When I should be writing

I would much rather play.  In fact, I would say that I have honed playing on the computer into a fine art.  On the off chance that there might be other kindred playmates among the boating writers and readers of this blog, let me share with you some of my favorite things to do on the computer when I should be writing.

Wordle– “Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word cloud‘ from text that you provide,” according to the text on the home page of this free site.  You can change the fonts, colors, sizes and input any words that you want.  This is just too cool and good for several hours as you input your book titles, boat names or, as in the case above, the names and tags from this blog. I think my Writeonthewater design above is worthy of a poster.

CatNED –  NauticEd’s Online Catamaran Maneuvering Game is totally addictive.  The first time I tried it, I managed to get a score of minus 2071 after 64 crunches and 37 crashes.  I knew I had to do better than that . . .

Band Name Generator –  This site does exactly what the name says, however, I have found it to be a marvelous swift kick to the brain as I am currently struggling to find a title for my WIP.  I discovered much to my amusement that you can continue giving it the same word over and over, and it spits out an endless supply of possible titles until you are laughing so hard you have to run to the head lest you pee in your pants.  You’ve got to try it!  I gave it the word submarine, and I got back these gems upon which I could not help but speculate on the possible cover copy:

  • Spanking Submarine — Hot tails of the new coed navy — bottoms up!
  • Considering Submarine And The Garlic — Miss Manners list of absolute faux pas.
  • Submarine Of The Probed Eleven — The year is 2054 and the SS. Nautilus is found adrift with the eleven members of the 1968 jury that vanished mysteriously from the Days Inn where they had been sequestered.
  • Submarine Yoga — For those who live in NYC or Tokyo studio apartments, the new micro fitness program.
  • Submarine Of The Junk — This tell-all memoir from a former TSA agent who describes his adventures down under.
  • Sprocket Of The Submarine Piss-ant — I think this one could only be a band, and I don’t think I’d download their music even on Free Music Tuesdays on iTunes.

Name that Tune – Actually, this site is called Midomi and it allows you to hum a few bars into your computer’s microphone after which it will tell you the name of the song.  Of course, you need this site to help you remember that song you’ve been humming all morning while you were trying to write, but once there, you cannot help but try a few rounds of “Stump the Computer.”

Macsailing.net –  I troll the Macsailing forums to learn about the latest and greatest new marine electronics and software and dream about what I’d like to add to my dream boat.

The Setup and MacAppStorm Mac Setups — These two sites satisfy my inner geek’s need to drool over office/computer setup porn.

Okay, now get back to work!

Fair winds!


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About Christine Kling

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I’ve written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When I was married, I helped my husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. After launching her, we sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we chartered for over two years. While in the islands, I received my 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, the first book was followed by CROSS CURRENT (2004) and BITTER END (2005). The fourth book in the series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007. At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, I took the motto of this blog to heart. I quit my day job as an English professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale (just when they offered me tenure, I said no thanks and took early retirement). I was living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I made from my books having parted ways with the big publishing establishment. I self-published two books on my own: a small collection of four short stories entitled SEA BITCH: Four Tales of Nautical Noir and my first stand-alone sailing thriller set in the Caribbean, CIRCLE OF BONES. In 2012 I was offered a publishing deal with Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint Thomas&Mercer and they reissued CIRCLE OF BONES. The sequel to that book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE came out in June 2014. And as for me, I'm no longer a singlehander on my little boat. I met Wayne Hodgins in 2013 and after a whirlwind Skype courtship, I flew to meet him in Fiji and we sailed a nearly 2000 mile passage to the Marshall Islands for our "first date." We now sail together aboard LEARNATIVITY, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.
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One Response to When I should be writing

  1. Hi and thanks for this. Really, I always welcome new ways to waste time! Not ! But I can’t wait to try Wordle. Also a more general commetn – what a like/tweet/sharing buttons on either the site as a whole or individual posts (even better). I’ve put you on my writing blog (sarahtanburn.wordpress.com) but would also have facebooked this page, for example.

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