martinlivings: (Writing Frustration)
Regular readers might have noticed that I've been a little quiet lately. That's because my boss is off work sick, so all of her duties have fallen to me, along with my own. The nice thign is, Those Above have acknowledged that and temporarily increased my pay rate to recognise this, but nonetheless, it's been a bloody steep learning curve. I'm not a manager, but right now I'm acting as one. It's very unnerving.

Anyway, as a result, not much blogging. And not much writing either, but I have now managed to finish up a first draft of a story for Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, the final version of which is due at the end of the month.

The only problem is, looking at the story now, I have the strange feeling that it's... well, kinda shite. Plus I have no idea what to call the damn thing. It's a quandary. In fact, it's more than a quandary. It's a quintary. Maybe even a hexary. I'm not sure.

So, anyone feel like taking a quick look at about three thousand words of rough first draft and telling me if my suspicions are correct? If so, please comment here with an email address and I'll send it your way. Comments are screened, so your email won't be seen by anyone but me.

Damn this writerly self-doubting tendency...
martinlivings: (Gotta Do)
Thansk to [livejournal.com profile] girliejones for the heads-up on this one...

http://www.islandreefjob.com/

God, the temptation was overwhelming... pity I don't match almost all of the selection criteria... especially:

- Presentation skills (being media-friendly)

Oh dear... ah well, who wants to live on a tropical island paradise anyway? I'd much rather be here... in my office...

Yes.
martinlivings: (Default)
I've been a little lax in posting lately, mainly because my new job has been so insane and intense. However, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it now, so I'll take this opportunity to take a deep breath, relax, and post about a few things.

Iron Man

I finally saw Iron man on DVD last wekend. It was... alright. It didn't excite my imagination the way I expected it to. I think [livejournal.com profile] benpeek was right, in that it was simply remarkably unambitious. Maybe the next one will be better. But I won't hold my breath. Glad I only spent 95c to watch it (thanks, Video Ezy voucher!).

Voices

I got my contributor's copy of Voices in the mail, thanks [livejournal.com profile] amandapillar and [livejournal.com profile] markdeniz! And it's purdy! I can't wait to read it... if I ever have time again!

Dexter

We're late into this, mainly because Izz took a lot of convincing to watch it, but once she did, she was hooked. We polished off season 1 in a week, and just watched the first episode of season 2. It's good stuff.

Life

Busy. Damn busy.

Work

Busy. Damn busy.

Writing

Still not doing any, and enjoying the break. Though I can't stop my brain noodling with ideas for a something for Grant's Pass, but it's unlikely to eventuate into an actual story, just a vague idea. I'm not going to force it. 'Cos I'm not a writer, remember?

And that's all for now. See you all next week. :)
martinlivings: (Changed Priorities)
I've been thinking a lot lately about how I spend (or possibly waste) my time, especially online. A goodly portion of every day get eaten up by a variety of things online, particularly:

- LJ f-list
- LOLCats (and related amusements)
- Cracked.com
- web comics (about a dozen of them!)
- Dark Horizons entertainment news
- Facebook (primarily playing Countdown)

And probably many more. How many of these things are actually important? Any of them? And are they more important than getting some writing done?

I don't think so. And, with my new job absorbing most of my time, I think it's time to downsize.

I don't want to drop off LJ altogether. But I think I read too much on it. So it's time to do that most dreaded of all things, and cut back my f-list. I have to be brutal. I need to regain some time for writing. At any cost. Minimise the distractions. When I sit at my computer, my first reaction should be to open the Work In Progress, not spend an hour trawling through f-list posts. Bad writer, no biscuit!

Anyway, that decision is easy. The next - which to keep and which to cut - is hard. Like choosing which fingers to chop off.

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