Saturday, December 5, 2009

those darn games!

Okay, I admit it. I’m an addict. I can’t get enough of my “fix” every day. I use it as a procrastination tool instead of writing, I use it when I’m talking on the phone just to keep my hands busy, I use it as a sleep aid at night to make me drowsy.

What is my addiction? Those silly, little, web-based arcade games. You know them. Bejeweled, Peggle, Jewel Quest, Dynomite. And when I get bored with those, there are always the Spider Solitaire, Free Cell and plain-old Solitaire to play. I’ll sit down at the computer, ostensibly to check my email, and decide to play “just one game” to relax with. An hour later my rear end is asleep and my mouse fingers are freezing and I’m still playing.

So there you have it. My guilty little secret. Those darn games suck me in every time. Granted, because they take so little brain power, the rest of my mind is busy turning over new story lines or working out a bit of dialogue between my hero and heroine. The story file is almost always open just underneath the game window. I’ll write for a while, play for a while (and think), then write for a while.

Of course, my husband always walks in when I’m on the “play for a while” moment…he thinks I don’t write at all. That I just play games every time I tell him I need to get some writing done. How does one explain that one is actually writing even though it just LOOKS like I’m playing Dynomite for the twenty-seventh time this hour?

That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. How about you? Have a favorite game/time-waster? I’m always on the lookout for new ones…


s7anna said...

I'm completely addicted to my Google Reader...I like have to check it ALL THE TIME!!! I can't stay away...*sigh*

Happy Reading
Anna Shah Hoque

Lynn LaFleur said...

Bricks Breaking on Yahoo games. I could play that for hours. When I get stuck on my book, I'll sneak over and play a game or two. Or ten. :-)

Hmm, now that I think about it, I haven't played for a few weeks. I'd better go over there and make sure I haven't lost my touch.


Diana said...

LOL Lynn! Wouldn't want to lose those valuable brick breaking skills, now would you?

Ahh...Google Reader...another way to spend HOURS of time!

Of course, commenting on blogs is another good way to avoid writing...


Cait Miller said...

I don't play any internet games. Twitter is still my favorite time waste :P I avoid the games because I KNOW I would be easily hooked.