NaNo? NoNo. with Xara X. Xanakas

November 10, 2015

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo participants this year, leave now. Seriously, come back next month. Why? Because today I’m going to waste your time.

For the rest of you, here’s some things to fill the time you’d normally spend interacting with your friends while they are writing like the wind. (Upside: the tons of new stories coming out of these dedicated individuals!)

“But Xara, what makes you qualified to talk about wasting time during NaNo?” you ask? Well, I am a four-time NaNo loser, two-time first day dropout and one time non-starter. Time Waster: Expert Level.

We can’t all spend our time doing nothing, but everyone needs some downtime every now and again. So, relax, unwind, grab a drink and a cookie, because we’re not coming up for air for a while. We’re going beyond the regulars (facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest…) and down some major time-sucking rabbit holes.

Pick up a(nother) hobby. Do some crafting. You can find literally thousands of free patterns out there for knitting, crocheting, and even basket weaving and Lego architecture. Or combine them: crochet a Lego blanket.

Did you know that there is actually a patent for a flame-throwing trumpet? Or a slightly different Advent Calendar – with a new condom behind each of the doors? (Overly optimistic or Challenge Accepted? You decide…) You could get lost (or inspired!) browsing through some Weird and Wonderful Patents or the Patently Absurd.

Some of those patents actually make it to production. Browse Yup That Exists or Shut Up and Take My Money for cool stuff you don’t really need.

Live vicariously through Texts from Last Night. (Or us some of them for prompts for your own NaNoNo.) Or find a new take on home repair at There I Fixed It.

Want to relax and read a little fanfic? Been looking for a story where Raoul hooks up with the Phantom instead of Christine? Archive of Our Own has it. No matter what you’re shipping, chances are, you’ll find it. Sterek is my poison. I have gotten lost for weeks (years?) in the astounding amount of creativity out there.

Or if you just want to wing it, The Useless Web will hook you up with a random time wasting site. Click away and have fun.


I started thinking about this post with the idea of just providing some fun time wasting sites, but it made me realize something. No matter what you are, or what you are into, remember: there is always someone else out there who enjoys the same thing as you, or is just as passionate about the same things you are. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.



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