Aaaaaaargh! How do you do it?

Surely Time management can only work if you have Time in the first place?

I got up nice and early this morning, full of vim and verve, ready to crack on with my book, ‘Evhen & Uurth.’ (It’s a working title so it can be excused for the time being.) I had two hours before I’d have to go out to work – I’m a self-employed dog walker, or Pet Professional as I rather snootily prefer – and I’d planned on addressing the following with my characters who have been stranded around page #80 for the past several months:

  •  I needed to rouse De’Ath from his drunken stupor and help him get his shit together;
  •  I needed to work on the character of Corolious the raven as he sets flight on his first errand. He was to be my main character when I started out, but I’ve found others have somehow developed into stronger personalities already;  
  • I had prepare Four Fingers Freddy and Radnor Park for their journey into the Mountains of Gaarg;
  • I had a couple of things in mind for Shorty le Boeuf and his, ‘assistant,’ Biffa. A peaceful hour or so would let me decide their next move;
  • Junior God, Ancor, and his small team at Soul Nourishment were about to be placed in a very awkward and embarrassing situation. 

 

So here’s what I did:

  • I cleaned and disinfected the hallway floor after one of my elderly cats puked all over it;
  • I prepared my business invoices for tomorrow;
  • I spent an age texting various people after two members of my tennis team advised injuries and unavailability for our match at the weekend;
  • I was very short-tempered with two telephone cold-callers;
  • I spent fifteen minutes on Facebook – obviously.
  • I had breakfast;
  • I went to work.

I was quiet at work today. I finished early and returned home full of vim and verve, ready to crack on with my book, ‘Evhen & Uurth.’

And now I’m writing this blog post and listening to Led Zepplin, cranked up to eleven.

 

Hey ho – tomorrow’s another day.

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A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

This interesting, thought provoking and I reckon, totally ‘bang-on’ article first appeared on Kirsten Lamb’s blog on 9th February.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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