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Morning Pages Entry – July 27, 2014

Well, yesterday was a bunch of fun. Came home from the boat, because we were having a get together with a bunch of our college class friends that we haven’t seen for like 12 years or so, at least not altogether at once. There was like 14 of us there, which considering we only graduated a class of 30 people is not too bad. It was at Mike and Sue Barrys place, and Lisa Widdup (Middleton) was there with here husband Rick, as well as Karen and I, and Glenn and Patty, John Kempe, Pat and Jane, Bill Shilson, Terry Conway, and Sandy Brush. Scotty (Piggy) couldn’t make it since he had some farm stuff to do, (apparently the wheat came in) which was kind of too bad, as he would have been fun to see. Mike and Sue have a really nice place almost next door to the riding club. Mike, is apparently on the board there now, and his kids have worked there as well. We walked down, to check out the sunset and the beach. There wasn’t much of a sunset unfortunately, but the beach was there. And we spent some time hanging around a bit. They were having a hawaiian luau when we were there. It was a pretty nice place. It even had squash courts as well … 2 of them. I didn’t know there were other squash courts in Sarnia. We stay, till about 11:30 or midnight, and headed home … was pretty cool seeing everyone there again. So, I’m a bit behind on the writing gig these days. I’ll need to prioritize the word count for the next few weeks. I need to do some planning up front, I think for the next novel. I was hoping to have the third one out my now. It’s pretty close, but not quite there yet. I do need to get words cranked out. I would really like to get to do my 25k per week for the next couple of weeks, so Emily has words to work with. Put scrivener, ywriter, and Google Drive and it and I’d be off to the races. It would be faster, and makes me a little more portable. I could truly work from a bunch of different places, including the picnic table up on the hill if I wanted to. That may not be such a bad thing. We’ll see how that goes. At least, you wouldn’t be stuck in the boat all the time doing your writing. And, up on the hill would get you away from the internet mostly, unless of course you just tethered up your phone. I kind of like the idea of working from up on the hill. There would be some nice breezes, and, maybe it would be a good change for you. Change always seems to work out pretty well in the writing gig. It changes your perspective a bit, and puts you in a better frame of mind. So, what the heck, maybe I will do that. I wonder how long the battery would last. It would likely, last at least 4 hours I would hope. Oh yea, and one more thing. I actually weighed my self yesterday for the first time in at least a week, thinking that I might have gained a bit with all the fruit and lara bars I’ve been eating lately, but I was pleasently surprised to see that I hadn’t. I was at 170 still, and I had already had breakfast. So no change really at all. Cool.

TIGERBLOOD: sure DAILYMOOD: pretty happy LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: 50 PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: write, go to boat, order laptop? TV: none BOOK: none GAME: galaga EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs & tomatoe LUNCH: none DINNER: hamburgers, fancy salad, veggies SNACKS: apple, almonds, grapes ALCOHOL: 2 beers BEDTIME: 2:00 am AWAKE: 8:30


