Sunday, 8 June 2014

Gym 'n' Spam

Here are some new things I've been doing/have tried this week.  It's been a week that got off to wobbly start (it's called 'Monday morning') but I'm proud to say that I roped it back in and made it a good one.  Onto the new things:

New Thing 1) I've started learning website design at www.codecademy.com:  Out of the blue I decided this would be interesting to learn and potentially useful.  I couldn't figure out where to start as a book didn't seem to be the answer - no opportunity for hands on learning.  So I Googled 'how to learn web design' and ended up at Codecademy.  It's free and it takes you through coding step by step with the opportunity to try out each bit as you go.  I'm in the very first lessons but I'm glad I got on and made a start.  I'm a complete novice by the way, so if I can follow it it must be good.

New Thing 2) My first full week at the gym:  Actually momentous for me as I have always loathed getting fit but I'm sticking to it, working hard, huffing, puffing and enjoying it.  I'm particularly enjoying the flexibility of building my own workout.  At the moment this is stretching-cardio-resistance-cardio-resistance-yoga.  I come out feeling all mmmmm.

New Thing 3) Finding www.Free-Range-Humans.com:  This site is amazing.  It's all about becoming self-employed but in a different way that suits you specifically and builds around the life you want to live.  There's too much to explain here so please go have a look.  I'm working through the four week course (charged for but worth every penny) and it's really having an impact on how I think.

New Thing 4) Spam fritter:  Does a new thing have to be big to be amazing?  No, not if it's a Spam fritter!  I've always thought they sound like deep-fried horror but tried it and, my word, it is crispy, juicy deep fried wonder meat.  Happy days.

What new things have you been getting excited about?  If nothing then what new thing will you do this week to get you feeling lively?

P.S. - If in doubt start with a Spam fritter.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Getting started again

I've just realised something about a story I've been writing that has totally taken me by surprise.  I havn't added to it for a couple of weeks as I got stuck on it at an early point, where the story had gone a bit lame before it had really got going and I felt bored by the storyline; not a good sign of a gripping read, right?  I've written writing prompt snippets every few days since then before coming back to it tonight and it jumped out at me:  my main character, a supernatural spirit/woman, who I thought I'd find interesting is actually shockingly dull and two dimensional.  I just can't get a handle on her, there's nothing there, she's made of fluff and air.  On the other hand I find myself thinking and wondering about the other primary character, a fairly intelligent but otherwise average,  withdrawn, middle-aged man with a washed up career.

I went back into my story tonight planning on adding bits here and there to what I already had in order to flesh it out.  Now I understand that it's all the wrong way around.  I'm going to pull out all the bits about the man and see where he goes without the other character.  Will she come into it at all?  Will it be the same story from a different point of view?  I don't know.  Maybe I'll end up abandoning it altogether.  Initially I was appalled by the prospect - oh, my efforts! - but I'm excited again now.  Here's a chance to get my story back on track/write a new one and grow.  Funny, but it seems so obvious now.  I guess sometimes you have to get some distance from something then take it by surprise so you can see what's really going on, because I really was blind to it before.