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Sunday, May 04, 2014

CJ Carmichael: Wasting Time


What do you like to do when you have a few minutes—or an hour—to spare in your day? I’m talking about things that you do for pure enjoyment, not because they are good for you, or helpful to someone else. Just fun.


I confess I have a guilty pleasure…I like to play a game of spider solitaire in the morning before I dive into my writing. This is fine if I wrap up the game in 15 or 20 minutes. But those puzzles are diabolical and some take over an hour to solve! And I’ve been known to waste an entire morning because I didn’t want to give up…Grrrr!

What are some other time wasters I indulge in? Scrabble on my ipad. Scrolling through my Facebook feed. And what about movies and reading novels? I spend lots of time doing that. Does that count as wasting time?
I used to feel guilty about these indulgences. But I’ve been thinking about a quote that I used to dismiss. Seems to be it just might be true.


We can’t ignore our work and other responsibilities. But maybe we need to stop feeling guilty about the little pleasures we thinking of as “wasting time.”

To celebrate Bertrand Russell, and his wisdom, please tell me what you like to do that you consider “wasting time.” One random winner will be chosen to receive two box sets of romance novels containing, in total, 24 stories.  And just remember, when you’re relaxing and enjoying these romantic tales, you are not wasting time!

Happy Reading!
CJ Carmichael

P.S. (If you don’t win the Anthologies, or if you can't wait to start reading them, you can purchase BOTH collections for just $4. So not only will you not be wasting time, you won’t be wasting money either!) Hope everyone enjoys Mother’s Day Romance Bundle and A Sweet Life!




A Sweet Life: http://www.amazon.com/Fourteen-Contemporary-Romances-Bestselling-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00JGCK05S/ref=cjcarmichaelc-20

***The winner is Katie O'Connor! Please email totebag@authorsoundrelations.com with your details!***

17 comments:

Karen H in NC said...

I so agree with that statement....if you enjoy the time you waste...it's not wasted time! That goes for a good TV program, a good book or a game (ok...several) of solitaire.

Laney4 said...

Are your books only on Kindle? (I prefer paperbacks so I can leave them at the seniors' residence for others to read at their leisure.)
As for MY "time wasters", yes, Spider Solitaire ranks up there - right beside Free Cell. Then there's Mah Jong. Can't forget an oldie called "Free Bin Laden Liquor Store Game", just to vent my frustrations (you shoot at Bin Laden hiding in a liquor store).

Laurie G said...

I do check Facebook every morning. I love to play board games and play card games like Solitaire. I like to do crossword puzzles too. Spare time I knit.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I was doing Candy Crush... but then I got to a level that I can't get beyond... so now I just check FB...

CJ Carmichael said...

Glad you feel this way, too, Karen!

CJ Carmichael said...

Yes, I used to love Free Cell, too! Managed to give that one up. I'm afraid my latest books are all ebooks, yes. Though my latest, Good Together, is available as Trade Paperback on Amazon.

CJ Carmichael said...

Laurie, I love playing board games with my family. We love cribbage, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan and many more...

CJ Carmichael said...

Candy Crush--that's a new one for me, but I think I'd better not try it as I don't need further addictions! :)

Aimee said...

I do like to play Solitaire on my iPod when I'm without internet; if I have free wifi, I'm most likely on Facebook. I like Pinterest, but I don't lose track of time like I can on FB. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary Preston said...

I actually can't think of anything I do that I would consider wasting time. I have a book with me at all times, so even waiting around it not wasting time.

Laurie G said...

Love Settlers of Catan! We play cribbage, Sheepshead (Wisconsin card game), Money Card, Rummicub, Ticket To Ride...

Katie O'Connor said...

I'm a reader and a crafter. I crochet baby blankets and make quilts. But mostly, I read and read and read. I don't consider doing anything you derive pleasure from a waste of time, unless there is something pressing that must be done. And by must be done I mean life and death. Housework is not a necessity.

CJ Carmichael said...

Oh yes, Rummicub! We were introduced to that game by friends this winter! Love it!

CJ Carmichael said...

Oh yes, Pinterest is fun too isn't it? I like using it to picture characters and scenes in books I'm writing. But I like to call that "working". :)

CJ Carmichael said...

Oh my gosh Mary--good for you. Reminds me of something I read about Stephen King--he has a book on him at all times, too.

CJ Carmichael said...

Good attitude Katie!

Fedora said...

I admit, I love solitaire (I usually play Freecell)--at one point, I had to delete it off the computer because I was overly distracted ;) Clearly I need help focusing! :D