In Da Nile and Other Such Nonsense – Or Should I be Brave?


At the start of the year I listed some objectives for the coming year. All right they were New year resolutions but since I don’t think they work I had to call them something else all right? And I started them last year so technically they weren’t to do with New Year? And they were going well. I was running and writing.

Then I got a little bit sick. I might have been in denial about how sick. They don’t send you to hospital for a mild case of a chest infection. The doctors have told me several different things about what I had, but what ever, it was a serious chest thing. This has put a great stomping hole in my objectives, and I have been hiding in CivV for the last few weeks. But I am better now, so I need to dust off the objectives and get back into it. Yeah. Just a few more turns….

Actually one of the things from all this is an epiphany/realization.  I am a bit of hermit and being that sick has made me come to the conclusion that I should probably be a tad more social. This is not a natural thing for me. I know a number of folks around Wellington but my main interaction with them is virtually. Actually a lot of them it is solely virtually. I think this should change so I am adding a new objective of being more social. How I am going to achieve this is a little problematic. Being a hermit and all. *Hide, hide people may talk to me*.

I was randomly thinking of randomly inviting twitter folks to something but… Yeah… One more turn I have a city to conquer…. :lol:

 

 

Objective Report


So far I am making good progress on keeping to my objectives.

The weather hasn’t been helpful on the running front, but I did week one of the Couch-to-5k program as planned. It’s not looking good for next week weather wise but I am going to keep at it. :-)

The writing has been okay. I have reached my goal of 500 words a day. Opening a spreadsheet that I am tracking my progress helps as I haven’t missed a day and don’t want to let the side down.  Next week we are back to work so that may bring obstacles but I need to establish this routine.

While I have reached the goal each day, the words have not been great. But I am okay with that, as at this point I want to just write and get back into the habit of writing.  I do need to pause soon though and start planing what I am writing. Currently it is just random scenes with no connection in a new work. I am going to run out of steam soon so next week there shall be some planning going down I think and a more deliberate choice of what I write.

But on the whole things are going well. :-)

They’re Objectives Not Resolutions Allright…


As the New Year fast approaches it is time to think about what one wants to achieve in the next year. This often takes the form of New Year resolutions that you are supposed to kick into from January 1st. I have never been one to think that New Year resolutions hold, often because folks are often too busy recovering from New Year’s celebrations to take actions. So this year I have decided to set some general objectives. Objectives that are achievable. I am also starting them before the New Years.

My 2014 objectives are going to come under five broad categories: health, writing, reading, work and study.

Health

Heading towards the ripe old age of 41 I need to watch the health. Last year we did the Couch-to-5K running program, which I finished but didn’t carry on.  I am blaming the shift of cities.

Objective 1: Complete the C-2-5K program again.

Objective 2: Maintain running at least 3 times a week once the C-2-5K is complete.

Writing

Yeah the writing hasn’t been going well. I do have a short story in a collection with an actual paper print run, but otherwise don’t talk to me about writing. This needs to change.

Objective 3: write at least 500 words of new fiction per day.

Objective 4: Blog at least once per week – I have noticed that when I was blogging regularly I was writing more fiction wise.

Reading

I have also noticed that since I am not writing am not reading. There maybe a correlation in there. Although at various points I have binged on listening to stories so it isn’t all bad.

Objective 5: Have something I am reading at all times – spend at least half an hour a day just reading and the Internet doesn’t count.

Work

Work has been going well but this year I want it to be stellar. It is a bit hard to put general objectives around work but…

Objective 5: Set three achievable extension tasks each week and meet them.

Study

I have this thing I want to do which I will write about over at The Room of Infinite Diligence which hopefully will lead to a Master of Arts with thesis.

Objective 6: Have study and research at such a place that I have been accepted into a MA program.

Yeah, so there we go. The good news for me is I am already achieving a couple of the objectives having already run my C-2-5K this morning and written this :-)

 

In the Spam Folder: The Comment of The Century.


This below was in my spam folder. :-)  Answers so many questions…

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A Bed I Say, A Bed


The youngest T.B.T was due to turn 7. His bed was falling apart, and the mattress was poked. Something had to be done!

We looked at beds at the local shops but they were all a bit boring. In the end though we found the bed below on Trademe. It was just what we wanted, so after some complex financial transactions that the details need not be shared we received six packages containing the kit-set. Fortunately I was home with the nearly Mr. 7 who was sick.  I checked my Mancard credentials, and they were up to date so I set out to build the bed.

It would be wrong to say there were no bad words said, nor grumpy growls, but six hours later I finished the bed. Mostly. The E.I.C when she got home tightened some of the bolts with the Alan key as my poor hands couldn’t do it any more and they were still a little loose.  But we finished :-)

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It’s Been A Long Time Coming


After firing of a quick blog post noting I have been doing this for five years, I noticed that that post was in fact the first post in five months. This is in fact the longest I have gone without posting.  It is imperative that this does not continue. I therefore hereby commit to posting more often. Again. Hopefully. Maybe.

The first topic will be… Um let me gat back to you on that one ok?

In the meantime let us consider this…

Five Years


WordPress tells me at has been five years since I first started blogging on WordPress by registering with them. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?

 

 

The Beast


The new fire has been installed and lit. We have dubbed it The Beast – it certainly pumps out the heat and chews through half the wood of any previous fire!

Here it is in place:

The Beast!

The Beast!

The Beast is a Pyroclassic and already I can recommend theses fires to anyone after just three burns!

We are so happy :-)

Words On The Wind: A Reading as Part of New Zealand Book Month


As part of New Zealand Book Month I, along with other authors who are members of Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand, will be doing a reading.

Date: Wednesday 20th of March

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Words On The Wind

Words On The Wind

Authors:

Tim Jones

Sally McLennan

Matt Cowans

Paul Mannering

Anna Caro

Adventures In Moving


So we have made it to Wellington. We have this fabulous view which encompasses Karori and on one angle a brief flirtatious glimpse of the sea. We can feel our calves and thighs developing with the many, many trips up and down the stairs.

The movers were impressive, although they weren’t impressed with the stairs up to the house. We of course have spent far to much on the shift, but what can you do?

Everybody is enjoying the new house and the new city, as we start to settle into new routines.

On the not so great side it took four days for us to get phone, internet and TV. I have to say the phone lines people here in Wellington are really not very customer focused. Felt they were rude and unhelpful.

We have gained two very large three seater couches. Mainly because they can’t be taken out of the house! The previous owners must have put them in the lounge, before they took out the back door and put a pantry in its [the doors] place. To remove, or get any really large piece of furniture into the lounge, we need to take them through a window which is on the second story and needs scaffolding!

Here is one of the views – not bad huh?

Not bad view from lounge window.

Not bad view from lounge window.

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