Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Top Ten Ways to Fritter Away Your Writing Hours

Not a motivational post.

You probably think this is going to be one of those motivational, kick-in-the-butt posts with a little shaming thrown in.  You know the kind we like around here. 

WRONG!

I wholeheartedly believe that if you are going to do something-including frittering-you should do it well. What's the point of breaking your diet by shoving an ugly cookie in your mouth? If you're going to break the caloric index, get a container of Talenti sea salt caramel gelato.

 I shudder when I hear stories of writers on deadline who do things like clean the toilet bowl or repaint the guest room. Standards, people. Standards.

If you're going to fritter, then by all that is holy, distracting, entertaining and makes your feet happy-dance, do it well.

Without further ado, my top ten ways to fritter away writing hours.

First, the obvious. The weapons of mass distraction.  



1. Youtube- The single most motivating video for writers ever to grace a Youtube video is, yes, you guessed it. SUSAN BOYLE!




2. Pinterest- Yes, you can pin your heroes and heroines. BORING. How much more fun is it to have crazy friends who send you funny memes that make you snort your coffee out your nose. Waving to my friend, Tracey!




I'm sorry but Facebook is low level frittering at best. Sure, it fritters your time just fine, but it's like going to the monster truck show. There really is no tangible value, except looking up guys you went to high school with who dumped you and now look like your father. Karma, baby!

Most Twitter users simply do not understand the product's analytics and instead utilize the app as though they were throwing spaghetti at the wall. Sometimes it sticks, but usually, it doesn't, leaving a slimy distasteful residue.

The other weapons are purely an acquired taste and have not earned a place on this list. 


3.  Author Central. This is like crack for writers. The site monitors print purchases and e-books. Hourly, weekly, rank over time. A handy tip to increase print sales rank: purchase twenty copies of your book. Easy peasy!  Have them sent to your postal mailbox to avoid embarrassing questions about the boxes stacked in the living room. The geographical purchases map, such as below, applies to print purchases only. You can determine if your mother-in-law really is buying your book.


Click on map for more fun!

4. Check your reviews. Sure this seems like a no-brainer, but to get the real therapeutic value from this fritter you have to check all the reviews written by the BAD reviewers, thus convincing yourself (after four hours) that the reviewer has mental health issues. When you encounter a bad review, do not hit the 'not helpful' button. It only calls attention to the review. 


Duh! Buy link!

5. Monitor the top 100 Kindle best-sellers in your category. "Amazon Best Sellers. Our most popular products based on sales. Updated hourly." Sort of addicting words aren't they?

For contemporary Love Inspired authors, here is the link. Not that I've ever personally used it.  Remember, they are updated hourly, so theoretically you could spend your 401K sending Kindle copies of your book to all your friends on all your social media platforms. Then take a scream shot... I mean a screen shot, of your book sitting pretty in the top ten, and put that sucker on Facebook. 



6. Word Games. Because as writers and readers our highest aspiration should be to be a contestant on Jeopardy.

Amazon Alexa and Echo products deliver Jeopardy to you. "Echo, play Jeopardy." I'm sorry if you don't have this product, however, you can play Jeopardy online here.


Wordful.


Wordful App. Available free in the iTunes Store here and for Android on Google Play.


Scrabble. Some of my favorite memories have been Myra Johnson pummeling me at online Scrabble. 












7.  Writing Productivity Tools. I personally have downloaded so many productivity tools in the last year, that I have given up sleep while I try to learn them. My latest one is Saent, obtained through an Indiegogo campaign.









8. Writers and readers must have sustenance. Take it to a new level with Goldbely. I promise you won't regret the time frittered. Do not drool on your keyboard.



9. Do nothing. That's right. Nothing. Pick the lint from your navel. Stare out the window. Turn your keyboard upside down and shake it.  This fritter is recommended by 99.4%  of all  the writers surveyed.

The Art of Doing Nothing can be found here for those of you who have forgotten how. 



10. Write. This may seem counter-intuitive, but give this last one a chance. Open a document and write something that the current market does not support, that your editor, your agent, your Beta readers, your critique partners, and your cat do not want to see.




Write for yourself. Save the document and hide it in a folder marked Top Ten Best Cat Videos of All Time. If you share the computer with someone else you may need to really hide it. Instructions for Windows:

Select the files or folders you want to hide.
Right-click and choose Properties.
Click the General tab.
Click the checkbox next to Hidden in the Attributes section.
Click Apply.


These fritters have been tested by a team of expert fritterers and have the Good Frittering Seal of Approval. These fritters have been documented in The American Journal of Therapeutic Frittering. You can fritter with confidence when you follow my top ten.


That's it! Aren't you glad you stopped by? Leave a comment or better yet...leave a fritter to get your name in for today's giveaways.

A shameless self-promotion mug and a Seeker e-book of choice. Winners (2) will be announced in the Weekend Edition.


This post was brought to you by Tina Radcliffe. Sign up for her February newsletter here and you are guaranteed more fun! www.tinaradcliffe.com

197 comments :

  1. Coffee pot's on site. Bring your own mug.

    And here I thought I was the champion fritterer.

    Another title down the drain.

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    1. Good to see you, Helen! How nice to see your face for the first comment!

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    2. Helen (fellow MozArks gal)! Wonderful to "see" you! :-)

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  2. HELEN!!!! HELEN IS IN THE HOUSE!!! WOOOOOOT!!!

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  3. When writers fritter, they should literally fritter. If you don't know how to make apple fritters from scratch, here's the link for Paula Dean's recipe:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/apple-fritters-recipe.html

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    1. How can writers do OTHER THAN literally fritter? Love ❤️ the pun.😊

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  4. I love apple fritters. I could live on apple fritters. Literally.

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  5. I don't need any more fritter help! But seems I'm doing well since I'm an expert at almost all of them. :)

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    1. You have standards, Melissa. I respect that.

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  6. The only fritter that comes to mind is an apple fritter! Or the corn fritters I used to make from scratch & deep fry (no more though).

    Some of the same techniques for frittering away reading time can be applied here. Facebook is my worst enemy! I need to set a timer or something because I tell myself I'm only going to be on for five minutes....that works well, NOT! I really do need to work on that as books are a much more enjoyable way to spend my time :-)

    What a fun post Tina! Between Mary's yesterday and yours today, I've laughed my way to bed! Please add my name for a Seeker ebook of choice, thanks so much!

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    1. Food and laughter, Trixi. Can we ask for more? God is good.

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  7. This was very funny thank you. I get side-tracked just checking my emails. While something loads I stroll and end up ELSEWHERE.

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    1. How does that happen, Mary Preston. It's like a rabbit hole, right?

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  8. Funniest post ever. Number three and number five! Ha ha! I am guilty of frittering...and now I'm going to check out Goldbely.

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  9. I'm looking at Goldbely now. OH. MY. YUMMY.

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    1. I want to send everyone food for their birthdays next year. I love that site.

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    2. Preslaysa, I was temped but resisted. NOW YOU'VE MADE ME WANT TO LOOK!

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    3. It's amazing. Really gives you good ideas for birthdays and holidays if you've been doing Amazon gift cards for the last ten years like me.

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    4. I need a heart shaped pizza...or a heart shaped cookie cake...or a heart shaped bagel!

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    5. The heart shaped cookie cake is 1 lb and serves 6-8 people. Hmm...

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  10. Hilarious post, Tina! I couldn't agree with you more about Facebook. Not only is there no tangible value, it raises your blood pressure to see all of the hatred being spewed on the site. I LOVE that mug!

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    1. Argh. And we're making that kid genius who started it a fortune.

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    2. I check my notifications and the first 10 posts, if I cross any negative political comments I'm outta there. It's like watching a bad tv show, yes you CAN turn it off!

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    3. That's why I like Twitter better - I can get latest news from my feed with less mean-hearted comments.

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  11. Good morning Tina and Seekerville! Talenti is amazing. I'd weigh 500 pounds if they sold it in bigger containers.
    FB, Twitter and Pinterest are the worst ways I waste time. Another way is allowing myself to watch a TV show while I eat (I didn't realize how lonely it was to eat alone until Tim moved.) I almost always finish whatever show I'm watching, but I have learned to record 30 minute shows.
    Overall, the internet is where I waste the most time.
    Great post and great mug!

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    1. I record shows too and they are my reward. I watch them sans commercials on my computer if I reach a daily goal.

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    2. Jackie, I record shows too. I have several that I record every week. I tend to watch late at night, which I guess is okay since I can't write well at that point. Of course, then I stay up late and lose sleep!

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  12. I'm starting to wake up. So, the excuse we use for wasting time on FB and other social media is the agents and editors and those in control tell us to build our platforms. Yeah, that's it.

    Right after I left my earlier comment, it thundered and the electricity went out. With no electricity there's no internet. I had to laugh since I'd just shared that's my big time fritterer.
    #Letswrite

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  13. Gone frittering. Love it! I go run. Or get lost in links. You click one and you're gone for hours!

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    1. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
      "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
      "I don't much care where –"
      "Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”
      ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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  14. Reading Seekerville posts is NEVER considered frittering!

    Great job, Tina! I love how you spend your time. Facebook snags me too often. Cleaning toilets almost never. :)

    Not sure how I waste time. Must do research today. Will be wasting time at the hair salon. Or is that professional development? Not sure.

    Also the grocery. Seems I fritter at the various food stores in town. True Confession: I have an eating disorder...I like food. I like food a lot.

    I'm hosting book club on WED, which means I must do some dusting and such. Is that frittering or event staging?

    Actually, research may prove that I never fritter. I'm always doing something that furthers my career...shopping for that perfect dress to wear to the Readers Luncheon, going to the gym so I can fit into that special dress, talking to adult kids on the phone who are my buds and encouraged me to sign up for the Readers Luncheon, checking Facebook to see who else is going to the Readers Luncheon...

    I'm amazed. I don't fritter. I'm always working. Must work on that second cup of coffee...maybe a pastry or two...or three for inspiration.

    Hugs!

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    1. You are hilarious.

      You go to the gym? I am so impressed. Not impressed enough to go. But still suitably impressed.

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    2. Oh, Tina, that comment to Debby made me nearly spew coffee!!

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  15. Tina, thank you for the post. It brought a smile to my face on an otherwise sad day (viewing today).

    I try to stay away from Facebook as I could spend hours reading everyone's posts. Spending time in Seekerville cannot be considered frittering at all.

