Our weekly workload is usually three columns, a daily blog (which is technically not work), plus assignments, our journal and whatever fiction we’re working on. Making it easy to meet the 1,000-word daily quota prescribed by Graham Greene, who knows all about writing in volume.
Last week we had to write two columns, two articles, and five profiles for a book we’re writing, plus journal and blog (No fiction was written last week, unless we count our columns). We know from experience that it takes three to four hours of “doing nothing” i.e. hanging out with friends, watching movies and videos, reading books in coffee shops, walking, playing with the cats, general vegetation to generate the energy and focus to produce one hour of work. This sounds like an excuse but it is based on decades of empirical evidence.
So we watched three seasons of Community.
Created by Dan Harmon (who was kicked off his own show), Community takes a group of characters who look like stereotypes, puts them in seemingly stereotypical situations, then gets meta on everything. It is bizarre, self-referential, crammed with pop culture parodies, geeky and often hysterically funny. It has reenactments, alternate timelines, Dungeons and Dragons/Doctor Who universes and Ken Jeong who is his own species of crazy. An episode which seems to spoof Pulp Fiction spoof is really a parody of My Dinner With Andre. The destruction of a science experiment leads to a brilliant Law and Order satire: Basic Lupine Urology.
And we had to watch all these in order to get our work done. (We met all our deadlines so eat your lectures, anti-procrastination types.) Meta-procrastination!