TBT: Procrasti-writing…

And this is how we’re rolling for Throwback Thursday — #tbt — this first Thursday in January.

And this is how the term Procrasti-writing came into being.

First posted January 27, 2009

So, yesterday I posted my burning question for the day. It was — What is your most desperate act of procrastination? The bottom of the barrel? The last resort?

I rolled out with rolling pennies, and invited others to divulge their procrastinating ways. In the comments section I found: rooting for worms, alphabetizing things, obsessively cleaning, and one comment that began: let S be the set of activities — at which point, my eyes glazed over. Just kidding! That be my favorite.

So, Keziah Fenton — a writer who knows how to have fun, a lover of all things Gerard Butler, dog mama to Ky, best friend forever — and I were on Google Chat later in the evening talking about her rooting for worms and she said, “Yeah. Procrasti-writing.” I’m paraphrasing here, because I’m pretty sure “yeah” isn’t in Keziah’s vocab. That be an Elenism. Just sayin’.

I said, “Okay. I’m stealing that term. I’m making it a category on my blog.” So, with her blessing, that is what I have done. It’s now in my category cloud. This is the first procrasti-writing post. Really. We’re co-sharing the term, just like the 20-somethings are co-buying real estate, becoming cohos — communal homeowners.


Here it is.

Keziah says!

procrasti-writing — you know how that goes: the Word document is open while you clean the house, rearrange furniture, file recipes, brush the dog, scoop the yard — anything but write, but tell everyone you are.

And, of course, we have to add: penny rolling, alphabetizing, obsessive anything, and developing equations to limit your procrastinating ways.

My favorite part, and the key I think, to procrasti-writing is the last line. What do you think? Any procrasti-writers out there? Dish.

Today you got a twofer. That’s not going to happen again. Probably. Maybe. Unless, I’m procrasti-writing.

Thank you, Keziah.


Rollin’, rollin’, rollin. Keep those throwbacks rollin’…

Oops! Wrong song.

Or would those be throws back?

Is it quittin’ time yet?


Note: This image is a licensed, royalty-free image from iStockPhoto.com. No poaching, please.

12 thoughts on “TBT: Procrasti-writing…

  1. What about flipping the tables (not to procrastinate, but i suppose that would be one way)? Sometimes I write to put off doing other things. Like cleaning. Or making supper. Or bathing the kids. You know, important stuff. But if I want to put off writing I do that other stuff I said. I match socks to put off writing. Except, most of the time, my socks don’t match. Sorry for the rambling comment. I’m procrastinating reading other’s blogs.

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  2. I am a HUGE procrasti-writer! Because the short-term hit of endorphins I get from a shiny sink or a pile of freshly folded laundry far outweighs the anxiety of that blank screen. You know you’ve hit a low when you “reward” yourself with housekeeping chores if/when you make it to 500 words.

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