Post by Jenny
I don’t know what it is about top ten lists, but I love them. Put ten items on a list, and I’ll read it. (Maybe I watched too much David Letterman in my younger years.) As you may imagine, Time Magazine’s The Top 10 Everything of 2010 has me in list heaven. End-of-the-year lists are the best, and this one is a very comprehensive compilation. If you missed Frankenfish, Release the Kraken, Jon Stewart v. Rick Sanchez, A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Vatican and Homer Simpson, Sing-a-ma-jigs, and the completion of the world’s longest tunnel, you’ll find them all here. And more. Much, much more.
I know I recently posted a top ten list, but I couldn’t resist putting together a Top Ten of 2010. I considered “Top Ten Culinary Mishaps,” “Top Ten Immovable Objects On Which I Painfully Stubbed My Toes,” and “Top Ten Trends That Made Me Feel Old.” But since this is a blog for writers, I decided on “Top Ten Activities (Some Necessary, Some Not) That Interfered With My Writing Time in 2010.” (I know, the title needs work.)
10. Laundry. It…never…ends.
9. Twitter/email/ blog comments. They’re short communications, yes, but it’s a cumulative thing.
8. The Sunday Crossword. I justify spending half the day on it by telling myself it will delay my dementia.
7. A&E’s reality series Hoarders. It’s horrifying and the worst kind of TV voyeurism. But it has redefined how I feel about my stuff.
6. Exercise. I like to exercise. I do. But an hour a day takes up a lot of time. I want a machine that will move my limbs while I sleep. And a bigger bed, for my husband’s sake.
5. Daydreaming. I hang out in my own head a lot. Sadly, there’s no clock there.
4. Reading. This is imperative for all writers. But I can’t write while I read. If you’ve figured out how, let me know.
3. The internet. From cutting-edge science to Cakewrecks…the internet is quicksand for my brain.
2. Food Shopping, aka “good heavens, didn’t I just buy cereal?” Despite my best intentions, we’re always out of something.
And my very favorite activity that interfered with my writing time this year, one I wouldn’t change for anything:
1. Talking to my sons. I’m sure I was not nearly as interesting when I was a kid.
What’s on your Top Ten List for 2010?