Morning Pages Entry – May 28, 2014

So, I actually tried and played a bit of squash last night, hoping, that maybe it wouldn’t hurt much, but it really did. I should have tried playing with my left hand, is what I should have done. Although, I know that would have been pretty ugly. There would have been no power whatsoever. I really should do it though. I wonder, how long it would take to become a left handed player. That’s really what you should be doing. Find a bunch of very beginner players, and play with your left hand. I bet, you could get pretty decent within a month. Think of it this way. You know what the right technique would be, and you don’t have any bad habits yet with your left hand, so you should really learn to be good with it much faster then you would with your right. Your foot work remains pretty much the same, except perhaps for your backhand swing, which means you just have to hit off your left foot more often then your right. You could I suppose, practice just with the racquet in your hand in the backyard an swinging at whatever like ghosting. That would at least give you a sense of what it feels like. Then, you could get back on court and play for as long as you like over the summer. It would be an interesting expirement, to see, how long it takes you to learn it. It may even be interesting to see what kind of effect it would have on your regular right handed game. It could, perhaps make you a better, more rounded player. Maybe, you could become one of those guys that switches back and forth a lot. I wonder if anyone else has really made a concious decision to switch from injury. I would bet, that you could make the switch. I really, should have signed up for Dereks house league in a lower level, but left handed. That would have been so cool to try. You could have kept getting a workout, and would probably be down in the pounds department. I bet, you could still do it. It would likely be good to do, during this whole30 thing. That’s, another thing I need to get going on. I need to get a menu planned out, at least for tomorrow. I’ll go shopping this afternoon, and get a bunch of stuff in the works. I’ll need breakfast for everyone and lunches. Karen has some away lunch that she has to deal with, so I’ll just have to respond to her email, and let her know what she can eat. Worse comes to worse, she could start a day later. I will have to start reading the book, “It Starts With Food” today. It may have some good recipe ideas. And, I need to finish the character sketches today. I got Chaz’s finished yesterday, and just started on Christa’s and Alex’s by picking out pictures for them. I should be able to go through those in a fairly short period of time. You just need, to think about the characters and what went on in their lives to start. I do think, I need to organize the character sketch outline template a bit better to start with. I think, it should progress chronologically from childhood to adulthood, with questions something like major childhood experience, major teenage experience, major young adult experience. How they did at school? What were their parents like. There are a few questions like that in the outline, but maybe a few more would be helpful. I should look, at some psychological outlines or outlines, perhaps some other character sketches for ideas of your characters. Don’t be afraid to include darker sides to your hero characters, and lighter sides to your villians. It’s all about having well rounded and complex characters. That’s what make a story truly interesting. I think, you did some of that with Chaz, when you had him run with the bikers and kill an innocent as part of his initiation. Alex and Christa should have something as well. Everyone has secrets. Everyone has thoughts they only keep to themselves. Look around a bit for complex character sketches. Try not to be too cliched. People should always have a past they’re trying to run away from or improve upon. It’s the struggle that readers want to see and want to experience. That’s what makes for a truly interesting story. Think, of all the bad things that could happen in the past to shape your characters.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: happy LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: 2000 character sketches PUSHUPS: 4:00 wall sit TODO: more character sketches, menu plan for tomorrow TV: Prophets of Science Fiction, Californication BOOK: It Starts With Food GAME: 2048 EXERCISE: squash WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: meatloaf, carrots, squash SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: 1 glass wine BEDTIME: 1:00 am AWAKE: 7:30


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