    May you all be blessed today.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  16. Ouch. I need to put on a Band-Aid, then I'll be back. This hit home a little too well.
    KB

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  17. It's only six am here and I have watch Susan Boyle four times. I love that video. LOVE IT. It makes me feel like I can do anything.

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    1. I love that video as well. Small town lady wows the world! That always makes me happy!

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  18. My calling in life is now established, not only am I a Gold Seal fritterer myself, but a fritterer influencer as well.

    I very causally mentioned in the WE I hoped I didn't make the pesky distraction frittering list, but if I'm going to place in the ten at least I placed near the top, coming in at a respectable second place. Frittering influencing has its rewards!

    I'm actually SO good at this frittering influencing that I hit #5 too. I sent our sweet, unsuspecting debut author Jill the LI top 100 link for her book that'll be out in 2 weeks. She didn't even know it existed, my frittering influencing for that day...done!

    I'm also a champion at #9, doing nothing.

    Having such a teachable spirit and all, I have learned some new ways to fritter from our resident expert, Tina Fritter Radcliffe. Word games, productivity tools and Susan Boyle, all great ideas, thanks, Tina!

    I can't think of a single fritter to share that's not been named already as that would require some analytical processing and I am stuck on fritter #9 while I finish my first cup of joe. If a fritter surfaces, besides that apple fritter, I'll be back.

    Can't wait to read other ideas and suggestions on frittering, we fritterers have to stay at the top of our game and apprised of the latest and greatest ways to accomplish our goals!

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    1. OH MY GOSH. I am officially starting my day snorting my coffee. YOU'RE KILLING ME SMALLS.

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    2. Now that I think about it, I'm a little ticked with that Susan Boyle for edging me out for first place. I really want to win that blue ribbon for SOMETHING!

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    3. I just watched it for the 7th time. LOLOLOLOL

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    4. Okay, since I'm not ready to give up my fritter time yet, I watched it too. You are world class, I'm not sure I could go 7 rounds. What caught my attention though was the way she had her contestant number taped to her chest..can't..stop..laughing. Great fritter for the day, but in pleading my case for #1 fritterer, I provide FRESH fritter funnies daily, not repetitious ones.

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    5. Oh man, Tracey...you exposed my obliviousness (that is a word isn't it?)to all.

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    6. Eek, sorry Jill, but don't worry, we'll have you frittering your time away with the best of us in no time, lol

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    7. LOL! I like to fritter my time pestering you to keep up the good work! :)

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    8. MY favorite encouragement, NOT frittering...at all..I need one of those circles with a slash through it emoji's.

      And please forgive my outing you as one of those super productive people who doesn't fritter ;)

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    9. You're forgiven. :) This conversation is teetering on frittering.

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    10. The eyebrows. She is the total epitomy of the BEFORE in everyone's life. And then she blows them away.

      "I never had the chance."

      Go Susan!

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    11. Tracey...I understand the meme for Weapons of Mass Distraction is your creation...might I use it? I know my writer's group will get such a kick out of it!! Keep Calm and Fritter On!!

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    12. Hey Kathryn, just back from making a ham/white bean soup from my Pinterest board, not even kidding. Pinterest is where I got that meme, so it's public along with the others. Share on! I enjoy Pinterest more than FB, you can filter funnies, food, whatever you WANT to look at. I wish FB had a filter, no such luck ;)

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    13. Thanks, Tracey! Pinterest is addictive! My FB filter is to scroll...I just kind of roll on past whatever I don't want to see. I treat it like living in a small town...I don't engage with everyone on every subject...(Small town peeps are notorious for burying heads in sand-it's friendlier that way!! LOL) I like keeping control of my world! :)

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  19. Cool mug!

    Banana fritters are my favorite!

    Sounds like there's a lot of internet frittering in the house. As a matter of fact, I just had a long talk w/AT&T yesterday that my data usage is way off. Every month it just keeps going up. What's going on with that?

    I wish I would exercise-fritter or clean house-fritter, but those are such time wasters.

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    1. Never ever clean your house instead of writing. If you do I will hunt you down.

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  20. You're hilarious!

    I like word games too. I can be found at "Prolific" on Facebook when frittering.

    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

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  21. Oh Tina! You forget my favorite way to fritter...browsing the Seekerville archives for tips on being more productive and to stop wasting time. If I spent as much time writing as I do researching how to write faster, I'd get so much more done! Loved this post and can't wait to fritter away my time with some of these.

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    1. Seriously, LeAnne, we could get rich putting out books on how to write faster. Those books are to writers what the diet flavor of the month is to yo-yo dieters. We could retire rich!!

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    2. Ha. I do the same thing LeAnne.

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    3. Hahahaha! LeAnne, I wholeheartedly agree.

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    4. Guilty, too, LeAnne! LOVE the Seekerville archives. I recommend this site to EVERYONE. :-)

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  22. Good not Seekerville! Just dropping by to lay out fresh apple fritters for our early risers. Yeah, I don't know why I'm semi-awake at 5:40am my time, other than my sinuses are acting up...arg!! Took some medicine, hope it kicks in so I can to get a few more winks in.

    I just thought I'd another way I fitter my time away. Book giveaways! Blogs with book giveaways! Sharing said blogs on social media! Commenting on my favorite blogs! See a pattern here?? BLOGS period...lol! Not that it's all bad, but it's like the proverbial cute cat videos, you can't stop at just one...lol!! And I don't count Seekerville on that list either :-) It's my nightly routine before I head to bed, kind of like a nightcap.

