31 October, 2010
If you are a Firefox user (PC) and a Nano-er, Leechblock is an excellent tool for providing a proverbial slap on your hand for wasting time online in all the millions of ways there are to waste time.
All you have to do is install it as an add-on to your Firefox browser and then configure it to block your time-wasting websites for specific hours of specific days or beyond a certain amount of time each of those days - your choice.
I have it blocking Facebook, Phantasy Tour, CNN and other mind-numbing websites and message boards that could prevent me from stacking up 50,000+ words in the next month.
I can override it if necessary but I will use that ability only in the event of a surprise Phish show or terrorist act.
'Twas the day before Nano and all through the house
The piles of clothing lay strewn all about.
The dishes - none rinsed - lean, waiting to be cleaned.
My hope is to give them all one last shiny gleam.
For come the next morning, my time'll be taken
With plot and character and themes, not baking.
For the next 30 days, my ass will be planted
In front of my laptop, as I make myself candid.
The novel this time will be dear to my heart,
about a daughter I'd have had if I had played the part.
So to wrap up this abomination
Let me just say
It's Nano time once more
And I am once more excited to play.
(Jesus, good thing I'm not using my 50,000 words for poetry.)