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In honour of the approaching NaNoWriMo, I'm going to start writing one hour a day. I don't mean necessarily write for one hour, but have that time and space dedicated to it. I may just stare at a screen or a paper journal for 60mins.

What I want is routine. I already have one with exercise, and even with my little cafe excursions on Monday mornings before work, so why can't I have an hour a day for writing? And for days when I absolutely can't get an hour to myself, I could add it to the weekend so - say - on a Sunday when I'm at home, I can write for three hours and catch up on the hours I owe (though that sounds like a cop out already, doesn't it?)

So I'm here, sitting in the living room listening to Jarvis Cocker's show on BBC Radio 6 (<3), the wind rattling the windows (bring it on Super Storm of the Decade About to Hit Britain), only a few minutes gone by in my allocated hour.

Can I write on LJ during my allocated hour? Yes I can. Can I write on Twitter or Facebook? No, I can't - those networks don't count.

I wish we had a cat. It would nestle against me when I was focused, then sprint away when I tried to pet it.

My mouth tastes faintly of chai tea. And a little bit of the cheese and onion Ruffle crisps I had for lunch with a salmon and cream cheese bagel, on a bench in Victoria Park.

I went to the gym first thing this morning - it's always empty on Sundays, which I love. I took a bath in the afternoon, with a candle for company (a scented one that one of the Sissies gave me for my birthday.) I listened to songs from my iPhone while I soaked - 100 randomly selected songs from my iTunes.

I have a brasilian friend in town who I met for drinks and a play at Soho Theatre last night. (A very good feminist play that was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe - highly recommend you see it you have a chance: Bryony Kimmings: Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model.) We were meant to go to Columbia Road's flower market today... I'm still waiting for their phone call.

Last Tuesday my boyfriend and I marked 15 years together. Fifteen years ago we went on a date in Montreal, to see Bride of Chucky. I gave him David Sedaris' latest book, which I bought at Gay's the Word (one of London's best bookshops). He gave me a collection of short stories written by bloggers, edited by Dennis Cooper.

He's now in his cupboard office, going through his bills. We just watched the final episode of The Killing III. I'd been under the impression that it was the last series ever, but the ending has left a door open and a return more than likely. This makes me happy even though the Scandinavia portrayed in the series is as bleak as fuck.

A few weeks ago I toyed with the idea of doing a fanfiction NaNoWriMo - a thriller based on One Direction. Here's my pitch: girls from all over the world adore the boys and want to meet them at all costs. But little do they know that... One Direction have a bloodlust for their fans! They enjoy hunting and killing them for sport. (There's some subplot about One Directioners disappearing and a cop who wears ugly knitted sweaters investigating these cases.) The opening scene is a One Direction bus pulling out of the stadium, with blacked windows - girls screaming their heads off around it and begging the boys to come out. Little do they know that inside its soundproof walls, Harry Styles is wielding a chainsaw and advancing on a terrified Directioner... and so on. My heroine in this fanfiction comes from Nottingham and survives a night in One Direction's hotel after her friend is killed. She turns into prey as the band hunt for her, even going so far to track down her family's home (they announce to the world that they are bringing their arena tour to - surprise surprise - Nottingham!)

I may have Moussaka for dinner tonight. I bought some at M&S during the week and put it in the freezer. Oh, I forgot to mention: we didn't have Pancake Saturday yesterday! I don't know if the boyfriend has been reading my journal but it suddenly became French Toast Saturday and I was in charge. (I make some mean french toasts I'll have you know.) I'm determined to have Pancake Saturday return next weekend.

Date: 2013-10-27 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wow, 15 years!! congrats!

I definitely need routine and dedication, especially with the big project I'm on. I'm kinda ill right now but hopefully that'll pass soon and I can stop promising myself and start actually doing things...

Date: 2013-10-27 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Take care of yourself - hope you feel better soon! xx

Date: 2013-10-27 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have been watching “Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course” and I must tell you… even if “pancake Saturday” sounds delicious, there are many other fantastic dishes that you can add: frittata, omelettes, mushrooms, bacon, potatoes, cupcakes, brownies…. “Brunch Saturday” sounds even better.
The part that didn’t convince me at all was the coffee. French press or espresso. Everything else tends to be too watery.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I don't mind filter coffee! It plays to the lazy in me on Saturday mornings, who just wants to top up the cup instead of making a new batch of coffee.

Date: 2013-10-27 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My husband and I are also celebrating our 15th anniversary in London this week. Happy anniversary to you both.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, happy anniversary to you both too! Hope you have a great time in London.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I wrote badly. We live here. I've lived here for 20 years and HWMBO for 15. Elephant and Castle is our home.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah! Gotcha. :-)

Date: 2013-10-27 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy 15th anniversary! Yum, moussaka -- now I'm hungry.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-28 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
that sounds like a great addition to your writing schedule. i tend to do word-count versus time spent writing since i'm the type who can dick around on the internet for hours at a time. it may take me five hours to do it, but i keep the commitment to 1,000 words.

and, congratulations on 15 years together; something definitely worth celebrating!
Edited Date: 2013-10-28 12:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-28 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Part of the reason I want to keep it a time spent writing rather than word-count is that I want to tackle a lot of the stuff I've already written - including NaNoWriMo. There's so much editing I need to do - want to do!

Date: 2013-10-28 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, i get it. we all have our different goals and methods. the important thing is to write!

Date: 2013-10-28 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fifteen years, congrats!

I should sort myself out some kind of routine. I'm working from home a lot which means I don't get anywhere near the exercise (and it's showing) plus I mess around and spend work time on personal stuff and vice versa which just isn't right. Maybe tomorrow... (procrastinating, me?)

Date: 2013-10-28 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Do you have anywhere nearby you can go for exercise? Or even a good place to run?

It's now today (from the "tomorrow" you mentioned)... so, what's the update? ;-)

Date: 2013-10-28 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on your 15 years and 1 hour's writing a day is a great goal. I wish I could do the same more days than I don't. Kind of a in a weird place with writing at the moment though. Really struggling with it. There's a part of me that wonders if I should try NaNoWriMo again... but a part of me that can't face it.

The One Direction fanfic sounds gloriously awful. In a way it could be liberating to write something like that. Whatever you do for NaNoWriMo, best of luck with it! I'd love to read something longform you've written one day. I always enjoy your words.

Date: 2013-10-28 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! And yeah, I also wonder about NaNoWriMo every year. But I think I'm done with it - my r.s.i. just can't handle it.

If I were to ever do it again, it would have to be something ridic like fanfiction - my biggest downfall in the past has been to take it too seriously - in a way it kills the fun for me.

I'd love to share something longform with you one day. I'm slowly building myself up to have the routine necessary to create something longer. Maybe 2014...

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