Monday, 30 December 2013

Getting Back Into It

Last week was a pretty damn lazy week for me. In my defence I spent a large portion of it depressed because someone I really care about seemed to just fall off the world. I didn't from them for three to four days and that can feel like quite a long time in the right circumstances. If there's someone out there you really care about then make sure you tell them, kay?

Still, they're back and it's a new week and even though it's still the holidays I have work to get done. I need to edit The Beast for that guy for a start. It won't take long to do either. I've just not really felt up to it. Plus it's a pretty awesome piece of writing. I don't want to look through it and think "Damn I was awesome." or, worse "Wow, what was I smoking when I thought that was good?" I've gone back and looked through my old work before but not something that old. I wonder what it'll be like to go through my original first novel. I remember starting writing, and then writing something else when I realised I wanted to build my skills up before tackling something like that. I got an idea so great, and put so much effort into it, that I wanted to do it the proper justice.

Before I can even start working on that again I also have to work through Immortal Space and get that finished at last too. Which is of course going to take quite a while when you consider that I'll be going through it and essentially making this a second edition.

I guess that's the plan for now then really; The Beast, Immortal Space, random fanfiction, then see where things take me. I also have to write Caspian. Remember that? I do. I read somewhere that the worst thing for a writer to do is run out of ideas. To finish something and not have something else to move on to.

I guess I won't have to worry about that for a while. For fiction writing at least. As far as blogging goes I'm a little screwed because I always seem to run out of ideas.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Well Well Well...

Romans, lend me your ears! Non Romans too. That includes you. Yes, you. And you. I've blogged before about how I was a member of a freelance website. It includes things other than writing too so I just describe it simply as a "freelance website". I also said that I didn't have much luck there and was then advised to go and give it one more go. Have another look, and see what there was.

About a month ago, almost exactly a month ago, I did find something to apply for and applied for it. There was someone who was looking for stories to compile into an ebook. The rules were that it was over 2500 words and I did actually have a story that fits into that. Many moons ago I started a second blog to post my writings on. It was actually seven months ago. Sheesh. One of my original plans for that blog was to post a story a month and then compile them into short story collections. That didn't go very well as I only posted two stories on there. That's where I plan on posting Immortal Space chapters by the way. One of those stories is called The Beast and it's based on a poem I wrote. It's about 7500 words long.

I submitted a proposal to the guy a month ago as I said, and then after I didn't get a reply, I thought that I had been quietly rejected. About a week or so ago they finally got back in touch with me and asked for a sample of my writing. I sent him a sample and again, it took a while to hear back from him, but it was good news. He said that he really enjoyed what I wrote and asked me if I could revise and reformat it. He gave me a new format to use and I plan to get to work and get it all sorted for him.

I'm going to try and contain my excitement but, my friends, I may be published again sooner rather than later, and it won't be Immortal Space.

Also, yes, Immortal Space is STILL on hold. Hey, it's not going to take long to go through a 7500 word story. It's not like I'm writing a 180,000 word story.

Again.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

I'm Almost Beginning To Feel Bad

About how long it's been since I've done a podcast that is. It's been about a month now. I'll have one for next week most likely. In the meantime, if you're really wanting to hear my voice, then check me and four other guys out on Bored Wrestling Fan. We have a review up after every show and I even write the one that goes up on Friday. Every week at 2PM EST (or 7PM GMT) we also go live on the air on Ustream. Join in the chat, or just listen in. Lastly, we're even available on demand through iTunes, Stitcher, and the website.

Well it's still the holidays so enjoy just the cheap plug for now. Wow the holidays have really helped my schedule out this week. Hey, at least it's something non-Christmassy. Almost every blog right now is Christmassy and it's bound to get annoying after a while.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Freakin' Christmas

I know I don't normally post on Wednesdays anymore but I'd be very remiss if I didn't stop by to wish you all a merry Christmas. Have a good one folks and I hope you all get something nice. Coal can be nice too you know. It can keep you warm during the cold winter nights.

I specifically asked for this. A lot. I hope it happens. A plush version that is.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Shopping

I have absolutely failed at Christmas shopping this year. I have only bought 6 presents, of a possible...18. I don't think anyone really would expect me to get that many presents though. If they did then they don't know me that well. I'd like to say I feel a little bad but I'm not going to until I see those disappointed faces.

There is actually one person I bought three presents for and all of them went missing. Joy of joys. I sent her some mail and ordered her a package, neither of which she got despite them being marked as delivered. Then when we found that out I bought her another present, which also went missing. We have no clue what happened and have been forced to conclude that someone stole her mail. So, whoever did that, fuck you. Fuck you in the ass with a rake. With a double edged rake. I will do it personally. I really don't swear much but damn, that really annoyed the both of us.

Well anyway, yep, I failed massively at Christmas shopping. I'm not very good at shopping for Christmas in the first place because I'm so disconnected from my family that I have no idea what to get any of them except my dad and brother. I barely know what to get them either. I bought my dad a gift subscription a few years ago and now I just renew that and he accepts it as a present. It's pretty expensive too which helps. I found something my brother might like too and was able to pick it up. Now to hope that he doesn't already have it. Since he got his job he buys himself a lot more stuff so I don't know if he does or doesn't. If he does, then hey, I just accidentally bought myself something. Yay.

Even though I usually take Wednesday off I'm going to stop by to wish you all a merry Christmas on the actual day itself. I hope your shopping exploits have been more successful than mine and that your mail isn't being stolen.


Friday, 20 December 2013

I Need To Start Being More Organised

As far as blogging goes at least. I think this is the third time in as many weeks that I've had a late post, or thought that I didn't have anything to say. I think I should probably try and pick a subject and switch things up around here. Maybe have a single focus so that I have something to post about. Like the news. There's always news, right? I think there is anyway. The problem is finding something worth talking about.

I do know that I need to do something though. I need some kind of security or the only option is that I would have to stop blogging because I'd have nothing to blog about. It's not like I lead that interesting a life and have much to blog about as far as personal experiences go. I've probably made almost every personal post I can out of my past.

I do have a few topics I've thought about for next week but I'm not sure what to do after that. I suppose I'll see. I'd like to continue blogging but I can't continue with it like this, which massively sucks.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

More Technical Difficulties

Sorry about there still being no podcast. I didn't realise this until I tried to record something but the microphone on my computer isn't very good. I'm going to need to buy a new headset. It's also going to have to be a USB one because I don't think this new computer has a microphone jack. I'll check the tech specs and see.

At least I do have something to talk about. My pony fanfiction writing days are over. For now. A seven month project spanning not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR stories has come to an end. Thankfully only the second one was 180k words. The third was about 20k and the first and fourth were about 5k or so.

It feels really strange that something that has been part of my life for the last seven months is done. It's something that has been one of the main focuses of my life actually. I updated it with about 2k word updates every two days. I never missed an update either except for when I went on holiday and that was because I had no internet. I even managed to post one update that week. I'm pretty awesome.

I'm going to take the rest of the week away from writing. I might take next week off too because I'm just that mentally drained, but I do plan on going back to Immortal Space now. My plan for it is to start again from the beginning. I don't think I'll be rewriting it, or changing much at all, but some things might change. In effect I'll be writing the second draft. I've never written a second draft before. I would even post updates to things as soon as I'd written them. Barely ever had a complaint about the quality of writing either. I don't think I ever had one about the quality of writing.

I also really need to get my Christmas shopping done.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Patreon

Ladies and gentlemen, advertising is dead. Well, not really, but it's taken another blow thanks to a kickass service I only found out about recently. It's called Patreon It's sort of like Kickstarter and Indiegogo except instead of making a one off payment to support someone, you become a patron and give them a certain amount of money each month to support them in whatever it is that they do. As with Kickstarter, there are also incentives just in case wanting to help something you enjoy isn't enough.

First of all, there are the different incentives for each donator amount. Now, I've only actually seen one thing on there so far and it's a webcomic so I'll be using that as the example. At the lower end of the spectrum you get access to comics early and it gets better as you go along. The top tier reward is actually a blank book. Each month you pick your favourite comic and the creator prints it out in high quality, doodles on it, and mails it you to put in the book so over time you fill it up. That sounds pretty awesome.

You also have the milestone goals where you pledge to do a certain thing when you reach a certain amount of money coming in each month. The guy who runs the webcomic has pledged to remove advertising when he reaches enough money and has already hit a goal to remove one of the adverts from his site. I think advertising might be one of the most popular choices for that kind of thing.

I think this is a pretty cool system, and I really wish that there was a way I could make it work for me. I'm well aware that I don't really have the userbase though, or anything I can actually do. I can write, but I'm not sure how well I can really apply it here. Sure, I can offer the incentive for a printed book when it's finished and I can allow people access to read it as I write it, but that's it.

It, much like Kickstarter, is another way to bring the power back to the hands of the people. Especially the content creators too. Maybe it's something I can look into some other day. Sheesh, I really need to be building up my userbase right now more than anything.

