Archive for the ‘Plans’ Category

Like most writers who aspire to be better, recognised, worthy (whatever it is you think you’re not at the moment), I devour descriptions of other writers’ lives. sometimes I even mythologise my future self – you know, that self who effortlessly bounces out of bed and gets to the task they set themself, whether it is finishing Chapter 3 or free-writing 5k words. I know I’m not like that (or only for very brief periods) but somehow the belief still persists: tomorrow we will be somehow different, more focused, more energetic.
Why would I believe that?
Because today, in its particularity, is different, more random. Tomorrow selves are idealised, free from the binds and chafes of contingency, clean and clear of the accidental, the just-happens-to-be-so. Let’s drink to them in their imaginary world. then get back to our own messy one where we have to operate in the midst..

new start

Posted: September 7, 2008 in Plans, starts, time management

Today I think is the start of a new season. start as you mena to go on.
It’s a wet, dull day, sop plans for long walks are probably out but I can grab a couple of quick wal;ks in breaks in the cloud.
Also that foolishness of waiting for swathes of uninterrupted time are nonsense – start where you are with what you want to do.

the five year plan

Posted: August 10, 2008 in Five Year Plan, Plans
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It’s coming up to one of those birthdays with a lot of 5s in it, so I thought I’d dust off the Five Year Plan..

the idea was to have published 10 books by 16/08/2010. Hmm. well I think I can achieve it, if I just get down to the writing – and more significantly the marketing, promotion, networking, so that someone will actually read it.

The First Five Year Plan was – well – it deserves a book in itself, which I may just write… but forward, comrades, look to the fuchsia. [I may in an idle moment create a graphic representation in good Socialist Realist style of Looking to the Fuchsia]

onwards and upwards. The weather is playing peek-a-boo with me. I keep decidiing to take advantage of the lo9vely sunshine after all the torrents, only to look again and see deep grey clouds. Perhaps it will have brightened up by the time I have my breakfast – yes I know it’s nearly 3pm – but I’ve been sitting in bed Planning.