Day 300 – The Write Ambitions

66 – The Write Life Presents: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014

So many links to follow. So many posts to read.
The links today had a lot to offer. I almost got lost in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.

To continue writing after my challenge is over and to grow an audience from there, I’ll have to make a few changes to my routine and the way I write. I think it is abundantly clear that I need to come up with a properly focused scope for my blog. Or maybe I need to segment my blog between everyday ramblings, and my real writing. This challenge is just too disorganised to grow an audience on.

I am not a morning person, but Shanan at The Procrastiwriter makes a compelling argument for a morning writing routine. I know that some of my most rushed challenge-posts were written past midnight when I really just wanted to go to sleep. Writing in the morning, and not posting till it’s done would be a good foundation for consistent quality. It is also hard to use good judgement in a sleepy haze; “good enough” at midnight rarely still is at 9am.

And then there are 7 fixes to write better by Mary Jaksch at Write To Done that I might want to exercise as well. Which would involve leaving a post sitting for a day anyway so that I can somewhat objectively check my work. Again something that isn’t compatible with my challenge, but probably essential beyond it.

For anyone out there with a drive to write, I would recommend having a look at today’s link. The list of websites is well organised into topics and types of writing. There’s probably something useful there regardless of whether you want to blog, write novels or freelance.

Day 236 – The Sitting Half-Dead

I debated.

I felt a little silly taking it in, but I decided it’s what I wanted to read most right now, so why not? Still, I found a corner in the back to make sure I didn’t offend anyone.

Compendium One of the The Walking Dead comic is a hefty tome.

I got my mug of cappuccino at the front and retreated to the back. I tucked up cross-legged on the faux-leather seat and waited for the coffee to arrive.

It didn’t take long for me to isolate from the world around me. When I’m reading I hardly notice anything as my mum will confirm; there’s a dent in a car somewhere in the time-space continuum as evidence of this fact.

Only when my coffee arrived did I realise that I might want to angle the comic so the pages were half-facing to the wall. Not so much because I worried about being seen to read a comic, but it occurred to me that there are some rather graphic images in this comic, and they would otherwise be just at curious-toddler-height. Not something I was ready to deal with on a quiet Sunday morning.

Two hours whooshed by.

I’ve read the first three chapters. And they aren’t much like the TV show at all; which is great. The broad brush-strokes of the show are all there, but a lot of the detail and flavour wanders around in a completely different way.

The rest of the day has been a mix of podcasts, cleaning, laptop-consolidation and TV.

I think I have all my crucial files sorted now. The PC should now be free of important files, but I’m going to wait through finishing setting up the laptop to confirm this is in fact true. I like the idea that on my Melbourne trip this week I will be able to take all my files with me. Maybe I should bring a mouse along too.

And now… either a game on the laptop… or another chapter?
I can’t decide.