Well I need to be writing too. That's pretty important.

Friday, 13 December 2013

An Update On My Cat

That has to be one of the simplest titles I've ever written. Cut me some slack as it's quarter past three in the morning here and as soon as I've done writing this I'll be getting off to bed. As I said on Monday my cat has a bit of a problem with his eye. He sees fine and hasn't mewled or yowled about anything, but there was some black patches there and you could see the pink of his skin too. That's not a very good sign. At first I suspected it might be a battle scar gained in combat with our female cat, but my dad suspected conjunctivitis. Garfield has actually had this before so we knew he'd be okay at least. Still, Monday night when my dad got home from work, he called up the vet and away we went on Tuesday morning. He went in a pink cat carrier but I doubt he minded. He doesn't have his manhood anymore so I doubt he can feel emasculated.

We took him in and on the way I began to wonder if maybe it was actually a cut that got infected. I didn't voice this so I can't claim any credit for my idea. You see, that's what the vet confirmed it was. He gave him a look over and dropped something in his eye (so glad I didn't have to do that) and came to that conclusion. It was pretty cool too because the eye drop discolored his eye. He had one orange eye and one green eye for a while. The vet also weighed him. We think he's a little chubby like most neutered cats but the vet didn't say anything about his weight. That suggests he's probably actually doing okay. All I know is that it was 4.4 kilos. In the end the vet just gave him a quick jab and said he should be good in a few weeks. He's already looking a lot better so I doubt we'll have to take him back until the next incident.

There was a police dog at the vets too. A proper police dog, complete with handler. I wasn't allowed to stroke the dog though. It made sense seeing how I was holding a cat at the time. It would have been nice to stroke a proper police dog I must admit. The vet bill wasn't too expensive either. It generally comes to around £50 which is, by my estimation, about 70-75 dollars. That's pretty standard around here for something routine like that. There are various animal charities here that subsidize vet fees and do complicated and expensive procedures for less money. But, obviously, with optimal quality. They actually saved Garfield's life when he was ran over. He's a pretty awesome cat. Even if he is expanding.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

No Podcast Due To Technical Difficulties

Yes, I remember that I'm supposed to have a podcast. The technical difficulties in question are me acquiring a new laptop. Christmas is coming up and, while my old laptop functions very well (probably a record setting life for a laptop owned by me) it couldn't really keep up as I was using it for more and more things. So to that end I decided to buy myself a new one. I realise I'm also saving up a large sum of money for some kind of secret plan, but worry not; all of that is still going to go ahead. As I said, it's a Christmas present. For once in my life my dad is going to be paying ME back rather than it being the other way around. All in all I should still have all the money I need to go through with my plan in the original revised estimates.

There's one major problem that comes with acquiring a new computer and that, as anyone who's bought a new computer knows, is the transfer of files. For the majority of today I will probably be spending my time transferring files. I only got as far as moving half of my music collection, giving up, and then realising that I could add music to my computer through my homegroup (I've lost my external hard drive so I'm transferring the files through my home network) and then have iTunes' handy "consolidate files" option create copies for me. I have iTunes load up the files through the network and then use it to make it's own copies on my computer. After that I can worry about moving across all the other stuff.

I've managed to get a good amount of software over at least. I've had no difficulties and I can really tell that this computer is a lot faster than my old one. One thing I'm going to be using it for is playing games. They're games that are a few years old now so it didn't need to be top of the range. The computer guy was the one thing I never really expected a computer guy to be; he was nice and honest. I went in there expecting to buy another computer and when I asked him about it, he asked me what I was going to use the computer for. When I replied gaming and running a lot of different things at once, he pointed me in the direction of this computer. It was exactly the same price but a better machine for what I was after.

In any event, I hope to be finished with all this soon. Transferring the files over the internet is actually going at about the same speed so it's not been bad at all. I just have a lot of stuff to transfer. I should really invest in a proper external hard drive. Screw cloud storage. Why pay a monthly fee for something I can get in a single payment?

All I know is I'm in for a long and boring day because I'll probably have to use neither of my computers for much to keep the transfer speed high.

Yay.

Monday, 9 December 2013

My Poor Little Kitty Cat

As you should be aware; I have two cats. I believe both are tabby cats as I've come to learn that tabby does not mean female cat, as I was once lead to believe. A female cat is called a Queen Cat. Yep. I have one boy cat and one girl cat and that is actually how I usually refer to them.

They got in a big fight on Saturday night and then when I saw the boycat (also called Garfield) he had a pretty nasty wound around his left eye. There's a lot of black there now and if you look closely you can even see the pink of his skin. I'm fairly certain this is a war wound. At least, I really hope it is. His eye is fine, or appears to be. He moves it just fine and he's yet to howl in pain or discomfort. I'm hoping it'll go away on it's own in a day or two as he heals.

My dad works on Monday's so I can't take him to the vet today but if it doesn't clear up soon then I will of course be taking him post haste. I really hope it's not some kind of illness he'll need eye drops for. It would suck if he was sick in general and I don't want to administer antibotics to a cat. It was bad enough when either of them needed to be given pills. They run if I spray them for fleas and don't reappear for hours. I dread to think about what they'll do if I try to pry their eyes open and then drop stuff in it.

It's hardly the first time they've fought, and doubtless it won't be the last. They've really been getting along and rarely fight anymore. When Girlcat (also called Kadie) was first brought to the house they'd fight a lot. She was way scrappier so she'd always win too. Plus he'd been fixed at this point so he was basically lazy. Actually when they fought was when I saw him move the most.

When I think about it, I think he's actually had something like this happen before. He got some black stuff around his eyes before and it did go away on it's own.

I just hope the little guy's alright.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Cutting Down

Don't worry, I didn't oversleep. I just didn't write anything in advance of today because I stayed up too late last night to set one up. I do have something though so that's a good sign and means I can just go write ahead and write something.

One good thing that came out of seeing my doctor last week about not having diabetes was that he referred me to their on staff nutritionist. I went to meet her properly on Tuesday. She was pretty nice and managed to condense about an hour long thing into half an hour. She said I kept looking at the clock which was a sign I was bored and didn't want to be there. That wasn't true though. I was checking the clock because I was waiting for a message from my dad saying he was home, could pick me up, and I wouldn't have to walk home. I didn't get that message until I was walking home.

Well anyway, the nutritionist told me that I was actually eating for two. Legitimately. As in every meal I had (well, not every meal) was enough to feed two people. She suggested I literally cut my food intake in half and see what happens. Also I need to replace that half with more liquids as they can help, and are pretty necessary to weight loss. Not that I really needed more liquids.

Now I'm kind of undereating but I'm doing fine as far as things like hunger go. It's only been two days so it's still very early days, but we'll see what happens. When I've lost a little weight and I'm feeling more comfortable, I can get back in the gym and watch it just fly off like it was the first time I went there.

I'm due to see her again some time in January when hopefully I will have lost a little weight. It's a long journey but heck, gotta start somewhere.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Quitting While Ahead

I had a pretty strange sensation recently. As recently as yesterday actually. I was writing a chapter for a story and as soon as I wrote a certain line, I felt that was it. That was the line that would spell the end of my story. As I kept on writing, I did indeed wrap the story up and give it a nice finish. I'm not 100% done with the story yet because I need to write an epilogue or two (yes I write two epilogues) but the bulk of the story is done. It's pretty short but it felt like it was done. The fans of the story aren't totally happy that I decided to end the story out of the blue. It was out of the blue; I had no real plans to end the story, it just happened. But one commenter was pretty cool and said that it's the mark of the master to know when a story is finished and wrap it up, before things drag on too much. I basically did all the staples of a story too. The bad guy showed up, was defeated, and then the guy got the girl in the end.

I think one problem people might have had with the ending coming so abruptly is that it was, as I said, short. Especially compared to my last story. The last story I wrote took me seven months to write and I think I've been working on this for, what? Three weeks? It's also a ninth of the length, coming in at about 20k words (when completed).

Still, the universe lives on and I think that's something the fans are getting. That particular story had to end but the universe it was created in lives on. I'm sure I'll write other stories in that universe as time goes on. Just like if I wrote Immortal Space, and there was more to it, I would write a sequel. It doesn't mean that things are done, just that little story.

Our lives are full of little stories. Me writing that story was a story in my life. I'm still alive though. I think. I'll have other stories too. Maybe one day I'll tell them to my kids and they'll make stories of their own.

To be honest I have no idea what the point of this post was. It just felt really odd to have a moment of "Well, this is done." Now to begin questioning this decision.

If you're wondering, no, you can't read this story. It's a fanfiction about colourful little ponies, complete with a surprisingly high dose of sociopaths, psychopaths, and drunks. I write an amazing psychopath. I don't really want to dwell on that.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Late On My First Day

I am indeed going to be late on my first day back at volunteering. At least I still want to go, so that's actually a good sign of things. I'm pretty late with this post too because I didn't set anything up before I went to sleep and overslept. I did that thing where I fell asleep after waking up again at least. My body really sucks sometimes. Still, being late for there is kinda what I do best. It's just so in form with how I left them really.

