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July

Well July has been a somewhat mixed month.

From a writing standpoint it has been abysmal; I only managed a meagre 10 posts throughout the month putting my batting average at just short of 33%. I haven’t even opened SFU so my Chapter a month goal has well and truly fallen off a cliff and at this rate chances are I’ll not finish it before the time I’m eighty.

I had both the Wife’s birthday and our eighth wedding anniversary which due to finances and a serious lack of planning passed without much celebration (although we did get a new toaster), the Wife did get some lovely Big Bang inspired “Cooper Coupons” to redeem at a later date, sadly unlike Sheldon I didn’t have the foresight to only include activities that I would find fun, so at some point in the near future I am going to be subjected to Jesus Christ Superstar.

The wife finished Dr Horrible which I managed to actually get time off work to go and see, Twice, and which her Kids did both her and Joss Whedon proud. If it comes on YouTube at any point you can bet I’m going to pass it Felicia, Neil and Nathan’s (thats right we are on first name terms, thats whats bening friends on Twitter means isnt it?) way via Twitter.

My Kindle broke and for a short period of time I was in a position where I didn’t know how I was going to cope with reverting back to good old fashioned paper books, especially as I hadn’t bought a new one for well over a year, but Amazon came to the rescue with some unexpected customer service and I am now back on reading schedule, having rediscovered Katherine Kerr’s Deverry Cycle and currently taking in Salem’s Lot to feed my Dark Tower addiction (Father Callahan is in DT as well) until I get round to purchasing Wind Through the Keyhole, and Hollywood finally gets round to its Film/TV adaptation.

On the more positive side I have started a new job, I am still working for the same company but I have managed to land myself a 6 month Secondment in Head Office, meaning not only a 9-5:30 working day but more importantly weekends off. Now that may sound a little shallow and I can guarantee you that is not the reason I went for the position, after all the trauma that the company has gone through over the last few months I went for it due to feeling that I can contribute something to the greater good and help the business avoid the pitfalls of its former existence, and hopefully I will display enough of that during my six months for it to become a permanent position, but at the same time being able to spend weekends with the Wife are a welcome perk to this new position.

Also thanks to the Ryan Podger post and the recognition that the organisation that he works for gave him, I had my biggest ever day on this blog, they all read that post and as far as I can tell nothing else and its difficult to determine if any of them have stayed around to read anything else that I post here, but either way it was a nice spike to see on the viewing figures and potentially got me a few more regulars as well.

As it stands in a writing sense August has got off to a similar start, we are 5 days in and this is my first post and let’s be honest it is at best a summary of the previous posts that somehow you might have missed, but as I and many others have pointed out over the years perhaps the simple act of writing itself will reignite the drive that I had to ensure that at very least I was posting regularly, if not daily in the past.

On top of that I now have another motivation, the Wife has started her own Blog and the fact that she is spending time writing hers should hopefully spur me onto writing more regularly, even if it is only to defend myself where needed.

Whilst there will without doubt be a two week period of silence due to my trip to Mexico I can at least try and ensure that I post for the next eleven days before I go, and if all goes according to plan I will bring you this month’s Armageddon episode direct from Chichen Itza the “birthplace” of the Mayan Calendar.

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  1. E. A. Hughes
    August 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hey James,

    I was wondering why I had so many hits, as well! Now I know. It was great to see that Ryan got in touch. It’s a nice example of how the Internet can be used for something positive. I’m sure Ryan felt good about it.

    I’m in a similar position to you re the writing: not much going on recently. Hope you get back on the wagon soon.

    Have a great holiday, and don’t stop writing! Oh, and congrats on the new job.

    Ed

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