I needed a name for a personal assistant to a company CFO. I thought, "Lois," or "Sue," but that sounded so typical.
I should make him a guy, I thought. That's original.
I remembered that Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock had a male assistant. What was his name?
I Googled: Jonathan! But wait, when I started to Google "Who is Jack Donaghy . . . " before I typed that apostrophe s and finished the sentence with "assistant," I'd noticed that one of Google's guesses was, "Who is Jack Donaghy based on."
I had to know! So I went back and clicked on that. As it turns out, Jack Donaghy was based on a composite of several TV network CEO's but a big part of Jack's character is Lorne Michaels.
Huh. Who knew? (Okay, I know. Probably everyone except me.)
But there were several other articles covering the topic of Jack Donaghy and 30 Rock and one of them was an interview with Tina Fey!
Obviously I had to read that.
Tina Fey is delightful. And I've just wasted maybe fifteen minutes on a question I'd answered 14 minutes and 55 seconds ago.
So, what next?
I could tweet about how I just wasted so much time, but I don't think I could get this down into however many characters Twitter allows. I could Facebook status it, but I'm staying off of Facebook until I've got five more pages written, so I guess it has to be a blog post.
And that is why writing takes so long.