I always figured I'd be kinda late to work anyway. I'm going to be working in the afternoons which means I'd have to try and get in by about one, and that was always going to be a close call. Today of course I had a pretty delayed start to my already delayed day. I could actually just tell myself that I'm going to be working from two. They have two different lunch breaks. One at 12, and one at 1.

I also lost my ring in my sleep which definitely, definitely sucks. I really hope it turns up after some searching. I've not had too much of a chance to search for it yet. I haven't even had my breakfastlunch yet. Technically the first meal I have during the day is breakfast but it's at lunch time thanks to my sleeping schedule. Heck, you could say I'm supposed to still be asleep right now because I'm supposed to be working a night job.

If you're curious about that one then I was contacted recently by them. They're still undecided. Yep. They called me up to ask me some things and asked me to go to my doctor and that they might need to talk to him themselves. Unfortunately my doctor kind of sucked and I blogged about that last week.

In any case, I need to get things found and go and do stuff in town, part of which involves working. Voluntarily.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Possibly Volunteering Again

I might indeed be volunteering again. As I said before I'm becoming saner than before but this has the downside of realising what a mess my body is. I'm also realising just how much free time I have. Probably too much. Almost definitely too much. To that end, I have considered taking up volunteering again. I'll just be working afternoons but it'll get me out of the house and even be some decent exercise. I'm not massively interested in the social aspect but thems the breaks. I suppose I could just ignore people anyway. It's what I did before and I'll do it again if I have to.

One of the worst parts of being unemployed is all the free time you have. It's very easy to get stuck in a rut or get used to having so much time. That makes it quite difficult to get out of it, or be faced with your lack of time. If I was writing every day then I suppose I'd have an excuse. I'd have something to do at least. Unfortunately it seems I can only write for a few hours a day and I can't write every day consecutively. I have no idea how I can write so fast sometimes. I wrote something the length of three books in seven months. I tend to write at about 1000 words an hour. Which actually isn't as impressive as it sounds.

In any case, volunteering would give me something to do and keep me busy. Physical activity will even help me sleep at night. Probably. There's also a good chance I could actually end up more sleep deprived. My problem now isn't getting to sleep, it's staying awake.

I think I'm going to go back some time next week. I have to go into town Monday afternoon anyway so I'll probably go in early, and go volunteer for a few hours and see how I feel. Maybe me and my boss will even convince eachother to go back to the gym together.

Okay I doubt that one will happen, but as my doctor said, find a starting point and go from there.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Gee, Thanks

I've said before that my sleeping is getting worse and worse. It's not so much the sleeping part, more the waking up part. Although sleeping will probably still be an issue for me too. When I wake up, I find it very, very difficult to stay up. I have less energy during the day and sometimes at the start of the day can lose entire periods of time. One time I woke up and then I blinked and heard my phone go off. I'd lost an entire half hour. That ain't right. So I did what most sane people do when something appears to be wrong with them; I went to see my doctor.

See, thanks to all the depression issues I've had over the years, I have taken very very bad care of my body. Now I'm in a much more mentally stable state and am starting to really see the damage and I'm trying to fix it. Part of this is finding out just what the problems are in the first place. Unfortunately my doctor doesn't really have any answers. When I brought up my sleeping problems he just referred me to online self help. Well thank you very much Mr Doctor Man. How very doctor-y of you. I went in there expecting to end up doing a series of tests and finally getting some answers and instead I didn't really get much. He's referred me to some sort of nutritionist or something I'll be going to see next Tuesday. It's a start I guess but not really what I had in mind when I went.

I've had heartburn for longer than I can remember. I'm probably addicted to the medicine (wouldn't be surprised at least), I'm sleep deprived and it's a problem I've had for years and it's getting worse, I barely have the energy to do anything other than the occasional bit of writing and sitting on my ass all day, and I really was hoping for some more definitive answers or at least working on getting some.

Excuse me while I continue to deteriorate.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Freelance Writing

This post is brought to you by Fang. Who isn't actually writing but made a request. I made a comment on his blog about how I had tried to get into freelance writing a little but nothing came of it. I also freely admit that I probably never tried hard enough anyway. As a matter of fact, no I probably didn't try hard enough at all.

There are several websites out there that you can join up and sell your skills for. This includes more than just writing but I did stick to sites that were mostly, if not exclusively, for writing. There's just one problem with this. It's you, and a load of other people, all going for the same job. You have to undercut them and you have to do a damn fine job of selling yourself. You also need an impressive looking portfolio and it's very hard to get your first few jobs on those places. I actually never got a single job. Part of that was down to being not very confident in my abilities as well as being pretty bad at selling myself. I would pass jobs up that I thought I couldn't do and, when I found a job I could do, I had trouble bringing myself to applying for it. Despite my amazing job of selling myself on last Friday's post, my confidence levels still tend to waver a lot. I still think to myself a lot that I'm not as good as I think I am. The thing is that I have to think that. I have to know I can always be better. I also have to know that I'm good enough for things though, because I am more than good enough. Like The Joker said; "If you're good at something, never do it for free." I can hardly say though after writing a 180k word story I put up for free...

I do have some more resources now though. I just have to take the time to study them and with things being so hectic, and me being so nervous about trying to sell myself as it is, that has not gone too well. Like most things, it's all about getting your foot in the door. That can be pretty tough unless you know what you're doing. For example I'm not very good at SEO writing. I also don't know how well I'd be able to write a speech or something. Or a script. It's not like it's hard to practice but then the lack of motivation and drive comes into things.

In short, freelance writing can be pretty tough. It's worth knowing what you're doing. Both in terms of your writing abilities, and in terms of freelance writing itself. There are plenty of resources so it's not hard to learn how to get into it. Succeeding in it is a whole other venture. I applied for things I knew how to do, such as converting a document into a file for Kindle (which I did for Tulips) and I didn't get it. I never actually got one writing job. It sucks but that's the way it is. Like almost everything in life, carry yourself with confidence and you'll get there.

I'm just...not particularly great at that. Still, Fang is a freelance developer. He knows how to be freelance so if he polished up his writing skills and had faith in them, he could probably do pretty well.

Friday, 22 November 2013

'Scuse Me While I Whore Myself

I am of course an author. Not just any author though. I'm a fabulous one who also happens to be published. Awesome, ain't it? Not quite as awesome as my book itself. It's made parents cry and tell me they love their children more and it's been described as having "moments of writing genius". I personally feel that the entire thing is literary genius but who am I to argue with people? I'll tell you who, I'm Mark Bloody Noyce (that may actually be my middle name) and I'm telling you that my book is fabulous. From the titular story Tulips to the crescendo of Best. Friends. Tulips And Other Stories is one emotional ride that'll keep you reading all the way through it. The best thing about this book? It's less than a dollar and even better than that, this weekend it's going to be absolutely free to download. It's available on Kindle as well as any tablet or phone that has a Kindle app. This includes iPhones, iPods, and even PCs. You can download a Kindle program on to your computer that allows you to download and read Kindle titles directly on to your computer. I should know because I have that same program, and some Kindle titles. My book is so amazingly brilliant even I bought a copy of it.

In the last free promotional offer.

But that doesn't matter.

What matters is that for the next two days it's available completely free. Go click the picture, get the app to download it, and get yourself a copy of the single greatest book I have published. When you have it, or if you have it, then rate and review it, as well as recommend it to your friends and family. If I randomly see you on the street I will gladly sign your Kindle. It might be a bad idea but screw it I'll do it anyway. So, go forth and get a copy of Tulips And Other Stories today!

or tomorrow when it's free.



Tulips, and other stories.

Also, seriously, rate and review it. It really really helps a lot more than you might realise.

Who says I can't sell myself? Oh wait, I was the only one who said that. Everyone else told me to give it a go. Speaking of going, why don't you all go...
Bet you thought I was gonna say "Go buy my book"


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Another Mixed Bag

To be honest I'm not 100% sure what's in this episode. Part of it is me talking about the possibility of going back to University again. I'm completely unable to commit to a decision either way as far as that goes. I enjoyed psychology but I hate the prospect of debt and I'm not sure I can be that committed for several years. I don't know if I can do it, but I don't want to feel like a failure or a let down.

Well, buck.

Also, two podcasts in two weeks. Not bad at all.


Monday, 18 November 2013

Motivation Is Strange

I find myself in a bit of an odd place right now. I'm exhibiting the signs of depression, mostly a lack of motivation, but I'm not actually depressed. I spend a large amount of my day smiling and just randomly smiling. It's not something I'm used to. At the same time though, I'm having a heck of a time to build up the motivation to get things done. To actually do things in general really. I'm wasting my days away. As I said though, I'm not depressed. I'm really quite happy.

