My Creative Detours

My first real experiment with what I could do in a solo format. It was the first thing I'd fully scripted and my first swipe at satire.

A little something fun for the new year: a little bit confessional, a little bit satire and a little bit digital chaos

  1. I type out notes that I will never search for nor use

  2. I spend two hours on YouTube looking for videos on note-taking apps to make sure that I have the best app for the notes that I will never search for nor use

  3. I change my mind a month later and switch to another note-taking app because they have released a new feature that I think will change my life and I spend a week copying notes from my old note-taking app into the new note-taking app

  4. I spend three hours on Medium reading articles about how best to organize my notes for optimal yield even though I will never search for nor use these notes

  5. I spend four days carefully tagging all my notes for all possible needs though I will never actually use nor search for any of these notes

  6. I decide to buy a notebook and spend an hour deciding on color and size

  7. I get lost for three hours on Pinterest looking at bullet journal tips

  8. I spend two hours watching videos on fountain pen ink

  9. I look at seven posts on Instagram

  10. I rearrange the apps on my phone

  11. I make myself a new wallpaper for my phone

  12. I make myself a new wallpaper for my iPad

  13. I've rearrange the apps on my phone to better accommodate the new wallpaper

  14. I reorganize my to-do app

  15. I go to YouTube to learn more about my to-do app

  16. I download three other to-do apps

  17. I spent an hour testing all of the apps against each other

  18. I decide I like another app more than the app that I'm already using

  19. I spent four hours moving all my tasks into the new to-do app 

  20. I defer all of my tasks for the rest of the day

  21. I do 30 minutes of yoga to stretch out the horrible cramping pain in my neck from obsessively using my phone for four hours

  22. I read about pinched nerves heart attacks and degenerative bone diseases on WebMD LIVESTRONG and the Mayo Clinic website

  23. I order chamomile on Amazon

  24. I look at three posts on Instagram

  25. I color code my index cards

  26. I reorganize my bookshelf

  27. I read 20 to 30 pages of a book about writing

  28. I YouTube ways to plot a novel and end up watching videos about backpacks

  29. I read pieces of 15 novels looking for a pattern

  30. I watch tutorials on iPad drawing apps

  31. I text message three friends about the Orville and The X-Files

  32. I lay on the bed and listen to 7 podcasts at 2 times speed

  33. I spend a month copying notes from old journals into the new one but this time in

  34. I realize that I don't like some of my cursive letters and I google images of cursive handwriting

  35. I practiced new lettering by writing the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog over and over in an old Mead spiral notebook

  36. I buy a new fountain pen on Amazon

  37. I give up on the cursive no copying after three weeks and go back to looking for note-taking apps that have handwriting recognition

  38. I have moved my novel from Scrivener to Ulysses to IAwriter and back to Scrivener

  39. I buy boxes for my index cards

  40. I look for paper to put in my typewriter but give up

  41. I do yoga

  42. I Google best ergonomic desk chairs

  43. I Google best ergonomic couches

  44. I Google new mattresses 

  45. I flip my mattress

  46. I text to friends about Radiohead and Björk

  47. I watch a cat video on Instagram

  48. I Google best cat food

  49. I do a 10 minute French lesson on Duolingo

  50. I create a list of things I want to do everyday, like exercise, meditate, do yoga, read for an hour, drink eight glasses of water, and do one French lesson on Duolingo

  51. I put this list into my to-do app and schedule it for every day

  52. I get annoyed after three days and start ignoring the notifications until I decide daily rituals need to be in a habit tracking app

  53. I spend two hours in the App Store reading reviews of habit tracking apps

  54. I download a habit tracking app and move my list from the to-do app into the habit tracking app

  55. I delete the habit tracking app after three days because it's too much pressure

  56. I read about Pomodoro Technique

  57. I consider researching Pomodoro apps but decide I can just use the timer built into my phone

  58. I decide Apple Notes is the best place for the notes I will never search for nor use and start copying them over before getting annoyed by the lack of tags

  59. I watche seven episodes of CSI while playing Bloons Tower-Defense on my phone

  60. I delete Bloons Tower-Defense from my phone

  61. I look at seven posts on Instagram

  62. I rearrange the apps on my phone

  63. I look at my podcast download numbers

  64. I open Instagram and end up watching videos of people cutting styrofoam with hot knives

  65. I print out my character sketches from Scrivener and spend 20 minutes looking for a manila envelope

  66. I watched six episodes of black and white Doctor Who and two episodes of The Golden Girls while playing Soda Dungeon on my iPad

  67. I delete Soda Dungeon from my iPad and watch one episode of Father Ted

  68. I sit down to write but my back hurts so I do yoga

  69. I write three sentences and then end up opening Safari and Googling Kabbalah references in Holocaust literature

  70. I check my email

  71. I click my Kindle Daily Deals email and browse books

  72. I Google ways to consolidate iBooks and Kindle book libraries

  73. I download ebook converters from risky websites

  74. I click a Pornhub ad and end up playing Candy Crush for 30 minutes

  75. I watch one of my old vlogs

  76. I watch one of Casey Neistat’s old vlogs—the one where he rescues the drone from the roof next door

  77. I record a video

  78. I delete it

  79. I go back to writing but end up rearranging the toolbar in Scrivener

  80. I post a picture of my laptop on Instagram with the caption hard at work

  81. I search for the hashtag #creativityquotes

  82. I look at the explore tab on Instagram and wonder why it's full of half-naked tattooed women, Spider-Man cosplay, and videos of people cutting styrofoam with hot knives

  83. I try to remember my Tumblr password

  84. I re-read Tuli Kupferberg’s “1001 Ways to Beat the Draft and circle number 17 “Replace your feet with wheels”

  85. I do yoga

  86. I delete my notes because I will never search for them nor use them

  87. I recover my notes

  88. I buy a different notebook

  89. I buy a fountain pen with a flex nib

  90. I buy a $250 backpack off of Kickstarter

  91. I text the link for the backpack to three friends

  92. I checked the status of my backpack order

  93. I download Mega Man on my iPhone, die five times in a row, and delete the app

  94. I download a new to-do app

  95. I turn on my XBbox, play Stardew Valley, Die in the mines, and turn off the console

  96. i try to cancel HBO

  97. I watch half of Fellini's 8 1/2

  98. I check the status of my backpack order

  99. I nap.


Season 1Chad Hall