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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 16, 2014

I need a trigger. I’m sitting here thinking about how I often feel in the morning, like I have this multitude of words sitting inside of me, waiting to explode and not quite sure of how to put them onto paper, or the screen, and then by sometime afternoon or late in the morning the feeling dissipates. Other thoughts and worries about the world fill my head, and I can’t be focused enough to put things onto paper that I should. I’m pushing close to 365 days (and almost 200K words) with my morning journals, which I have no problem sitting down to write, and wondering what’s the difference. The difference, is that I know, no one will ever read these words … or at least, it’s very unlikely that anyone will ever read these words. So, I suppose that the biggest thing holding me back from having 200K words written for my novels, is that I worry too much about what others will think of my writing … will it be good enough? And, the fact is, that it will never be good enough. There will always be something that needs improvement. The thing is, (and you’ve heard this a hundred times), is that everytime you write something, you get a little bit better at it. Although, I’m not sure, that writing my morning journals, makes me a better novel writer … although indirectly it does. It is definitely a different sort of writing. Novel writing follows a different form, and you are trying to get to a specific place. With the morning journals, you have a rather non descript place to be. You just want to write something mildly interesting, that occurs in your head at that given point in time. Nothing more, nothing less. I do have to figure out this morning, what to do with my dinghy while I’m gone. It seems to be holding air, slightly better then it was before, so that’s a good thing. I do need also to return that glue that I bought from Rons marine shop. It’s not really what I need. See, there I go, diverting my brain into a bunch of stuff, that really has nothing to do with writing, when I should be focusing on the writing and how to do more of it, and to make it better. I do really feel, like I have a ton of words inside of me that need to get out, but then ironically at the same time, I feel at a loss of the right words to put those feelings onto the page. How, do I get to that place. That place, where I feel totally free to just put onto paper, whatever I want to put, and be done with it. I think, perhaps, that making these journal pages (with some editing) public on my blog would be a good place to start. That might be an interesting exercise, in seeing what sort of traffic they generate as well. Your blog is setup, to promote your books, so it could be interesting to see what kind of traffic you generate to your blog with all these notes. I mean, I am pretty much up to almost 200K words, and like 225 or more entries. Those could make for some interesting blog enteries. I should, just put them all out there. It would be a good exercise. Sort of a “Writers Journey” to getting their first book published. Who knows what in there people might find interesting. You could, even end up with some interesting dialogues in the comment sections of your blogs about stuff rattling around in your head. It would probably, even be interesting for you to go back to your earlier entries, and reread while your editing them to see what was going on in your head at the time. Ahhh … just do it … it would be a cool thing to do. You should. You really should do it. What’s the worst thing that could come of it. Your going to edit out any really nasty stuff as you go along anyways. So, why not. Being an artist, is about exposing your emotions, and feelings to the world isn’t it? Or at the very least being expressive. So what the hell. You only go around once, and you may even get a bit of a following for the words you throw out there. Maybe, your the real story in all of this. The honest journey of an author.

TIGERBLOOD: maybe DAILYMOOD: good … cold LOCATION: bayfield boat WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: go home, store dinghy, read, write TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: walk beach with mom WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: nuts DINNER: fish, ham, salad SNACKS: lara bar, 2 naked bars ALCOHOL: 2 gin and tonics BEDTIME: 1:000 AWAKE: 8:00