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  1. Oh hey!

    So it's been several weeks since I joined here, truth been told I haven't been as active as I'd have liked.

    However I am happy to report that the whole REASON for my coming to this lovely place is to find motivation to write. Challenge Completed!

    I've just written the first 1000 words of a book. It's not like anything I've tried to write before. I don't know what it was, the idea just struck me.

    Actually that's a lie. I am still in story mode so I shall tell you the tale! What happened was this.

    I've spent the day meeting up with friends actually. I'm moving away from this town for good on Sunday and I won't be back till at least October, but most of my friends are moving on to other things so it's kind of the last chance to see people.
    My mate Simon came round, we watched a movie and drank a few beers then he left. I was about to go read a book when I suddenly thought I'd have a go at the short story competition here.

    After a couple of attempts, both of which I deleted because I thought they were rubbish, I started writing something...else. something different, which I'd never really thought of before (at least not from this point of view).

    I don't really want to give it away because I don't know yet if I want someone to rip it apart! I feel like it's a somewhat unique and original thing, I haven't read anything like it before and I don't know if I want somebody to turn around and say "Actually, this is just like such-and-such by so-and-so.

    Having said that, I really just wanted to share my excitement and if someone is really, genuinely interested in having a read I would happily provide a snippet in exchange for some critique.

    Though that's another thing, rules are rules and I'm yet to write my second critique of someone elses work, I would kind of feel like cheating if I did this privately. Who can say, I'd go out and write a critique now but I'd feel, again, like I'm not giving it my full attention and only doing it to meet my requirements.

    I've also just realised i'm becoming a bit waffley and writing a bit of nonsense and the like. So I guess I shall end this blog post here. I just wanted to share with you all how good it feels to start writing something I want to stick with!
  2. I've recently started playing poker online again.

    I used to play but stopped when I realised I was losing money and continuing to deposit more. I didn't want/couldn't afford a gambling habit so I stopped completely.

    However recently, given that I've decided to drop out of my University in order to change course and study elsewhere next year, i've found myself with nothing to do and reading more and more about poker strategy and how to become a profitable player.

    My recent games have been going better than before. I think maybe I'm a little more reserved and patient playing this time round than before because I know how quickly you can lose your money.

    Anyway, I'm thinking about starting a poker blog to keep myself on track and really use this new hobby as an excuse to exercise my writing muscles!
  3. Okay so I have to write a speech.

    It's not a big speech...5 front of my relatively small class...with question and answer at the end...

    ...In Japanese...

    The topic is Why I chose to study Japanese, what my thoughts were of it before and after etc. etc.


    I can barely write that in English let alone my second language!
    I honestly have no idea why I am doing what I'm doing. I've been seriously re-evaluating the choices I've made in the last few years. It's not that I don't like what I study, I love it actually. I just wish I'd taken some time out between school and University.

    Anyway, I have to do this speech on Thursday, it's assessed so it will be marked and it will count as part of my grade for the module. I'm running out of time to do it but I can't find the motivation to do it! I keep thinking "oh i'll stick a film on and get it done while watching that" or "Ok once I tidy up a bit and do my laundry I will sit down and do it" or "oh let's go to the shop and buy some snacks for while I'm doing my speech!"

  4. A Year in the Life
    Of one of my Previous Blogging Attempts

    I've blogged in the past but usually not for very long. Here is my experience of previous failed attempts at it.

    Week 1 : Daily posting, often more than once or twice per day. Yay for blogging!

    Week 2 : Post every day or 2, It's still fresh new and exciting you know, and sometimes the week 1 honeymoon creativity carries over.

    Week 3 : 1 or 2 posts, hmm, it appears the novelty factor is wearing off a bit.

    Week 4 : 1 post or none, yes yes, I've forgotten about you Mr. Blog

    Week 5 : my experience

    Week 6
    : 1 post, an apology to what is likely to be absolutely nobody anyway, for not posting in "a while" and a promise to post again soon.

    Week 7 : More apologies and excuses of being "super busy" with life.

    Week 8 : R.I.P. Mr Blog

    Week 20 : "Hey guys! I'm back, been super swamped with life the past few months but I want to get back into the swing of things so stay tuned for updates!"

    Week 52 : Still waiting