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April 2013 Writing Update

writing promps creative fiction fountain pen writingFirstly, a big apology because I have only just realised that I completely neglected to write Marchs writing update. Mind you I was just about to go on holiday so I guess I can be forgiven for having my mind elsewhere. So, I suppose this should be more of a two month update.

If you want to acquaint yourself with the previous update you can read it here or you can read all the updates here. Oh, and my 2013 writing objectives are here.

Now, I believe that most of my updates are along the lines of ‘Oh, I didn’t really do this’ or ‘I was having difficulty with this’ well this time I am going to try to do things differently. Celebrating the successes and not dwelling on the stuff that may not have gone so well.

So since the last time I updated you what has happened?

But it’s all the things that don’t have an objective for them that I am feeling best about. I have started a new project, a locked room mystery, and I am really enjoying it. It’s getting all the right parts of my brain going again. Rather than an intensive world building session I am finding the joy in research; grappling hooks, hallucinogenic plants and police procedures are just three of the things I’ve had a look at. It feels good to get everything going again, rather than feeling stuck in the creative mire.

Secondly, I am still going to the gym. I think I briefly mentioned this in February’s update. Thanks to a fairly intensive (for me) regime I am the lightest I have been for at least a decade, my strength, my lung capacity and my general level fitness has improved no end. So I am feeling immensely proud of this, after all how many times do you get to drill two more holes into your belt because it is now too big for you.

I passed my theory test (the second time) I aced the hazard test, but how could I not it’s just like a computer game. I am almost ready to take my practical test, but that one’s a little scarier and I am not quite confident enough to take that one yet.

There is still an incredible amount for me to do, I hope to build up the courage to write and send an article off to a magazine. Something which is taking for more courage than I would have thought initially, I also need to get my head down with the course and do my gods honest best to spend my time more wisely.

It’s a short update, but a positive one. There is plenty more writing for me to do, and I just need to keep the pace and plod on, after all I may get a job soon and then where would all this lovely free time go.

Hope everything is going well with you.

February 2013 Writing Update

It’s that time of the month. It’s time for me to look over the past 28 days and update y’all on just how well I am doing towards achieving all my objectives; an opportunity for me to describe in great length the massive echelons I have traversed in such a relatively short period. Yet this was not the month for great leaps in productivity, as far as my goals go, I have not done a great deal.

In fact the grand total of everything I have achieved in February consists of:

  • 2 pieces of flash fiction
  • 1 book read

However despite what looks to be a tremendous lack of productivity, I have not being sitting on my hands. The exact opposite in fact. (Sitting on somebody elses hands? Hands sitting on you?) OK, not the exact opposite in literal terms, but I have been very active. For those who read this post (It was one of the only three posts I wrote in February) you’ll know that I am hitting the Gym (again not literally, I have better things to do than physically assault a place of exercise). It is all this exercise business that has thrown my otherwise routine existence into chaos. New schedule aside, I am enjoying going I just haven’t got into a routine so it’s a bit more time-consuming than I would like.

So I may not have hit many objectives this month, but I am still feeling pretty good about myself. After all, it is alright for goals to change. Saying that I don’t want to make a habit of using it as an excuse, there are plenty more hours in the day to write in.

Recently, I have noticed that I’m suffering from FAE. For those not in the business of made-up psychological illnesses, FAE is Friend Achievement Envy. I have started to notice just how many people are achieving things (Jo at TheHappyLogophile.com completed the first draft of her novel, another friend of mine is planning to climb K2 or some other insanely large mountain, and I have just received a Facebook invitation to go to a play that another friend of mine is directing, and there’s other stuff too). Now I do want to make it clear that I am not bitter or hostile, I think what they are achieving is fantastic and the results are certainly a testament to all the hard work they have put in to get there. One day it will be me, proudly claiming that has taking real work to produce, but it seems for the time being my own achievements are a little further away.

One day, I’ll get my chance but it can only happen once I have learned to commit myself to something, and stay focused…

…it might be a long road but March is a whole new month. Wish me luck.

January 2013’s Writing Update

writing updates 2013It has been near-as-dammit one month since I wrote my objectives for 2013, a relatively long list of thirty-four things that I had to achieve before the fireworks went off for 2014’s New Year. These updates did use to be quarterly, but I figured the longer it is between the updates the more likely it is that time will just run away with me. So monthly updates it is then…

If you want to refresh yourself with my targets you can look here, if you have memorized them all then you don’t need to check but that is one scarily-high level of commitment for minor details you have there. You’re not the one going through my bins at the dead of night are you…?

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Inactivity Breeds Inactivity

Bored pekinese dog tired writing

I find myself in a writing slump at the moment. My days seem filled with other (probably less important) things and I am finding that I am making more and more excuses for not writing

If you weren’t aware, my role has recently been made redundant and for the first time in about twelve years I find myself out of work. So, I’m looking for a job and all those things, though I have enough of a redundancy package to resolve any financial worries etc.
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Writing Stuff: A Quarter 3 Update

writing quarter 3 update plan james franklin jimWell, that was three whole months that came and went pretty damn quickly I would like to report that this quarter was a hell of a lot better than the last one. I can’t though, it would be a lie, and not a very convincing one either.


“Did you not win the Turner Prize in these last three months, an event which apparently had to be moved to earlier in the year so your book could not only be nominated but win?” Continue reading Writing Stuff: A Quarter 3 Update

Writing Stuff: Quarter 2 Updates & Excuses

typing text writing writing resolution 2012 objectives jim franklinAnother quarter of a year speeds past leaving nothing but a loud whoosh and a squelchy popping sound.  I am three months further into my writing career than I was, erm well three months ago I suppose. So it stands to reason that my accomplishments must now be varied and my achievements many. It stands to reason? Right?

Nah ‘fraid not. It seems like so much can be achieved in three months, but when you actually boil it down there’s not a great deal of useable time in three months. Apparently, I had to spend most of the time thinking of crap excuses for my lack of progress.

Anyway, here’s the update of what’s been happening since my last update. You can check out the last quarter update (here)

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Writing Stuff: A Quarter 1 Update

typing text writing writingIt occurs to me that we are now over a quarter of the way through 2012, so it’s probably about the time that I should update you on all the writing things I’ve been doing.

Of course I have been supernaturally busy. In fact it’s a wonder I could find the time to write this post. I seem to spend most of my time on expensive yachts with other millionaire writers sipping pink champagne and counting my money. Every night is spent hobnobbing with stars and celebrities, constantly seen with the cultural elite, models and royalty…

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