Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How David Could Write 42 Hours A Week

Using the power of Spreadsheets! to reveal how lazy I am. (Use the scroll bars...)

A spreadsheet of what I apparently actually do instead of Writing would be just depressing, so I didn't make one. Still, this is going to become reality even if I have to punch myself in the face.

On the theory that a punch in the face is an elegant solution to most any problem.


There's something inherently pleasant about a stupid chart. I'm not sure what it is, but it's at least more fun than Sudoku.

Also, now I want to play Pac-Man.

1000 words? Yes
Book "Lived Too Long to Die"
Short Story "Science Up Some Love" - finished
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Reading - ?



  1. Haha. Yeah, well, you've only got room for an hour of Internet and a few hours of parddyin' in there. We all know that ain't happening.

    I used to be pretty hard on myself in terms of time-spent-writing, but now I must be down to, like, an hour a day at most. That's not really a good thing, but I'm far less stressed, and the quality of my production (most of the time) flies in the face of the Smithsonian "quantity has no effect on quality." I therefore am revising my adherence to Certain Maxims.

    But, nonetheless... I, like you, wish I weren't so lazy. Here's to the future!

  2. Ah, I've made spreadsheets like these in the past. They don't work as well during school time though, in which case to do lists usually help me better.

  3. I could totally do that. If I didn't have kids or a dayjob. :D But I also have a love for spreadsheets. The clarity... the colors... the organization. An "at-a-glance" of your life. It's calming.

  4. Ben: I've got the weekend to party! Or, if nobody's partying (an unlikely event) to write more and get rich.

  5. Yeah...I admit that this is a much more plausible chart for a (mostly) unentangled person like myself who has finished university. I didn't write during university, I was too busy Learning How To Rule The World. This has proven surprisingly salable on the int'l job market.

    Most of this disentanglement is deliberate, though. I don't remember where I read it, but I recall the aphorism: "This isn't 'have-a-balanced-life' advice, this is 'have-a-writing-career' advice". I'm grabbing on by the coattails and I'm not letting go until I can afford the coat.


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