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Lessons In Patience – The Climb #291

Wednesday 8th November 2017 There’s a reason I try to progress the swordfighting and writing in parallel. Back in the summer of 2016 I was incredibly frustrated with my swordfighting.  I’d put in a solid 6 months of hard effort to try and become decent.  I was doing OK and improving but I was far [...]

2017-11-09T19:10:45+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Focus For The Rest Of The Year – The Climb #290

Tuesday 7th November 2017 I ache. I cannot tell you how tired my body feels.  I woke up this morning feeling as tired as I did when I went to bed. Someone pointed out to me that it’s probably adrenaline.  I’ve been hyped up for competition and now it’s over I've just slumped.  I feel [...]

2017-11-08T10:58:31+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Realistic Dreams & Delusional Evidence – The Climb #252

Saturday 30th September 2017 So every writer dreams of their book being big.  You’ve invested so much time into it that it becomes like a child.  You love it unconditionally despite the flaws other people can see in it.  And as a result, it’s hard not to think it the most perfect book in the [...]

2017-10-01T17:20:16+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Making Plans – The Climb #245

Saturday 23rd September 2017 I had planned to have a busy day tidying the house.  Given all the tournaments and edits of recent weeks I actually had a day where I didn’t have to do anything. But despite doing nothing for 3 days earlier this week with my cold, it seemed my body just wanted [...]

2017-09-24T19:06:56+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Health, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Embracing Setbacks – The Climb #243

Thursday 21st September 2017 I’ve had a good week so it was only natural that it had to balance out. That came in the form of me managing to pull my lower back in the gym this evening.  It’s in the same spot I pulled a while back and it’s so annoying.  I was doing [...]

2017-09-23T18:33:39+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Health, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Method Writing – The Climb #235

Wednesday 13th September 2017 You’ve probably heard of method acting.  This is where an actor is so mentally invested in a role that even when not playing them they take on some of the characteristics.  It’s considered by many to be a very in-depth form of acting. I think I method write.  This occurred to [...]

2017-09-14T23:52:47+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Emotional Rollercoaster – The Climb #233

Monday September 11th 2017 I like to think I have a pretty good sense of self.  Sometimes it might take me a day or so to realise my mood or frame of mind when I’ve had chance to unpack it all, but I can normally tell if something is off with me. Other than occasional [...]

2017-09-12T13:44:01+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Health, Publishing, The Climb|0 Comments

Time Is The Enemy – The Climb #230

Friday 8th September 2017 It’s tempting to think that whilst I’m sat here playing World of Warcraft and tracking friends who are chasing Hurricane Irma, that nothing is going on with the writing career. But the fact is that whilst I try and recharge, the manuscript is currently with my agent.  I got an update [...]

2017-09-09T11:27:41+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Games, Process, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

So This Is How Other People Live – The Climb #220

Tuesday 29th August 2017 If you’re a person who is on the go, then taking a forced break is a strange thing.  It reminds me of stepping off one of those travellators you find at airports:  your momentum is forward but everything around you has slowed down and you feel yourself stumble. I do still [...]

2017-08-31T01:06:17+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments