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23 February 2010 @ 10:24 am
five resolutions  
Miserable weather is at least good for self reflection. I apologize if this boring to read, but it helps me

Of the four things that I need to change in my life right now, only one, riding my bike to work again, is even remotely outside of my control and even with that I realize I'm somewhat using weather as an excuse to be lazy. I also need to start eating healthier again. The first steps will be limiting myself to one cheeseburger a week and eating more salads and fruit. I realize I've been putting off worrying about what I eat until I was cycling again and that's just silly. The two aren't as connected as I've managed to convince myself.

And then there is the matter of the two hours each day after which K. has gone to bed, but before I go to bed. I need to stop channel surfing and stop mindlessly messing around on the internet during that time. Those hours can obviously be put to better use. It'll be hard, but I intend to shut off the television (unless there's something I really, really want to watch), pump some music into my headphones, and start writing again. It's been almost a year since I've done any serious work on my novel, and even then my nose was pretty far from the grindstone. Even if I feel too blocked or tired to write anything new, there's plenty of editing to be done on the already written sections. Writing is probably the single most important thing I can do right now to change my perspective on life and feel better about myself.

Listening to: Avril Lavigne - "Complicated"
traballenguastraballenguas on February 23rd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. Staring at a screen makes it harder to sleep too. If you are stuck on the novel, I can recommend a couple of writing exercises that get your mojo working but without the pressure to Write.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on February 26th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Sure. I'd be curious to try them.
traballenguastraballenguas on February 26th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
John Gardner has a nice book, entitled "The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers" (I lost my copy years ago). He has some interesting exercises, some aren't even writing, like sitting and watching a tree from an hour before sunset until an hour after sunset, just observing, not describing.

One that I liked was to describe a barn as seen by a man who has just learned that his child has died. Then describe the barn as a man who has just proposed to his girlfriend and been accepted. It is nice practice for indirection. Of course you don't mention the previous events, just describe the barn.

I made up one for myself, when I was stuck. I picked the word of the day off of some internet site, and wrote a short piece based around the meaning and the connotations of the word, but without using it. I like indirection.

We used to do a similar thing, as a game, when we were stoned. We would pass around a book, and one person would open it at random and read a single sentence. Then we would all do sketches based on what it inspired us draw. It was a lot of fun.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on February 23rd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've been eating reasonably well, lately, but I hear you on the mindless surfing-I spend far too much time each day doing that.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: king kong voyeurassmonkeydiary on February 26th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
It's so bad. I'm so addicted to Cable that I feel like something's wrong if it's not on.
Pallaspallasathene8 on February 24th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
*yaaaaaaaaaaaawn* You're so boooooooring, Gridley...

I kid. You are not, and that's why we all want you to hurry up and write your novel. Write! Write! Write!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 26th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)