Leap year

Well, the new plan is going ok. starting to achieve some things now slowly. Not quite formed habits yet but who knows, I may be on the way 🙂

Sneezed today and caused an intercostal muscle strain… so now the ribs hurt and when I sneeze/cough it hurts allot!

Just been doing some worldbuilding again for te Aviel story. fleshing out the Jewelcasting ability. How it works and what it is used for.

Anyway, the leap year is nearly over and it’s been a long day. Time for bed. I am going to try and have a productive day. I have one more exercise session and a Brandon Sanderson lecture to watch and a proper post on here. then I will have met my weekly targets.

Just realised I wrote this with the title Leap year and then didn’t comment on the fact it was a leap year 🙂 So yes, it was a leap year day. 🙂

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I can’t quite believe how fast the year is going. Something I have managed to do regularly is read which is something that I love and had started to really get back into it. If I keep going as I am then I will meet my Goodreads goal of 20 books. Onto book 3 of the Mistborn series now. Really enjoying it.

Writing isn’t going as well, I have been doing some work on the book and after spending some idea time with a friend I have decided to change the Aviel story a bit, so I am currently re-planning this. I am on the fantasy track now so I am hoping I can keep this up and start to do some writing to go along with it. When I look at the habit tracker in the journal it isn’t looking too good but I have been doing things. I just need to work out the best structure to achieve all of my goals.

I have decided now that re-learning and doing the tech stuff is something that I need to do, not only for my own enjoyment as that is one of the best times from my past, playing with computers and coding, I would really like to get back to being able to do this properly. Also, my home network is need of some TLC, from sorting backups to building a plex server and several other things I would like to do. I am planning on blogging some of it as it will then kill two birds as I will be re-learning and writing at the same time. I would love to be at a comfortable place so that I can change jobs and go back into a tech-related role. That was the last job that I really enjoyed. I will see how I get on.

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February update

I have started moving in the right direction. But, not as fast as I expected. Not just because of laziness this time though. My mother in law was in the hospital for a few weeks and then the daughter was having a baby, they have been with us for a couple of weeks so this has taken up quite a bit of time.


But, I am still planning on starting this properly I should be able to get back into a routine as life has returned to relative normality and I will have more time. I will need to tack my time outside of work to see what I am doing and how long it is taking. This is because I want to plan in my goals and time to complete them but to do that I think I need to try and get some structure in there. So I can form new habits that will carry me on through the year.


As part of my journey, I asked a friend to help me by being an accountability partner and although this is a good idea and has been documented to work I don’t seem to be keeping it up. I set up a system to use WhatsApp with a weekly message but we are just not doing it properly. I may need to look at this and see if I can improve something to work better. I need to keep my journal with me and use it more, otherwise whats the point.

The other problem I have is that I’m easily distracted, I pick up a tech magazine or have a conversation with a friend and then all I’m thinking about is that I want to relearn how to code as that is something I used to really enjoy (and hate sometimes) but again when I have too many goals on the go at once I tend to get none of them done.

I’m not sure what the answer is for me, I’m a work in progress. Let’s hope the next update I have a more positive message to give.

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Update and beyond 2020

It’s been a while since I have given an update and a bit has changed. This post is not going to be a new year new me post…. but it will share some similarities. 🙂

So NaNo was a bust for me, I just didn’t plan enough and like I have most years I got about half way through and then came to a halt. Lack of planning tends to do this to me. The way I write is to have an outline and then for each chapter I start as I have planned and then “pants” it through to the end and the next chapter, this works most of the time although I have to add a bit in. So I didn’t plan and didn’t end up completing it because of this. There was quite a bit of personal stuff that happened which also contributed.

So.. before new year, beginning of December I started thinking about my life and my goals. Mainly that I have had them for a long long time. Being a writer has been a thing since I was a child although I have tried for over a decade now and not got very far. I do plenty of world building and come up with basic ideas that I never flesh out. My writing output ends up being very low. the other if my health and fitness, not only for my kids and grandkids but for myself as well. I am 42 now and although I am getting older I am tired of the feeling and being tired all of the time. I have a hernia and it seems to be getting more and more uncomfortable, I have been trying to lose weight for years so that I can get the op to get rid of it. I seem to lack motivation. So that is the other goal.

To try and help with achieving these goals I started to write down what I wanted to achieve and what I thought I would need to do to help achieve this. I am not going to go into detail in this post but I may in a further update one. Suffice to say I have a few goals to achieve from now (2020) and beyond. I am hoping the things I have out in place this time that I have never done before will help me to achieve these goals.

The goals I have been planning for are:

  • Losing at least 4 stone so that I can have my hernia op. (This will also I create health and wellbeing)
  • Achieve my writing dream. This means being published and also down the road writing a series that people cannot wait to get the next chapter in. Seeing my books in Waterstones in my town would just be fantastic.
  • That’s the basic of it. To help with these goals I have planned out some things that can help me achieve. Exercise plans, Journaling, time planning and one of the things I believe will help me more this time is the accountability. I have written this all down and I have read that writing for increases the chance of achieving goals to about 36% the other thing is I have asked a friend of mine to help me by being an accountability partner. Following an article I read we are setting goals on a Sunday night and then updating each other. Explaining why we haven’t met a goal or completing them and then setting new goals. Each goal needs to further one of the targets I have set for myself.
  • So.. here I am in the hospital (my eldest daughter is in labour) it’s nearly 23:00 and I am getting psyched with my progress.

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Procrastination and NaNo

“Anyone who procrastinates will find it difficult to get published. You have to work, every day, on improving your craft. Otherwise, you won’t improve”

This quote was in Writing Magazine on October 19 by Vaseem Khan. It struck a chord with me as I am one of these people. I do the odd post on here and I do plenty of world-building. But, my writing output is low and I don’t seem to put in the work that I would need in order to achieve my dream. I have made many sweeping statements on this blog about my ambitions and what I am going to do and not managed to follow any of them!

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Wow, over three months

Well…. Over 3 months since the last update and given the last one was NaNo related I find it bizarre that this one is coming close to the end of October, which means Pumpkin carving time.. oh, and NaNo!!

So i have been off work for a week and I have one more day (Sunday) and then I am back until my birthday weekend. I was planning to use some of this time to plan for nano but had a busy holiday with the wife and other stuff. So it’s Sunday tomorrow, the last day of the hol and the only thing I have planned is F1 at 19:00. So the rest of the day is going to be planning and writing-related. I really would like to write something this time that I can actually do something with post NaNo.

I have my idea, and because it is something I have attempted this one before I have a lot of the world-building done as well. I do and have been going back through it as I think I have built my perfect fantasy world with all of the tropes and cliches in it and I need to tone it down. I also need to have a good hard look at the magic system and make this solid before I start writing. Today should be a busy day. Should!

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NaNo Update

Well… I am sure it’s a shock but I haven’t been doing too much writing in the last week, Although I have done more than I would have if it wasn’t nano. I have around 3 short stories at first draft. and a couple more that I am on with. So I have some progress.

Onward as I am now at a writing meet-up so I will go and do some writing.

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Camp NaNo

It’s July and that means that at the end of June someone reminded me that it was nano and I declared I was going to do it again this year. Then I didn’t do much for a few days.

I decided that this year instead of focusing on one project I was going to try and move forward with short story writing, so I have set myself a goal of 10 short stories to write in the month. To be fair I am not sure if that is achievable but as always with things like this just having that goal seems to focus me more than not having a goal at all. So here’s hoping this keeps me writing for a month at least. I will try and put more updates on here as well.

Anyway, back to writing, or planning.

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Social media = Procrastination

I have been thinking for a while now what it would be like to not be on social media, how much more could I get done with my time. But.. I am suffering from the “fear of missing out” how much would I really miss if I took the plunge and deleted the apps from my phone and limited my time when I am on my computer when at home. This is one of the things that I am considering to achieve my goals. But can I really take the plunge to remove Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter from my phone? A friend pointed out the youtube channel of Matt D’Avella and so I have been watching some of his videos. Allot of them hit home with things I have wanted to try to improve my life and to help me reach my potential. I’m 41 now, how much longer can I put this off and continue to procrastinate before I just give up altogether.

I have suggested with a friend to do “something” in June, to improve our lives and document it on the way, we are yet to decide if this is something we can do together or if he can’t something I need to do on my own.

I want to move forward, not stay the way I am plodding along until I croak!

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The decline in Computing in schools

I was reading the news today on the BBC and noticed their article about the falling numbers in students completing the Computing qualification. It seems that in the last few years there has been a steady decline in the numbers of students completing this course.

It’s strange to think that when the Computing course was announced I was really pleased as there was nothing like that when I was a child. But try as I may I never managed to get either of my younger children interested in the subject. I managed to talk my older son into trying it but he was unprepared as it was the first year of the subject and he doesn’t have the background or aptitude to do a subject like this. I was secretly hoping my daughter would be interested but that didn’t happen either. 5 kids, I have raised and none of them has shown an interest growing up in ICT. Strange given growing up around it for so long.

Part of the problem was the phasing out of ICT to replace with Computing, this never made sense to me and although I argued it at my daughters’ school they are only following government syllabus. ICT and Computing are different parts of the same subject so it doesn’t make sense to be merging them. Kids need to know how to use general ICT but may not have any interest in media or programming. daft to force them down one route for this. The Computing qualification was put into place to try and help with the skills gap that was found in children, instead, we may end up with more kids only able to do the basics. Being able to play games and check email is not something that will allow them to step into the work environment and be able to function without investment in training. It seems like a step back for me…

Maybe it’s something that just needs some time to bed in, as the schools start introducing kids to programming earlier with things like scratch and the use of Raspberry Pi‘s this will be a course that is desirable once the kids are old enough to do options. The spread of code clubs and government investment in teaching the teachers about Computer Science may help.

We can only hope, otherwise, we will end up with a bigger skills gap than the Computing course was meant to help relieve.

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