Slack on, good people! (March 3 edition)
With less than 24 hours until the work week begins again, slacking time is at a premium. But for many of us, deciding exactly how to slack is in itself a huge time-suck. I can't be the only one who's spent literal hours on Netflix instant just looking for something to watch - and in so doing, cutting into my precious hours of do-nothingness.
So in order to help you out, here's my list of prescriptions of things to do on your last day of sitting around in your jim-jams, no showering or coiffing required:
(Warning: Dr. Bane is not certified or accredited by anyone. Much like Alice of Wonderland fame, consume the following at your own risk.)
FOR THE READERS...
We're going for time sensitivity and a maximum impact, so Dr. Bane recommends some Chuck Palahniuk for your mental health. Palahniuk is the genius behind Fight Club, and his other novels and short stories do not disappoint. I'm going to cast my vote for Lullaby, which is a darkly humorous (as with all things Palahniuk) and powerful, yet a lean 260 pages, perfect for an afternoon escape without setting foot outside.
FOR THE VIEWERS...
You'd probably have to have woken up earlier than this to fit in a full season of a TV show, so if you get on that at noon, be prepared to stay awake until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow. For those willing to take on the challenge, albeit in shorter form (thanks to the shorter seasons of British TV), Dr. Bane suggests delving into a season of Doctor Who BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING. I'm going to talk about it in the near future in this blog, so grab a friend and hop on into your own Time and Relative Dimension in Space for some timey-wimey awesomeness.
FOR THE GAMERS...
Dr. Bane has already voiced her opinion on Funcom's The Longest Journey earlier this week, so fire up Steam and get on that! For the console crowd, I'm going to recommend some of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 2, because there is no finer way to spend an afternoon than maxing out Monteriggioni, wandering the streets of old Firenze, and scampering up some scenic towers in search of treasure, feathers, and - of course - some good, old-fashioned Leaps of Faith. Just don't let Shpezio Auditore do his favored Leap of Splat, as that tends to dent the ol' morale along with your armor.
FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHERS...
Haven't busted out that camera in a while? Dr. Bane prescribes stalking your spouse/ children/ favorite pet to bone up on those National Geographic skills. There is no finer way to burn some calories and practice for the unpredictable nature of photo shoots than to lurk around your own house like a paparazzi creeper. And if you capture anything interesting (nothing naughty, ahthankyoukindly), be sure to tweet it to me @MediaHeathen!
FOR THE WRITERS...
If you're a little out of the habit, there's no better way to get those composition muscles back in shape than by arcing out a new story. The best writers analyze EVERYTHING, so do some research by consuming some of your favorite media and try to figure out what makes it tick. I covered some of that process myself in a couple posts earlier this week, so if you're a screenwriter, hop on over and check that out for a wee bit of guidance.
Really, though, gentle reader, just savor your non-productivity. And remember that the best slacking happens with friends, be they corporeal or invisible, so grab a buddy and get going on your own Slack-a-thon. Dr. Bane is telling you to make it so!
Don't forget to tune in to Pop, Drop, & Roll this upcoming week for some discussions about AC2, pop song mashups, why Jeff Probst is Survivor's mother goddess, and more!
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm received her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from U.C.L.A. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @MediaHeathen.