Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

New Diary!!

I'm a stationery addict. A new diary is something that needs a LOT of thought. I can spend a ridiculous amount of time choosing a diary (often time I can't really spare, but hey ho).

For 2019, I wanted a diary that:
  • was about A5 size
  • had a week to a view with the days in vertical columns
  • had equal sized columns for Saturday and Sunday (my life isn't less busy, just because it's a weekend!)
  • had the week starting on a Monday (who in their right minds splits the weekend so that it bookends the week? It's a weekend)
  • had space to list tasks for the week
  • preferably also had space to list Most Important Tasks for each day
  • would also help me with planning my week/month/year
  • preferably was pretty/attractive because I have neither the time nor talent to do it myself but like the look of them
  • would lie flat on the desk
  • preferably had 2 ribbon markers, but at least one

Not much to ask for, is it?? You can see why I can end up trawling shops and the internet for yonks, trying to find this mythical beast.

Well, this year I have struck gold!!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

I managed a run at the weekend!

I realise that this may not seem a startling announcement, especially given that I have described myself as 'a runner' for the last couple of decades or so...

... but I've been ill for what feels like forever! I've been feeling queasy/sick since late September and running hasn't been great - usually resulting in me feeling as if I'm about to throw up for much of the time I'm out and then especially when I've got back from the run.

Add to the mix the fact my Dad's been in hospital for more than a month, and a significant chunk of my time has been taken up with taking Mum to visit and/or helping Mum with stuff. Consequently time when I've felt well enough to run and had the time to get out for one has been hugely limited. My last run before the weekend had been the third week of October. For someone who tries to get out at least three times a week, not running for so long has been hellish.

But, on Sunday morning, I threw my kit on, laced up my trainers and plodded around a couple of miles. The pace was slow, but I ran without stopping, throwing up (or falling!) so I'm putting that down as a success!

We're all hopeful that Dad will be out of hospital soon, with a care-package that helps at home, so if I could just stop feeling sick all the time, running time might become commonplace again. Here's hoping all of this comes to pass soon. It's been a bit of a double-whammy because a lot of things have been stressing me, but my main way to decompress is usually to get out for a run...

Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

SMART goals for my antagonist

From: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/goal-setting-worksheet/
The other day, I was taking stock of where I was in the current book. I'd written about 60k words, had mostly (mostly) stuck to my original plan, but wanted to check what was coming next and how everything was still fitting together.

What I've found really helpful (but perhaps a bit weird) is to imagine that my antagonist has to complete a SMART goals worksheet, like the one pictured. In the current book, Aegyir, a soul-and-life-stealing entity, wants to destroy everyone, especially anyone who would be able to 'kill' him. Unfortunately, the pesky protagonists don't want him to kill everyone (and especially not them) and keep trying to thwart him.

So, how is he intending to achieve his goal? Why is it important to him? What steps are there on the way to completing this goal (and what issues might stand in his way)?

In all honesty, I don't fill it in in huge detail, but I do think about everything from the antagonist's perspective. It helps me to remember that in the antagonist's world, he's the hero.