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Positive Distraction – The Climb #198

Monday 7th August 2017 By rights I should be writing about the chapter consolidation work I did today.  I should write about how I paired down some of the emotion whilst trying to still have the same impact as previous drafts. I should also be stressing over the next part of this new chapter.  I [...]

2017-08-08T12:00:08+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Nothing Is Ever Broken – The Climb #196

Saturday 5th August 2017 Today has been all about one thing:  fixing chapter one. In truth, this has meant spending 95% of the day thinking about it and about 5% of the day actually making changes. But this chapter has become a bugbear of mine, and editing it again has been as much a psychological [...]

2017-08-07T11:56:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Video, Writing|0 Comments

Gang Aft Agley – The Climb #194

Thursday 3rd August 2017 It’s fair to say that today has not been a good day. There are a number of reasons, and whilst none of them was enough to ruin my Thursday single-handedly, collectively they managed to do it. I found myself lacking motivation in the gym today.  Normally, I’ll moan and grumble, but [...]

2017-08-04T22:20:06+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Health, The Climb, Writing|1 Comment

The Benefits Of Long Drives – The Climb #193

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 I do a lot of travel.  If I go into the day job office it’s a good hour by car, and swordfighting training can be anything up to 2 hours depending on where I’m going. However, I must admit that I don’t mind the drives.  In fact they can be quite [...]

2017-08-03T22:11:49+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Process, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Return Of The Vlog? – The Climb #192

Tuesday 1st August 2017 I’m considering bringing back the vlogs. This has stemmed from the conjunction of a couple of things:  improving my training and watching a load of Youtube. I’m still feeling fired up about the tournament season ahead.  I’ve seen that a couple of our best fighters have signed up for the upcoming [...]

2017-08-02T09:23:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

World Class Progress – The Climb #190

Sunday 30th July 2017 Today was a good day of progress on a number of fronts. First there was good news on the swordfighting front.  The results from Astolat have been added to the world rankings and it’s seen me rise 68 places.  I’m still outside the top 100 – which is my short term [...]

2017-07-31T12:41:47+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Version Control – The Climb #189

Saturday 29th July 2017 Whereas yesterday I woke from a nightmare, this morning I woke to a revelation.  The novel starts in the wrong place. I’ve been stressing over the early chapters of Black As Knight.  It’s probably been the biggest challenge throughout the creation of this novel.  I rewrote it a couple of years [...]

2017-07-30T18:06:51+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Recharged – The Climb #188

Friday 28th July 2017 I had a nightmare last night.  I dreamt that I’d taken so long with the edits that I got dropped by my agent.  This wasn’t helped by the fact that when I launched Facebook after I woke, I found today was the two year anniversary of my contract arriving. I’ve not [...]

2017-07-29T15:18:36+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Game of Moans – The Climb #187

Thursday 27th July 2017 I was feeling so exhausted today that part of me wanted to postpone cake club tonight.  But given that I’d already pushed it back a week due to tournament prep, plus I need to get back into a writing frame of mind, I went and am glad I did. We really [...]

2017-07-28T22:37:55+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Reading, The Climb, TV, Writing|0 Comments

Getting To The New Normal – The Climb #186

Wednesday 26th July 2017 Things are slowly returning to normal after Astolat. It’s been such a big focus for me over the last few months – churning away in the background since Untournament – and now it’s over.  Naturally, my attention has turned to future tournaments and how I want to approach them.  There’s also [...]

2017-07-27T13:30:37+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments