Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Things I've Done in 15 Minutes or Less

Some of the things that I've done in 15 minutes or less over the last couple of days:
  • Buried Barry Pepper, a gentle teddy-bear hamster who was a favorite of my daughter, in a Lipton Tea box. I even broke a new shovel trying to dig under a root, but I was racing to beat the rain and managed to get the job done.
  • Drove to drop off the minivan to replace a cup holder that won't slide back in.
  • Created temporary file folders for and filed about 100 papers in my filing cabinet
  • Ate a ham and Baby-Swiss sandwich on wheat bread, pistachio nuts, carrot sticks and drank a Coke.
  • Made calls to schedule haircuts for me and the boys, check on class enrollment for my November 18th 15-Minute Writer class, and harass my buddy Matt about picking up my wood stove to take it to get the door welded.
  • Play one campaign game of Blitz: The League on my PS2, as the Columbus Crushers, destroying the Arizona Outlaws 37 to 20.

Oh, and signed up for NaNoWriMo, where I'm not going to write my novel but a combination of 50,000 words of this proposal and the book itself.

Knocked out chapter summaries for 15 and 16 today.


Alan Stange said...

So the thing is to write for 15 minutes then stop? Interesting.

Michael said...

Not necessarily. The 15 minute part is just to get you started and give you a deadline. You try to write as much as you can in 15-minutes and at the end stop if you want to... if you are on a roll, by all means keep going. But sometimes it is a good idea to stop after the 15 minutes even if you are on a roll, because you'll know exactly where you will start the next time.