Having some time to think during my Christmas holiday the thought occurred to me that it doesn’t really matter where I live, there’ll always be people that I miss. A couple of weeks later the though re-emerged, only this time with the desire to be able to see how many people and how far away they are. So I made a map. If the map is to small for comfort just click on it to see the large version or go to the Google map to see in more detail where I am in relation to the people I miss.
A lot has happened since my last post and I managed to do quite a few things…
- Failed at accomplishing my mission for the NaNoWriMo, but had fun nonetheless
- Worked crazy hours for my day job
- Saw the sea and visited a friend
- Had a break from work for Christmas
- Added more storage furniture to the house
Made a graphical representation of where I am in relation to the people I miss
- Joined Postcrossing
- Made a prototype of a super-size calendar
- Saw We Were Promised Jetpacks perform in my old hometown
- Moved my youngest to a room of his own
- Got a profile on lookbook.nu and tried to tried to get my head around this whole fashion thing
- Got promoted to manager sort-of (I think it’s a promotion ’cause a pay-rise was involved)
- Moved the living-room furniture around quite a bit
- Had a vasectomy done
- Made a first draft of the super-size calendar
- Made “Have more fun with things” the project for January (which went well)
- Installed Windows AND Linux AND Mac OS X on my crappy laptop
- Got a cool new Polaroid gizmo
- Had a brilliant idea for a new writing project
I’ll try to fill in the gaps and honour each item on the list worthy of a post with a post in the coming weeks… I’ll cross of the one’s that I’ve written about and link to the post where you can read about it.
Today, for no particular reason, I thought of an ongoing project by a guy called Matt Harding.
If nothing else, he proves that with a little determination, some cash and a bit of luck you can achieve and create some pretty awsome things. Some people may need more determination, cash (or sponsorship) or luck than others, but the premise is still valid… He proves it, simply by doing it.
It, in his case, is to dance at various locations around the globe and record it on video.
When I say dance, I don’t mean dance like a pro. I don’t mean study a routine and be better at it than your peers and land a couple of gigs dancing for an audience. I mean flap your arms and legs in a somewhat uncordinated fashion… no offense Matt.
Dispite his dance style I think it’s still pretty amazing, especial once people start joining in.
After a more-hectic-than-usual kind of day I finally got to start this months project round nine o’clock in the evening.
I am proud to announce I am now officially writing a novel!
I was in a rather a muddled state of mind after a full day of the Terrible Two’s games and Mr. Man feeling under the weather and telling us about it the only way a baby knows how. But despite this and the short time frame things went rather well.
Not only did I manage to gain some momentum on decided what the hell I’m going to write and in which direction the story must go to be at least partially readable, I even managed to write 1048 words. Now as you may be aware from my previous post on this subject, I have to write an average of 1667 words a day to make the deadline. Today, writing at a leisurely pace of 8 words a minute with only a vague idea of in which direction I’m going I fell short by a mere 618 words.
Now as an observative reader you might want to interrupt me here by stating that’s a whopping 37.0725855% percent, and you’d be right to do so. Nevertheless, if I keep up this pace (or even manage to speed things up a bit, which is very likely) I should be able to pull it off. You may not be aware of this, but 8 words a minute is very slow indeed. Even slow typist reach an average of 23 words per minute. To clarify, imagine taking a minute to type this:
This sentence has just eight words in it.
The main reasons I do projects, big and small, are that they give me a feeling of accomplishment. They help me discover and experience new things and help me break away from what would have otherwise been (or at least felt like) a rather dull and uneventfull life.
But this isn’t just about me.
I discovered long, long, ago that I can learn through other people and their experiences as well as my own.
That is why, every now and then, I’ll post projects other people have done (or are still doing) that brought something new to my life.
And who knows?
Maybe someday one of my stupid-boy-projects will be blogged about somewhere else.
Okay… the first project is on it’s way. Thanks to the Princess of Spin I’ve been enlisted in this years National Novel Writing Month… This means I’ll be writing a 175-page (50,000-word) novel from scratch in a month’s time.
That’s right… 50,000 in 30 days. Let me do the math for you real quick:
50,000 words / 30 days = 1666 2/3 words per day
That’s roughly six pages a day. I’m not aware if you have any idea how much this is exactly, but if you wan’t to find out, just try filling one page with an entertaning storyline… Not to bad right? Now do that 30 days straight. Now multiply that by six.
I think you begin to get the picture.
Now that’s what I call a challenge! As things progress I’ll post updates here. You never know.. It might turn out to be something actually readable!
I just hope this doesn’t mess with my day job
(just in case you’re wondering, this post is a 172 words long…)
Today it hit me…
My current lifestyle consists of almost nothing but lack. I seem to permanently suffer from a lack of focus, lack of time, lack of sleep, lack of rest, lack of meaning, lack of friends, lack of staying in touch, lack of excersise, lack of patience, lack of fun, lack of importance, lack of meaning. The list just goes on and on. Lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack, lack.
What I most out of life is a change. A break from the current way I go about things, to regain control, focus, fun and some sense of acomplishment and meaning.
The first thing I need to do, something my brother told me I should do over a year ago, is set up a blog to document the project I am working on and the ones I am thinking about. That way I’ll have a place to keep track of my progress and acomplishments and have an easy means of sharing it with others. Espcially since almost all self-respecting blogs nicely plugin to all major sociall network sites that my friends and aquaintances use.
So, starting this weekend, instead of [...]ing away time by writing about things that are work related I’ll only write about things I really care about.
Hopefully that’ll also help me become less of a bore who’s always talking about his work.
Something tells me this is going to be fun.