    Be back later to read comments added! Have a blessed morning, enjoy the fritters!!

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    1. XX Feel better. Now I want a fritter. I should have anticipated this.

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    2. All this apple fritter talk has me wishing my favorite mountain apple bakery were open. They are closed til August? *sigh* I know I can bake my own...but when their whole menu is perfectly yummy, why heat up my kitchen? lol.

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  23. Umm, that's suppose to read good morning NOT good not...autocorrect, gotta love it!

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  24. Oh my gosh, that was so funny, Tina!! Thanks for the laughs this morning! I've been wasting my frittering, settling for less than I could be. I'll be sure to fritter with gusto from here on out. ;)

    BTW, my favorite recent frittering app is called WordBrian. It's so fun! And I try to tell myself I'm improving my aging mind as well as my vocabulary. haha

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    1. WordBrain. Thank you, for that. My brain thanks you too.

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    2. Word "Brian"? What did Brian do to deserve this?

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  25. Apple fritters...yay!
    I should be getting dressed for work, but I had to stop here first this morning. My lunch breaks at Seekerville have been interrupted too much in the past few weeks.
    Always worth the read and the watch today too. Luv me some cats and Susan Boyle.
    I am envying the folks in the Saent ad by the way. They seemed so smooth and on task!
    Thanks Tina!
    Hope you all have an amazing morning and day!

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    1. Priorities, Kelly. Priorities.


      Yeah, there is something wrong about the video. Everything is white. Their desks are clean. They even take breaks clean. No slobs messing up the break room because they think their mother lives there. Totally a parallel work universe.

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  26. I should also say that looking at foodie websites and Pinning recipes is one of my huge time sucks. But I may need to cook one of those gazillion recipes someday!! Must be prepared!!

    :)

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    1. I subscribe to them and when they come into mail box I move them to a Foodie folder. Then never look at them again. I have 4390 Foodie newsletters in that folder.

      Frankly, I don't cook anymore. I throw meat on the grill and toss a salad. This is Arizona. Why cook?

      So the whole collect recipes thing is me being delusional.

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    2. Good idea to set up a mailbox. But I do open a couple of them each day. And I actually do use the recipes! However, I tend to use more recipes straight from Food Network. My Pinterest Recipe board is so gigantic it's hard to find anything.

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    3. I have a great fritter recommendation for you Missy. You can separate your Pinterest recipes by category. I have a dozen of them. Yes, I do! Makes it easier to find things, AFTER you take all that time to set them up. I still make that cream of mushroom soup recipe you posted at the café, I've been wanting that, must go fritter more time away search through my recipe box for it :)

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    4. Sounds like you've found yet another effective Frittering Device, Tracey--organizing your Pinterest boards!!!

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    5. Yes, exactly, Myra! I knew if I kept at it long enough something would surface!

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    6. Hi Tina:

      You wrote:

      "Frankly, I don't cook anymore. I throw meat on the grill and toss a salad. This is Arizona. Why cook?"


      Wow! Who brainwashed you into thinking barbequing was not cooking?

      Getting the coals, cleaning the grill, starting the fire without using nasty smelling starter fluid, waiting for the coals to be ready, cooking the steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken breasts, (can't waste all those coals on just one meal--you're cooking for the rest of the week!). Then cooking all these in the right order, at the right height from the hot coals, all for the right amount of time, keeping the fire from flaming, and hot dogs from rolling off the grill into the fire or on to the ground, flipping burgers that want to fall apart or still stay part of the grill, and with everyone wanting their steaks cooked differently. Of course the heat of the grill only adds to the wonderful 111 degree Arizona sunshine. And you just don't turn the grill off like a light switch! There's often more to clean up when you're done.

      Footnote: since this is done outdoors, it's men's work!!!

      Light bulb moment! Is that why it is not cooking?

      Vince

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    7. We have a Weber. No coals. And it's not cooking because the hub is in charge of the Weber. I do not go near that baby. There is no clean up. He has grill grates on top of the grill. So you see my point.

      Weber

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    8. Wow! $500 at Wal-Mart. It's cooking to me even if not to anyone else.

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  27. I need that train of thought button, Tina. Need it BADLY! (I could also use the gelato and a few more cat videos.)

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    1. Trust me Sandra, if you have the Gelato, you need nothing else. Sigh.

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  28. Good morning, Tina. I'd like to add my all-time favorite fritter, Chicktionary! The dumbest game I ever got hooked on.

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    1. Uh oh. Must check out Chicktionary! I'm not sure if I should thank you, Renee. LOL

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    2. Is this a word game? I am getting nervous, Renee!~

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  29. TINA, I LOVE your creative memes! Catching up on social media cuts into my reading time....

    Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY everyone!

    Please enter me in the drawing.

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    1. There you go. Good rationale to turn it off and turn on a book,Caryl.

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  30. ROTFLOLWHGIS!!! (Rolling on the floor laughing out loud while hubby gapes in shock).

    THIS, my friend, is priceless!! Thank you for the laughs, especially this statement: "thus convincing yourself (after four hours) that the reviewer has mental health issues."