Morning Pages entry – July 20, 2014

I think I’m actually pretty close to getting another badge here on 750words, as I’m almost at 200K words written. That’s a frig of a lot of words to have written. It’s taken me around 230 days or so to get there, and I think I’ll get there either tomorrow or the next day. Not that it’s a reason to write for me anymore, but it’s still sort of a cool achievement. I’ve got to take all the little victories I can get my hands on these days. Celebrate the good stuff, and stay as positive as possible. This week, it’s back to work for real. It’s time to get stuff out there … to really get focused and disciplined on cranking out the words. Up at 6am every day. No more alcohol in the diet. If you can get 5K words done before noon or 11, or hell even 10, if you started writing by 6am, then that would be friggin fantastic. And you’d get it all done in the cooler part of the day, then you could go do some fun stuff, like paddle board, or take the dingy out for a run, or something kind of cool. You could do some work on the boat … you could basically make your life, and the lives of those around you so much better. You could see your brothers and inlaws out west on a more regular basis. That’s what life is really all about. That’s what you need to do more of. Get out there, and have some fun with the people you love and care about. That’s what writing is going to buy me. But don’t forget about doing what you love … write for the love of it. Write because it’s fun, and makes you feel good. Don’t worry about all the little shit. Write for the love of it. When you can do that everyday, in a disciplined manner, then you just get better at it. You’ll get better at it every day. Every word … every punctuation. You need to put the words down onto the page. That’s the best thing for you, and those you care about … whomever they are. So, this week, for sure, life gets better … we get disciplined, and stuff starts to happen. No more excuses, no more events or people giving you distractions and reasons not to get the work done. Even on Monday, when Karen is still here, you have to get up early, and do the work. That’s what we’re going to do. I think, you need to keep the sugar out of the diet for it to work as well. Cut your fruits down to 2 per day maximum. Say, an orange some time, and some grapes. That’s it. You need to get your carbs back down low, maybe around 50-75 grams and see how that feels. Even before the bros showed up and all the beers started flowing, I was having trouble getting up at 6am for a while here at the boat. And I think, that had something to do with me getting a bit too much sugar into the diet. Could be you weren’t doing your little morning workouts anymore. You still need, to do your plank, and your wall sits, while the bacon is cooking … need to get back at that shit. They’re just little things, but they do matter. To me, it’s like saying, a little bit of rat poison or arsenic is ok in your diet as long as you eat it in moderation. But, nobody really thinks about it that way.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: good LOCATION: bayfield boat WORDSWRITTEN: o PUSHUPS: 0 TODO: write, read, boat stuff TV: some vampire diaries BOOK:none GAME: none EXERCISE: paddleboard 2 hours WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: avacado, mixed nuts DINNER: kababs, salad SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: 3 glasses wine BEDTIME: 11:00 AWAKE: 8:00


Morning Pages Entry – July 18, 2014

So, it looks like things are going to be eerily quiet around here again. The family has all headed back home to their respective domicilies, and we are returning to a familiar routine. I had a bit too much wine last night to drink, and am now determined to avoid alcohol for at least the next few weeks, or month if possible. I need to get back into a clean food routine. For the most part at least, my food intake was pretty good. It was only the alcohol that got the better of me. Although, I did have some breaded chicken balls last night with the chinese food, and I did have a few breaded chicken bites the other day over at Tony Romas. I know some of the sauces in those foods the past few nights wasn’t the greatest either. But, that’s ok, I know I’m not going to be perfect all the time. I do need, to get my writing gig up to full speed now. That’s where the glory lies for me at the moment. I did have a little excitement yesterday, as my free book “Endings” spiked up and got 166 downloads yesterday, which is pretty cool. Not to sure what it would take to get it to #1 in a few of the categories that it’s ranking in. It’s like #7 and #13 in a few categories. It’s actually above Hugh Howey’s wool free book in one of the categories it’s actually #14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian . Which, is a pretty cool feat I think. Hugh is down around number 18 I think. Gotta love it. I wonder, if there’s a way, I can capitalize on this. I’m sure, I should be able to. I wonder, if I could post it on his facebook page. I am listed as a fan of his, or a follower or something. That would be a pretty cool thing to do. I wonder, if he would allow that? I really should look into that. It would be pretty cool, if you could draw a bit of attention to yourself while your there. So, I suppose, were heading back to the boat this weekend, and a bunch of Jennifers friends are showing up to hang out there. Could be a little hectic, to say the least, but not nearly so much as it was, with all of the family here for the last week. I really do miss them all already though. It was pretty great, having them around for the week. I do need to find a way, to make that kind of stuff happen more often. There’s no reason for it not to be, if you can get the writing cranking out faster and at a higher level of quality. Get the word out there, is what I need to do. Amazon just rolled out there “Kindle Unlimited” program, so we’ll just have to see what that does to things. Basically, people can read as much as they like of the books enrolled into it for like $9.99 per month. If it get’s more people reading my books and buying my books then yay! cool! bring it on! At the moment though, no one is really to sure what will happen. I do think, I need to go and eat something. I am feeling pretty exhausted today. Too much alcohol coursing through my system, and not enough decent sleep. Gonna have to work on that over the next few days. I do need to get back to my up at 6am routine. Get some writing done. Get some paddle boarding done. Get some money rolling into the bank account. That’s what needs to start happening. Oh yea, and need to get to work on the taxes … that’s sort of a big thing to. Need to get that done, before I end up having to do my corporate taxes at the same time. That would really suck. So, go eat … go write … go make a bunch of money, and don’t forget to do it for the love of the writing. For the love … remember! Time for the real deal. We want to start spending more time visiting family, and travelling around the world more. That’s the cool shit, that needs to start happening in this boys life. Get that third book out there sucker … then start promoting the shit out of things.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: good LOCATION: home living room WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: write, eat TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: cold cuts, cheese, DINNER: chinese food SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: too too much wine BEDTIME: 12:30 AWAKE: 8:30


