My new book, You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People ($12.95, Welcome Books), is more good news for my fellow procrastinators.
As John Perry explained in his guilt-relieving guide to avoiding work, the key is to do something productive while not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, an important skill in this dog-eat-dog world.
Of course, like all right action, it’s easier done in contemplation. You’re My Dawg only happened after there wasn’t any more laundry to do, I couldn’t stand looking at my beaten up investments one more time, had forbidden myself the Internet, and I realized the people I wanted to waste time with on the phone have lives. What I was so diligently not doing was completing my now-finished new novel, Corrupted Humours. During the dog days I started taking long walks in the woods where it was cooler and where I could pretend I was working out issues of plot and character, and usually ended up thinking about neglected chores or my bad investments, but one day started making lists of dog terms in my head. Continue reading