Why can’t I plan properly?

It’s really annoying, I know when things are due to start and yet I am never ready (writing related) I have been talking about Camp Nano for a few weeks and yet it was the start yesterday and although I have a bare outline I don’t have an outline and I have brought my material down to look through today and I am thinking I need allot more planning time.

Characters, I have some names and a bare family outline but nothing deep about them or anything on their friends of the people that are going to share their adventures.

The world, I have a basic map and some city names but nothing concrete and I need to really plan ahead to make sure when I start writing it’s clear I am living in a world thats established. they say readers can tell when your telling a story from a world you have thought out, rather than something that you are pulling from the air as you are writing. I mean either way of doing it can work depending on what type of writer you are. I need to have a plan, I can’t pants it!

I am wondering now if I should not bother with camp nano and then still do the project I was wanting to do and ready for November. Then again isn’t that just a cop out this early in the process.

Problem is I have the great write series and I was going to use them to get me to a better place with my writing. I am a victim of wanting to do all of this at once and because I want to do all of this at the same time I get none of it done.

I am going to continue planning today and see if I can make the decision if it is worth trying for nano as I don’t want to just write drivel as I am not prepared, but I also don’t want to not do it and then settle back into the habit of doing nothing.

I was toying with the idea of planning my evenings as if I was attending a course, so I have structured time for doing learning and structured time for writing/films/family time.

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30th June 2017 – Finish and Where now?

Well, when I started this I didn’t think I would manage to keep up with it. The post I have made throughout the month have not been long ones, most of them have just been small diary format. But it has got me writing something every day and that was the point.

Not entirely sure where to go from here, I want to keep writing regular but I also want to write something more meaningful on here. Not really the place for normal fiction or anything so I think rather than diary type posts I may need to come up with some proper article ideas and write something meaningful.


Maybe something that is around 1k words and 4 of them in the month. I will have a think over the weekend and see if I can come up with something to do some articles about. Actually looking forward to getting some real meaty stuff on the blog.

We shall see, I will be doing some deciding tomorrow.

I’m just glad I stuck to what I said I was going to do for once. I only missed one day, which is annoying, but I posted it the next day.

Write on!

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29th June 2017 – Cinema

I have made a post previously about the monthly card I pay for with Cineworld. Last year I saw 80 films and I was aiming to beat that this year.

So far this year I have seen 45 films and its only June, people at work and friend laugh at how much I am at the cinema and I have had it pointed out that when I say I have seen so many films that I have paid for the year already they say its not as good as that as how many would I normally go and see, so I have the added expense of fuel and snacks…. But, I go with a couple of friends and we take turns so I may only drive one out of three visits. I have stopped getting food at the cinema a long time ago as It was getting expensive. I have a bag with some boiled sweets in and this is generally what I have when I go. I dont know what it is about being at the cinema that means I have to have something to eat. I can be sitting at home and watch two films and not feel the need to have something to eat.

In the next could of weeks its Spiderman Homecoming and then War for the Planet of the Apes. Both really good looking films and I can’t wait to see them both.

If I was to pick a film this year that has stood out it would have to be Star Wars – Rogue one or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Both amazing films, only problem is the amount of time you have to wait between sequels….

It’s been a quiet few weeks for films but I need to get back into the swing of it, I was enjoying all of the films we have been to see and we have missed a few of the smaller ones as we haven’t been going much. This may be fine as I wouldn’t normally see films like this but from past experience I am robbing myself of potentially good films. I think of all the filsm I have seen there is only Ghostbusters that I was disappointing with.

Will have to see about getting back into the groove of seeing them. Even if it is on my own.


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28th June 2017 – Misspent Youth – Peter F Hamilton

On the family day out on Saturday we ended the day in Whitby, so I could visit a second hand bookshop there. While I was there I saw Misspent Youth again, I had previously not bought it as I wasn’t sure if I had it. But now that I can check my collection with the Goodreads app, I did just that and realised that I didn’t actually have it.

So I bought it and as I was waiting for the wife and kid started reading it out in the sun. By Sunday night I was over halfway through the book and by Monday I am 3/4 through. If I hadn’t been to work I would definitely been finished.

This does happen when I get a book that really grips me, and this one has done just that. Not even a space sci-fi type of book its set in our near future and centres around the first man to get a new rejuvenation tech, making a main his 80s around 25 again. It follows the results and then how people treat him afterwards and how his life turns out. I am not done with it yet but its definitely been a book I have enjoyed as I have read it so quick.

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27th June 2017 – Family Time and Apes….

Its so hard to get kids to watch anything with you these days. War of the Planet of the Apes is due out in a week or so, to get ready me and the wife sat down to watch number 1 (Rise) and then as we were in the mood number 2 (Dawn) The 13 year old daughter made a big thing about not wanting to watch it and then when she came down half way through proceeded to sit down and ask questions, then watch the rest…. kids! So they all ended up staying to watch the second one.

It’s strange now to watch this remake, with the film and CGI technology being what it is now they have done a fantastic job with these films. The 2001 remake was terrible and although I found it ok at the time, when I went to go back I hated it. No where near as good as the current reboot.

