mistake of turning on the TV for some background white noise.

White noise, ha. I should have known better.

The movie Julie and Julia was on, about a blogger Julie Powell, who cooks all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year. Her blog became a hit and she ended up writing a book and having a movie made of her story (with Nora Ephron and Meryl Street and Amy Adams. Wow.)

So I ended up on the internet, reading about her book.

Then I read some reviews on her subsequent book, Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession. Here's a review by the Village Voice and ow, it hurts to read.

Which lead me to inquire about the word navel-gazing in Wikipedia.

Which comes from the Greek word, omphaloskepsis.

Which lead to more Wikipedia searches.

At some point, I ended up on the Hesychast controversy (which, after reading the opening paragraph three times, I still don't quite get what it is) and then Cappodocia in Turkey.

Which made me think of capicolla (a salami-like entity, not currently in my refrigerator).

Which made me hungry, and I ended up scavenging my fridge for pepperoni.

*sigh*

Let this be a lesson to you all.

On another note, I have a new website! YAY!!!! Thank you to the marvelous and talented Tessa Elwood! And I have a new blog header/color scheme to match.

Also, on Wednesday, I'm guest posting at Jessica Bell's blog on why writing is like practicing medicine.

:)

45 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Phew!! What a journey, am knackered now!! LOL!

Yay for your new website!! Take care
x

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Shelly said...

Oh, white noise for me always turns into something with meaning for my brain. Ugh. Congrats on your new website!

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, yep. Those research paths do get twisty sometimes. Love the new website, btw. Good job by the designers. It seems like it's very you. =o)

Laura Pauling said...

hee hee very funny! When my husband turns on the TV at night I shut the doors to the room! :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, yeah! I've been on some journeys like that. Some nights, it's just not meant to be! (the productivity, that is)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So easy to go off on a tangent, isn't it?
And Julie and Julia was a good movie.

Yvonne Osborne said...

So keeping my old Webster at my elbow is a good idea? I don't look at Wikipedia much, maybe unconsciously knowing I'll get off track and for TV....what's that? The destroyer of creativity. Congrats on the website and on your novel coming out next summer.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yup, I've wasted complete nights because of TV and internet. Totally relate. Love the new website though!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I mostly end up wasting time reading blogs and then one more and one more. . .

Love your new header!

Karen Lange said...

Yes, well, I do this too...you just never know where it will lead. It can offer some great stuff but really kills the writing time. I think I might need a stunt double - she can do the surfing and I can stay busy writing. It could work...

Off to check out your site. Congrats! :)

shelly said...

Research is a amazing thing. You never know hwat you're going to find.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

http://www.shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com/

http://secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

storyqueen said...

I went right to pepperoni and salami, too!

One thing leads to another!

Lover the new website!!

Shelley

Sarah said...

Can I add reading your blog as a destroyer of productivity? Or maybe just join you in the rabbit hole?

Richard said...

Yes, another destroyer of valuable time is logging into check your email and seeing all the different latest news blurbs and taking a look at them. I mean, really, why should we care what happened to some actress's dress when she did such and such? Don't go there.

Linda Gray said...

How can we compete against these powerful forces with our puny, worn-down resistance to 'anything but what I've been focused on all day?' (I'm asking straight out, as an evening TV desperado.) Love the new site, and it's Pages tabs across the top. V. user friendly!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh Lydia, I can sooooooo relate to this. If I do any serious writing I turn off the Internet router first LOL!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Love the new website, just had a quick squizz at it. :O)

Barbara Watson said...

I'll be checking out the new site! Is that where you'll be blogging too, or is it the official author site and this will still be your blog?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Thanks for reminding me to watch J&J Lydia. It's amazing how research can take you in new directions. Congrats on the new site. It looks great!

Bathwater said...

And I thought I wasted my time gazing at navels. Which I can totally understand the hypnotic effect of.

Ciara said...

Oh no. I was just on Wiki today.