Morning Pages Entry – July 13, 2014

Well, nearly submerged the dinghy last night. It was already leaking on the one side, and I had the cork in on the bailer, and it rained a shitload last night, and I woke up this morning with a very lopsided dinghy. The added weight of having the engine on it certainly didn’t help. Even my air pump, which I left in the dinghy was full of water … pumping it made it blow steam like a whale out of it’s porthole. So, once I got the water out of the airpump, and pumped up the side of the dinghy that needed air, then I was able to bail it out properly. I started bailing it first, but part of the transom was actually totally under water, and it was coming in as fast as I could bail it out. So, that was sort of a wasted effort. But, once the one side was afloat again, the transom came up, and I was able to bail without water continuing to pour into the dinghy. So, it’s sort of a yucky day here, but we’ll find stuff to do I’m sure. There is the finals of the world cup going on at today, and I’m sure a bunch of people will want to go and watch it on the big TVs over at Boston Pizza.  So, we’re a little late getting this morning journal out, but here at least it is. The books seem to be doing ok still. They’re continuing to get a bit of traction, and the second book in the series is getting sales. There are no bad reviews so far, which I suppose is a good thing. We’ll see how that goes. There’s just the one good review so far for the first book “Endings”. A few good reviews for the paid book “Revealed” wouldn’t be a bad idea, and I still don’t have any signups for my mailing list, but I’m remaining hopeful. If I start to get enough people pushed through the first book, once I start promoting (advertising on FB I think) then it should get good. I just need to get that third novel out, and really start to crank up the pace of writing. But things, seem to be going pretty ok so far. It’s good. Kind of what I had expected. Once I really start pushing things it will get interesting. Yesterday was actually pretty fun with the dinghy on the water. Took a few people out for a ride including Tristan and Una. Una really got a kick out of it I think. Not sure that Tristan was as thrilled about the whole thing, but I think he sort of enjoyed it. Not sure how much we’ll do it today with the dinghy ,but we’ll see. The tall ships were here, but the one boat that was really cool, was the 42 foot Formosa that Jake has for sale, that he brought over. What a piece of art. I’ve never been that close to so much beautiful wood work in my life … and on a boat. It was really incredible. I couldn’t see all the way inside, when I paddle boarded over, but what I could see, was pretty spectacular. The head door was totally engraved wood, with a sailboat in the top half, and some other ornate carvings in the bottom half. It would be pretty cool, to have a look at the inside. Perhaps we’ll walk over and see if we can get a peek inside. That would be pretty cool. Maybe, the kids would get a kick at looking inside the tall ships today. I think Tristan most certainly would. Probably Una as well. We’ll have to see what they want to do. It would be nice to get to some more writing on the novels today, or any day, but I’m way out of routine it seems to get that sort of thing. And drinking beer in the evenings certainly doesn’t help with the whole thing. Anyways, lets get on with the day, and have some fun with the family.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: fun LOCATION: bayfield boat WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: soccer game, hang out, patch dinghy TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: paddle board WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: none DINNER: chicken, veggies, salad SNACKS: orange, grapes, mixed nuts ALCOHOL: 4 beers BEDTIME: 12:30 AWAKE: 4:30 & 9:00


