Long winter days and nights call for an evening of board games. If you're tired of Monopoly, Scrabble and Clue, maybe you'd like to try a new product I thought of recently.
First, select a game piece. You have your choice of small metal object: kindle, pen, coffee mug, laptop, or wine glass.
Next, examine the game board. Your goal is to get to the "Published Book" square at the end, but between the starting line and the finish line, the path is littered with setbacks.
Roll the dice and see how you do.
Oh no. You landed on "Spends Too Much Time On Facebook" and lose a turn.
Everyone else lands on things like "A friend brings dinner to your house so you have extra time to write. Move ahead 2,000 words." Or "You're in the zone and write 8,000 words without breaking a sweat."
Finally it's your turn again. You roll the dice and hope for a seven which would put you on "You Get a Five Star Review and an extra turn."
Sadly, you roll a six. "Someone gave your book a one star review and complained of 'all the spanking'. You whine about it on Facebook and to several friends, then drink too much wine. Lose another turn."
Geez. You're not getting anywhere.
But, you don't give up. You wait and take your next turn.
Woohoo. You land on a lucky square and get to draw from the Productivity Cards piled on the board. You take the top one. "Kids are at grandma's and your husband works late. You write 5,000 words and move ahead six places."
Oh yeah! Now you're cooking. Another lucky roll and you land on "Inspiration finally strikes in the shower. You write 2,000 words wrapped in a towel."
What a hot streak. You get another Productivity Card: "You realize that you can use a scene you deleted from something else. You find it buried in your hard drive, give it a couple tweaks and suddenly you're 8,000 words closer to your goal."
You can't wait for your next turn. You're just a few spaces from reaching "Published Book" and you know you're going to get there well ahead of your competitors.
Not so fast…you roll snake eyes and end up on "Your editor/critique partner points out a giant plot hole. Go back ten spaces and delete 5,000 words."
Even though it's frustrating, you just can't stop playing. It's the best game in the world.