Stormy night

Image by janrye from Pixabay We had a heavy storm overnight on Wednesday. It was more windy than rainy, but I liked this image above as soon as it popped up. Wistfully we said it was good that we didn’t have to worry about any chickens or the greenhouse blowing away. But I do think it spooked the animals a bit. They were both very restless, and that meant that so were we. By yesterday morning, it seemed to have […]

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Diary of a pocket novel – the start of Act 2 Part 1

At the beginning of September I joined a quick online course, 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit. Since we started the actual writing part of this course, I’ve been setting my Pomodoro Tomato and writing in 25-minute bursts. Some of those bursts have been spent on writing The Fool. I’ve also been learning more about Scrivener, mostly because I’ve had numerous technological difficulties that meant I had to reinstal it several times, just like I had to reinstal everything else […]

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Wednesday 11 September 2019

Yesterday was a very good day. It’s as though Tuesday is the new Monday. I’ve always been more enthusiastic and productive on a Monday and then it’s generally all downhill from there. But now Monday afternoons are taken up, all of that has changed. I started the morning with just one Pomodoro (25 minutes) on social media, running down Facebook and Twitter, hiding the stories I’d seen, muting the retweets I don’t really want to see, and I had a […]

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Tuesday 10 September 2019

I’m starting to feel quite pleased with myself and the progress I’m making in Scrivener. having to reinstall it so many times (not Scrivener’s fault this time) is forcing me to learn to do the things I like much quicker. If I have to do one more reinstall, for whatever reason, I swear I’ll be able to tweak it to suit me in my sleep. I’m not sure I’ll be teaching any masterclasses any time soon, but I really am […]

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Monday 9 September 2019

Friday was a good day, although I was still faffing with Scrivener as it was a new reinstall. I’d learnt a lot of things during the outage the previous day and I wanted to apply some of what I’d learnt. I did my 14 Days … exercise and rebooted my Pomodoro Tomato. During the morning I wrote a new blog post, and I wrote some new material for The Fool. During the afternoon, I contacted the new client and I wrote another […]

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Friday 6 September 2019

Yahoo mail fell over yesterday, which meant I couldn’t pick up Day 4 of 14 Days … I did nip onto the forum to see if there was a link to web version, but nobody replied. Perhaps I should have just reported it as a fault. The crash was global, apparently, and started at about 7am UK time. It also affected BT and Sky email accounts. It didn’t come back up again until early afternoon. While I waited, I wrote […]

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Friday 19 July 2019

It’s great being able to turn up to work wearing whatever you like. Yesterday it was shorts and t-shirt again before I had to “get dressed” to go out. The first hour of the day was spent reading three chapters of the NetGalley book. I also did a tiny bit of gig list admin (shared this week’s gig list and then scheduled a post asking for next week’s gigs). I remembered to start my Pomodoro tomato and I spent the […]

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Thursday 18 July 2019

Yesterday’s writing attire of choice was a more respectable shorts and t-shirt, but when the rain came and the temperature dropped, I dressed myself properly once again. I didn’t get much writing work done. I managed to read another chapter of the NetGalley book, I wrote a blog post and I did a chunk of admin. But the rest of the day was spent editing. I meant to put my Pomodoro tomato on so that I could work in bursts […]

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Chicken rustling

I had a relatively productive day yesterday. I stuck to my schedule and kept on top of the household chores. I did some writing work, a blog post, and some editing work. And I was able to finish work on time, or not long after. This morning I managed my first two Pomodoros on Catch the Rainbow. That was 50 minutes in all, with two 10-minute breaks for household chores. I had a bit of a brain murmur and started […]

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Starting a new editing job

I didn’t have chance to do any writing on Thursday evening, as the poet had band practice and I had to do the shopping. So we had a quick tea, and then we both went out. The band had a new PA system they wanted to set up, so it was a slightly later than usual band practice for them. On Friday I was working on the client edit all day. All day. I finished work at around 1am and […]

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A time-management experiment

On Sunday I pre-scheduled Monday’s blog post (round-up) and I worked on my diary for the coming week. I stuck to my original plan of having an hour for morning chores, an admin hour, three hours of writing, three hours of client work and an hour for dinner (lunch). On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, I also have an hour of yoga scheduled in, replacing 30 minutes of morning chores time and 30 minutes of the admin hour. But […]

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Time-suckers

Yesterday I looked at all of the jobs I currently have to do or would like to do. Today I’m going to consider some of the things that get in the way or time-suckers. The poet thinks I spend too much time doing things that don’t add value to my work. This includes (his list and my list combined): Surfing the internet – checking for emails or comments/likes on Facebook. Entering too many competitions. Entering too many “clicks to win” […]

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Working with a timer

When I’m really, really busy and start to feel overwhelmed with the amount of work I have yet to do, I resort to the Pomodoro Tomato technique. In fact, I swear by it. I’ve covered this before, but for those who don’t know what the Pomodoro technique is, it’s a kitchen timer technique that you set for 4 blocks of 25-minute bursts interspersed with 3 x 5-minute bursts and 1 x 15-minute burst (or 10 minutes). For each 25-minute burst, […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 4 – day 2

Day 2 was actually on Wednesday when I went to the Cadbury archives again in Birmingham. What a day! I was late leaving in the first place and didn’t get away until 9:30am when I really wanted to be on the road at 9am. And then – horror! – my satnav lost my location. Mid-M1. Last time I went I went via my parents’ and I had a rough idea of which direction to go in. But this time I […]

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Diary of a non-fiction book: week 4 – day 1

My first day back on the non-fiction book was yesterday. First of all I reviewed the list of storage material I’d compiled the last time I visited the company archives two weeks ago. I’d made a list of all the things I thought might be useful, but I’d have to give the staff there notice to retrieve it for me. There are literally pages and pages of references I made, so I’m having to be choosy about what I request […]

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