I'll admit, I spend more time online than I should. Not that I have much free time, what with the writing and the husband and the dog and the kids and the volunteering and the...what was I making excuses for again?
I can't help myself. I'll log on just to check my email on the off chance my editor might have decided to drop a three book deal in my inbox (ha!), and before I know it naptime is over, the kids need a snack, the dog needs out, and I've found the snarkiest website devoted to book reviews ever!
Let's blame eHarlequin, shall we? Before I found eHarlequin to guide me on my journey from writer to author, I checked email and used the internet to get driving directions. Then I found an entire community of people with stories buzzing through their brains like hornets at a barbeque. It was like the mother ship calling me home!
Next came Romance Divas, another romance writers portal. Absolute Write, NaNoWriMo, CataRomance... though nothing compared to eHarlequin until The Pink Heart Society opened it's arms wide. I love category romance, it fits with my short attention span.
Now, I even talked my husband into ditching dial up so I could use the internet faster. It's how I research my books (look for my FinDaBoo report on point and click characterization coming soon), how I keep up on trends in the market, and how I procrastinate.
Blogging is my favorite procrastination activity. It's like having a cup of coffee with a girlfriend. Fine for the first half hour, but then, unless you brought Krispy Kreme, it's time to get home and get some work done. Forums are a tough one. You can get in and out with the information of the day in a quick five minutes...but then you want to check what's happening in a new thread and the next thing you know...you missed lunch. What about articles, free reads, travel sites, recipe searches, and searching out pictures of your secret crush? Not to mention using Google to find out what websites your name comes up on.
At least I'm not wasting my time playing internet games. (Sudoku anyone?) Now that I've paved the way, I think it's time we all confess. Where is your favorite place to hang out on the web?