The originals however are amazing, always loved them when I was younger and even though when you watch them now they are dated they are still amazing films. I think I need to watch them again now, although I will wait until after I have seen the new rebooted one.

All in all, a good night with the family but watching both of them back to back took some time, tired now and so I am going to do this post and then go to bed 🙂


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26th June 2017 – Camp Nano Planning

Camp Nano planning….. Or lack of it….

This months project is Dragon Lords – Exile.

I have a whiteboard next to me with a base outline for a 25k Novella that will cover some backstory for this years NaNo story. This is the plan, but if I don’t put in some time for planning I will not be able to get a start on the challenge and another goal will fail before I have started.

I am planning on a good outlining session this weekend. As long as I can get a good description for each chapter and make sure I have enough to say I will get this project done.

Would be good as I haven’t done the Camp Nano before.

Short but sweet…. and just in the nick of time as well.

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25th June 2017 – First Fail and motivation….

Several times yesterday I reminded myself to do my  post, given it was a day off its disappointing I have missed my target. but one in the entire month is a small amount for me.

I wanted to talk about motivation (for fitness) I’m a big guy and I think I am very close to the threshold of medical problems if i don’t lose weight. I also have an issue where my back hurts when I walk round now. I need to lose weight to get an operation and I need to build my fitness back up. Although I want to do this and I know I need to I just can’t seem to bring myself to start or keep with it.

I could try to list some excuses here but that what they would be, excuses. I have my new pedal bike, I need to get out of this. and I was going to start doing the WUN (walk/run) again, that was what helped me lose so much last time, but I need to do at least two sessions of five kilometres.

I need to know how to get motivation to do this, I don’t want the motivation to be a serious health problem, but I get home from work and just can’t be bothered to go back out, the walking that me and Tracy do needs to be easier so I need to get my back sorted….

I need a fitness buddy, someone to push me….

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24th June 2017 – Day off with the wife

Well, today we were going to go to York as we won a day pass to ??? garden. But when we got up the weather was not supposed to be good. We decide to save the day pass for a better day. It took us a while to decide on what we were going to do but we settled on having a look over to Paddock Farm, which is near to Croft circuit. Not too far from home yet I have never been there.

It is a garden centre with a tea room, but they have a water garden and it was lovely, lots of different mini gardens where you can sit. If its a nice day it made for a very pleasant place to visit. We had lunch in the tea room and this also was very good and great value. I will definitely be going back there.

After leaving here we headed towards Richmond, stopping in Scorton to take some pictures of flowers, as you do. It was a lovely mild day and the scenery around there was great. The house we parked next to was quite big and would be a lovely place to live with that green opposite. I suggested to Tracy to knock on the door and ask if they would like to give us their house but she didn’t think it would be a good idea…..

Onward we went. This time we actually went to Richmond and had a walk round the town centre, I had an Ice cream and a look in the second hand bookshop that’s there. I bought Eric Idle – The road to Mars. An AI android studying the twentieth century comedy…. sounds good 🙂

From there we drove the long way home though Leyburn and Bedale. All in all it was a good day.


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23rd June 2017 – Transformers – The Last Knight, a short review

Last night was the release of Transformers the Last Knight. Written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and directed by Michael Bay. This film covers a war between Humans and Transformers, Optimus is gone and the key to saving the future is buried in the past.

This outing sees the return of Mark Whalberg as Cade and includes many new characters and lots of new transformers. At two and a half hours its a long one but its full of allsorts and is a typical Bay film.

I enjoyed it although it was a little bit of a slow buildup. There was also parts that just looked a bit strange, when some of the Decepticons were introduced there was flashy text on the screen which just looked childish to me. I honestly think if they made it more darker and less child like these films would be so much better.

Seems strange when you go from film to film and there are suddenly new plot devices buried on our planet and nothing has been seen up until now….. Like Megatron who was trying in Fallen to destroy the planet with a massive energy collecting machine, all the while Unicron is sat under the crust chilling…… when Cybertron was being pulled through the portal where was Quintessa…. must have been off having a cuppa!

Despite all that its a really good film and worth a watch.

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22nd June 2017 – Short review of Baby Driver

So Tuesday night was the unlimited screening of Baby Driver. written & directed by Edgar Wright its the story of baby, a guy with tinnitus who listens to music all of the time to drown out the noise, he is  forced to work for a crime boss as a getaway driver.

It’s the first time I have seen Ansel Elgort (Baby) but I liked the character he portrayed, it was the right balance of someone doing something wrong but obviously not happy with what was happening. You could see the change from a normal heist to one where people were hurt and because of the subtle changes in character it was clear he was being forced to do this before it was made clear. Great acting I thought from the entire cast.

I liked the trailer and thought there was a good chance I would like it, but when we actually watched it I was drawn in. Lots of music in this one so if you like that then it is for you, its a slight variation form the standard action flick.

It was a brilliant film and well worth a trip to the cinema.

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