Still I find it difficult to write. I find it difficult to go to the gym. I find it difficult to go out at all. I find it difficult to call up the motorbike school and get this CBT sorted (my dad is at work all this week and I need him to take me there, so it's not possible this week. Feck.). I'm just finding it difficult to do something productive or that will impact my life positively. At least I finally went to my doctor and asked him to test me for diabeetus. They took a blood sample last week and I should have the results back either today or tomorrow. It generally takes them about a week to process the results. Even if I don't have the diabeetus I should be making some lifestyle changes. In a way I kind of have because I bought some more real food lately. I've been eating more of it too. At the same time, with this lack of motivation, I'm going to find it difficult.

I'd say that it's because I'm at a bit of an impasse right now. I still don't know if I can do this job I technically have and I'm still waiting for that medical form. The people who got me the job are going to get in touch with them again today. The Human Resources guy there is baffled because apparently, he definitely sent the letter and he's gotten them back from the other people who had to fill them out. I take it as a sign that I really should not be doing this job. Some great Celestial being, probably Celestia, is taking care of me.

That is the case for some of these things, such as the CBT and it was the reason I didn't go to the doctor straight away. I wanted to wait for my medical form and combine the trips. I also find it very hard to set aside a day to learn how to ride a motorbike when I'm not sure when I'll actually be free. It doesn't really excuse the lack of keeping myself in shape or writing though. For a long period of time I was writing things the day I was uploading them. It's why I thanked the fans and said that they were the reason I was able to keep doing it. I was burned out long before that story ended.

I suppose that while some aspects of my life are going great for once, others aren't. I'm not exactly depressed, not by a long shot, I really am just having difficulty staying motivated. Damn, my sleep deprivation has been getting worse too. I lose a whole half hour to an hour in the morning now. It ain't fun. Not hard to see why I'm having trouble staying motivated really.

Friday, 15 November 2013

That's Pretty Awesome

I think the Occupy movement is pretty well known by now. They're still going pretty well and lately did something I can only describe as pretty damn awesome. It's called The Rolling Jubilee project and it was set up about a year ago. Actually it was exactly a year ago today. When people really get into debt and can't pay it back, you can actually buy it at a very low price. The short version of the story is that they've actually bought (and absolved) over 15 million dollars worth of debt. Their original goal was to raise 50 thousand dollars to purchase about one million dollars worth of debt and got a lot more than that. They only spent about 400,000 getting the debt.

They mostly, if only, focus on people who shouldn't be in debt. It's not the folks who buy stuff with money they don't have. The main debt they buy is medical debt. Almost all of it. As well as helping people out with their debt they also wanted to spread the message that debt isn't as expensive as people think. Typically debt is sold to a third party at about 5 cents to the dollar. So if someone comes knocking and says you owe so much, they more than likely paid only a fifth of what your debt is actually worth. So if they can get you to pay it, then they'll have made quite a big profit.

It just seems like a pretty amazing thing to purchase people's debt and then call them up and tell them it's all absolved. Especially when it's medical debt. If you're going to max out several credit cards on a bunch of material goods then you probably get what you deserve, but if you have to choose bankruptcy to save your life, then that's pretty shitty. No one should end up bankrupt or in serious debt because of their medical bills.

It's also very cool to see some people preach things and then actually follow through with it. They actually absolved people's debt.

For more information on Rolling Jubilee, feel free to visit their website; http://rollingjubilee.org/ It's a bailout of the people, by the people.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

I Finished A Story

As well as finishing a story I actually made a podcast! In it I discuss the feeling of finishing a gigantic project, what pushed me to keep going with it, and finally my plans for the eventual return of Immortal Space. I'll be sure to let you guys know when it's actually back.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Titles

I'm borrowing from another blog again. This time it's not Althea but Mich of Sick B*tch. She's a fellow writer and the leader of her writing group sent out a little exercise/survey (Mich's words) about book titles. I actually tend to pick titles seemingly at random and see what fits. They're not easy for me but they're not particularly difficult. Anyway, the point is to take a particular element of you book and give it a title based on that. For this I'll be using Immortal Space.

What would your title be if it . . .

1. Summed up your whole story in a single word? (examples: Proof, Cats, Hairspray)
Immortality. Most of the events of it are based around the fact that Trent is immortal. It's not good it took me a moment to remember the name of the main character.

2. Used so many words we could barely remember them all? (example: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad)
It Turns Out The Dead Guy Isn't Dead And So We're Going Off On A Magical Space Adventure To A Dead End World In The Hopes Of Meeting Some Chicks Who Aren't Weirded Out By The Fact We Can't Die.

3. Asked a question? (example: What Price is Glory?)
How Would You Live?

4. Issued an order, warning, or advice?
Come With Me

5. Named your main character? (example: Hamlet, Tiny Alice)
The Immortal Trent Saxon. Can that count?

6. Described your main character?
The Space Cowboy

7. Issued a statement from the main character?  (example: I Married a Werewolf)
I've Not Seen It All Just Yet

8. Named your two most important characters? (example: Romeo & Juliet)
Trent And Geoff's Bogus Journey.

9. Described a set of characters? (example: The Odd Couple, Angels in America)
I want to say The Immortals but it would be a bit of a spoiler. Screw it, I'm going with that.

10. Highlighted the setting? (example: Our Town, Little Shop of Horrors)
I think technically "Immortal Space" covers that. Failing that...I got no clue. It takes place on three separate worlds. "To Serataur And Beyond"? I had to look up where they went too. I also have too many copies of Immortal Space. It took me a while to find the latest version. I haven't written a word in that story for six months now. Sheesh.

11. Highlighted the date or era? (Twelfth Night, Year of Living Dangerously)
A 26th Century Adventure

12. Focused on something physical? (Schindler's List, The Diary of Anne Frank)
I'm tapping out on this one. I can't think of a thing.

13. Highlighted a certain feeling or mood? (Wicked)
Inquisitive. That one took a while too. I think my creative juices are pretty drained.

14. Combined two elements usually not matched?
It's pretty hard to come up with something like that. Every time I tried my brain would just give me things that matched.

15. Suggested a lesson? (How the West Was Won)
There's Always More To Do. Either that or "Keep On Living".

16. Were a metaphor? (The Silence of the Lambs, A Doll's House, The Lion in Winter)
Again, I think "Immortal Space" is a good fit for this one too.

17. Summed up the main event? (Waiting for Godot, Death of a Salesman)
I can't really do that one because the main event of the story is yet to happen.

18. Identified the subject of the story? (A Beautiful Mind)
Discovery is all I can really think of for that one.

19. Identified the genre or category of your story? (Pulp Fiction)
Not Another Science Fiction Story

20. Made a literary allusion? (Of Mice and Men, Brave New World, Gaudy Night) 
I'm not really very good at allusions and I'm too tired to really think of some.

This was pretty fun to do which is why I did it in the first place. It's also pretty fun because every book title I've seen falls into one of these naming patterns. Some occur a lot more often than others. Either that or I just haven't read enough books. Oh I should have more news on Immortal Space later in the week.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Trust

I might have blogged about this before but to be honest I don't really care enough to check. Besides I probably have more to say on the subject. I have trust issues. Lots of them. Maybe not lots of them actually. I'm not sure you can have more than one trust issue. I have fairly a fairly bad trust issue. I think that works better. The main point is that I have difficulty trusting people. I also have difficulty accepting people trust me. This makes it kind of weird when I find people who do trust me. People who would never once question my motives even though I question them myself.

I say people but of course I mean person. A pretty amazing person. I am actually used to people not trusting me which never really makes it very easy to then accept that others will trust you. Sometimes I can have a little difficulty with this person but she really treats me like no one else ever has. I sow the seeds of doubt and feed them a steady influx of lies and plots. Except I don't. I know deep down that there's no reason to mistrust me. I have valid reasons for what I do and do pretty much everything with legitimate and honest intentions.

It's a really strange feeling for me to be trusted no matter what. Not even my cats perfectly trust me. It doesn't help I attack them with flea spray but they can't understand it's for their own good. I win back Girl Cat's love by feeding her though. That's not her actual name by the way it's just something I call her. Oddly enough it takes longer to say Girl Cat than it does to say Kadie, which is her actual name. The name I occasionally call my Boy Cat, Sir Kitty McFluffenstein the Third is definitely longer than his given name of Garfield. I just find Garfield a bit boring and obvious. He's a ginger cat so he's Garfield by default. It's like calling every border collie Lassie. Lassie was a border collie right? I have no clue.

Well that derailed pretty quickly.

Main point? I have someone who trusts me and it feels strange, but also pretty cool. I'm coming to terms with it.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Still Nothing

Still no podcast. Still no job. Still no medical form. Still no motorbike license either. Every time I ring the guy he's busy and gives me another time to ring him. Can't blame him for that really though as a lot of people are trying to get theirs out the way before the weather gets too cold. I've also had quite a while to get this test over and done with. So, yep, can't really blame him for being a success. If it wasn't for the fact that my dad had already paid for it and that he had half of my driving license I'd have given up by now and accepted it's not meant to be right now. If you're wondering what I mean when I say he has half of my license I mean that he has the paper part of my license. The piece of paper that you get when you apply for a license. He can't keep my card license so he keeps a hold of that. I'm not entirely sure why. Well anyway, he still has it.

I was actually going to record a podcast but then I ended up talking to a friend for a good few hours and playing some scrabble with them because I don't have that much of a life, even with friends. I also don't have much of a sleep schedule. Sheesh it's four AM as I write this and I plan to be up in about six hours or so. I want to go out on a walk some time today too. I'm getting even more unfit and it's really starting to bother me now. Not enough to go to the gym, but certainly enough to go out on a walk. I much prefer an actual walk to a treadmill or an exercise bike. It's more of a challenge on the body and I'm actually going somewhere. I think that might be another problem I have with the gym. In any case, it became really really apparent today just how much free time I have that I'm wasting so I'm going to do something productive.

I'm also going to book an appointment with my doctor. Medical form or not, I suppose I really need to get checked out for diabetes. If by some miracle my form arrives today I can take it with me. If not then I can just book myself back in again some other time. At least if I don't get this job for some reason I can say in a calm and clear voice "It wasn't my fault."

I won't believe me but it's worth a shot.

Monday, 4 November 2013

It's Time For The Next Installment...

It's time for the next installment of "So, do you have a job?" The answer to that question is still "technically". I haven't received the letter that I'm supposed to take to my doctor yet. Or maybe they're sending a letter to my doctor. Huh. Well anyway, I'm much less apprehensive about taking the job than I was a few days ago. At least I seem to be. I talked it over with the person who would be affected most and their general response was "Don't work so hard you kill yourself". Unfortunately for them I plan to give myself a very punishing sleep schedule where I replace actual sleep with two naps. To be honest I actually don't need much sleep. Thanks to years of sleep apnea and a terrible sleeping schedule I've never stuck to, I don't have much trouble staying up and functioning on little sleep. I still remember the day I got about three hours sleep and then stayed up for twenty hours plus. Good times.

Anyway, right now I'm resolved to just answer my doctor's questions as honestly as I can. I'll leave it all in his hands. This delayed start means that my life won't be as affected as first thought/feared. I'll still be working the same schedule if I do go to the job, but what days I'll be there will be slightly different. I was supposed to start work today actually. Unless of course I begin work next Monday instead and things are the same, I just have one less week. I'll definitely be there for less time though. I'm currently contracted until the end of November as that's how they work there.

They basically employ so many people that they renew contracts monthly as I explained. If you can stay there for a few years then they have no choice but to offer you a permanent contract. The supervisor I met on my induction had been there for fifteen years. I don't think I could manage fifteen years though. I'd be quite happy to last until the end of the month. It would actually give me all the money I need for a very grandiose scheme I have that I'll tell you more about as it comes to fruition.

In the meantime I hope to get my current writing projects finished up before I have to go to work as it will seriously cut into my writing time and I also hope to pass my CBT bike training, which I'm hoping to retake tomorrow. I was penciled in for then as I didn't know when I'd be working and hopefully if I call him today to confirm, tomorrow will still be available.

Friday, 1 November 2013

I Still Don't Know

Yesterday I mentioned that I had a job induction well, yesterday. Today I can report on my findings and if I do or do not have a job. As the title of the post suggests, I still don't know. Everyone who went on the induction except for me and one other guy got the job immediately. Me and the other guy need to get a checkup done by our doctors. The chances of the doctor saying "no, you can't handle that job" are extremely low but it's just a precaution they have to take.

To be honest I have fairly mixed feelings. I really took the job without thinking about it and what it could do me mentally and physically. I say mentally first because I have surprisingly serious separation issues. That's right folks, this cold hearted bastard gets attached to people. I'm also highly doubtful that my body could really hold out for a 12 hour shift. I also know I'm going to feel like shit though if I really say "I don't think I can handle this." I already feel like shit for thinking that. I can say with complete honesty that I want a job, I really do. Well, I want money at least. I just don't want to to work four twelve hour shifts a week. I don't want to go three days straight without talking to the most important people in my life. I don't think I could handle the stress of all that either. Damn, in the factory yesterday I almost had some small breakdowns and wanted to cry a lot.

Being unable to actually manage the job is my only way out of it, but I really am going to feel like crap either way. Either I get the job and it puts a serious strain on my body, mind, and relationships, or I don't get it and I feel like a massive failure who's managed to let everyone down by still not having a job. It'll be the second time I've truly failed to get a job. This time it'll be so much worse because I had it, and then decided I couldn't do it.

To cap it all off I probably have diabetes. What fun. I'm going to have to talk to my doctor about that too.

I guess what I really need is for someone to tell me that it's okay if I can't do this and, most of all, for me to believe them.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Trick? What Trick?

Despite all the major things happening for me today (and trust me today is a big day for me) I would be very remiss if I didn't mention the fact that today is of course Halloween. That magical time of the year where women are forced to dress in highly revealing clothes, kids get free candy, and I'd make a paedophile joke here but it probably wouldn't go down well. I've been listening to a lot of dark humour lately.

Anyway, speaking of dark things, Halloween is just...dark I suppose. Or at least I think that's what it's supposed to be. I'm a grumpy old man with no kids who also hates kids so it's not like I know or care what it's really about these days. It seems to me to be one of the few things we borrowed from America. I think my biggest problem with it is a semantics issue. Kind of. "Trick or treat" implies that you can actually opt for a trick and not provide a treat, but that isn't the case. Saying you have no sweets is met with abuse and often vandalism. I can't wait until I'm a cranky old man with a shotgun and a porch. I'll just live it up on there every Halloween. Sat on a rocking chair and stroking a massive gun. Of course to really keep the kids away I'd have to be stroking something else but, again, I don't think that would go down too well.

I'm not really against Halloween or anything by the way. It's a pretty fun time of year where people of all ages can wear whatever the heck they want and not feel like they're being judged. Except me. I did have some plans this year but as I said, today is a big day for me. I have a job induction this afternoon and probably will not in fact be able to do any kind of dressing up. So I guess I'll have to wait until next year to dye my hair pink.

Yes, that really was my plan for this year. I had other plans but the most glaring part was the pink hair. It would have been removable by the way. I'd have gotten the kind that comes out very easily and would be gone after a long bath. This year I had neither the time nor the money to acquire a costume. Next year I hope to do more. For now I can just enjoy all the effort that a friend of mine went too, including buying white angels wings and black cat ears and painting them grey.

She needed them in grey.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Getting Back On The Bike Again

You might remember a few months ago I decided to try and complete my Compulsive Basic Training that would allow me to ride a motorbike legally. You might also remember that I managed to fail something where the only thing I had to do was ride a bike. It turns out that you can forget how to ride a bike. It's also easily remembered too. It's just that when you're trying to ride a motorbike is hardly the best time or place to try and pick that particular skill back up.

What ended up happening instead is that I went on a bike trail with my dad and, eventually, came into possession of a pushbike that seriously ruins my legs because damn, I'm out of shape since not going to the gym much. Something that would be rectified by the possession of a bike. At least, that's what I tell myself. I'm just really, really bad at time management.

Anyway, the main thing to take away from all of that is that I failed to ride a bike, then got a bike, and can now ride a bike again. I just can't sustain it for very long but it's more thanks to my legs giving out and my ass hurting thanks to the seat. These are not problems one acquires on a motorbike however. Well actually I don't know about the seat thing. They certainly look more comfortable at least.

I finally decided to rebook the CBT this past week. Unfortunately the guy said that he was busy and I need to call him back this week. Today to be precise. I just kept putting it off and putting it off. It was also really not a focus for me for the longest time. I just never really thought about it much. With the job coming up though I've decided that I'm going to go for it again. I hoped to get it in before the weather turned bad but so much for that plan.

I've been told my induction at work will be on Halloween of all days, which means that I really need to try and get myself booked in for the CBT tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest. I want to get it done and out of the way before the job starts so that I have a much better chance of being able to get myself too and from work without having to rely on either my dad or public transport. I hate public transport and I also don't like the idea of bothering my dad with taking me to and from work. Plus he still has a job himself.

All in all, I'd say wish me good luck but I really have to go into this thinking "I don't need luck, I'm good."

...well, I can stay on a bike at least. I really hope this goes well. I've recently started to get some confidence and motivation back and don't really want to lose it by failing something for a second time.

Friday, 25 October 2013

World Peace Achieved; KThnxBai

Unfortunately world peace has not been achieved but I, your Lord and Master, have come up with a plan to make it an actuality. It's pretty easy really. Much easier than a lot of people think. A few days ago I read that Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, plans to change the EU Treaty. This is some agreement that all member nations of the EU sign and one of the clauses in it is, in my own words "Hey, don't attack member nations kay?" and the same clause should be, and hopefully is, in the UN charter or whatever it is UN nations have to sign when they join up.

