What is diversion? Amusement. Deflection. Departure. Detour, Digression. Distraction. Entertainment. Game. Hobby. Levity. Merriment. Recreation. Red Herring. Relaxation. Sport.
Yes. Yes. And definitely, yes. I can do all of these. I am a master of doing whatever it takes to not start work. Work being writing, of course. Something we all adore. So, why would any writer call up these diversions in order not to do this thing we love to do?
Perversity, that’s why.
Amusement. Writing these blogs, for example.
Deflection. Surely the printer is out of ink, go to the store and buy.
Departure. A friend just called. Wanna see a movie? Out the door in 20 seconds.
Detour. The fridge is on my path to my office. Chocolate pinwheels cry out to me.
Distraction. Oh, my, the brown pelicans are gliding past my window. How lovely.
Entertainment. Drop dead Diva. Masterpiece Theater. Lost reruns. Shameless. Dexter. Antique Roadshow. Movies I scripted (such as Women in Chains--see the promo below. These women need a little diversion themselves!). Etc. etc. etc.
Game. The crossword puzzle awaits. Always comes first.
Hobby. Reading, of course. I must finish that mystery. Only five more pages to go.
Levity. Going to lunch with other writers, laughing at not being at the computer.
Merriment. Telling old age jokes. Seventy year old Sadie walks into the rec room carrying a large purse. She faces the old guys playing cards. I’ll have sex with the guy who can guess what’s in my purse. Al says, an elephant. Sadie says, close enough.
Red Herring. I will quickly scribble some notes, pretending they will go into The Book.
Relaxation. Ah, a needed nap and then, of course, I’ll get to work.
Sport. Sport? Are they kidding? Me? Not in this lifetime. Oh, they must mean watch a sport. The Giants are playing the Dodgers. Stop and watch. Only takes up three hours.
Hey, admit it, what are your diversions?