The Train
Two on the Two-four

ROW80-2 -05/19 -Two-four Time

It's a long weekend here in Canada, for the May 24th holiday, Victoria Day. The weekend is the one on or before the 24th, so it's a little early this year.  Some of us call it the 2-4 weekend, both for the date and the practice of buying a case of 24 beer for the cottage get-together. Out west, where they didn't have cases of 24, it is just called May-Long. Like a place in Cambodia. Complete with the distant sound of fireworks tonight. Like a warzone.  

Still off and on vertigo this week, but I had another good physio session, and have also made an eye appointment to address some fuzzy/double vision issues. And it's getting warmer out, so more strolling the hood and lounging at a sidewalk cafe with coffee and a book. And making an appointment to get snow-tires off. In the meantime, I have tried to keep at writerly tasks.

Objectives (writerly and other):

  • Write - Because I do enjoy it. 
    • Write new material - one draft Flash Fiction a week. Story done and posted here.  It was written to include three quirky phrases.\, and is titled The Train. 
    • Edit existing material - to send in for publication - None.
  • Write better - Read about how to write, and get constructive feedback.
    • My main source of writing info is a series of writerly blogs. Objective  -stay current.  Yup, still fairly current. 
    • Objective - set a FF challenge a week.  Prompt is set, this week the topic is to write about the Two-four weekend. Darkly if needed.  
    • MasterClass on Storytelling, by Neil Gaiman. Did #15, Comics. Interesting. He's done several, but outsources to artist, letterer, etc. 
  • Publish/market  - We publish partially for the glory and bags of money, but also for the feedback and increased marketability. 
    • I have many FF written already, here. Updated list to include latest stories, and added what prompt was for each one. Also updated my author blog to reference this properly.
    • Amazon Marketing Services Campaigns on KDP -Some sales, but not a big profit on this yet. But I continue to tweak once a week, trying stuff.  
    • New technique - give away print copies of Flash Fiction Stories. Gave several away to bartenders at my local. All three are readers, and hopefully will like my work. And tell customers. 
  • Read with purpose
    • Objective - read and review a book a week. Nothing. 
  • Better health
    • It's spring now. Fitbit target Objective - 7 day average 3500.  Very poor at this - still my transient vertigo.  
    • Set sleep target to 7.5 hours, starting at midnight. Objective - 5 times a week.  I hit 6/7. Time to bed still too erratic.  
  • Stay social - That's a given, what with walking about, visits to local cafes and bars, and all my grandkids being in Ottawa. Cafes and bars, check. Getting a good group of friends/regulars at my new regular, Pubblico. Girlfriend arrives Tuesday for a week. 
  • Have fun - Gaming, Netflix - both indoors. Outdoors?
    • Netflix - yet more reruns of Grey's Anatomy. 
    • Gaming - yes, lots of truck driving. New map for northern Brazil. 
    • Vacation -no plans yet.
  • Chores - I added this to capture bigger jobs. Bench pieces are ready for my girlfriend to help assemble. 

 

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