To be honest I don't think it's that hard to actually get every country in the UN (or the majority of them) and get them to sign an agreement saying that they will never attack another member nation. You can probably even get them to sign an agreement to not even attack non-member nations under the threat of attack by the other member nations. It's essentially a case of "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us." but I think it would actually work. Mutually Assured Destruction is an incredibly stupid idea. The acronym M.A.D is actually pretty accurate. Mutually assured destruction is when everyone has nukes and if someone fires a nuke at you, you fire one at them before theirs kills you. It's a damn stupid idea.

Let me be clear; I hate war. I hate it. This also leads into another plan I have that my dad actually got too. That would be the concept of War Zones. The biggest problem I have with war is of course civilian casualties. Those are human lives and a lot of them, if not all of them, wanted no part in the war. There's plenty of wide open areas that are uninhabitied, or unhabitable. Such as all the large desert areas we have in this world. If two countries, or more, want to go to war then let them. Just take the fight away from the civilians.

One of the main reasons war used to happen was that people were trying to conquer territories and extend their empire. We've pretty much allocated the world and I don't think people really want to spread their empires that much. Peace is achievable and I'd love to see it happen in my lifetime.

Although to be honest I think that the way world peace will actually be achieved is the next time an idiot sets off a nuke. That's why it went down that way in Immortal Space.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Some More Information

So I went to the prescreening thing on Tuesday and not a whole lot happened if I'm honest, but I do have a little bit of information for you. Plus there was actually one thing that happened. I think I've mentioned about this bunch of people before known as the English Defense League. In an effort to avoid ad homenims and calling them racist I'll just call them a little extreme. They're a group of people who feel that England should only be for the English. They hate foreigners and what have you. Anyway, in the group of people there with me there was this guy of clearly black descent. Sat next to him was a young gentleman in a plain white shirt that had the letters "EDL" written on it bold font. You haven't lived until you've seen a racist sat next to a black guy. Though the black guy ended up complaining about immigants (not a typo, I love that word) so I guess they had more in common than they thought.

As far as new information goes I've found out that the place I'll be working for, Thornton's, actually employs people on a month by month basis. They basically sign you to a contract for a month and every month renew the contract for another month or let you go. They also have different shift patterns, one of which sounds very appealing. They offer a 7am-3pm shift which would actually suit me pretty fine. It would fit pretty well into my current schedule and would affect me a lot less than a 12-12 shift even if it means more days. It will affect my body less and my personal relationships a whole lot less. Yes, even this cold hearted reclusive bastard has friends. Who knew?

So my aim will really be to go for that shift or at the very least hold out for as long as I can. Some guy there, oddly enough the EDL dude who actually had a lot of knowledge, calculated how much pay would be and even accounted for taxes. Seems after just one month I'd actually have all the money I need for something major I'm planning. If I can't get the 7-3 shift then I'll hold out for the first month and try and get it the second.

This is of course assuming that A) get the job, B) survive the first month and C) get considered for staying on.

One thing I'm not looking forward to though is that because they're so big on hygiene I'm not allowed to take ANYTHING with me out on to the work floor. My phone, my MP3 player, everything will be locked in a locker outside that I can only access during breaks. I'm not overstating it when I say that damn, that's going to be incredibly rough for me. Not to be cut off from the internet like that, but the loss of my music more than anything. I could do anything for 12 hours straight with the right playlist probably. Without music I'm going to lose my sanity so much faster. If you hear on the news about a guy who went berserk in a chocolate factory and killed all the employees by encasing them in chocolate...

...that was probably me.

Monday, 21 October 2013

More Than My Job's Worth

Unlike the last time I told you that I pretty much have a job, this time it does seem to be a bit more of a certainty. It's a very different job too. I was at A4E again recently this past Friday and pretty much as soon as I walked in they told me that they had something for me at Thornton's. It's going to be three days a week on a rota and while that doesn't sound too bad, almost sounds part time, the shifts are 12 hours long. It'll be seasonal work too and last for two or three months. It's expected to start in November and end in January or so for the Christmas period.

It's not definitely seasonal though as not long after Christmas you have Valentines Day and not long after that you have Easter. During the first quarter to half of the year a chocolate factory is a very busy and necessary place. Apparently they even have people who are still there when they were sent on the same thing last year.

Before all of that though I have to go into a prescreening process tomorrow to meet the people running the place and such. I also have to go in for an induction to see if I can even manage the work. If I manage to make it through all of that then the job will pretty much be mine.

I was actually pretty happy to hear that I might have a job and a temporary one like this suits me pretty well. I'd say I could do with less hours but if it's compacted into three days then it doesn't really impact my life much and I should still be able to write and everything. Not to mention with decent hours I would still get a pretty nice paycheck. Before I start thanking A4E and talking about how awesome they are though I also have to say that they actually have some kind of working agreement with Thornton's. While it's pretty cool they've set this up, I'm not about to listen to them when they hype it up and everything because I know they do this for pretty much everyone.

Still pretty cool though. Assuming I live through it.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Hmmm

Yesterday (I'm writing this at two in the morning so it counts) I actually totally lost track of time and didn't have anything written. I keep losing track of time a lot lately. I have good excuses though. It's something that's been proven true time and time again though that I really have really bad time management skills.

I have a whole lot I want to get done, and some things that I have to get done that just aren't getting done. It kinda sucks but I suppose if it was that much of an issue to me I'd probably try and organise my time better. I really am just that bad at it I guess. Things get put off and in some cases not done for a long time. Actually one of the reasons I have a poor diet is time management. I never start working on food early enough and as a result I tend to just have something quick like some kind of microwavable meal or sandwich. It's not bad once in a while but it's terrible to do it every meal.

My cat eats pretty well though. Seeing how she drapes herself over my shoulders and across my chest I suppose she sleeps pretty well too. Lucky little bugger. At least I actually don't have to prepare her food for her. I just open a packet and put it in the bowl. Sometimes she gets annoyed and doesn't eat in protest because she actually gets sick of eating the same food all the time. I can relate because the same happens to me (Celestia knows how I can keep eating sandwiches and not get sick of them) but it's not like there's much choice when it comes to cat food really. So she's kinda out of luck.

Speaking of luck, as this thing does seem to be one long segue, I suppose I kinda got lucky that I had several small things to talk about and went on a small mental journey. Now if I could be lucky enough to land a nice job I'm interested in, and get my writing done, which are surprisingly similar goals, then I would be a happy man.

That isn't to say that I'm not happy, for I am reasonably happy right now. It's pretty awesome.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

I Remembered How To Podcast

I got myself a good chunk of alone time this week and, thanks to having something to talk about, was able to finally record a podcast again after quite a long absence. I went to the opticians on Tuesday and he was much nicer than my dentist. Find out all about how the trip went, and about my eyes in general (I have a freaky genetic disorder, go figure! At least, I think it's genetic...it's possibly a birth defect) in the podcast below!


Monday, 14 October 2013

A-Z Book Survey

I didn't really have any ideas but I was reading blogs yesterday when I came across a pretty fun post by Althea over at Blue Sky Gazing. It was an A-Z challenge about reading, as the name implies. So lets go through this together, like the terminal illness that an A-Z challenge is.


Author you've read the most books from:
That would probably be Eoin Colfier. As well as reading all of the Artemis Fowl books I've read a few other books he's made, as well as Artemis Fowl spin offs. I can't name all of them though. But it's definitely more than there are Harry Potter books. Not to diss Harry Potter, it's just that that he makes JK who I've read the second most amount of books from.


Best sequel ever:
Lirael by Garth Nix. Sabriel was a pretty great book but I always preferred Lirael's adventures to Sabriel's.


Currently reading:
Unfortunately all my writing leaves little to no time for reading.

Drink of choice whilst reading:
I guess I'd say iced tea. I don't really drink much outside of meals and I rarely read and eat at the same time.


E-reader or physical book:
I did a whole post about this, but to summarise I prefer real books but have no problem with e-readers and would happily enjoy a Kindle.


Fictional character you would probably have dated in high school:
Meh I don't really do that kinda thing, so I don't have an answer because I'm cheap.


Glad you gave this book a chance:
Honestly? I don't think I have an answer for that either. I'm very picky with my books and rarely try anything new unfortunately. There is a story I'm glad I gave a chance though and that is a story called The Snow On Her Cheek. I'd tell you about it but it's fanfiction.


Hidden book gem?
I would say any of the books based on the World Of Warcraft video game. Don't judge them because of their origins, they are amazing fantasy books.

Important moment in your book life:
When I wrote a book of course.

Just finished:
The last book I read was...damn I'm actually not sure. As I said I have very little time for reading these days.

Kind of book you won't read:
I'm not that fussy but I do have vapid and one dimensional characters and stupid love stories that don't make sense. I'm looking at you Twilight.