Morning Pages Entry – June 01, 2014

Sometimes, you just need to breathe, and believe in what your doing. Believe, that if you stick with it long enough, and are patient with the people around you, that eventually things will fall into place, and get better. That’s what your always looking for isn’t it? Just for things to get better. They may not be perfect, and they may not be pretty, but as long as things get better, then there’s hope. Hope that you can one day achieve at least a modicum of your dreams. But yesterday, was one of those days when the limits really get pushed. And, sometimes, the people around you aren’t willing to make the changes and sacrifices required to make things better. And love it or leave it, your life is affected by the people around you. Yes, of course who I’m talking about here, is Karen. This whole30 thing is difficult for her, on a number of levels. First of all being of course, that she doesn’t want to change. She doesn’t think she has to change. She’s content to keep doing what she’s doing, and getting the same results. Her knees are messed up, and her doctor and the medical community aren’t willing to do anything at this point to fix her. This whole30 could be an opportunity for her to fix her knees to at least some degree. To at least perhaps lessen the pain and inflammation that’s right now making it difficult for her to even walk around the block. But, she doesn’t see it that way.[personal stuff edited out] To think, that I would want to control anyone is so absurd, it’s beyond words. I have absolutely to desire to control anyone in this life. I could care less what other people do. I do want the people around me, that I care about, to be happy and healthy and enjoy life. And, I’m willing to make sacrifices to make that happen. For me to have to do all the cooking, and all the shopping, is definitely not my first choice her. I’m finding this pretty stressful actually. Being responsible, for helping everyone to eat the right stuff according to the whole30, is not an easy thing. My first choice would have been for Karen to change what she shops for, and what she cooks. It would have been very willing to help, and guide, and do whatever else to make this happen, but I never wanted to be the one person responsible for everything. It’s hard to do this, when one person, is adamantly opposed to the whole thing, another person doesn’t really understand what is going on, and a third is into it, but doesn’t always make the right choices within the guidelines. Jennifer, is ideal in this whole thing. She understands what were trying to accomplish, and she already sort of eats the right way anyways. She gets it. Sam wants to, and sees the possibilities, and Jessica doesn’t truly understand, but is pretty good, about eating whatever you put in front of her. If we can just get through this first week, get some menus going, and get some shopping handed off to someone else, then it will get better. If Karen quits, then what do we do? Do we just keep going? I think, we have to. I think, I have to. If we stick with it, for the next 30 days, and do the program, and she sees benefit in what we’re doing, then maybe she would come around. It wouldn’t be ideal, and I really don’t want her to quite, but I’ve put too much effort into this so far, to give up at this point. It’s good for all of us to go through this, and I’m going to see it through to the bitter end. I haven’t found it that difficult for me so far. It’s only been a couple of days, but with the added extra good meal at the end of the day, I’ve managed not to any fruit for the first couple of days. I should probably eat some fruit as I go along, but it might be interesting, to go for a week, and see how you feel without the fruit. I do think, that it’s been one of the things, that’s been holding me back, from breaking through this 170 lbs barrier. I’ve been eating a bit too much fruit. We’ll see how today goes . . . one day at a time.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: happy – sad – frustrated – stressed LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: go to boat, TV: History of Hackers documentary BOOK: Miles Mutants & Microbes GAME: none EXERCISE: walked 1 hour WEIGHT: 171 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: meatloaf, asparagus with ghee & lemon SNACKS: none ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 12:00 AWAKE: 6:45