    OH. MY. GOSH!! If you knew how many times my hubs and did this, you would know one of our FORMER key frittering techniques. ;)

    Have one more for you too! AUTHORGRAPH!!! I signed up for this years ago when Mary Connealy mentioned it because it's a cool way for authors to be able to autograph/sign e-books.

    BUT ... the catch 22 is that Authorgraph sends you an e-mail telling you how many new reviews you've gotten on each book for that week and what their current Amazon ranking is, plus whether it's gone up or done on the charts on that given day.

    So when I say, yes, I've almost completely stopped looking at reviews on a regular basis, that does NOT include Authorgraph, unfortunately. ;)

    Here's the link for frittering (and signing) purposes.

    AUTHORGRAPH

    HUGS,
    Julie

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    1. I don't know how anyone would give you less than stellar reviews, Julie. Seriously. Your kissing scenes alone are five-star keepers! (Oops... I may have "frittered" away my time re-reading a few of them. LOL) *slaps hand* BUT reading great stuff never counts as frittering, right???? :-)

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    2. Ah, Authorgraph. I think, in all the time I've subscribed, only ONE reader EVER has contacted me for an e-autograph. But I get to see those lovely green and red arrows and disturbing, undecipherable number changes indicating how my books have done that week.

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    3. That's so funny because I've done the same thing, looked at an Amazon review and then clicked on the reviewer to see what they gave other books, then decided they were insane! LOL! So funny that we do that. But in our defense, there really are some insane reviewers out there. LOL!

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    4. Authorgraph???? Nightmare waiting to happen!

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  31. Okay. I think this may be one of my FAVE posts ever, Tina. Thanks for this!

    Oh, and about the frittering... other than blogging, I've been on a brief social media fast. BUT that doesn't mean other things don't vy for my time. :-)

    AND I LOVE Susan Boyles' debut on BGT. I've probably watched that video clip a hundred times over the years. BEST. SUCCESS. STORY. EVER!!!

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  32. Oh, WOW, Tina!!!! This is going in my Top Ten Best Seeker Blogs Ever file!!!

    And sorry about the Words With Friends thing. It might comfort you to know that my math-brained Project Guy regularly wipes me out at certain word games. I find it infuriating!!!!!

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  33. Funny post, Tina. I also enjoy watching the Susan Boyle video. It is inspiring. I can fritter my time away on Facebook, but do find myself scrolling through it quickly these days with all the negativity and political posting.

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    1. True, Sandy. FB is making it is easier to ignore it.

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  34. Oh dear. You nailed me. I am a fritterer. So very true. Like now, for instance. I should be revising the book I just finished yesterday. I only have 9 days to get it into shape before I have to turn it in. Only 9 days to look up all those research-y things that I skipped over when writing. Only 9 days to fix story, characterization, add and delete scenes, and read through the entire 84,444 words. But I'd really rather fritter. And that's what I'm doing--mostly on facebook. And Amazon, checking the numbers and reviews on the book that just came out TODAY! How can I resist? I can't.

    One of the things I do to fritter is watch clips of movies on Netflix. Yesterday I watched the kissing scene--just the kissing scene--of North and South, and I watched a bit of Becoming Jane. Don't judge.

    Sigh. How will anyone ever believe that writing is a tough job if they learn what we really do all day??? Tina, you have outed us.

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    1. LOL. North and South. I considered putting kissing videos on here, but that really is our job.

      Tough job!

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  35. This is such a a funny and true post, Tina. I fritter by hours away by reading books and leaving reviews. I'm trying to cut back on that currently, so I can write my own novel or research, which is what I'm doing now. God bless, everyone!

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  36. So fun, Tina! You had me grinning. Your humor and amazing creativity kept me smiling. :)

    Let's see, I tend to fritter playing Tetris. Because of course, if I can make pieces fit into a geometric puzzle, I can make pieces fit together for my story . . . right? ;) Loved this!!

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    1. Frittering for people without depth perception issues. I have put down chalk lines to get in the garage right. Whew! Looks like Tetris is not for moi. Thank you, God.

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  37. Well of course I had to check out the cat videos. You knew I would, right? Now I really must go put all my pennies in order by the year they were minted ...

    GREAT post, Tina!

    Nancy C

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  38. Fritter alert!

    Genealogy.

    Just. Don't. Even. Start.

    You're welcome.

    Nancy C

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    2. I am fascinated by family history and would love genealogy! The reason I don't dare start. Are you held in that sticky web, Nancy C?

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  39. Hi Tina:

    "Women who would rather clean house than write!"

    Do you know what that's called?

    Marriage material.

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    2. I am married to a man who would rather clean house than write.

      PRAISE GOD!!!

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  40. Oh TINA....I had to dry the tears (from LAUGHING!!) before I could type this comment. LOVED this post and will confess when I first saw the word "fritter" my bakery-inspired mind thought: APPLE FRITTERS!! ;)
    Your humor ranks up there with your awesome writing talents---am placing this post at the front of my keeper file, because laughter IS the best medicine!

    Waving at HELEN!!!! :) Sooo glad to see her in Seekerville today!!

    My Fritter Tip: Closing my computer and doing needlepoint. Although, to be fair, I HAVE gotten some really good writing-related ideas while working on my needlepoint. :)

    Thanks again for this delightful post, and please toss my name in for the mug drawing (or just tell me where I can order one, LOL!!).

