2018 – Here we Go

pexels-photo-261617How is your year going now that it is a week old? Are you still maintaining your resolutions, assuming you made them, or have you already failed? I hope it is going well.

I can’t tell you how my year is going because it is still 2017 as I write this. As I said, about a week ago, I am not doing resolutions per se but one thing I do want is to post more here. And to do that I am going to start write posts earlier and schedule them.

This means that I am always ahead and so, effectively, I have more time for longer posts. One thing I hope I have done is maintain my journal. I have bought a couple of journals from Paperchase – they include prompts and inspiration so it is more than just a blank page.

By the end of the year I should have pages on my thoughts and feelings. So I need to make sure that the year is filled with interesting stuff and the journal isn’t just: Went to work. Came home. Watched TV. Went to bed too late and din’t get enough sleep.

Do you keep a journal? And if so do you sometimes find it difficult to find stuff to fill the pages with? I would be interested to hear your experiences.

See you next week.

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Resolutions 2018

pexels-photo-634694 Every year many people make New Year’s Resolutions. And every year many have failed them by January. I am honestly not sure if I am going to bother to make them this year as I am one of those people who tends to fail – despite the best of intentions.

I am sure that I don’t want to commit to anything here – then I would be accountable! Joking aside I think it is better to have a general direction rather than specific goals. That might be a cop out but there it is. I want to be published. That has been the dream for a long time and I really need to aim at that. I need to focus on short stories.

The there is the gym. The gym is… well I am not sure what. A necessary evil? Yeah. I’m going to go with that. I don’t like the gym, not really, pexels-photo-136409but I know how much good it does me. And I will, in theory, keep going and start to go more often for that reason alone.

The other thing is to find love. That is nebulous and, arguably, not really a goal as it relies on another to be realised. Nevertheless it is the thing that is constantly on my mind.

So if you are making resolutions this year then I wish you the best of luck with them – and I hope that you can, at the very least, keep at them beyond January.

Whatever you are doing for new year have a wonderful time the next time I write here it will be 2018. Isn’t that a strange thought?

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Merry Christmas

christmas-claus-cute-gift-41665 Merry Christmas to you. I hope you are in for an amazing day ahead. Soon it will be time for presents and more food than a human should really be eating in one sitting but that is Christmas for you.

And yes I am using the same picture as before – it is a nice picture. Even if I am more interested in the woman than the present! Please don’t be offended by that remark. And if I saw her on the street I would total fail to invite her to coffee because I am too nervous.

For the last few years, I have not really known what I wanted for Christmas. It is one of the curses of adulthood. You end up having basically everything you need, or being able to afford it, or it being too too expensive to ask for as a present. Thus making Christmas lists is hard. In a few minutes I will know what mum and dad came up with and discover if they liked the presents that I got for them. That part of Christmas is always a bit nerve racking for me.

Soon new year will be upon us. It will be time to start to think about resolutions. I didn’t do at all well with last years and this year only one comes to mind right now: find love. A resolution that is doomed.

So… Happy Christmas everyone!

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Christmas – 2017

christmas-claus-cute-gift-41665 Christmas is just around the corner. And once again it is a strange holiday because it seems to have the ability to sneak up on you despite the fact that it is in the same place each yeah.

I think I am as ready as I will ever be for Christmas. I enjoy family time, the giving and receiving of gifts, but the enforced jollity is not for me. To quote Mr Worf. ‘I am not a merry man.’

So I hope you enjoy your Christmas, Hanukkah, or wherever else you may be celebrating. And Happy new year to you all too.

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Done!

Hands Typing Typewriter Ancient Retro Classic Keyboard I have just validated my novel. Yes 50,000 words written in a month. This is only the beginning of course and many cuts will have to be made – and maybe the story isn’t even any good.

Nevertheless a story exists now that did not before and now all that remains is to finish it… more words and edit; edit; edit.

After all as someone wise once said: ‘You can’t edit a blank page!’

Woo hoo!

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Nanowrimo 2017 – Half Way

pexels-photo-261510 It has been more than a fortnight since I last posted. That is because I have been working on Nanowrimo.

Juggling my writing, work, housework, and food is not easy. This is part of the reason the washing up has rather piled up in the last few days, why my flat is even more of a mess, and why I had a wired meal just now of: steak, a bell pepper, and Doritos. I have to leave for work in about an hour so I really should snap to it – by it I mean washing up – met writing target for today.

The novel is going well. One of the chapters is at nearly 15,000 words. For the finished piece I’ll have to edit it to at least seven chapters. The point is it is going well. That is due, in a large part, to drawing inspiration from my own life. Write what you know. Am I write?

I have a week off next week so the target will be reached. Here’s to the final push!

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Nanowrimo – 2017

pexels-photo-261510 Nanowrimo is almost here. And once again I am going to attempt this rather difficult feat.

Last year I failed to meet the 50,000 word target. Also Thor, my laptop, died right near the end of it. I lost none of my work though as I have backups of everything.

I still haven’t finished that novel. I have several unfinished novels. I know that that isn’t good. I still enjoy the process of writing. Beginnings are always fun. In those moments you create a new world. After the first few chapters it is easy to become a little lost. It is like when playing with toy soldiers as a child: I’m not sure I ever did but it works for a metaphor. green plastic toy soldiers

When playing such games we imagine the great battle, the establishment of a beachhead, and the destruction of enemy forces.

We rarely play the aftermath. There are computer games for the Battle of Britain. They don’t make computer games where you have to work out the minutiae of the Paris peace treaties.

A novel is still a tall order but one I feel I will achieve some day.  The words ‘some day’ are a curse but there they are.

This year I am going to attempt something a little different. I won’t be working in my usual genera but in romance.

1280px-Narrowboats-at-tardebigge It will be about a lonely man who lives on a narrowboat and finds love. It is a story that has been brewing in my mind for a while.

I have no solid idea of exactly what is going to happen in the story but I am excited to see where it goes.

If you are attempting Nanowrimo this year I wish you the best of luck. See you on the other side.

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The narrowboat picture is from: 

Norman Rogers

en:Narrowboats moored up near en:TardebiggeEngland.

 

 

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