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Morning Pages Entry – July 03, 2014

Ah, I almost forgot to do this today, and that would have been a bummer. I was trying to focus on my novel writing, and get that first 5K words done before doing anything else, but I didn’t quite make it. I really need to get started around 6am. Tomorrow for sure, i’m going to get up early and get started first thing. If I can get going around 6, then in theory I should be able to have 5K words done by 10am. That would be pretty sweet. I felt a bit lost about where to go with the story today, even though I mapped out goals, conflicts and disasters for a number of scenes. I think, I also need to do some MRUs (motivational reaction units) for each chapter. That would be quite helpful. I did do some little point form list of events the last time I wrote those 5K word days. I think, if I went through each scene, and added as many MRUs as I needed to get me to through the scene, then the writing should flow better. That’s what I want to do right now. It’s about 10:45, at night, and I was just watching the new FootLoose with Jessica here at the boat. Man, that version of the movie really sucks. We were watching it on netflicks and they didn’t have the original one listed. Maybe, if I plugged in the Hola plugin for Jessicas tablet then we could have watched it. Whatever. Today was also sort of cool for another reason. My first book went permafree today on Amazon. It’s moved up to about 5000 in the Amazon free category, which has also got it on a couple of best seller niche links. I like that. There have been about 40 downloads of the free book, so that’s sort of cool. Just imagine, if I could have got a few hundred downloads. Haven’t sold any of the second book yet, but we’ll see. I’ve been obsessing a bit over the stats watching the free book climb in the charts, but it’s all good. The novelty will wear off eventually, and I’ll need to get back to the business of writing books. Which, of course is where the MRUs come in. I was so slow this morning when I got started, and I think it was just because I wasn’t sure where I was going with the whole thing. A little more planning up front, and we’ll see how much better things get. Maybe I can get a few setup tonight before I hit the sack. I’m really sleeping far too late these days up here. At home, I had no trouble getting up for 6am or so each day, but up here I just can’t seem to do it. Tomorrow, it’s time to just force the issue. Get up at 6 when the alarm goes, and get over it. So what if you fall asleep a bit earlier later in the day. Gotta get to work, and get the shit done. Now that I see some books climbing the charts, this is getting sort of exciting. I know this first round of books isn’t great, but I’m really learning how this stuff works. So, if I could just get a few hundred downloads per day, I bet you could drive that first book to the front page of a few best seller lists. Then you’d be cooking. Just need to have a few more books up there though. I do have a second book, but I’d really like to have another 1 or hell 12 books in the series ready to go. Maybe, even get started on that second series. I don’t know, but I do know I need to get my act in gear. Get up at 6, get a bunch of writing done. Then you can stick with that routine when the brothers are here … ha that should be a bit of a challenge. None the less. Just get up and do it. Get up and do the work, then the rest of the day is yours. How cool would that be. Do some sailing, do some work on the boat, do some paddleboarding … the hell, do whatever. That’s what you need to be doing. So I here by promise, to be up at 6am tomorrow, and do the work. It’s a habit. It’s a ritual. Just keep doing it. Come up with the cool ideas, be crazy and go to town.

TIGERBLOOD: kinda DAILYMOOD: blah LOCATION: bayfield boat WORDSWRITTEN: 1200 PUSHUPS: none TODO: write TV: footloose BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: short walk WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: none DINNER: steak, brocolli, avacado SNACKS: orange, grapes, 2 naked bars, 2 lara bars ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 10 & 11:30 AWAKE: 8:00

 