    Hugs, Patti Jo (who is now really craving an apple fritter)

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    1. Needlepoint is relaxing, I'm sure. I have no patience. Sigh.

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    2. I did needlepoint. Once.

      I did crewel. Once.

      I did macrame more than once, but not since the 1970s.

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    3. PATTI JO, you've made me hungry for apple fritters and you and Myra have reminded me of all the craft phases I've gone through. Macrame, crewel, needlepoint, cross stitch, decoupage, basket making, drawing, painting, gourd painting, knitting. I still make greeting cards.

      Janet

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  41. Definition: Potsnpanster, Christian inspirational writer who, because cleanliness is next to Godliness and the maxim that one should write what one knows, would rather clean house and cook than write.

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    1. LOLOLOLOLOLOL. Yeah. I am never showing the people and cats who live in this house that term.

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  42. Love this post. I was laughing as I read it. Today is one of those days where it will be a fight to get the writing done I need.

    I could tell the exact moment my Meneires hit in the night as the bed began to move around the room in a spinning direction. by the time I finally felt it was safe to get out of bed without falling over, it was 9:30 and almost two hours later I might be ready to begin with my writing. It usually takes me at least two hours in the morning to be able to function with the vertigo. I will write for an hour and hope it will be a successful writing hour and then eat lunch and back to bed for a nap because the brain is no longer functioning. Hopefully get some more writing done in the evening. There you have it. The vertigo lasted all week last week. Yesterday was my only reprieve. Thankful for the one good day. So even though my health gets in the way, I am stubborn and keep trying to write and function as a normal person

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    1. WILANI, have you had the crystals in your inner ear adjusted? Physical therapists do it, then give exercises that help keep them in alignment.

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  43. I think that Saent thing likes a little like a nagging husband.

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    1. I buried mine last night. Saent. Not Husband.

      It is nagging.

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    2. If I use it like I should, my little "Tomato One" app (kind of like Pomodoro) will remind me to get up and take a break every half hour or so. Right now it is sitting in my Mac menu tray jeering at me for ignoring it for weeks on end.

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    3. I used Tomato One a lot last year (it helped me with Speedbo too). But lately (due to my ignoring it when the time was up) I've started using my phone's timer function.

      I have it set to a favorite tunes and I name my timer something motivating. Tip if your one to ignore your well-meaning timers - place said phone far, far out of reach. Then at least you have to get out of your chair to turn it off...unless you love the song, then you may just let it loop for 20 minutes. ;)

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  44. I am so laughing. I can hardly believe you wrote this Tina. You are the one that I would figure did the LEAST frittering of anyone I know. Too funny. I love all the frittering. ideas. Not that I need any more ideas to fritter my time. LOL Better just go play pickleball.

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    1. I'm ADD. Fritter is my middle name. I make up for it by not sleeping.

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  45. TINA, I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for the laughs. I love all of it (Weapons of Mass Distraction, a scale that says "Whatever", scream shot). I am really good at #9, and I love #10. As far as YouTube videos go, my favorite is Jordan Smith's audition for the Voice. I could watch it over and over again. In fact I have, lol. As always, thank you Seekerville!!

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  46. WOW. MISS TINA really does NOT sleep, though when she has time to fritter even with not sleeping I have NO idea!

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  47. You had to do it, didn't you.Another good one is Josh Daniels for the X Factor. SIMON CRIED.

    Going to check out Jordan Smith.

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  48. Definitely need to quit frittering on Facebook. I just posted a comment on somebody's post with the wrong name, thinking it was somebody else who had posted. Embarrassing!

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  49. OKAY, I'm back. This is insane. OK, I don't tend to fritter my writing time because even an hour is precious and sometimes rare. I think about it all the time, so when I sit down to the desktop, I can usually accomplish something and know what I'm going to accomplish. I do fritter tons of time when I'm burned out and don't want to do other things, i.e. the day job. I go to Seekerville when I want to avoid the day job. HA! You brought it on yourselves. I don't have a book out so I can't really check on that, but I do tend to check my LinkedIn stats probably more than I should. I have a policy for Facebook that I just read the top five or ten posts, plus anyone who's responded to my posts, and move on. I can tell when I'm burned out when I am scrolling mindlessly through FB and looking at, you guessed it, the cat videos. If I spend more than 15 minutes on FB, I am in trouble. Learning to recognize it and go to bed, go for a walk, whatever. I don't mind cleaning all that much so I guess it doesn't count as a default position for frittering, but I do tend to putter when I should be working. Another trigger for me is 1950s and 60s television. I can resist almost all of what's currently on the tube (yeah I know it's not "tubes" any more, leave me alone), but I cave hard for those reruns on the retro channels. Not just Lucy, Beaver and Andy Griffith, the ones everybody knows, but the really early obscure ones like "Life of Riley" with William Bendix. So yeah, TV is a problem depending on what's available. Not DVDs, you have to make an effort to put a DVD in and find the remote, but regular TV. Yeah, I can fritter. I don't consider Seekerville or Writers Alley "frittering," I network and learn stuff, but I can waste time in other ways, social and regular media.
    I also think the key to NOT frittering our writing is to have multiple projects going, although I could get arguments about this from people who are more linear. If you can't get your head around your current WIP, go edit another project or write a blog post, it will all count for something in the end.
    Back in a bit,
    KB

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    1. Yes. Isaac Asimov always had multiple projects going. I'm with Isaac.

