Motivate me

In a truly heroic effort I have managed to drag myself to the gym three times this week in an effort get this routine thing that people keep talking about. Since I last went to the gym there’s been a change of ownership and as part of taking over the new owners  have painted/stenciled ‘motivational’ phrases which includes ‘you’re just one workout away from a better mood’.  

Now I know I’m a cynic and ‘motivational’ sayings usually bring out my inner snark (as noted by choice of punctuation around the world motivational) but I don’t know who these actually help, especially as actually dragging yourself to the damn gym in the first place rather than going home to sit on the couch and drink wine like any sane person is the main achievement – it’s not like you’re going to sit in the corner with your book once you’ve got there now is it?  So I think they should be more realistic with their motivation, maybe ‘exercise – it’s like cleaning the house except you can’t take turns with your flatmate’  or ‘exercise – no you can’t pay someone to do it for you’, ‘exercise – stop whining about it you still have to do it.’

Of course it doesn’t help that the making endorphins part of my has faulty wiring and isn’t connected to the recognise that I’ve just done exercise part of my brain.

All this got me thinking about Demotivational posters (which if you haven’t seen you should look at – it’ll kill a decent amount of time if you’re trying to procrastinate) and how I should really write posters for them – maybe I’ll get around to it… one day.

Welcome to 2014

Hello and welcome to 2014!  I hope everyone has had a good Christmas/New Years and enjoyed your holidays if you’ve had one.

As it’s the first day of the new year it’s time to figure out what to change going into the new year – what to throw out and what to keep.

So I’m doing the usual things – starting a diet (5pm on day 1 and I’ve succeeded so far), and looking at where I’m at.  I can safely say that 2013 was a great year professionally, a great year academically, an average year personally and a rubbish year in writing.  I let myself get thrown way too much by disappointments and didn’t make enough time for writing.  I was a busy year – I did complete two papers and have a busy job but I still should have found more time for writing.

So what am I going to do about it?  Well I’ve joined a writing forum on goodreads which has weekly short story contests which will encourage me to write, I’m going to have my re writes of my novel done by the end of January, and I’m going to plot out the rest of the series so I do know exactly where it’s going rather than the vague fuzziness of a rough direction I have now.

If I am not actively trying to get my book published by Easter then I deserve to a bollacking.

And of course I will blog more – I know I’ve said it before but I will commit to at the very least one post a week.  I do have an idea for a fictional blog that has been kicking around in my head for a while so I will try and work out the details of that and get it up and running. Who knows – I may even get around to starting on the King Arthur book I’ve been thinking about for a while.

What it comes down to is writing more and reading more – I’ve read that you need to write everyday and that’s what I’m going to endeavour to do.  If I’m not back here within a week someone send in the heavies to give me a talking to.