Longest book you've read:
The unabridged version of The Stand by Stephen King. It came in at over 1000 pages and it's the longest book I remember reading.

Major book hangover because of:
I'd say the way the last Artemis Fowl book ended gave me mixed feelings and made me feel like there should have been more to come.

Number of bookcases you own:
One and there are actually barely any books on it. Support your local library!

One book you've read multiple times:
I'd have to say all the Harry Potter books. I find it impossible to read just one book in a series, which sucks because all the books I really enjoy are series'

Preferred place to read:
Probably my bed or my chair. They're what I do everything on. Well, almost.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
I actually can't think of a specific quote. Just not the type. 

Reading regret:
I was going to say Twilight but I don't regret reading it. You need to read it to understand it. No, my biggest regret is that when I was in school my librarian gave me a whole list of books to read, and I really really enjoyed them, but I never remembered the names. I'll probably never read those amazing books again, and that makes me sad.

Series you started and need to finish:
I finish every series I start. I'm not reading anything that's not finished either right now. Oh wait there are two. The Power of Five series and The Keys To The Kingdom series. Damn I need to find those books.

Three of your all-time favourite books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
Artemis Fowl (the first book is just called Artemis Fowl) - Eoin Colfier
Shade's Children - Garth Nix. It might not be my favourite of his but it's good because it's a standalone one.

Unapologetic fanboy for:
Can't say there is anything. I'm actually not much of a fanboy for anything.

Very excited for this release:
My second book.

Worst bookish habit:
Gonna have to borrow Althea's and say getting distracted, mostly by the internet, and not reading.

X marks the spot - Start at the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:
My bookshelf has very few books in it, so I couldn't do that. It mostly has video games in it and CDs.

Your latest book purchase:
...The Big Book of Equestria...

Zzz snatcher book (the last book that kept you up waay too late):
I can't really remember the last time that happened to me. Writing has kept me up pretty late sometimes though.

And there you have it. Kinda wish I'd turned it into 26 posts now.






Friday, 11 October 2013

Cold Nights Are Coming

That's right folks. Autumn is settling in as the Summer sun dims. It's pretty much gone now really as the nights are getting colder. We're fast approaching my favourite time of the year as far as weather and atmosphere goes. The sun is nice, sure, but I melt very easily and much prefer the darker and colder nights. The only problem with this is that my bedroom window still isn't attached properly and I get incredibly cold. Especially at night. You know how you see in movies where people get so cold they fall asleep and don't wake up? That actually happens to me. The impulse to fall asleep that is.

Yeah, it gets pretty damn cold.

This time though me and my dad are hoping to do something about it. Last year we tried sealing it up with...well, sealant, but it didn't go too well. This time my dad decided to buy some things that he can just attach to the frame that cover up gaps. I've forgotten what they're called but they also look pretty nice. They're made of pine. There's just one problem and that is that neither of us can put them up. Though part of that is a lack of tools. We're hoping that we can get someone to do it, or just get it done ourselves. I think we'd have a lot more luck if we had a saw.

For now though I'm going to chill my way through the winter, almost quite literally. I'm aiming to survive though don't you worry. I'll be here all this time still with nothing to write about because of course I have no ideas. Never have, and never will.

Well I suppose it's not true I've never had ideas. I did use to have ideas. Then I started having more sleeping problems than ever. At least my kitty is willing to share her body heat with me. She's totally adorable.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Still No Podcast

Yep. Still no podcast. I'm doing better as far as health goes but I still have a pretty bad throat and it's still not fun to talk. I'll see if I can get one recorded maybe even for tomorrow or something. Or just record one way in advance for next week.

Anyway, something not so great happened to me recently. Jessica, my best friend of the past 13 or so years, has moved to a whole other country. She's living in Spain now and to be honest I'm not too sure when I'll talk to her again. She said it could be a few months until she gets the internet set up and she'll actually be living in a hotel for a while. If we're lucky she'll be in a hotel with wifi. She did send me a random text though too.

She moved in with her new girlfriend a few months back and I hadn't seen her since then actually. Thankfully I got to meet up with her one last time before she moved away that time. It just feels a lot worse because she's a whole other country away now. It's hardly the last time I'm going to see her though. Flights to Spain, form England at least, are pretty dirt cheap. For the price it's going to cost me to go to America I can take about 20 trips to Spain. Though I'd have no spending money. If anything I now actually have a holiday home in Spain. That's how she really wants me to see it anyway. I still ended up crying like a little bitch on Tuesday though. I really don't cry much at all.

Still, as I said, it's hardly the last time I'll see her. I know that she got to Spain safely and she's just waiting for me to come visit. I think I'll have to wait until next summer but it's something. I have a passport which is pretty much everything I need.

This ain't no end, it's a new beginning for her.

Slight edit: I can now confirm that she does have a new place to stay and should be moving in very soon. No idea on when she'll be getting the internet there though.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Some Interesting Math

I recently came across an image which is sadly far too large to be sticking on here, but it told me that the Harry Potter series contained 1,090,739 words. I really hope that JK told someone how many words each book has and it wasn't just that some poor schmuck had to actually count each individual word. Why is this interesting you ask? Well I haven't done any math yet. There are seven Harry Potter books in all, and when you divide 1,090,739 by 7 you get 155,819 (not a precise number, there's a decimal point too). This means that on average a Harry Potter book is 155,819 words long. This is kinda disproportionate though because the first and second ones aren't too long and they didn't get long until about the fourth one.

The story I'm currently writing is, at the time of writing, 149,532. By the time you're reading this it will likely have surpassed the 156k mark. That's where this becomes interesting. I published the first chapter of that story on 28th April, of this year. That was about four months ago. In the space of about four months I have written a full length novel that continues to grow. I would not be too surprised if by the time this story had finished it was up to 200k words long. In fact if it wasn't for me choosing to split it into two separate stories for the sake of my own sanity and to keep a pure ending, then it would easily surpass that point.

I wrote a novel...in four months. I would actually be a little sad about this if it wasn't for the fact that the story is so popular and I've had so much fun with it. The reason I would be sad by the way is that it's a piece of fanfiction. It's not something I am ever likely going to be able to release or ever make a penny from. But, as I said, I am enjoying this story. If it wasn't as popular as it is it actually would not be this long at all.

At the end of the day I can say to myself that I wrote an entire freakin novel in four months. I'm a writing machine. If anything I can even take it as hope for down the line, and once this is over and I'm back on Immortal Space it's something I can take away. I have a seemingly incredibly high writing output. 6k words a week doesn't seem like much, neither does working on a story for four months, but when you take a step back and look at it like I have, then it's a pretty sweet thing I've gone and done.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Back In The Gym


As I said in yesterday's post I started writing a short piece about how I went to the gym on Monday. Yeah it was Monday. The dentist was Tuesday. I also wrote so much it was beginning to look like an actual post and so I decided that I would try and make it one. It's gone from being made of wood to becoming a real boy...post...thing.

I had less time than I wanted to have so was pretty limited, but the gym looks pretty awesome now. The new machines are...well, new, and they've rearranged the floor space to make everything just look better. The downside is that the lockers no longer accept trolley tokens. For those who don't know, the lockers require you to insert a pound coin, and so do some supermarket trolleys/carts. Some clever genius created something known as a trolley token. It's pretty much a pound coin but with no monetary value and it attaches to your keyring. The trick is that you have a pound coin you can never spend, and so will always have one. Until you lose one. Which did happen to me. The old lockers accepted them just fine, but the new ones didn't. Which really sucks because I bought a new one just to use with the lockers. It was also all I bought the old one for. I rarely have cash on me, or at least change, and got tired of asking my dad for a pound for the locker every time I went.

Anyway, I spent about 45 minutes or so overall exercising. I went on the bike, the treadmill, and did a few strength things before ultimately having to call it quits to make it home on time. As I said I had less time than I wanted, and did actually plan on being there a full 90 minutes. What matters most though is that I went, and had a badass shower afterwards. It was surprisingly grueling but not too surprising given the state my legs have been in since I went on my actual bike. If I had to guess as to what happened, I would say it is muscle deterioration. I may have gone into the gym with badass leg muscles but I was also walking six miles a week or more, which probably helped build those up, and my legs were probably like this before I started walking.

I fell off my horse, but I'm getting back on it and riding off into the sunset.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Seems Almost Biweekly Now

The podcast that is. Lately it really seems like it's been a biweekly thing. Part of that is down to how much time I'm spending on not making podcasts. Or generally living a life actually so that way I would have something to talk about. There are a few things I could mention, sure, but it wouldn't take long at all to talk about them properly, whereas I can make my writing look longer than it actually is. Speaking one extra sentence adds maybe a few seconds but writing one adds a whole other layer to the post and makes it seem more impressive. Overcompensating much? Perhaps.

