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Friday No-photo Blogging: Resolution

You can breathe easily this week, as I’m not going to embarrass myself by running around looking for something vaguely photo-worthy at the last minute. An FPB with no P… what in the world next, eh?

There’ll not be a great deal of the usual reportage either, because I actually did very little of a practical nature in the last fortnight (despite trying to, in a few cases). Instead, there has been a lot of that festive and seasonal stuff going on. You know – going out, seeing family and friends, eating too much, drinking to excess. And hell knows I suffered for the latter yesterday…


However, I’ll not be suffering that way again for some time. After various experiments with shorter terms of abstinence in recent months, I have decided that 2009 will be Year of the Not Beer – I will not be drinking alcohol at all in the next twelve months. Why? To prove to myself that I can; to improve my health; to save money; to waste less time.

Other resolutions include:

  • getting back to a daily routine of writing fiction or poetry, which has slipped rather terribly in the last six months
  • re-stopping smoking (I haven’t really re-started, but I’ve become a terrible “I’ll just have one or two at the pub” scrounger, and it would be a shame to drift back to it full time for many of the reasons listed above)
  • maintaining a decent exercise regime (the swimming thing has definitely helped, but got pretty much dropped in December – you know what it gets like at that time of year)

Why trumpet these here? Not through any sense of self-righteousness or virtue, I assure you. Quite the opposite – I’d like to ask you all to help keep me honest on these things. Words of support or castigatory nagging are equally welcome; the usual channels of contact are open.

There are other resolutions, too – mostly business related and hence of little public interest – and another big one that I can’t mention just yet for reasons that will become clear very shortly… so watch this space, eh?


Well rust my bucket – the Steampunk review is finally up at SF Site! Crivens!

Books and magazines seen

The postbox has been pretty much empty in recent weeks (but for a scattering of greetings cards and the inevitable bills, natch), so nothing new to report in that respect. However, I did manage to win a little something in the raffle at Tongues & Grooves this month:

A F Harrold - Postcards from the Hedgehog

A F Harrold is a performance poet of the knowingly eccentric and English type; he is characterised by a beard, a bowler hat and a fair amount of hilarity. He was poet-in-residence at Glastonbury festival last year, which in his own words “was a lot like spending a weekend surrounded by utter tossers”. If you get the chance to see him perform near you, make sure you go. We all need an occasional dose of silly in our lives, and Harrold brings the justice.


And that’s about all you’re getting this week, I’m afraid. I’m still trying to stitch my wrecked bodyclock back together in the face of continuing darkness and an unhinged upstairs neighbour; as such I’m very tired right now, and I’m not going to even attempt to entertain you.

Given the date, I very much doubt many of you are in the mood to be entertained anyway, and so I’ll just say Happy New Year to you all. Let’s make it a good one, shall we?

Jim van Pelt’s writerly resolutions

It’s that time of year when many of us make plans to change our habits and regimens for the better – I have a few resolutions in the offing, mostly to do with health and lifestyle*.

Jim van Pelt is, as always**, thinking about resolutions from the writer’s perspective, and has a list of six (well, technically seven) resolutions for creative writers to consider.

I particularly liked this one:

2.  Write consistently. Don’t do something stupid like let two months go by without actual writing happening.  Those are not only two months that I will never get back, but also writing is about learning and growing.  I’ll be two months behind where I could have been in growth too.  Writing consistently will have the added benefit of making me think about writing consistently.  Someone asked me where my ideas come from, and the real answer is they come because I’m consistently thinking about writerly concerns.  I don’t sit at my computer and then say, “What should I write about?”  I always have the flickering of an idea ready to go.

It chimes well with my personal experiences of recent months. Since joining the Friday Flash Fictioneers, and committing myself to having a piece of flash fiction ready to roll out once every week, I’ve truly found I have story ideas more often than I used to.

It seems I’ve forced myself to be looking for them at a subconscious level … and I’m getting better at making a note of them before I get distracted by something else, as they rarely occur at convenient times.

Any VCTB readers with writing-orientated new year’s resolutions in mind?

[* Hey, stop laughing back there!]

[** Since discovering his LJ, I think I’ve linked to more writing tips from Jim van Pelt than everyone else put together. I heartily recommend anyone who writes to subscribe to his RSS feed – great advice, delivered kindly. Mr van Pelt, I salute you, sir.]

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