World of Warcraft is the Bane of Productivity!
Wednesday September 7, 2011 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging
I have to come clean. I’m addicted to World of Warcraft. That’s the first step, right? Back before I started writing my novel, I mean years and years before I pretty much didn’t do anything productive with my free time. I played Massive Multiplayer Online games. I’ve played a lot of them, starting with the old Neverwinter Nights game on AOL, Meridian 59, Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest 2 and then the mother of all of them … World of Warcraft. That’s not even all of them but you get the idea. I played WoW for probably close to 4 years then finally tired of it and started writing in my spare time instead. I can’t tell you how good it made me feel to do something at least semi-productive with my “free” time.
But I did it. A few weeks ago I went back in to WoW to try the new expansion. My kids did it first, then my wife and she said it was fun. One of my coworkers, who plays a lot, said it was fun.
It is fun. Now I’m hooked again. I make plans to spend a good part of the day writing or editing and decide just to pop in to do a quick quest and next thing you know the day is gone. Somebody help me!
As an aside, we took our daughter to college a few weeks ago and set her free. She came back this past weekend, but you all know how that goes. =)
I passed my Air War College test, but it took them 6 weeks to grade the last test and it shot my timeline all to hell, so I won’t be getting promoted on this upcoming board. It’s not their fault, I started way too late. I’ll have it done for next year, so now I can throttle back a bit and actually try to finish editing my book and maybe get in some new writing too. I have some ideas for the sequel that are forming, and I need to get those down, if I can just stay away from WoW. It’s got a very strong pull, but at least I can recognize that I have a problem and there is no such thing as just a little WoW for me. I haven’t
bathed been keeping up my blog or twittering much either, but I’ll making an effort to put it behind me. I hope you are all having a much more productive week!