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Morning Pages Entry – July 10, 2014

Well, yesterday was a bunch of fun. We had quite a big crew over yesterday here at the house, and it was quite a blast. Too mad David can’t be here, which reminds me, I do need to send him a message, and see when we can skype him in. I’ll do that, as soon as I’m done with this. While, I don’t normally talk about my writing much with others, I’m still pretty hesitant about, but Mark whom I asked to do some editing for me, brought it up yesterday, and we inevitably had a more public conversation over it. It was just Mark and Steve and I. Not the whole group. Which is ok. I’m still not ready to have a conversation with just anyone, or talk with just anyone about being a writer, but I found yesterday, that I did have a bunch to say on the topic. It is a niche, that I’m sort of passionate about obviously, and I do have a bit of insight to share on the topic. It’s one of those conversations, where I do actually have a lot to say on the topic, and it would really be nice to have someone I can talk to about stuff.  Not, that I need anyone to cheerlead me over the subject, but sometimes, you need someone who can give honest unbiased feedback, that can help you point out areas of weakness in a constructive format. It’s what a newbie writer really needs. So the other concern to have here, is how much writing will you really be able to get done while everyone is around. I would like to be getting up at 6, and getting at least a thousand words done, but I’m not sure my head is in a space that will let that happen. It would be good though, if you at least came up with a few writing points for the next bunch of scenes. I hesitate, to use the term MRUs (motivational reaction units), but that is sort of what I mean by writing points. I’m concerned a little now about how much structure your wrapping yourself up in when writing stories. Although, I’m not totally sure about that. It’s hard to know, if it’s too much structure that’s getting the better of me, or just that I haven’t got used to the structure I’m trying to learn. It works well for a lot of people, and I really haven’t practiced it all that much. So, there’s a very real chance, that it has more to do with a lack of practice on the topic then anything else. So don’t go too crazy with it maybe, but don’t totally throw it out either. I think sometimes, I need to write things that are totally MRUs, and perhaps that’s the way to go. Allow yourself to stray a bit from them, but always try to come back to them, and make sure you’ve fufilled them. So, let’s do try and come up with some good ideas, before all the socializing gets going again today. I still, didn’t get all the leaks out of the dinghy, but that’s alright. I think it’s doable the way it is now. We just have to keep pumping it up every once in a while. Looks like, it’s going to be a pretty nice day again today, which is sort of cool. It’s nice to be able to have everyone outside on the patio for a little socializing. Although, it did get a bit cool out there last night. It’s really nice having everyone around for the next few days, and I know, that it’s going to be sad to see them go, but it’s all about living in the moment, and enjoying everyone. The two little ones Una and Tristan, are especially nice to have around. There calmer then I expected them to be, that’s for sure. Anytime we’ve seen Una on skype over the last few years, she’s always been so exciteable, I was expecting her to be more crazy, but she’s really not. They do get along pretty well I would say, and they’re pretty calm with each other. Tristan, certainly enjoys playing with all the old toys we have around here. That one mountain/railroard/game was a big hit with him. I had no idea that we still had that game, but it was out there in the garage. It was almost sold at one point, but he certainly had a good time with it. I think the best toy for Una is Sam and Jen. They certainly enjoyed themselves.

TIGERBLOOD: sure DAILYMOOD: partying LOCATION: home living room WORDSWRITTEN: 1200 PUSHUPS: 2:15 plank TODO: message Dave, some writing ideas, visit TV: none BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: almonds, avacado, olives, DINNER: roast pork, veggie salad, brussel sprouts, SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: wine … lots of wine, 2 beers BEDTIME: 11:30 AWAKE: 7:00


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