Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Productive Procrastination at Its Best

My RRJ feature was due in a little under six days, and I was on the phone with Carla discussing some last-minute fundraiser details, when Carla passed the phone to Jesse. "You know that story you wrote two years ago about Scrabble players? My feature writer for this week fell through. . ."

I cut Jesse off. "It's unpublishable. I wrote it in second year. And it's only 600 words. How many words do you need?"

"About 1200-1500. Or 1000, and I'll just do something with graphics."

"By when?" Feature writers usually get two weeks to write a story. I knew I was only going to get a week.


My humming and hawing lasted for about 30 seconds while Jesse kept insisting that I shouldn't feel pressure to write him a feature. But the decision was easy.

"My RRJ feature is due on Monday. I'll do it."

I love nothing more than a good excuse to procrastinate.

Click on the photo above to read PDF version of the story.

Or for those of your who don't like interesting visuals, you can also read it here.


  1. Nicely done Jess.

    I think you maybe starting some sort of sub-culture erotica with men and women that have words attached to their foreheads....

    Whats Alex's favourite word?

  2. Have you tried the raw agave?

    Christmas party at our place or yours?

  3. Humourly enough, agave was one of my favourite scrabble words I've played. It may even be recorded in the history of this blog.

  4. I still maintain that you shoudln't be able to use words that you don't the definitions for. And so until you learn the definition for every word on your cheat-sheet, I'm going to continue my protest your use of them.

    Therefore, there will be no Lockhart Family Scrabble Game until further notice.

    Also, this is an awesome picture. If made my laugh. A lot. Like lol. Except, I didn't just type lol, I actually did lol.

  5. Yeesh. I need to learn to proof-read my comments. Grammar problems galore!

  6. I couldn't agree more with the picture comment, Andrew (minus the grammatical errors, of course). However since it seems that I will be joining you for Christmas again this year, I pretty much demand that there be a family Scrabble game. I've been practicing, you know.

  7. Anonymous12:46 AM

    loved your story Jess. you make me want to add the Scrabulous option to my Facebook, even though I have a pact with myself never to add the extra applications.

  8. Thanks Jen! It's actually the only application that I have. Plus, the creator was so sweet. I don't think he's trying to scam me over Facebook. And if he is, I know where he lives. . .or, I know his phone number, at least.

  9. Anonymous5:13 PM

    i am officially addicted and i blame you lol
    I am playing it on, not via Facebook, and it's all I want to do. AHHHHHH
    We should plan a Scrabulous date so I don't have to play against the robot who uses words that don't exist 110% of the time. That or throw an actual Scrabble party. I'm counting on you.

  10. That is an awesome picture.