ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Viral Video Procrastination - A Writer's Dilemma

There's no end to the extent writers will go to not to write. The internet is at once the best and worst thing that ever happened to the daily life of an author. Forget the porn. Forget eBay. Even forget Facebook for a moment. None of them holds a candle to the power of viral videos. Here I share my five favorite, most often visited and absolutely ridiculous viral videos I can't not watch. Note that these aren't videos of people getting hurt. I can't watch those. These are just funny-stupid things that I enjoy watching when I'm not writing.

In fact, I'm supposed be writing this moment, but instead, I'm writing about not writing... now that's procrastination.

In no particular order...

I'm a Wizard! This is the newest one. There are several parts to this, but this one represents perhaps the best of it. When the girl, who is just so damned happily stoned, discovers that she's a wizard from Hogwarts, the look on her face is just perfect. I think this has less than 100,000 views, so perhaps it's pre-viral.

Odd German Girl Lip Sinking. I kind of feel like a perv when I watch this, but I don't watch because they're hot or cute or whatever. I watch because some weird part of me can't stop. Their names are Lynne and Tessa and they have a whole bunch of lip sincing videos. I don't watch them... just this one. I know. Lock your doors, I'm weird. On an interesting note, here's a video called The Rise and Fall of Lynne and Tessa which tells their story. Yeah. I watched it too. A couple of times.

Sitting on the Toilet. Now this one really disturbs me. I blame my friend Eunice... or was it Rain. Jesus God this is just a horrific video that I can't stop watching. You'll just have to see for yourself. It's only a 43 second video, but if you make it all the way through, you'll feel like it was hours. And oh yeah. If you watch it, that means you have joined me and 61,366,056 of my closest friends who have also watched it. How's that for a club.

Chocolate Rain. I know you've heard and seen this one. It's just so damn weird and cool at the same time. Note that this has over 79 million views.

The Mack Daddy of the All. And last but not least, Numa Numa. This has been seen over 700 million times, has been parodied by South Park and Spongebob, and has been voted as number one viral video by VH1. I have mixed feelings about this. One one hand, I love that the kid is just getting off and synching like mad. But on the other, I always glance at my web camera embedded in my monitor and wonder... are you really on? Is someone watching me?

Watch and enjoy.

But wait... aren't you supposed to be writing?

I know, right? Welcome to the procrastination zone.


  1. Oh no no no! I was upstairs writing like a good little writer and I came downstairs to all of you watching that video "Sitting on the Toilet."

    You can never imagine the depth of my WHAT?!? the hell when I caught all of you watching that video.

  2. That's not how I remember it. No way.