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Even Fantasy Novels Need Attention To Detail – The Climb #39

Wednesday 1st March 2017 Tonight in the pub I got to rant about one of my huge bugbears as a writer. As I learned to swordfight, I became increasingly aware that the fights you see on screen look nothing like the fighting I know.  I started to spot openings, I could see the weakness in [...]

2017-03-02T11:27:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Just Don’t Be A Dick – The Climb #37

Monday 27th February 2017 Today I’ve been so tired that I’ve wondered at multiple points throughout the day as to whether I am actually ill.  I was tempted to phone in sick to the day job, but didn’t and now reaching the end of the day am wondering if I should have. Whilst I had [...]

2017-02-28T11:41:20+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Turning Up – The Climb #36

Sunday 26th February 2017 Today has been fuelled by Monster energy drinks. I set my alarm early this morning so I woke up in time to go to swordfighting training.  I was very tempted to give it a miss.  After all, it’s not like I ever miss training when loads of other people do. But [...]

2017-02-27T10:19:08+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Health, Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hungover Saturday – The Climb #35

Saturday 25th February 2017 I’m not really a great drinker any more. I’d go out and get pissed with my mates when I was in my 20's but as I’ve got older, and especially in the last year when I’ve been eating and drinking healthy, I probably have a drink once a month. Friday night… [...]

2017-02-26T22:32:01+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Honorary Canadian – The Climb #32

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 Today there was a lot of needless day job stress, which annoys me, because it’s not needed and my stomach felt like glass as a result for the rest of the day. It’s been odd in other ways.  As I went into the office a colleague asked me how I was. [...]

2017-02-23T10:26:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Rough & Tumblrs – The Climb #29

Sunday 19th February 2017 In which I discover that if I fight for 2 solid hours and dehydrate, my face ends up looking like a prune! Today’s been a good day. I’ve come to the conclusion that my potential reader-base is on Tumblr and I need to create one.  But just as silly personal content [...]

2017-02-20T11:24:58+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

92 Days And Counting… – The Climb #25

Wednesday 15th February 2017 I was reminded today that it’s only 92 days until I go storm chasing again. We’re doing something different this year.  Last year was high octane insanity.  We were driving at tornadoes coming towards us, jumping out the van to get video and photos and then dashing away at the last [...]

2017-02-16T10:56:42+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

You Can’t Be Brilliant Every Week – The Climb #22

Sunday 12th February 2017 Today I went and did a little sparring with friends. I think today showed me how much of an odd week this has been.  Unlike last week when my focus was laser sharp and I fenced probably the best I ever have, this week my mind wandered and as a result [...]

2017-02-13T09:45:43+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

A Quieter Day – The Climb #18

Wednesday 8th February 2017 After the rollercoaster of the start of this week, today was quite an ordinary day.  Quite quiet as well (although I’m not complaining) I’m still in a bit of a weird mood and it wasn’t helped by various things eating into my day and writing time. I made up for it [...]

2017-02-09T11:19:08+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

World-Class – The Climb #17

Tuesday 7th February 2017 My emotional rollercoaster of a week continues with the news today that I now officially have a world-ranking for swordfighting. I’ve known for a while that it was coming and whilst I don’t rank particularly high, I only really started competing last year.  But, I’d like to think that 12-year-old me [...]

2017-02-08T11:15:32+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb|0 Comments