Morning Pages Entry – June 17, 2014

OK, so a little bit slow to the punch here this morning. Just a little tired this morning … that’s two mornings in a row, with less then six hours sleep. Not really a good idea, but I still seem to manage getting through the day. I sure, it’s a result of eating so good these days. Still don’t seem to be losing any weight, but I definitely feel pretty good. Maybe this summer, I’ll get up on the paddle board more often, and get myself into some better shape that way. I don’t think it’s going to be too tough, but we’ll see how it goes out there. I would like to take the paddle board out for longer treks, but not till the water gets warmer. I would like to see, how far out I can go, or maybe even just how far down the shore line. You can only walk so far down the beach, then it becomes impassable, so it would be sort of cool, to go further. It would, even be pretty cool, to go further up south along the shore line. You never walk that way for obvious reasons, but now, you can with the board. No point, in sticking to just your side of the pier. I wonder, how far I could go up the river as well. I’ve never been able to go past the bridge, with just the dingy, but with the board, obviously I can go much further then that. It could be a whole new summer of exploring. I wonder, how long, it would take me to go up the river. I should go with my heart rate monitor, and see exactly how may calories I burn up on the trek. That could be interesting. Just paddling along further and further. You should definitely wear a life jacket, if your going too far though. On a novel writing note yesterday, I did get a pretty decent cover mocked up yesterday. I’ll have to redo the whole thing today, since I just used a dummy image, that had a water mark on it, and there were a few things I did with the effects, that weren’t quite right along the upper and lower borders, but that’s no problem. I was pretty pleased with the look of the cover, for a first attempt. It all kind of fit together pretty well, and not bad for a guy with no cover design skills. I vetted it with the crew on the FaceBook Kindling group, and the consensus was that it was a pretty cool cover. There were a few good tweaks suggested, that I will implement, but other then those, and getting the paid image, it’s looking like a pretty cool cover. Here’s to hoping I can clean up the book a bit more, and make a go of it. I know, it’s not structured the best, and the pacing may be a little crappy, but if it’s enough to get a few readers hooked, I know the next few books will be really good. If it’s too terrible at some point, I can just rewrite the whole thing, or take it down altogether. We’ll see how it goes. Anyway, it turned out to be pretty good day. I played squash yesterday, which was likely a bad idea again, as my shoulder, is still killing me, but what the hell, I really wanted to get out there and play a bit more. Although, the smart move at this point, would be to just put the racquet away for the summer, and focus on the boat stuff … paddle boarding and all. That’s what I really want to spend my time doing this summer. Get into a good writing routine. See, if I can get this next book out on the shelves, and carry on from there. I would be nice to start cranking out a book every two or three weeks for the rest of the summer, and if I can do that working four hours a day, that would be even sweeter. We’ll see how things go. It’s going to be a lot more fun with the brothers here, if you can get that work done ahead of time. So, let’s get things in gear shall we. You do need to do a few edits I think, with the book when it comes back, but nothing too drastic. Maybe, even send it off again for another quick edit by Emily before publishing, or just read it yourself a few times out loud.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: good LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: none (made a cover) PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: redo cover TV: game of thrones BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: squash WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: left over pork & eggs & tomato LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: steak, brocolli SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 12:15 AWAKE: 6:30

 

Morning Pages Entry – June 14, 2014

I am certainly running out of things to say in here it seems. Well, we’ll have to make things up as we go along. I do like the idea of writing some short stories in here. Maybe you should do some erotica stuff. That might be kind of fun … and wierd, but why the hell not. Those are definitely short money little money makers. You could crank out a couple of thousand words per day in this style, and then make a few extra bucks. You could still do the really serious stuff outside of here, but why not crank out a few dirty words while your writing in here. If you did a thousand per day, or two, then you really would get a couple of books out per month. And sure, why not? Probably 50 pages each is enough, and that’s only about 12K words. You could do that in a week in here. The more you typed, the faster you would get, and I bet, you’d get up to 2K in an hour of just focused typing. Something to think about. Maybe, something to do in Google docs instead. You could write to it from anywhere, even on your phone. Don’t take it too seriously, but put some good covers and blurbs with it, and be prolific. Make it fun. That’s definitely a genre you don’t want to be too serious with. So, whatever to do today? The kids keep stealing all the cars on Saturday morning for their friggin swimming pracitce and coaching. I need a damn motorcycle to get to the boat. That would be a good idea I think. So, whenever I feel like going to squash or the boat, I can just jump on the bike and go. Being tied to everybodies else’s demands is getting a bit too much. I need to start doing pushups again. I miss doing those, with this stupid bad shoulder. Even, if I didn’t do a full range of motion, that would be ok I think. I could likely crank out half pushups, and not bother the shoulder all that much. Then, I could alternate between plank, pushups, and wall sits for my 2 morning workout every day. That would be a good thing. I was able to play squash the other day, and still manage with the shoulder. It was bad the day after, but not too bad, the following days. Still not a hundred percent, that’s for sure. Maybe, paddle boarding every day would be good for it. That’s what I should focus on. Don’t worry about the squash, get out and do some boarding. Work on that core, and maybe a bit of upper body doing that for an hour every day. See, if you can get any good at it. You certainly weren’t that good at it last year, when you tried it out west. And, be sure to write for love. That’s going to be my new mantra when and where ever I go. Write for love. Not for any other stupid reasons. Certainly not because you have to, and certainly not because for money. I liked looking through the outline for the next novel I was setting up in Scrivener. I’m actually using a proper sturcture from the beginning, and then looking for major plot points to place into that structure. And then I’ll start filling in the scenes, with an eye to subplots, and character arcs and major plot arcs. If felt pretty good, to be laying it out like that. It gave me a sense of confidence, that this next novel will be much better then the first. Just looking at the possible plot points, and how they will fit into the structure seemed much more exciting. And, the idea of using scene/sequels from the Dwight V. Swain method should be more natural as well. If I can incorporate the MRU’s (motivational reaction units) as I go along, that would be even more awesome. Those are sort of the key elements to good writing. At the very least, it will give you a heck of a set of tools to build your craft upon. If I can write a few stories, with good structure, and pacing, and scenes/sequels with MRUs, then there should be no end to what I can do. This can only get better and faster, and more fun for me. Remember … do it for love. You really wanted to get to the point, where the stories just flow from you. Then, I think it becomes so much easier to love.

