Decisions, decisions

Trying to write is hard.

PreviouslyI’ve talked about my novel and what I should do. Honestly, I think that I’ve missed the boat with the one I’ve been working on. So, I’ve decided to shelve the idea and move on to something different.

If feels like a defeat. Not finishing something that I’ve started makes me think that I’ve not got it to actually produce anything.

However, I’ve learned a lot during the previous process. Knowing when to bow out it probably something important. Hitting my head off a metaphoric brick wall is probably not conducive to further creativity.

I’ve also learned how to get my arse in gear and get stuff done.

So now on to the outline and trying to flesh out the whole thing.

In case your were wondering, moving on from weird to Space Opera!

Some site updates

I’ve been tooling around with the website. I’ve changed the themes so that it looks a little easier on the eye. I’ve also retooled the Short Stories page, which looks far neater that I was hoping.

I’ve also updated the contact page to make it easier for you to get in touch. I promise to get back to all communication within 24 hours. I honestly just would like to know more about you folks who seem to wander by and read my stuff. What do you like, don’t like and what would you like to see more/less of on the feed.

I’ll be probably rewriting the about me page but that’s not a priority for the time being. I think more getting more stories up will be the big push this year. I have three more waiting for editing and publication.

Also I’ll be looking into probably expanding into having a subscription feed but that will probably be a wile off.

As always I love feedback so don’t be shy and don’t be a stranger. Here’s to a rather wordy 2019.

 

Keeping Perspective

There’s a lot of horrible things going on in the world. The earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. The whole circus that is the US. Closer to home, the issue of Brexit.

It makes me sad, it makes me want to wail, weep and punch a wall.

A point of frustration is when you’re having a bad day and people go “oh but look at the problem happening in this place, you could have it much worse” and they smirk with a smug superiority which makes you want to throw your coffee in their face.

I digress.

Also I would never waste coffee, that’s just ridiculous.

It’s all about perspective. You can’t stop a wave or the earth shaking or it vomiting liquid death down a mountainside. You can protest and build a grass roots movement to change legislation and have a better world…ish.

You can’t change everything and you will lose battles and people will die from disasters.

Does that mean you can’t be upset or irritated that you’re broke three days after payday? That you stubbed your toe when getting into the shower. That you got woken up by the cats even when you wanted to sleep in and get some much needed rest?

It is important to pay attention to the bigger picture. However you also need to keep a distance and get on with living your life. What’s the point in being an armchair pundit and become consumed by an issue? You need to ask yourself, will this do me any good? Can I change this issue and make things better? Can I see the other point of view? (except Nazis, fuck those guys)

Can I actually do anything without damaging my physical or mental health?

If you can great, go volunteer, go start a movement. However keep in mind yourself, mind your own well being and don’t feel bad that you’re having a bad day. Everyone does and it’s important to recognise it’s not a competition. It’s not about feeling bad for feeling bad. You’re human so be human.

Now go do something positive for yourself today. Remember it’s important to simply keep perspective in life.

 

Work

Trying to think about what to write this week. I’ve started thinking about work and how important it is to one’s persona.

Growing up anyone who worked in an office wasn’t doing ‘real work’. There was a pride in doing back breaking labour and only doing such. The older generations would say that the youth didn’t know about doing a hard day’s work.

Honestly you tell a surgeon that they’re not doing real work and they’ll laugh at you. The same goes for anyone who has worked in a call centre. The concept of emotional labour was never taken into account. At least where I was growing up. It was all about what your end result was at ten end of the day.

The thing is I have a lot of respect for people who do manual work. I detest people who think less of a person because they are only a cleaner, barman, fruit picker, builder etc.

I think people should work if they can. People need to do something with their time. Now work can be creating art, pushing papers or saving lives. We all should be doing something. Its part of the contract we have for being part of society.

People who can’t work yep no issue with that, it happens and there’s always going to be people who can’t work but if you’re fit and able maybe think about it.

Then of course we have the issue of available work. Sometimes it’s just not there. Does that mean we should rely on the government or should we look towards private companies? Really I’ve got no answer there but it’s a question.

What we do for a living has a significant impact on who we are. What we don’t do for a living also has a similar impact.

There’s no simple answer and its complex. Just like people.

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