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Countdown to Canada – The Climb #94

Tuesday 25th April 2017 It’s only the second day of the week and already I feel tired.  Today has been another insanely busy day. I’ve done something to my lower back.  It started a few weeks ago but it continues to play up.  I’ve taken great care with it especially at the gym and thought [...]

2017-04-26T08:40:10+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Genre, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Getting Bruised – The Climb #93

Monday 24th April 2017 I’m not sure if there’s something in the water or not, but there’s definitely an air of intolerance going around the SFF community I watched today as a discussion about the Gemmell Awards got a bit heated.  It seemed to boil down to the fact that the public are stupid and [...]

2017-04-25T08:41:00+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Genre, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Not Listening – The Climb #92

Sunday 23rd April 2017 There’s been a lot lost this weekend to procrastination / feeling exhausted and Sunday continued that trend a little. After scheduling yesterday’s edition of The Climb I got into the car and drove to go swordfighting.  Despite having a couple of energy drinks I felt sluggish today and I think it’s [...]

2017-04-24T12:45:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Why Does This Always Happen At Weekends? – The Climb #91

Saturday 22nd April 2017 It’s been an interesting but slightly unproductive day.  I slept in late because I really needed it.  I’m exhausted after the last week.  No way did it feel like a 4 day week. I got into a discussion online across several platforms on combat sports / martial arts.  I’m actually surprised [...]

2017-04-23T14:49:22+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Secret To Great Characters – The Climb #90

Friday 21st April 2017 If there’s been a theme to today it’s been about character arcs.  That and feeling totally exhausted. The main reason they’ve been on my mind is that I was thinking back to the greatest swordfight ever written that I drafted yesterday.  Overall, I don’t think it’s bad but something was bothering [...]

2017-04-22T09:15:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Process, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Hold My Beer… – The Climb #89

Thursday 20th April 2017 Today was a tiring day Despite a late night, I needed to be in an office early.  This did nothing for my mood.  It doesn’t take a lot of make me grumpy:  lack of sleep, lack of food, lack of anything.  I had two bowls of porridge in the hope it [...]

2017-04-21T08:44:39+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Blades Have Personalities – The Climb #88

Wednesday 19th April 2017 I woke early this morning, which was a little annoying given that I got to bed late.  However, I suspect that because I had to be in the office early it was my body clock just being cautious.  It was early enough to want to go back to sleep but late [...]

2017-04-20T08:55:56+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Health, Swordfighting, The Climb, Weather, Writing|0 Comments

Turning Adversity Into Advantage – The Climb #87

Tuesday 18th April 2017 It always amazes me when people actively get in the way of your aims.  I have a hard job understanding why.  It’s almost as if they resent the fact that they acknowledge your progress. They’ll actively throw roadblocks in your way, sometimes under the guise that they think it will help [...]

2017-04-19T09:11:02+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Health, Productivity, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

Well, That Escalated Quickly – The Climb #86

Monday 17th April 2017 Producing The Climb is a bit of a challenge.  At its most basic it’s about writing a blog post every day.  It’s about distilling your day into a theme or a story and then telling it.  It’s about creating around 1000 words of content at the very end of the day [...]

2017-04-18T09:08:16+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments

The Last Convention? – The Climb #85

Sunday 16th April 2017 I’m wondering if this might be the last great convention.  I’ve had a blast this Easter weekend, and it’s felt very business heavy (in a good way) but what’s been noticeable is the absence of pros.  As we said to Steve, he’s probably one of the most high profiles names here [...]

2017-04-17T07:36:06+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Events, Publishing, The Climb, Writing|0 Comments