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    2. I'm the same way with old tv shows or movies. If it's a movie I've already seen, I can play it in the background multiple times without distraction....but if it is a new movie to me or intense, I'll find myself turning to watch certain parts. Take for instance Sea Hunt, two shows were on last week on tv...and for that whole hour I sat glued to the tv - only working during the commercials. Total unplanned fritter moment.

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  50. Wow, Tina, so many great ways to fritter that I didn't even know about! Now I can step it up to a whole new level, even beyond the Weapons of Mass Distraction that suck me in too much.

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    1. Exactly. Welcome to Frittering ROYALE!!! No paid subscription needed.

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  51. Roar....snicker...snort...teeheeee....hahaha...GUILTY... of all...except not much of a word gamer!

    My Fritter-forte is "sharing!" I'm not picky about the medium...Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I love sharing...info, funnies, inspiration, cute ideas for...anything, foods-recipes, good blog posts, songs, memes, (BTW---can I share that Weapons of Mass Distraction? My writer's group would LOVE it!)

    Keep Calm and Fritter On!

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    1. You're a nurturer at heart, Kathryn! A frittering nurturer.

      Weapons of Mass Distraction credit goes to Tracey the meme Hagwood.

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    2. Awww....thanks Tina. Ok, I'll check with Tracey!!

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    3. A "frittering nurturer". ROFLOL

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  52. TINA, your post was a delight! Thank you for opening my eyes to all the frittering possibilities!! I'm totally impressed and will be incorporating a few into my daily routine. Go Big or go home!

    My favorite form of frittering are online games with friends. What fun it would be to play Scramble with Myra! Then there's those adorable baby and pet videos on Facebook.

    Janet

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    1. EXACTLY, JANET. GET OUT YOUR RUBBER INDIANA FINGER AND GO BIG!!

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    2. LOL, Janet, for the sake of reducing Mass Distraction (and also because I hate losing), I have limited my online game competition to just Project Guy and the occasional grandchild who challenges me.

      Also, if I may brag a bit, my current record is winning 146 straight FreeCell games!

      AND--I have mastered the Cracker Barrel peg game! Seriously, if you need more Fritter Ammo, download the Cracker Barrel games app!

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    3. Yeah. We love the Cracker Barrel one around here too.

      We're all very scary.

      (Especially, Myra! 146 wins straight!!!)

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    4. I have concluded that EVERY FreeCell game is winnable. If I get stuck the first time, I replay the hand and try a different tactic. Some are a lot more complicated than others, but in 146 straight games I have yet to be completely stumped.

      Ah, the things that bring us joy!

      And did I mention my top score in the Cracker Barrel peg game is over 44,000?

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    5. Oh, my gosh, You are so hardcore.

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    6. Does anyone remember the Erik's Solitaire demo that came pre-loaded on Macs in the 90s? You had to reshuffle the game if you weren't going to win or else it would permanently leave a loss on the game screen. Talk about pressure!

      I did not know Cracker Barrel had a game app!? I'm adding this new important research/ install topic to my fritter list of the day. :)

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  53. Now I'm hungry for an apple fritter. A big crunchy one that I can eat all by myself. Our Sunday school class members bring in donuts and there's always apple fritters in the bunch. But my DH, bless his heart, is trying to save me from myself and always asks if I'm going to share it with him. With all those godly people listening I haven't had the guts to say no.

    Janet

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  54. TINA, I had to bury that IU #1 finger. Not deep so I can dig it up when the Basketball team finds its mojo.

    Janet

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    1. LOLOL. I knew you had one, Janet. I knew it. I so love apple fritters. Better than chocolate I think.

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  55. Mmmwaaaahhhhahahahahaha... a wonderful post. Worth triple the price of admission. Some of the fritters I already know to avoid. Unfortunately, the word games and Scrabble get me. Well, those and Super Smash Brothers on the Wii. Little man has discovered his first video game and apparently he does not wish to play alone - so after homework is done, he begs mom to play "just one series" - yeah... right. Bedtime comes very fast. *sigh* The plus side is little man and mommy have some quality together time.
    I love the derailed train comment. Must keep in mind.

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    2. Nah, but this post is priceless. Love your stuff Tina. <3

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  56. That was really funny! I think my favorite part was about twitter and the spaghetti on the wall.
    Becky

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    1. Loved the spaghetti on the wall too, Becky. Actually I throw it at the fridge. How about you, Tina? Any pasta throwing at your house?

      Janet

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    2. I'm Italian. I learned to know al dente before I said my first words. Which of course, were: Pasta please.

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  57. This is a hilarious post. I'm so glad I'm not so easily distracted... Ooh, is that a bunny outside?

    Please put me in the drawing. I love shameless self-promotion.

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  58. Boo. LOL. You are entered. Bunnies or not.

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  59. I stopped in earlier today, but then frittered away four hours playing online Scrabble.

    Sigh.

    Pass the salted caramel chews...

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  60. Tina, another way to fritter away time is to enter books into contests....is there no contest update for February?

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    1. Ten years of them. Tina is one step from the nursing home. She needs to write. Frankly, newsletter editor of the Nursing Home Gazette does not thrill me. Once again..

      I NEED TO WRITE!

