• Goal-setting, habits, decision-making and regret

    Thursday, January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Last Thursday I mentioned a post I’d started writing after being inspired by Mark Manson. I’m not a MM devotee, though don’t get him confused with Charles or Marilyn (unlike a friend of mine). While I don’t agree with what everything he says, I very much like his way with words and find myself listening to his posts (as he offers audio and reading options) again and again… hoping stuff will sink in via some sort of subliminal mind control.

    There are two I’ve been listening to of late and – as I mentioned last week, they’ve become linked in my mind – so the post I was originally writing became confused and unwieldy. This week I’d initially planned to – in wanky corporate speak – ‘unpack’ the two themes… but they continue to be inexplicably entwined for me so I’ll include links to Manson’s two articles and focus more on what I ‘took away’ from both posts (more corporate-speak, #sorrynotsorry). 

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  • My young adult novel: the beginning

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Permalink

    I’m trying to get some creative writing mojo back so shared an excerpt from my (very rough first draft) young adult novel the other day. It’s about a teenage anorexic and it was a version of this opening scene that inspired me to finally attempt fiction – a decade or so ago. I also mentioned though, that 30,000 words in I shelved it and haven’t gotten back to it, but ponder on it every now and then as I wonder which (if any) of the 3-4 half-written projects I could / should progress.

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  • My young adult novel: an excerpt

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Permalink

    Many many moons ago I enrolled in a year-long novel-writing course. I’d never attempted a novel before as I’d never had any plot ideas. An opening scene came to me however… sadly based on my own experiences as a teenager grappling with anorexia nervosa (20yrs earlier), and once it leapt into my head it remained firmly planted; so I decided to make an attempt at removing it word by word.

    The course itself was quite enjoyable though everyone (the tutor included) lost their mojo a few months before the year ended. So, my very rough 30,000 words (with about 2/3 of the story written) remained as they were.

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  • When you don’t believe

    Monday, January 7, 2019 Permalink

    Over a decade ago I exercised briefly with a personal trainer. It was pretty short-lived for a range of reasons but what I did like  was that we sat down for a conversation before my first session which led to an a-ha moment (that) years of therapy hadn’t produced.

    I was doing my usual spiel about wanting to lose weight (yadda yadda yadda) but after I finished talking the trainer commented (it seemed to her) that though I said I wanted to lose weight, I didn’t really believe it could / would happen.

    That conversation resonated as I’d struggled (in my old Diet Schmiet blog) to articulate a difference between motivation and commitment.

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  • Pronouns and me

    Sunday, November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Okay, so this will be a weird post but I’m writing it as a reminder to my future self (AND to get it out of my head, where it’s been popping up with annoying regularity).

    Those who follow me on social media, or with whom I communicate informally, will probably know I tend to skip pronouns when writing. “Should be working, but….” or “Wondering if ….”

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  • One who writes

    Friday, November 23, 2018 Permalink

    I lied to a 7 year old child last week. I know it’d be forgivable if it was a white lie to prevent unnecessary anguish or one enabling the perpetuation of childhood myths about Santa Claus the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy. (Oh sorry, forgot to add #spoileralert before that big reveal!)

    But it was neither. 

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  • Creativity challenges: the best laid plans

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been spending WAAAAY too much time lolling on my bed looking at Instagram pictures of Harry and Meghan (on their recent visit to Oz) and clicking on Facebook links to articles on No Sidebar, Tiny Buddha and Mark Manson.

    The latter sites tend to re-share the same pieces over and over again. I know this because I tend to click on the same links over and over again.

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  • Writers and their why

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 Permalink

    In case you live under a rock, or you know… don’t follow me on social media, you may not be aware I’m in Italy on a writing retreat with Aussie author Vanessa Carnevale. We’re over halfway through the week, which is incredibly depressing but it’s been a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in my favourite sport: navel gazing. I’ve also taken the time however to reflect on some important stuff that does actually relate to writing and creativity.

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  • The next big thing

    Thursday, August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I was just going to call this post, What Comes Next, but a vague sense of deja-vu niggled at me and sure enough, I’d written a post called exactly that in November 2011.

    It wasn’t – as this post is – about work, my professional life and the ‘direction’ I take, rather it was written almost a month after my father passed away so instead pondered on the melancholy enveloping me at the time.

    But, here I’m talking less traumatic events. Like my impending unemployment and life on the streets.

    Kidding. #Obvs

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