Well as I said there are a few things I can mention that I would get maybe about a minute of talking out of. First of all, I went to the dentist a few days ago. They still don't like me because I still don't brush my teeth. Although she softened up a bit when I told her the main reason I didn't was because I slip in and out of depressive cycles and when you're depressed hygiene is one of the first things out the window. I don't mean to keep growing a beard. Still, I got six months to try and sort my mouth out with the power and magic of proper brushing. They sure do an excellent job at making you feel like crap. You'd be surprised at how totally NOT motivating that is!

I was going to also mention going back to the gym but after I wrote it out it turned into something resembling an actual post of it's own. I can fluff it up a bit and make it an actual post. Yay for taking what ideas I can get and doing what I can with them. Seriously if I ever doubt my creativity all I really need to do is just load up a random blog post and look at how well I managed to keep things going despite not having much, and how I managed to extend sentences past the point of human understanding and recognition.

Seeing how my stories are actually more popular than me (seriously, I have 60 followers but my story has over 170 favourites...the buck?) I'm not going to focus on that. I should instead be focusing on my attempts to join the prostitution industry*.

I should really do posts like this more often.

*please note I'm not actually trying to become a prostitute.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Hitting It Off

As most of you know, I enjoy starting posts with "As most of you know". Seriously though, it's just such a good way to preface a post. Anyway...I not only run my own little podcast but I also co-host a wrestling podcast every week. There was a guest on the show of the wrasslin one (obviously you guys would know if I had a guest on my personal podcast. Something that hasn't happened in forever) and she has a wrasslin podcast of her own. Hers is recorded just after the show, so it would be at four or five in the morning for me which actually isn't that late but I prefer to watch the show commercial free. Celestia bless anyone who can sit through three straight hours of a program.

Anyway, she's going to be moving to the UK soon, so our time zones would be able to match up. She has a guest every single week and she gets a lot of people requesting to be her guest. I thought I'd take a shot and ask her. When I asked her she said no. Due to the high demand of requests she gets, she only wants people on that she knows and has a rapport with, and she thinks me and her just don't have that. It's fair enough really. I'm not about to complain that she wouldn't let me on her show. I know she has a lot of people ask her, and I know I barely talk to her at all. Actually I can say I think I've talked to her all of three times.

What got me though was the whole rapport thing. Despite being quite a recluse I actually am capable of hitting it off with people quite well. I can actually make a remarkable first impression when I want to and usually when I don't have a rapport with someone, it's because I'm not allowing myself to. At first I actually even considered leaving the wrasslin podcast I was already a part of because she also commented how fragmented and all over the place the show seemed. It has five hosts now that I'm there though so I think that is just part of the way it goes. I do know though that the guys who run the show itself do like me. I have good chemistry with most, if not all of them too. If I didn't they wouldn't have invited me back on the show and let me just live with them now. Seriously that's what happened. I did one show, and asked if I could do the week after. The first show was a PPV prediction show and I wanted to come back the week after to discuss the PPV itself. They invited me back and one of the hosts even said he thinks I should have become a regular guest/host. We're just caught in a transition period but we'll get there.

I can't please everyone, I can't be friends with everyone, and frankly I don't want to. Oh and once again, I'm not saying I felt disappointed I couldn't be on the other show. It's her show, her rules, and I understand her point. I wouldn't want to listen to something where two people were clashing all the time because they didn't click. I'm just talking about rapport in general and how sometimes you really hit it off with people, and sometimes you don't, and I'm just not used to people telling me that me and them didn't hit it off.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Some Things

I did have an idea for a post but I couldn't really think of how to word it. I'll see if I can make it exist for Monday or something. It was a pretty good idea, I just wasn't sure what to do with it. Instead I will just offer you some random thoughts as I'm typing this from the magical land of one in the morning.

- I did try to go back to the gym yesterday. No, really, I did. I packed my bag up and everything and when I got there I found out they were closed for refurbishment until tomorrow (Saturday) so I could not in fact go. When I was there last they were talking about refurbishment and they actually changed the changing rooms and replaced all the lockers right before I left. I either forgot the refurbishment was happening or thought it would be over with by now. I originally stopped going because I hit a major wall and took a harsh dose of reality and it left me very, very depressed as far as exercise goes. I thought I was doing good and so did the guy who was keeping track of my progress. He told me to book myself into a fitness class and I chose a combat fitness one. It's one where you exercise using basic fighting techniques but don't actually hit eachother. I blew up within minutes and struggled to get through the class and I think only sheer determination to see it through and not have to quit kept me going through it. The point though is that I wanted to go, still want to go, and actually did manage to go. I think that come next week, when they reopen, I'll be able to walk in again and exercise. I'll probably have to start small but I can work my way back up to the top.

- I had some things to do in town anyway so it wasn't like the trip was a total waste. I went to my local Boots to print up some photographs and there was a woman there who was in quite a rage. Boots are sort of a pharmacy but they stock food and plenty of other things. Anyway, the pharmacy section happened to be closed (I don't know why) and this woman couldn't seem to grasp that they couldn't sell her anything, no matter how sick her kid was. Listen, I can sympathise with a parent, but when there are THREE other pharmacies within walking distance of this one, I can't sympathise with a rude customer. Working in retail would be sweet if it wasn't for all the customers.

Well that's two things but it actually took up a lot of room, so yay for that. I guess I can leave off with that. Enjoy your day folks.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Muscles Are Weird

It's not a very long podcast offering this week, but it seems that the podcasts that come in around the 15 minute mark are the ones that get received the most positively. This one begins with me regaling you with the tale of how I ended up smelling like vanilla (but thankfully avoided causing lasting damage to my laptop) and then I go into how my leg muscles absolutely suck. I went on my bike a little on Tuesday and it really took it out of my legs after a very short amount of time. Given how I barely ever exercised at all since I joined the gym, I don't think it's a lack of exercise that caused this to happen. At the gym I would stay on cross trainers and treadmills at high elevation and I would actually put the exercise bikes on the highest resistance and have very little trouble pedalling. Seems I know how to ride a bike, just not the finer mechanics of it.

Damn I need to get back into that gym.


Monday, 23 September 2013

Fun With Minecraft

Not only am I a former Minecraft player who managed to get out of the system, I'm now a relapsed Minecraft player and I'm playing it again. Joy of joys. It's not that bad actually because I'm playing with a friend and she's pretty much the only reason I'm playing it anyway.

I first got out of Minecraft because I could never really think of anything to build. Now though me and my friend build things together on a multiplayer server and occasionally surprise eachother with small things made either there, or on the single player mode. We've built a fair few things together, or been in the process of building things when unfortunately a server reset means that what we were building had to die.

I do understand the point of server resets though and even saw them as a way to begin an entirely new project that could take a good few months to build. It gives me and her something to do together too that we both find enjoyable.

We've ran into a few problems on the server thanks to some pretty bad mods but it turned out the guy was universally hated. Except perhaps by the guy who kept remaking him a mod and unbanning him. He banned my friend for a accidentally hitting me (this was after I'd accidentally killed her...yeah that can happen) and he wouldn't leave us alone. I went back online yesterday to hear that he'd been banned for calling all the girls on the server "sluts" so, yep.

I'm not even lost to the world of Minecraft because, as I said, it's pretty much exclusively something I do with my friend. I still can't really think of much to build, and I'm terrible at following pixel art guides, but we still make some cool things together. I'd show you some of it but as I said there was a huge server reset. One of the most fun things we definitely did though was building a huge checkers board and actually playing checkers together on Minecraft.

She won.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Pain In The Feet

I recently decided to go back to making myself thinner and in better shape. I have my reasons. Other than of course a better quality of life. If I cared about that I'd be shaving and brushing my teeth more.

Anyway, rather than just jump straight back into the gym I decided to start it a little small. On Wednesday I dusted off my Kinect and did the calorie challenge on my Kinect Sports game. If you don't know what that is, it's where you set a time and calorie goal (well, you select a time and it gives you a calorie goal) and you play minigames for the set amount of time, hoping to burn off the amount of calories. Pretty simple stuff.

Back in my heyday I could do a full half hour session on that. It might not sound like much but that thing could actually really take it out of you. I decided to start a little smaller, as I said, and only did the fifteen minute challenge. Damn that thing took it out of me. I did manage to beat the goal though, so that's something.

Yesterday I also went on a proper walk for the first time in forever. The town centre is to the right of my door, and my walking path is down the left. I had to go to the town centre to mail a letter and decided I would walk up there and then walk past my house on the way back and continue walking. I have two different walking routes. Well it's a straight line either way, but I have two set distances. There's a petrol station a mile away from me, and my old school is two miles away. When I started walking before I would walk to the petrol station and back. Then I started venturing towards the school and back. This time though I did only go to the petrol station. I got some nasty stomach cramps and I'm surprised I managed to drag myself home. Still, I walked three miles and I'm going to walk at least a mile today, so it's not going too bad.

I have no problem starting exercise programs or anything, I find sticking to them to be my biggest obstacle. Most people can make something a habit pretty quickly but I just can't. I probably couldn't form a smoking addiction if I tried. Not that I really want to.

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