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Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.2

Last week I shared some takeaways from the first session of Chase Jarvis’ Creative Calling Bookclub – if you missed it then click here! Week 2 was about focusing on the I. I – Imagine what you want D – Design a system to do it E – execute the plan A – Amplify So […]

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Day 464 – A List of Recommendations.

Pre-amble: It has been a day of sunshine and torrential downpour during a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. The sunshine was still warm but – it seems – typically for August – well hidden by cloudy masses, but for the brief periods it did emerge it was glorious. I have really noticed that the light has changed […]

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Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I’ve been busy revamping my study. Basically, I’ve got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn’t useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freed […]

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Day 456 – Sunday Reflection.

For about twelve hours, the Welsh rugby team were number one in the world rankings. Then a poor showing against England saw them slip back to number two. Poor defence contrasted heavily with the one which secured them the Grand Slam in the 6 Nations. Too much reliance on training park moves saw players going […]

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Day 442 – Sunday Reflection.

A week of habit breaking, but not in a good way. After a one day break in my habit of learning French – actually I missed out by five minutes on maintaining my streak by losing track of time – I then managed a couple more days before blowing it by a couple of days. […]

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Day 439 – Aloud.

When you write, read it back. Not in your head. In your head it sounds different. Read it aloud. Preferably to someone. Most of the mistakes and awkward sentences will become apparent to you straight away. Some the person listening to you will point out. It can be challenging. Not everyone reads aloud well. Not […]

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Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

One piece of writing advice is to destroy your tv. You’re a writer of books, so read ’em and write ’em. TV was invented to distract you and allow advertising to sell you stuff. So that should be enough for why not to TV. So Why to TV? Plot and Characters in a story arc. […]

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Day 433 – Idea Notebook.

Some writers seem to swear by a notebook. Others swear at the mere suggestion of one. Most artists make sketches. Most musicians will record something on their mobiles – probably. Have some way of recording your thoughts, ideas, research, and inspirations, is essential. Too much happens to us on any given day to remember every […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 5.

One of the attractions of Le Tour is it is also a grand tour of France itself. Alternating between a clockwise and counter-clockwise direction around the country, this year the procession going in the former, showing off the various and varied regions of the country. The publicity caravan is as much a part of the […]

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Day 408 – Migrate Like Elk.

You mention Elk and you get comments. Elk are one of the largest species within the deer family apparently, and a they seem, to an untrained eye, to share in a lot of deer-like behaviour. One of the origins of the name Elk is from the Old Norse Elgr. I mention that because my wife […]