Well, I guess this blog would be number 7.
I knew you would read this. Who wouldn’t? We all LOVE to waste time. Maybe not LOVE, but we creative types at least love to HATE it. But we all do it. So, this blog post is about just that.
For the first time in months, my daughter was away form home this week. I had expectations of totally getting a ton of shit done. This was my checklist of things to do…
Finish writing Black Market Blood Drive
Write more Dandyman chapters for the newsletter
Finish Creep Creak Creature the new Slasherton book
Put together a new marketing strategy
Blog a bunch
Edit some films
Clean the house
The list went on and on.
NONE OF THOSE GOT DONE
Instead, I used my home alone time to completely veg out which was not the plan at all!
I was really pissed off about throughout the week until I realized that everything I was doing was in fact helping my career and helping me to get some of this stuff done.
So here is the 6 ways to PRODUCTIVELY waste time completely…
1. NETFLIX – Look, there really isn’t a lot good on net flex streaming right now, or, I have watched everything that I wanted to watch. But something that is always amazing to go back and watch is probably the best sitcom ever made, Fawlty Towers. John Cleese is amazing in this and the writing is so smart and the wit is so freaking quick. Basil Fawlty is my hero in a lot of ways. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I posted a great montage of Basil clips to my twitter page @creepersin a couple days ago.
Fawlty Towers is inspiring to anyone who writes anything that they hope will make people laugh.
2. Books – I have been reading quite a few things without even realizing that I had been reading anything! I would just sit for moment and then hours later I found that I had been reading! SHOCKER!
I have been reading a great non fiction book about slasher films called Teenage Wasteland or it’s american title
It is written by Justin Kerswell and not only does this tome have great information, but it is a beautiful book to look at. It has so many great photos and poster art from around the world, it just pulls you in.
If you are a fan of the slasher film genre, you NEED this book! Plus, Justin is a great guy.
I was also reading a great book on marketing called
by a guy named Tim Grahl. This book is great and what makes it even better is how simple all the logic is in this book. I’m half way through and already have learned so much and seen results of things in there that i put into practice just days ago. I highly recommend it.
3. Podcasts – Now here is where my trip into the productive oblivion started. There are so many great podcasts that I listen to but today I’m only going to share the ones I listened to this week.
The Hysteria Continues – Justin from Teenage Wasteland hosts this amazing cast on the slasher film with Eric, Nathan and Joseph (from the body count continues website). Full of great information and chemistry the four of these guys have is priceless.
On a side note, Justin was a guest on my giallo podcast, giallociaociao.com, this week and we talked about Umberto Lenzi’s film Eyeball. Good stuff.
The Self-Publishing Podcast – These guys are hugely influential on me and anyone who is seriously interested in writing should listen. Johnny, Sean and Dave are successful, funny and are about to embark on a quest that can change the way authors crowd fund, so check it out soon!
Rocking Self Publishing – Simon Whistler hosts this weekly show where he has successful authors come on and talk about what is working for them. Every show is different and every show is great.
I found two new shows that are short and great. One is The Author Hangout hosted by bookmarketingtools.com that has some cool stuff and the other is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral of the Author Marketing Club and Bryan Cohen who wrote
(which is free on amazon by the way). Both of these shows are great and I got a ton out of them.
Lastly, my buddy The Phantom Erik that I do Giallo Ciao Ciao with, has two other shows that he does that are really good. 100 Years of Horror, where he has been going going through each year of horror cinema and talking about a film. He’s in the late 80’s now so catch up and then he has a wrestling podcast which is just hysterical (if you are a wrestling fan of course) called Wrestling With Friends.
4. Music – I have been listening to a few different things this week. Christian Death’s Catastrophe Ballet, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees David Bowie and a bunch of giallo soundtracks by the likes of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai.
Music inspires me and it sets tone for the things that I write. It is crucial for me to discover things that I want to write to.
5. Hulu – Now, I have been really down on Hulu for a long time. But there have been a lot of really good shows on there from the UK that takes Netflix FOREVER to get. Two of the best newer shows on there that netflix finally DID get are Sherlock and Luther. If you haven’t seen those yet, stop reading this and check those out. They are really amazing shows. In fact, Luther has probably one of the best and original relationships I have ever seen in it.
But, what I have been watching on Hulu this week was the UK version of Life on Mars and the series that continues it, Ashes to Ashes. Life on Mars takes place in the 1970’s and is amazing in it’s detail. It lasted two seasons and I believe it was only 12 or 16 episodes in total. Ashes to Ashes on the other hand starts in 1981 and honestly is probably one of the best shows that I have seen that is a modern look at the 80’s without being completely tongue in cheek. The music on both shows is great and both named after Bowie tracks. Plus Gene Hunt is pretty damn cool.
6. Newletters – I have been subscribing to a lot of mailing lists and newsletters that are really freaking good. One of the best ones that I have found is by Austin Kleon. In fact, his last newsletter was the inspiration of this post. Austin wrote a couple books on creativity
He was a keynote speaker at this years SXSW. Click HERE to see his lecture. It is great, funny and mostly inspiring.
So at the end of the day, if this is what you are doing instead of getting any work done, it might not be that huge of a waste of time.