Monday, September 24, 2007

never again

We’ve all said it, maybe not out loud because of the pain, but inside our heads as we suffer in self-inflicted agony - the day after.

We tell ourselves this the morning after the binge, and with great conviction, only to find that some time in the future we imbibe again to excess.

You would think that after all this time, and many a “never again”, one of them would sink in and prevent the next occurrence.

Not so.

And I suffered - plenty.

Sunday was a beautiful fall day full of sunshine and mild breezes. Absolutely perfect. Except I spent the day in a very bad way in my bed.

Hangovers suck. But, what sucks most is they are 100% preventable - if you are wise and heed the lessons of history, which I obviously did not.

So, enough of my belly-aching (rather appropriate since my belly did ache) and on to the writing update.

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As ususal I have a new plan. Seems the thing to do when the old plan isn’t working.

I’ve stated that short stories are for me, so naturally I’m going to write my novel and to hell with my inner voices for now - except the one that says, “never again” - I’m listening to that one from now on.

I tried the past couple of weeks to spew out writing with no plan - and boy does that screw my mind over. I just can’t seem to do it. I need some kind of structure or direction or I just meander off to nowhere and end up chucking out what I wrote.

Hence the return to the novel. I have it completely plotted - and by this I mean I know how many chapters and roughly what high and low points need to be reached by the end of each of them.

Oh, and Monday’s are now slated for The Twisted Mind - yup this place. It’s been neglected pretty much the past year or so. So, Monday morning blog posting should happen regularly.

At least that is the new plan.

So this leaves Tue-Thur for novel writing. The plan of one chapter completed (1st draft) by the end of each month is a go.

Friday is a day I’m setting aside for game development, as in board game. I’m working on a game sorta like the old Master of Orion, something simpler than Twilight Imperium. It’s a fun exercise and something I need to do once a week to let off creative board game creation steam and work on a system that works.

And weekends are family times as well as keeping the old Reader’s Den updated.

Oh, and just as an aside, I’ve got a little chart set up.

For each day, Mon-Fri, I complete my plan objectives I get an X. Each X equates to 1 dollar to blow on whatever I want cashed in at the end of the month. Each day I have no excuse and did not complete my objective I get an O. O’s are bad and relate to negative 5 dollars to blow on stuff.

So there you have it.

Another Monday update - on Monday!

Until next Monday when I’ll outlilne another new plan . . .

. . . just kidding - I hope.

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