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

  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 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)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • 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***
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • 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