TIGERBLOOD: sure DAILYMOOD: a little annoyed LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: go to boat, write, outline TV: that 70s show, prophets of science fiction, the gospel according to Phillip K Dick BOOK: It Starts With Food, Bird By Bird, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: pork roast, brussel sprouts, asparagas SNACKS: orange, grapes, apple, macadamia nuts, 1 chicken finger ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 12:00 AWAKE: 7:30

Morning Pages – April 13, 2014

So, I do have a plan for moving forward. There is basically more backstory that needs to be written for the novel, before you really start editing. Primarily, so I’m clear on what’s going on, and can make sure that the novel moves forward in a logical manner, and obeys all the rules of the world it’s being written. I’m feeling a bit tired yesterday and today. I’m wondering, if maybe I’m not getting enough carbs in my diet these past few days to keep my energy up. I have backed off on the sugars for sure, but maybe a bit to much. You may have been sending yourself into ketosis inadvertently. Perhaps, it’s just an adjustment period. Don’t go overboard and compensate too much. Let it go for at least week I would say, and see how things are. It’s only been a few days. yesterday, for the first time since I finished my P90X days, I hit 170 pounds on the scale. Now, I know things may bounce around a bit for a while as they always do, but that’s definitely a good sign, to see things moving in that direction. I do think, I need to stop thinking about it so much. When I obsess about food a lot in my head, is when I usually eventually get into trouble with it. Yesterday, I actually had a few notions about eating things tht I really shouldn’t eat. But it doesn’t take much willpower to dismiss those feelings. It’s like, the further I’ve been from those kinds of food, and the longer it’s been since I’ve eaten them, then the easier it is to avoid them. And right now, being up to 46 days without eating processed foods or refined sugar is putting a far bit of distance between me and that crap. It’s a pretty good feeling. I know, that if I can keep this up, the it just becomes a waiting game, till I get to my target goal of 155 pounds. I’m really wondering what that will look like. It’s got to be good. It’s got to feel good as well. Which, is what I’m really going for. Just imagine how much easier you’ll move around and do things. Just imagine, how much clearer your head will be with that extra energy and enthusiasm flowing through you. I can’t wait to get there. I figure, that by the end of May I should be there. By the end of this month, I should be down to 165, then another month to get me to 155. Then, maintenance should be pretty simple. I don’t miss process sugar at the moment. I like last month, when I ate a lot of fruits and nuts, I simply maintained my 175 weight. I should then for the summer be able to maintain my weight of 155. That will be the next goal. To get back to the weight resistance training. Push ups, pull ups (I may actually be able to do some), squats (or wall sits), and my plank moves. A little something every day to keep you in the game. Playing a bit of squash through the summer would be good, but I’m not sure how that will go. I would like to do, maybe once a week. Maybe every time I’m home, I should get out and play a bit. At 155, I should be in pretty good shape. As long as I keep up the walking and the weights. That will be my main training things I think for the summer. I would like a real paddle board, but I’m not sure I’ll get around to that. I should look on kijiji or something, to see what I can find. Boat fixing time is coming up. I would really like to have that front window stop leaking. That’s a major pain in the ass for sure. I should just go up one weekend, and deal with it. Maybe Sam would come up and help me with it. While it’s under the tarp, is a good time to do it. Assuming, of course that the tarp stayed in place over the summer. And, that the caulking I bought last year is still good, after leaving it on the boat all winter. I suppose, there’s only one way to find out about that. Then we have to go along with all the grief of getting launched with the dragon lady. That should provide a bit of drama as always.

TIGERBLOOD: no DAILYMOOD: nuetral LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: 0 PUSHUPS: 2:30 wall sits TODO: read, write, relax TV: american horror story, sons of anarchy, wolf of wallstreet BOOK: none GAME: brothers, bitRunner EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: none SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:45 AWAKE: 7:15