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Feeling A Little Flat – The Climb #310

Monday 27th November 2017 I keep reminding myself that tournaments take it out of me.  The worry, the focus, the physical exertion… it all adds up and I’m learning that for a week to ten days afterwards I’m a little flat. Life is excellent at the moment.  Overall, things are going brilliantly.  Whilst the day [...]

2017-11-29T00:10:58+01:00November 28th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Feeling Left Behind – The Climb #306

Thursday 23rd November 2017 Today was a busy day with both Physio and gym this morning.  It left me feeling knackered this afternoon (especially as I had to be up super-early this morning after getting back very late from training). But I’d arranged to go out for a meal this evening with my beta-reader Kate.  [...]

2017-11-24T21:22:39+01:00November 24th, 2017|Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Back To The Edits – The Climb #302

Sunday 19th November 2017 Much to my annoyance there was no Sunday sparring today. Whilst I appreciate that it’s the day after Bucklerthon, I have Wessex Bath in less than a week and… well, I need to train. Perhaps a day off is what my body needs after a slew of tournaments but given I [...]

2017-11-21T00:20:42+01:00November 20th, 2017|Productivity, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

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+01:00November 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+01:00November 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+01:00October 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+01:00September 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+01:00September 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+01:00September 14th, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments