It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I wish… the weather has changed in the last week from warms days where it’s hard to concentrate in the office because of the heat to me having to close the windows to keep warm while working. I must admit to hoping for the cooler weather to come, but I like the happy medium. We have had some rubbish days where it just rains and is cold. Off out to do pumpkin picking with Trace and Arthur and Imy tomorrow and it’s supposed to be cold and raining, I am hoping the rain holds off. But, it should be fun regardless. We are nearly at the change of season and the clocks will soon go forward, the nights are already pulling in and I am hesitant to say that me and the wife have already started watching Christmas films.

This year I managed to find this addon tv channel to my Prime subscription and although it is costing me an extra £4.50 a month it is worth it for me and Trace. We have already watched so many new films that we haven’t seen before and there are loads more to find. It’s really beginning to get us into the feel of the season.

I know a lot of people will cry it’s too early for Christmas, it’s not even Halloween. But with everything that is happening in the world today we are taking anything that will offer more in this difficult time. A little extra Christmas cheer makes all the difference and if it is something that puts a smile on my wife’s face then that’s all I need.

We are a Christmas house and we really look forward to it each year, we can’t help that it is getting earlier and earlier each year 🙂

Do what you need to do to smile, you only live once.

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What I love to do

I’m not talking about family or anything like that, but my hobbies, what I like to do when I can manage to stave off the procrastination enough to get it done.

Reading/Books

I love books, sounds like something you would start off with at a support group, but I have loved reading and books since I was very little and throughout that time it has almost all been Fantasy & Sci-Fi. I recently brought my books back down from the loft and turned half of my office back into my library. It’s an amazing collection, I look forward to getting down to more reading.

Of course, I have already re-read 3 books from the collection instead of reading the new books I have, it’s hard because I love to read and for me, it’s like rewatching a film.

Happy reading.

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Accountability

Nanowrimo season rapidly approaches, as well as planning for this to ensure I have a good outline to complete a novel this year I am working on a small short story project for Christmas. Something I have also been meaning to get done for many years.

To try and help with the planning phases for nano a friend and I have decided to try the accountability partner idea. This means meeting weekly (or more) to go through goals. Trying to keep each other on track and holding each other accountable. something I have wanted to do for a while as I do tend to work better when I know I have someone waiting for me, and if I slip a swift kick up the rear end should hopefully keep me on track.

For a long time I have been working on a setting for a Fantasy novel and in the next month or so I hope to flesh out the idea I have for a story in this world. I am looking forward to actually being prepared for nano for a change. I know I have said this many times before and it hasn’t always worked out, but… this is why we are trying the accountability partner idea. I am hoping that this will help me achieve my goals.

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You write, so you are a writer!

I have been thinking for a while as do most writers what constitutes a writer, when would I consider myself to be a writer. When is it a hobby as opposed to a calling etc…

Imposter Syndrome is a big thing for writers, how many times have I been asked what I do outside of work and I will list a few things:

  1. Days out with family
  2. Reading
  3. Playing games
  4. Motorbikes

Then I will absently say I like to do a little writing. I have always said to people that if you write, you are a writer but I am not sure if I even believe it myself. Hence Imposter Syndrome.

I am a classic procrastinator and I spend most of my writing time world-building rather than writing and this is something I am trying to work on. However, I have written a couple of terrible Novellas (during NaNoWriMo) and I have lost of started but unfinished stories/ideas. I am trying to turn this around now and start doing more actual writing.

I think for me I can say I am a writer, but I wont ever be truly happy until I can say I am a published writer, and to get this I need to actually finish something.

We shall see… again!

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New year. 2021, what to expect….

Well, we managed to make it through the craziness that was 2020, this time last year I would have been planning to do more writing and making sweeping statements, little did I know what was to come from this crazy year.

When this all started I was managing a Buying Team for local government and my day job changed, I found myself working with my team to source PPE for the staff to use to safely do their jobs. It was very satisfying ensuring all of our staff were protected but changing the team’s focus and then setting up a logistical section to manage the delivery, packaging, and sending of PPE countywide was quite an achievement. During this time I should have been writing but I just wasn’t in the right space.

It’s now January 2021 and we are in a third lockdown, something that has had to be done to try and help the country manage this situation as the new variant of Covid is spreading faster. More and more “real” life is looking like the beginning of a zombie movie, I had better start preparing because I have a very serious fear that when the zombies rise I am knackered. Best get fit so that I can protect my family 🙂 In all seriousness my life hasn’t changed a great deal, the main thing for me is me and the wife (and sometimes the kids) would go somewhere most weekends and we haven’t been able to do that. We would like nothing better than to go to Flamingo Land, visit a beach or something like that. Roll on the vaccine rollout so that life can get to somewhere near what it was like before this started. Hopefully, Covid will just be another vaccine I need to get yearly along with the flu one.

I have started to look again at what I need to achieve in 2021, I am hoping that this year is more positive than the last 15… I have some re-learning I want to do and then there is writing. I really do need to do something to get into a position to be able to achieve my goals. then there us health, I need to do something drastic to try and lose weight.

We shall se how the year progresses and I will try and update on here.

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NaNo Failure

Partway into October, I started planning my Nano project, but being as it’s me I got bogged down in world-building and plotting characters. The result was the start of Nano and I only had the Prologue, chapter 1, and how I wanted it to end.

Because of this lack of planning and no proper outlining, I quickly lost what I was doing and then my mind accepted that I didn’t have time to do this, then I set it to one side. It’s quite frustrating and I could slap myself for not taking my own advice. It seems like if I don’t have a well thought out plan and an outline then I just cannot keep up with the daily word count.

I have always said I am a “Plantser” So I like to have a good outline, a map to follow with my ideas. But, when I start I often find that the story runs away with me while still keeping loosly tot he plan. I do need that outline though, and this time I didn’t have one, despite knowing what the timelines were.

I will have to see if I want to do Camp Nano in April and if so come up with a plan for it. If not, ensure I plan properly for next November. In the meantime keep writing.

2020 has been a very strange year but I cannot blame that on my lack of production, with most of my kids grown up I don’t have the restrictions I once had. Maybe 2021 will be my year, or maybe I will be writing the same things that I have done year on year. Time will tell….

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

G

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Procrastination

2 1/2 months since the last post… I named this blog well.

Looking back through the posts it’s a lot of me making plans that don’t seem to go anywhere. Wish I could work out a way to get this done.

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Checking in

It’s been two months (to the day), I did say that I wasn’t going to have these long gaps and that using this blog I would start to be a bit more productive. But, as usual, my plans didn’t go off as they should. I flip from one thing to another getting nothing finished. I’m 42 now, time is ticking away and I still procrastinate, at this rate I won’t have books on shelves to remember me by just this strange and varied diary type thing….

I had a discussion the other day with a friend about health and losing weight, I have started a new “plan” 1st of September and when asked why this one would be different I pointed out the saying that a heart attack or some other life-changing event is usually a catalyst for change. Where a person realises that if they do not change their patterns and lifestyle then serious repercussions are inevitable.

My choice was, do I want for this life-changing (or ending) event, or do I take the initiative to try and do something now, I have seen too much crazy shit this year to take the thought of leaving my family lightly. So… I have started watching what I eat, shakes for lunch, calorie counting etc… I have rejoined the gym, bought a football and skipping rope, and I have started developing a plan to get fit, lose weight, get the Hernia fixed, and then I can do more with my family and I can play with my grandkids without getting knackered. Four days in and I am doing ok, but as with anything I start, it remains to be seen.

Wish me luck.

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Captain, my Captain

So this is the first post in a while that isn’t going to be droning on about writing or relearning teach. I know crazy right…

Instead, I felt the need to post an unpaid advertisement for a new drink I purchased tonight. Captain Morgans Tiki, it’s a Mango and Pineapple drink. I don’t usually do the flavored drink thing as I like Whiskey and Bourbon, but I am partial to Captain morgan and I love pineapple, I can definitely say this one is worth the money. Paired with lemonade it’s the perfect blend of the Rum and fruits. 3 glasses down, i will have to be careful with this one.

Drink safe 🙂

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Working on updates

It’s been a while again, I haven’t gone very far with my writing as usual. I have been working more on updating my tech knowledge, I also had an interview for a data-related IT job. I am still waiting to hear about this but getting ready for that rekindled my interest in code and Linux.

I was planning on still doing both but not doing writing much, part of the reason will be the online meetups for the writing group are just not working. most people that would regularly come to the meets just don’t do online meetings. The couple of members that would be there have just had kids so they cannot. So what this means for me is I don’t have that structure. I know it sounds like an excuse but I always write more when I am attending the groups.

Had a long weekend of this weekend and I had a list of things I wanted to do. but none of it has been done, I have been unwell for a few days now and so not had the energy to do what I wanted to do. I am off today and I have a job to apply for this morning and then I can bum around some more.

For the tech learning I have started working through some Udemy courses, for SQL and Linux to re-skill and up-skill. I also got one of their courses on building sites in WordPress as that is something I would like to do more of, using less templates.

Sat on the laptop now as the main machine is updating, always makes me nervous when it takes this much time as it could be Winsux bricking my machine again and making me have to reinstall. Once Linux Mint 20 is released I am going to try that on my main 6 screen system, I am hoping it will work well so I can use this as a min OS and only boot windows when I want to play games.

Anyway, time to get sorted to try having a productive day, also need to make a docs appointment… fun fun.

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