10 Guilty Pleasures I Can – But Won’t – Live Without

by Alicia Sparks on November 15, 2011

Recently, Anne Wayman of About Freelance Writing posted One Writer’s Guilty Pleasures – a post I enjoyed so much that I bookmarked it and decided to respond here at WritingSpark.com with my list of guilty pleasures.

Up front, Anne admitted the idea for the post came from a lack of ideas, which led her to search “what should I blog about today?”, which led her to Chris Brogan’s 100 Blog Topics I Hope You Write (another post I just bookmarked).


Regardless of how Anne came up with the blog topic, I think having a few guilty pleasures – and being able to readily identify them – is important for freelance writers. (I feel as strongly about it as I do taking proper breaks and separating the nonworking parts of your day from the working parts.)

Too often we become so immersed in juggling our work with our other responsibilities (spouses, children, parental care-giving – what have you) that we forget, or let slide, or don’t even think about these kinds of things for ourselves.

When she was finished, Anne tossed the ball to us, and I thought, Hmm… Whether they cost money or time (both of which are pretttttty valuable), what are some of MY guilty pleasures?

If you check out Anne’s list, you’ll see we share some of the same.

Maybe it’s a writer thing? πŸ™‚

1. My camera

I love photography, and I love my camera. For all technical intents and purposes, it’s a simple point-and-click, but it’s got plenty enough bells and whistles for me and I paid handsomely for it.

2. Starbucks

I realize that some people hate Starbucks. They don’t like the taste, or the price, or – whatever. Personally, I love the taste of Starbucks coffee (as anyone who knows me will attest) and I don’t care to pay the price. I will buy a cup pretty much every single time I’m around one.

3. Undies

This is pretty self-explanatory, I think.

4. Psychological thrillers

I love books and movies that leave me with jaw hanging open thinking, “What the [bleeeeeeeeep]…?” and inevitably contemplating the meaning of existence for like, the next month.

5. Naps

If I can steal a couple of hours during the afternoon to curl up like a fat cat and fall out, I will do it. Every time.

6. Tangible Organizers

I know, I know, I know – these things aren’t the best choice for someone who gives a crap about the environment. Our phones, our laptops and desktops, our tablets – all these devices are equipped to handle various apps and software and even web-based programs to help us keep calendars, make lists, stay organized, etc.

Still, there are certain things I do better with paper, and organizing my schedule is one of them.

7. 3-Day Weekends

Many people who know me, know this about me. Labor Day? Memorial Day? Amateur.

It’s nothing unusual for me to call it quits on a Thursday and roll back into town on Sunday night. Sometimes I take half a day on Friday, then come home and start working again mid-Monday. It just depends. I have friends who live hours away, events to go to – hell, sometimes I just need a little extra time to work on something around my home.

I only do this when my schedule allows it, but, fortunately, I work my schedule so that it allows it a lot.

8. Harry Potter “Stuff”

I have a thing for collecting Harry Potter-related stuff. I’ve had to reign it in a bit lately due to storage and display issues, but I will snatch up a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans or a Harry Potter stationary set complete with a calligraphy pen or an adult-cover edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or a collector’s edition Movie Magic magazine in a heartbeat.

Well, no I won’t, because I already have all those things, but you get the idea.

9. My books

My hard copy (or paperback), tangible, I-can-turn-these-pages-and-even-put-this-on-a-bookshelf-when-I’m-done books.

10. Music

Music? A guilty pleasure? It shouldn’t be, for sure.

But when you plan long weekends for the sole purpose of catching a show, or plan your entire summer vacation based on one or two groups’ tour schedules – yeah, it’s a guilty pleasure. πŸ™‚

So, now what are some of YOUR guilty pleasures, writers?

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Anne Wayman November 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Love your response… naps are probably the highest on my list at the moment. Good, shade grown organic dark roast coffee is another. And cats, at least one.

Thanks for the post and the links

Alicia November 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Anne, & thanks for the idea!

As a side note, stray-cats-turned-permanent-residents are such a given in my life, it’s more like my lot in life than a guilty pleasure, ha! Not that I don’t love them to pieces πŸ™‚

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