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    2. Where do you compile your stuff from then? How did you keep up? Totally understand, but without your contest alerts I will miss them alllllllllllll

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    3. Go to the Contest Tab above. It provides all the links you need to stay apprised of the contests.

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  61. Finished 25 pages of editing and now I'm eating mesquite-flavored BBQ chips. Don't judge. They're SlimFast. By your standard, I should have bought Lay's. I'm sorry, I just can't. The guilt would paralyze me for a week. Then where would I be? Frittering!

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    1. No that is incorrect. You did not blow your diet. You are eating SlimFast chips. If you were to blow your diet and eat crappy chips instead of Lays, then I would balk.

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  62. Okay, this post had me laughing out loud! Mountain Man looked over at me and just shook his head...no words.

    Okay, I'll own up to frittering. The number one way I fritter is playing Candy Crush. (Don't judge me...I teach middle school, and sometimes I need to do a mindless activity to rest my brain.)

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    2. Like I said, it's a mindless activity.

      If I'm totally honest, I also fritter away time by watching Korean Dramas. Of course, this activity requires using my brain since I have to read subtitles. ;)

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    3. RHONDA!!??? Your dirty little secret. It's like MANGA on TV??? hahahah

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  63. ROFL...Tina, you've outdone yourself today! I learned a whole new galaxy of ways to fritter away writing hours - this is great! Twitter has an algorhythm to analyze your tweets? I'm so unsavvy, this I did not know...and where can I find online Scrabble?? One of my fritters is online Yatzee which my sister plays at snail speed but I'd love some more partners for those days when even Dragon can't make the words flow on the page. Just last night I made a pledge to myself to stay OFF Facebook, because I can find Seekerville without it and Facebook is evil in my mind because it's so addictive. But word games? :) that sounds more like fun and educational all rolled in to one. Pinterest and Ravelry are my other fritters, but Ravelry I use to reward myself for hitting a writing goal - it's my "brain candy" to relax. Anyone else on here knit or crochet? Or spin? with a spinning wheel?

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      I only spin when I sit on my office chair.

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  64. Yeah, Tina, you've given me a LOT of ideas. Thanks I think...
    KB

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  65. Tina, this was so much fun and I must save this link for the next time that I am uncertain about my ability to fritter! :-)
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Never doubt, Connie. We are here for you. We'll hold your hand as you cross over to the dark side.

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  66. Tina, I haven't laughed so hard at a blog post since I don't know when...wait, yes I do, never!

    I did have to go to Pinterest today, but it wasn't for my writing. I have to help two little ones with their Valentine's Day boxes and Pinterest helps me help them (although last year, the owl box I made resembled a turkey more than an owl).

    Thanks Tina.

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  67. Great Posts and Comments!
    Thanks!

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  68. Great post! And so imaginative. *sigh* Frittering IS a serious business.

    First I have to say that if you are going to eat calories - I concur with the tip of: make them good calories. Yes, I have even thrown out sugary snacks *gasp* because they were awful. However, Talenti is NOT on that awful list. (I just finished the dark chocolate one which was good but sea salt caramel is still a fav. I must try raspberry next). Also NOT on the awful list are Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors and of course Publix Yogurt/Ice Cream. Golly, they are completely worth all that freezer shelf space.

    EMAIL + Social Media
    I'm actually surprised that I did not see "checking my email" as a big fritter pass time in the comments. I wonder why? Whether it's recipe newsletters (filed so neatly Tina, you'd be proud!) or marketing tips, or online course announcements, reaching inbox zero is a rare phenomenon.

    Then there is Twitter. And the rabbit trails of Tweets and YouTube videos and articles. Oh, my.

    YOUTUBE
    I have a folder bookmarking fun YouTube videos I come across...like yesterday, finding John Wayne, Bob Hope, the Nelson Brothers and countless others singing God Bless America together in one video - How have I never seen that before?

    COMPUTER GAMES
    In college, my frittering included CafeWorld, Farm Town, Farmville, etc. Then I went through a phase of Hoyle games. Anyone familiar with Hoyle Board Games and Hoyle Card Games? Miami Solitaire is SO much fun. And then there is Rummy Squares...

    PERSONAL GOALS
    This week I'm re-evaluating what I do during my break time (can you say this was a timely blog on frittering or what?). If I'm going to take a break, why not do something that helps me toward my personal goals? But they have to be activities that get me moving from the computer...which can be challenging.

    MISC.
    Crocheting - I really enjoy this. Last year I crocheted little squishy balls for Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes. This year I'm mainly crocheting for fun and learning - no end goal. I'm experimenting with different projects too. So far I've crocheted a warm lap blanket and countless scrubbies - the yarn is so fun! And I'm working on a little stuffed bunny rabbit.


    After reading the post and comments, I may have to sure-up my list of approved frittering activities. I never thought of simply writing some frivol text. That's awesome!

    This does beg the question: is frittering frivoling considering that we all NEED to take breaks?

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    1. Hi Meg! I almost put email on there, but the reality is that it is my job so I have to answer email.

      Thank you for the peek into your distracting world. HA!! (raspberry Talenti!!!!)

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  69. Tina, I don't know when I've laughed so much, so early in the morning. Reading your post sure hit home. I absolutely loved your "Weapons of Mass Destruction". I may post that in my writing room! Blessings and hugs to you...and many thanks!

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