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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Currently

Reading: Still Dawn of the Aspects. I'm still focusing on my writing so when I'm ready to jump into another world I tend to go to my own. It's not arrogance, it's a desire to get it finished and move onto the next book I'm planning. Plus I'm nearly at the end of reading Dawn of the Aspects, and if you know me you'll know I hate finishing stories. Ending my own is bad enough but that has to be done or they'll obviously never be published. But when I'm reading a book or watching a TV series I hate watching the final episode. More often than not I skip them altogether. They'll either be disappointing (and the longer a series is the more likely that is) or I'll have no idea what to do with myself because it's all over. We just finished watching Stargate: Atlantis, but we put off watching the last episode for weeks (it ended up being disappointing, partly because of that pedestal). I'll get around to finishing the book eventually...

Watching: Dragonball. I watched Dragonball Z when I was 8 but I'll admit that I had little idea what was going on at the time. It was also before you could digitally record things so we had to set up the video recorder if we were going out, and when we forgot to I had the biggest tantrums. I had the best person in the world over a week ago and she told me that I always used to go on and on about it. She never watched the show but she remembers more than I do! Dragonball came before Dragonball Z, however, and sees Goku as a 12 year old as opposed to a fully grown man. I'd never seen it, and when I decided I wanted to watch Dragonball Z again, I thought I should start at the beginning instead. My only complaint is that I can't find it subtitled anywhere so I have to watch it dubbed, and often when programs are dubbed they over-compensate. However, Master Roshi's voice acting is the best. I'm totally enjoying the show :D all of my morning productivity has gone out of the window.

Listening: I just got the Avatar: Legend of Korra soundtrack in and I can't turn it off. I love it. There are a few tracks in the show that...aren't Avatar-y at all because they're more like swing music than classical Asian music, but when played on their own I can't keep still. I've got it in my head right now and I'm fighting the temptation to Charlston it out.

Playing: Nothing at the moment, like I said I'm writing, but Watch_Dogs just came out and while Dragonball has destroyed my morning productivity, Watch_Dogs has stolen my weekend productivity. It's got a good story, the graphics are good enough, the music's pretty nice and the multiplayer where other players come into your game and try to 'hack' you (the game is about a computer hacker) is pretty fun to watch - unless the guy trying to hack you literally drives a car up alongside you and stops to do it, because then it's pretty obvious who it is and you don't have to go searching for them, and that's most of the fun.

Thinking: I should buy a boat. No, seriously though, I'm thinking again about my book, but also about all of the mistakes I made while writing it - I've got notes floating around on a million pieces of paper and on several word documents, some notes contradict eachother because they were written months apart, others are repeated and somehow forgotten, and others are completely useless to me now. So yesterday, while watching Watch_Dogs, I gathered up all of my notes and finally sat down and organised them. I'm confused as hell by it all because there are 3 things happening in the book at once and I've got details for all 3 things on separate documents and now I have to interlock them. They overlap but it's fitting them together perfectly which is difficult. My next book won't be so complicated, that way I can have more work into making my characters and the world awesome rather than trying to share the awesome out properly amongst goodness knows how many - Generals, Lieutenants, Kings and Queens, ordinary individuals and so on. There are a lot of balls in the air and it's a bit hard to keep up with, so I'll be sure not to make the mistake again.


   Seeg is always using the desk to play his games, so I usually have to do all of my work on the bed. This is what my 'workstation' generally looks like. The pile of papers in the bottom right corner numbers thirty two sheets. Yes, I counted. Good thing I recycle...

Exercising: Still doing Jean Butler's Irish Dance Masterclass, but I will admit to getting a little tired of it now because I'm a bit stuck on one of the sections. I've done the first tap section for a full week now and because I'm working on perfecting before moving on, I'm getting a bit bored with playing the same three minutes over and over for half an hour a day for six days. This section has got a lot of stuff in it but's complicated, and while if you keep at it and take it one step at a time, quite literally, you can learn it, I'm just a bit tired of looking at it.

Wishing: That I hadn't jumbled my writing up so much, and that I had been a little bit more careful a few days ago. I've managed to mildly sprain my wrist while doing a workout the other day, just as I was planning to start the 30 Day Shred again, so needless to say I'm a bit miffed. It also means I can't do my evening yoga and lately I'm getting antsy while sitting still so that's a bit of a bummer. Usually when I'm feeling a bit on the chunky side I sit around and feel sorry for myself, usually making it worse, but for once I actually feel like doing something about it and I can't. 'Tis poo. It also means that orders have been delayed a little and projects I wanted to work on have fallen by the wayside. I'm also worried that it won't have recovered in time for next month's workout. I'm extremely excited about it, but I'm a bit nervous, too. I'm certain I'm going to break something, but I've wanted to try it for years so I decided to just go for it. I'm hoping it will count towards research for my writing, too. Now I bet you're all extremely confused.

Also one last shout out to Krysten of Why Girls Are Weird 
to give a big congratulations on her wedding!



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