Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Tolkien's Birthday Toast, and Insecure Writer's Procrastination

Welcome to the first Insecure Writer's Support Group of the new year!

Today, I've got two items for insecure writers - like myself.

The first is a toast, to an accomplished author, linguist, subcreator, and so much more.

A toast, to The Professor!


The toast works like this: "On the 3rd January 1892, J. R. R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author at 21:00 (9 pm) your local time.

The toast is "The Professor".

For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink."

You can join in by filling out the entry form. I'll be having a wee dram of Lagavulin.

My second feature is... writers' procrastination tools! Sure, why not? Before we all set our goals for the year ahead, we can take a short break. There are a lot of procrastination opportunities nowadays, especially online...

I've got ten boards on my Pinterest so far. I do try to keep it mostly writing and reading related, but cats will creep in...

Of course, I never started out trying to make my tumblr writing-related. Though I do post character images and inspiration, a lot of the time there are Neil Gaiman and Doctor Who images on there. Or images from vacations. How can one resist?
also Oreos...

Twitter has been lots more fun than I expected! I thought, at first, that it would be a major time waster, which is why I avoided it for so long. Then I friend gave me her old iPod (my first apple product!) and the first thing I did was join Twitter. I must say, it's a lot easier to keep track of it on a separate, dedicated device, without having to check in on the computer. And authors will reply to you!

This has left less time for Facebook, but I'm happy to say I haven't played that ridiculous farm game since last summer. I'll play Scrabble with you, though, if you like!

Which ones are your favourite online procrastination tools?
Or have you already started on your writing and reading goals?

19 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm going to have to pick up some Scotch for this toast. Probably some Glenlivet Nadurra.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've tried to keep my distractions to just blogging, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Sarah McCabe said...

The Lord of the Rings Online.

I've tried to leave it, to not let it interfere with my writing, I've even announced I was leaving it and taken long breaks. But I always get drawn back in. I have a bad habit of getting caught up in music and role playing activities there. But at the same time, the LOTRO community has been the main thing that has encouraged me to explore my creativity over the past few years. I can never decide if being involved there is good or bad for me. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

For me, my biggest procrastination is TV. I love to watch mystery shows and football. Going to cut back on that this year.

S.P. Bowers said...

Happy Birthday Tolkien!

You can never have too many oreos.

Since Christmas was ALL distractions and no writing I'm trying to be very good and focused. We'll see how long it lasts.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

So many people are talking about Tolkien these days. It's not enough to just say he was a great writer and that he handed his family a billion dollar empire. They gotta point out all the lil things too.

M Pax said...

I just toasted with some green tea. Professor!

I'm on Pinterest and it is fun. I got better at FB recently. Finally. And I love Twitter. If I'm not careful, they can consume my mornings.

Georgina Morales said...

I spend an insane amount of time on Facebook and Pinterest, so I haven't even dared to open a twitter!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Ahh, Tolkien. The man. The mithril.

Welcome to Twitter, too! Twitter itself a procrastination tool, so watch out :)

Jamie

Jack said...

Happy Birthday to Tolkien, one of the best writers in history!

Tonja said...

I am procrastinating right now, as a matter of fact. I am so glad I read this now. Just 2.5 hours until the toast. :)

Lara said...

Ah, procrastination. The worst is procrastination that can be disguised as productivity (as in, "I need to tweet/facebook/whatever so I can connect with readers").

My drugs of choice are Twitter, Facebook, and blogging. Let's not forget solitaire though... :)

Kari Marie White | Writing By Heart said...

Happy Birthday, Tolkien.

My biggest procrastination tool is Netflix or Amazon Prime Streaming. I get caught up in TV shows I've never seen (Party of Five, Alias, Falling Skies). It's so easy when you can watch without commercials and just move from one episode to the next without waiting.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Deniz - missed it this year .. my cup of coffee cheers on the 4th will be default need to do!

Happy 2013 - cheers Hilary

nutschell said...

I'm defnititely trying to avoid Online procrastination tools. Last year, I was into playing trivia games on Facebook. Happy to say that only lasted 2 weeks. :)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Ciara said...

I need to cut down on distractions. I'm trying to only focus on blogging, twitter, FB, and Goodreads, but it is tough.

Deniz Bevan said...

Love The Glenlivet, Matthew!

Good idea, Alex. Can't say no to Twitter, it's been so much fun!

Oh, you're right, Sarah - DH plays that often!

Ooh, I love mysteries too, Clarissa!

I'm trying, Sara - it's hard, when the internet is right there...

You're right, Michael. I think I'll reread Leaf by Niggle and talk about that next time.

Ooh, Pinterest, yes! You're right M.

I've only been on for two months so far, Georgina and Jamie. We'll see if I can keep it up...

Thanks for toasting with me, Jack and Tonja!

Exactly, Lara - I mean, I was just Googling hereditary peerages. That's research...

You're right, Kari - I keep watching old Doctor Who episodes...

Happy new year, Hilary!

Me too, nutschell, I'm really glad I stopped playing Farmville.

It is, Ciara. Having a schedule helped me with blogging, but now with Twitter...

Medeia Sharif said...

I love Tumblr and Pinterest. Tumblr has such lovely pictures and Pinterest is a great way to organize my favorite things.

Deniz Bevan said...

I agree, Medeia!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Dead Cold by Louise Penny
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • The Magician by Somerset Maugham
  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
  • The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (skimmed last third)
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
  • Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe
  • secret beta read!
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html