Another Major Struggle

Trying to write is becoming a nightmare again. I work away from home a lot and when I’m away I get time alone where it’s quiet to work on the computer. As soon as I get home it’s like being in Grand Central Station. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the time at home, I do. But I just wish I could get one or two moments of peace to write. Maybe I need to take some time away from […]

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Writer vs Editor

I know I’m not supposed to do this but I went through Yantsu today and threw quite a bit into the scrap file. I also tweaked and tidied a paragraph here and there. This is why I like NaNoWriMo so much. Having the 50 000 word deadline by the end of the month forces me to get that first draft done before I start messing around and editing. I don’t know why I can’t just leave it alone. It’s like […]

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Sometimes I Worry About My Sanity

I know I’ve been spending too many nights on the computer writing. The fact that it’s after midnight now says a lot. Not that I got much done tonight. I started off with great intentions. In fact, I started off doing well. But then I freaked out. I was right in the middle of an exciting scene when the sudden urge to clean the house hit me. I got going on that and when it came to doing the floor […]

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Yantsu and the Meaning of Pain!

Well, I’m happy to report that after a weekend of reading on Authonomy, I’m in  writing mode again. Yantsu is well and truly back on track and I’ve managed a couple of thousand words today with more to come before bedtime, I’m sure. Last night I hit a stumbling block in the plot. One of my characters dug his heels in and flatly refused to do what I thought he should. I decided to leave him to it for the […]

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Sosai Masutatsu Oyama 27/07/1923 – 26/04/1994

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Sosai Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate. Although it was already 10 years after Sosai’s passing that I was introduced to Kyokushin, I have a lot to be grateful to him for. Kyokushin has literally changed the course of my life. That probably seems strange to anyone who doesn’t practice a martial art. It may well sound odd to many who do, but without it I would never have married Tiaan […]

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A Confidence Boost and A Confession

Okay, confession first. I haven’t written a single word on Yantsu today. There, I said it. I haven’t even opened the document and I do feel guilty about it. But today it was Sanchin’s turn for a bit of attention. Now, I know Sanchin is already in the process of being published but I left it up on Authonomy anyway. It’s always interesting to hear what other people think but, as I’ve said before, there comes a time when you […]

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Runaway Mind vs Reluctant Fingers

I had such a good writing day on Yantsu yesterday that I really should have been suspicious. Well, today about 2000 words hit the scrap file. Not that it’s necessarily a permanent home for those words, they just don’t fit where I had them. The frustrating thing is that something big is brewing and I really want to write it, but I’m not there yet. This is probably very weird and ‘unwriterly’ of me, but I don’t like to skip […]

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Twists and Turns and (Un)Pleasant Surprises

A very productive day on the writing front today. I have no idea how much of it will make final draft but it sure is interesting. It will need a good polish if it’s going to last the course but one thing is certain, this is not turning out to be the book I thought it was going to be. Not that I have a problem with that, it’s just that it’s beginning to stray at little from my pitch. […]

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A Twist in the Tale

I’m really loving being back in writing mode. Yantsu is coming on well again and I’m enjoying the more relaxed pace I set when I’m writing compared to when I’m editing. I got a bit of a fright today though. Yesterday the storyline took an unexpected turn and today that turn gave me a huge scare. The one part of the plot I thought I knew was thrown right out of the window and I was left completely in the […]

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Yantsu and Something New From Chris

Before I start waffling on about Yantsu, I want to show you what I got from Chris this morning. How cool is that?  I just love all of them and now all I have to do is decide which one I’m going to have on the shirt I wear to the British Regional Knockdown Tournament in June. I’m still feeling pretty uncomfortable with the whole self promo thing but I’ll get over it. And what better place to walk around […]

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