While discussing my writing struggles with a relative recently he asked an interesting question. If I was penniless and needed to put food on the table, would I approach things differently?
Conventional advice is that writing purely for money is a terrible idea, but with the odds of publishing success already slim is taking into account what’s most profitable really so bad?
Would I be willing to write something, potentially in a genre I’m not comfortable with, and in a different style to what I’m used to, if I knew I would get a cheque at the end of it?
I’ve felt a nagging pressure to write something about the Coronavirus lockdown recently. Not because I have anything profound to say, but just so I have some record of it. An historical document of sorts, I guess, because this is obviously a Big Deal™ in many ways. Coincidently, after I started writing this I got told I’d be returning to work, so things will be changing again.
Whisper it, but I’ve found being on lockdown a largely positive experience.
To my surprise this is the 5th yearly review I’ve done here. How did this happen? Where did the years ago? Eugh.
Anyway, let’s jump into it. On the writing side, 2019 was rough. My original plan was to write a dozen short stories, but that lasted all of four months before I pivoted to other projects. I also did a lot of submissions, but unfortunately got a lot of rejections back.
I’m pleased to announce I’ve had another story accepted. It should be available early next year.
There’s a couple of things I want to note about it.
Firstly, if anything proves to me how subjective the whole writing business is, this story is it. The last rejection I received stated a dislike for the ending. The successful submission, which came a mere 24 hours later, stated how much they loved the ending.
I recently started using MS To-Do as my main task management app. I like it. It’s clean and simple, but not basic. It has smart lists that give you a little more control of your tasks if you need it. The “My Day” feature is the highlight though. All your tasks get listed in a pop-up menu and you choose the ones you want to focus on that day.
Repeating tasks is a biggie for me and it largely handles this smoothly too.
A couple of years ago I took the decision to leave Facebook. I’d left twice before, only to return under the misguided notion things would be different. But now? Now it’s forever as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve not regretted the decision one bit, particularly given everything I’ve heard and read about social media since. It did my mental health no good, and I was only a casual user.
But am I putting myself at a disadvantage?
So, the Game Of Thrones ending. I wasn’t going to comment, but it was too monumental to not at least acknowledge it. So, here goes…
I consider Game Of Thrones to be one of the best shows ever, epic and accomplished in a way few TV shows have even come close to, and many films can only aspire to be. But it had to come to an end at some point.
The next few posts will revolve around my recent experiments with productivity apps and various other musings on the subject. Heads up, this is stream of consciousness stuff!
I’ve avoided going too deep into this issue in recent years because my life just doesn’t warrant anything more complicated than a simple to-do list, somewhere to store random musings and the occasional office suite for more complex work. All accessible wherever I am, of course.
GTA5 didn’t amaze me (sacrilege I know). After the initial buzz of seeing the vast, detailed world and all the things you could do in it, what was left was a somewhat crude 3rd person shooter. And most of the missions seemed to lack intensity and energy. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but I’m sure the older GTA games did a better job in that regard.
It didn’t help that not long after finishing GTA5 I played Sleeping Dogs.
It’s that time of the year again!
This year I finally decided to re-assess my blogging needs. The first step was to get off Tumblr (given its troubles over the last couple of months this has turned out to be an auspicious decision) and create a static site using Hugo. There’s still a long way to go to get this site to the level I want, but my enthusiasm has been renewed with this change.