Guilty Pleasures: Streaming Media

Writers write, and so when we are supposed to be writing we should be…writing? Nah. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that when I KNOW my butt is supposed to be in the chair I am finding something- anything– else to do. The name of the game is procrastination.  I do it well.

So I bring you a new feature for the blog: Guilty Pleasures. It’s not quite as naughty as it sounds. These are just the things that I am openly going to share with you that I’ve found throughly distract me from doing what I know I’m supposed to be doing: which is , of course, writing.

Today’s installment is my #1 offender. For something that entered my life so recently (just the last 2 years or so) it has become completely embedded in my life. I have to make deals with myself to stop the madness.

I love me some Netflix. Or Hulu Plus. Or Amazon Unlimited Instant Videos (in a real pinch when I can’t find it on Netflix or Hulu Plus.) Suddenly, I can relive the grand old sitcoms of yesteryear while catching up on all of my current primetime favorites. I am no longer required to be at home at a certain time every week to enjoy some tasty goodness of my favorite show. In fact, there is talk in my house of canceling cable TV altogether and going completely online. (Oh the horrors!)

I get to watch what I want to watch whenever I want to watch it. I can watch it on my iPhone during my commute. I can watch it on my TV. I can watch it on my laptop in bed. I can watch it on my iPad on a plane. It’s like I’m a god.

Until the wifi connection goes from warp speed to a snail’s pace anyway. You may wonder what I’m watching that causes me to lose these precious hours of writing time. Well, that’s another post for another day.

Until then, I have banished all streaming media from my life until Shadows Deep is finished. If I didn’t, I would be sitting here watching… something and my manuscript would never get done.

Streaming media: can you live without it?

(photo credit: Tony Crider)