LTM said...

omg, Lydia! LOLOL!!! I'm just giggling and giggling at you and the Julie & Julia and pepparoni hunt... Now I've got to go read that Village Voice thing b/c you've got me all curious. I hear ya about getting sucked in by "research." ;p And my mom always likes to throw Julie & Julia up at me whenever publishing is "taking too long." That movie made a big impression.

Here's to productivity! Can't wait to see you on Jessica's blog! <3

Krispy said...

Yeah, this sounds exactly like what happens to me whenever I wikipedia something. Also, I tried figuring out with the Hesychast controversy is for you, but I have no idea. LOL. I think it's still too early in the morning for me to try to puzzle such things out, and I'm trying to avoid my own Wikipedia timesuck.

In other news, your website is cute!

Jessica R. Patch said...

Your website looks great and I love the new banner on your blog! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I did much this same thing when I watched Julie and Julia, LOL. Are we weird?

Great look on the website! Congrats :)

Margo Berendsen said...

Good grief this has happened to me too many times to count, too. It's a lot more amusing to read about your path down the deadly spiral. Maybe next time I go on an internet bender, I'll write down the process just for laughs! Thank you for sharing!

Carrie Butler said...

Can I just say how much I love your new website? It's so you! :D

Theresa Milstein said...

TV can be a big time-sucker. I liked Julie and Julia, both the book and the movie. But Julia Child's book My Life in France was my favorite. I read the first chapter of Cleave and didn't like it. I also read reviews and knew I would never read the rest. I'll check out this review. Thanks!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I know that journey well. Each time it happens, I swear to never let it happen again. You know how that goes. Now I'm off to check out your new website =) Oh my, I'm doing it again.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Are you giving up this blog for your new website? :-(

Say it isn't so!

Yes, reviews can be misleading. Read my latest post: THE BEST BOOK REVIEW MONEY CAN BUY to really depress you.

You just planted a lot of info into your unconscious that will reap a nice harvest someday with last night! Hey, it's a good cover.

vbtremper said...

LOLOLOLOL!!!!

I love the new blog look. Hope you enjoyed the pepperoni. My current snack obsession is greek yogurt with chopped up preserved lemon and a dash of sambal oelek. Then I dip potato chips into it. Sometimes I even manage to write while dipping and munching.

-Vicki

Lynda R Young said...

lol, white noise doesn't work for me for the exact same reason you described here ;)

Rachna Chhabria said...

The white noise turned out to be a huge distraction, Lydia. Hope you got some writing done later.

Theresa Milstein said...

I came back to tell you I read an even worse review of the book. It talked about how she said she felt guilty , but didn't show it with her actions.

LD Masterson said...

Okay, sure, lead me astray. Off on a journey in the middle of my morning blog reads.

I did enjoy that movie.

Jai Joshi said...

Argh, the white noise is evil!

On a plus note, you weren't bored.

I've taken to watching tv with my laptop right in front of me, just in case I see something that I want to research further. It's terrible! I end up not being able to concentrate on anything properly.

I try hard not to have the tv on when I'm writing. Sometimes it'll be on in another room while someone else is watching but that's different.

Jai

Kelly Polark said...

This is like If You TAke a Mouse to School! :)

Congrats on the new website! I have to go navel gazing now.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

LOVE your new website! So pretty. :)

city said...

thanks for sharing.

MTeacress said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does that on Wikipedia. :)

Cool website!

Jen Chandler said...

Whew! At least I'm not alone in my random Internet rabbit hole wanderings! I am notorious for sitting down to do some research on something specific and ending up somewhere far removed from the initial agenda!

The new blog looks great btw! Hope all is well,
Jen

Jay Noel said...

Love your new website! It's simply, quirky, and eye-catching.

I've stayed away from TV and Wiki. But Netflix haunts me from time to time.

Coleen Patrick said...

Love the new look Lydia!
And ironically it took me almost an hour to comment here. I read the post then got interrupted by one of my kids to look up directions, then before you know it, i was on pinterest, tumblr, FB. Then saw this lonely window open--oh yeah . . . how did that happen? :)

lbdiamond said...

LOL! Tangents can be fun...but also time consuming. I often forget where I started from and wonder how I ended up where I end up.

 
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