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Productivity and Tally Marks

check-class-desk-7103 When it comes to simple pleasures there are few things better than the pleasure of crossing something off your to-do list.

In my case I use tally marks. This is good because without them my to-do list would have lots of repeats. The down side is if I ever need to use my arm, if I misplace my note book, it could be quite a scary thing. (Let those who know tell those that don’t – or just Google The Silence)

Having a relaxed to-list, with no dates just tasks, has been good. I have given myself ‘permission’ to do what I want. I bet you can guess what isn’t getting marks next to it…  pexels-photo-136409

Yep it’s exercise – funny how that works out. I’ll get to it eventually. Sorry what’s that sound…

Oink, flap, oink, flap, oink, flap…

Anyway at the moment I am waiting in for a delivery of tea. I hate waiting for deliveries. Firstly I don’t know when it will arrive and the intercom will make me jump. And secondly I can’t play music as I might miss the intercom. Nice tea is essential – even if I am using tea bags which I know a connoisseur would have a problem with – anyway I digress.

pexels-photo-247899I’m also reading a book on productivity – or rather decluttering one’s life which gives more time and so you can be more productive. The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K And that isn’t me censoring myself there are literal astrixes on the cover.

I’ve almost finished the book and it has been quite interesting. The crux of it is learning to say ‘No’. I’m sure we’ve all struggled with that. Have you ever gone along with something just because we felt an obligation? Why is it so hard to say the sentence: ‘I’m not a fan of Tupperware and would rather have dental surgery than spend an evening talking about it.’ – or perhaps kinder words than that.

I would say however the book is rather thin. The central ideas can be summed up very quickly – if you are interested I would recommend getting it from a library. I bought it and two followups from an actual shop. Which is a very weird thing to do in this day and age – and perhaps shows the problem with an impulse buy.

I hope that wherever projects you have going on are going well and that your weekend has been a lovely one.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Paper

My Plan At work I use a till. Sometimes the till doesn’t work properly – and yes sometimes I am making a mistake with it.

There have been times when I knew the price of something but couldn’t put it through because I can’t find the right button. And of course, as with an computer, it occupationally crashes.

Fortunately when this happens the customers have been very understanding but it still sometimes makes me wish for simplicity.

agriculture-architecture-barn-900097I’m not about to give up on technology and go and live in a hut in the woods – but I do like the simplicity of a piece of paper. And in the case of work a calculator as I can’t do the maths thing.

I have several apps for my never ending and obsessive to-do list and it just leads to more stress. An app will be a constant reminder of what I haven’t done. So we have paper…

I have switched to mostly using paper for my to-do list. This is advantageous as paper doesn’t beep at me when I deiced that I want to do something else. And after posting this I can put a satisfying tally mark next to writing!

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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James Bond is a Time Lord

pexels-photo A little while ago I stumbled upon a You Tube channel called Calvin – Bond Reviewer.

And then I preceded to watch all of his videos within a few days.  That seems to be what happens to me when finding a new channel to watch. That is assuming, of course, that they don’t have a huge amount of videos.

For the purposes of this post I want to focus on this video:    I like this theory as, to me, it does explain the inconsistencies of the Bond films.

I should point out at this point that there is actually no way to to make a series like Bond work. After all the early films are clearly set in the 1960s and The World is Not Enough has a reference to the Millennium bug! As an aside I mentioned the Millennium bug to someone the other day – they were only a few years old at the turn of the century and had never heard of it. History is a funny thing isn’t it?

As an aside to the aside ‘The other day’ can be any time in the past.

The Bond films are simply set in the time they were made. And I don’t think, from the point of view of the creators, much thought is given to how they all link in. So I find the code name theory appealing. If we did want to head cannon our way out of this there are two options. All the Bonds are the same man – or it is a code name.

Calvin has nicely explained why the code name theory doesn’t work. So they are all the same man then. How can that be then? pexels-photo-130850 Bond is a Time Lord.

If Bond is a Time Lord, and thus each actor is a new regeneration, it coves over a lot of plot wholes.

It explains why Bolfled doesn’t recognise Bond in On Majesty’s Secret ServiceGeorge Lazenby was a regeneration – maybe Bolfeld was too as his actor was also changed.

And consider Q. His gadgets are always perfect to every mission. It is almost like he knows the future – or saw the script.

This was just a fun little thing that occurred to me. A quick Google search will show that I am not the only one to have thought about this. It is fun, or at least I think so, to try and paper over mistakes by outlandish theories.

A Time Lord would be a good secret agent. He or she would just keep on regenerating. Well I thought it was fun thing to think about any way.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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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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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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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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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The narrowboat picture is from: 

Norman Rogers

en:Narrowboats moored up near en:TardebiggeEngland.

 

 

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