Good Morning, Friday the 18th of September 2020

Hey folks, how are we all doing today?

I am up and getting ready for a productive day. I’m off to see a dear friend this morning and then this afternoon I’m going to do a little writing and tidying.

I’m working on getting he various elements of my life balanced properly. I’m making adjustments to suit on because I was beginning to falter in it, hopefully I’ve figured out how to do that and I just need to put it into practice.

Yesterday I wrote 1200 words in about ninety minutes. Needless to say I’m super happy about that, and I’d love to get that sort of word count this morning before visiting my friend, but I’m not going to stress if I don’t. I’m still aiming for about 500/half an hours work per day. Writer and Podcaster Paul E. Cooley said on an episode of The Dead Robots Society that he set a target of, I think it was 250 a day, because that was easily doable. And more often than not he’d surpass that quickly. If I remember right he said it was because that by the time he hit 250 he’d got into his rhythm. Since then that’s something I’ve found can work for me as well.

Today’s random image is of Raven, being Raven!

That’s it for this morning, folks. I’m going to have some breakfast and a shower and then get a few words done before shooting out.

Have a good one folks.

And remember, it costs nothing to be kind.

6th of September 2020

Good evening folks, only 187 words today, that was before work. After work I’ve been sorting a few things and chilling out in preparation to add a few pieces of furniture to my office.

Although tomorrow will be busy with that I’ll still be finding time to write, and I’d really like to get some editing done as well. We’ll see though, although I’ve had a productive month (details here on my Buy Me A Coffee page, free to read folks). This is a little bit of a change of how I’m doing things. Buy Me A Coffee is a site that lets people support people whose work they enjoy, kinda like Patreon, but different. I’ve popped a few random posts up there (which later got shared here as well), but from here on out I’ll be writing a post that gives numbers and some insight into them for the previous month. Will this be the format from here on out? Who knows. I’m trying to keep open minded and fluid with things like this, so we’ll see how it goes. Any money I receive does go straight back into writing.

This blog though, will continue. I pretty much get views each day, but I always get a jump when a new post goes live. And It will never be behind a paywall. I’ve been blogging for over a decade now, I enjoy it and quite frankly I like the journal type format that this has evolved into.

Right, well I wasn’t expecting this post to be much more than a ‘hey I wrote a little bit today’ but there you go. I will just end by asking you all go over to Facebook and checkout Stefan’s Daily Gaming, this video in particular. I guested over there and Stefan and myself play some Mario Kart. It was a lot of fun and a great way to blow off some steam. While you’re on Facebook, maybe go over to my page and give me a like too 🙂

Changes

If you’ve been reading my blog at petergermany.com you’ll have seen that I mentioned that I’ve got some stuff going on in my life outside of writing, no I’m not going to talk about it here but one thing that has happened outside of writing is not only a change of jobs but an entire career change.

In April I started working at a supermarket, after almost twenty years working in the car trade. I started off at eighteen washing cars at a second hand car sales and when I left I was the sole valeter at another second hand car sales. I was pretty damn good at the job. From washing the cars lined up each I got shown how to fully valet a car. From engine bay to roof linings. Upholstery to tires. Was I the best at it? No, but I was pretty damn good. I learnt to work through most weather conditions, from baking summer days to freezing winter ones. I’ve had sunstroke, and been cold to the point where my fingers and toes were numb to the point where I couldn’t feel them. Cleaning cars with hands like that was hard and I had more than a few days where it took me hours to warm up after coming home.

I did enjoy it though. I enjoyed the work, there was something about taking a car that hadn’t had much love and making it look like it had been waxed every week. Like it had been hovered out daily.

I worked with the same core group of people over those years. They’ve become good friends who are the types of friends I could call in the middle of the night needing help and they’d be there for me.

There was more than a few arseholes I met as well. Thankfully those people rarely hung around.

It was hard work, very hard work but I always tried my best. I worked through a lot times when I shoulda probably gone home and sweated out whatever cold I had, or toothache (second worse pain I’ve ever experienced), and worst of all kidney stone.

The job came to an end the early part of this year. With how the market was moving and our way of preparing and presenting our cars not what the public wanted anymore my former employer called it a day. I wasn’t out of work straight away, and could have stayed in the same company but in the workshop. Although I’m not a mechanic I know enough that I could have been of value. I know my former employer wanted me to stay, I had an informal job offer from a former employer and I was told of a valeter’s position at another car sales. With my experience and work ethic I would have gotten both of those jobs hands down, but it was time for a change though.

Retail was calling me, and if I’m honest I would be in retail if it wasn’t for getting a job in the car trade. I had one company in mind and they were one of the first places I applied. I had someone give me a little help with getting my CV up to date and with preparing for the interview. Which I screwed up! I got my times wrong and showed up late. Thankfully I was given a second chance and I took it. Once I was through the interview process I was offered a job, which I accepted.

To say it’s been both exciting and nerve raking is accurate. I haven’t worked in retail since 1999/2000, and then it was a shoe shop. So, very different to what working in a supermarket is. But my nerves were shouted down from the excitement I was feeling. I knew in my gut I wanted this job, I knew that was the place for me.

I haven’t looked back.

I’ve had a few tough days, but most of those were early on when I was still learning the ropes. I like the physicality to the job, I like talking to the customers. The attention to details that are needed speaks to my OCD a little.

Something that I’m enjoying is that I haven’t been challenged to do better in my job for a long time. With this job its a real team effort and I do not want to be an element that let the side down. I feel like I’ve fallen on my feet because it’s such a great group of people that I’m working with, I’ve been welcomed in and am really getting to know my colleagues now.

Hopefully I’m there for a long time.

One of the plus sides is less hours, which means more time and more time to spend with family, friends, and get some writing done. I’m looking at making the most of my time and trying to maximise my time. I still need to work on my focus but it’s slowly getting better.

Things have been hard, but there are a few good things there as well.

(This post was originally posted on my Buy Me A Coffee page).

19th of August 2020

Hey folks! Over 800 words today. I did a little before work and just spent half an hour doing the rest. I think I know where I’m going with this story at the moment, and hope I’m getting the vibe of it just right.

As I said last night I’m going to be decorating what’s going to be my office over the next couple of days. I’m not going to go too mad. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just what I need it to be.

I was speaking to another writer about writing spaces and they had some great tips about how to set a home office up. This person is a established writer who has got themselves to the point where they can write full time. It’s also someone who I respect greatly so I take what they say seriously. It’s definitely given me a few things to think about that I hadn’t thought of.

So, the next couple of days are going to be busy. I’m gonna take pictures as I go and post them up here for all to see.

This is going to be good for both my writing and my soul. Its going to be something practical that I need to get stuck into and it’s groundwork for a project that’ll take some time. I’m not gonna have the office exactly how I want it but the end of the year, cash flow alone won’t allow that. But getting it cleaned and a fresh coat of paint on the walls is a good start and I can build slowly and steadily from there.

A new writing pad 😊

Time for me to log out now. I’m gonna drop my car off for a little maintenance first thing then straight back home to make a start.

Have a good one, folks 😊

Good Evening, 18th August 2020

A slower day today, 363 words. That’s more than I started the day with and it’s my fourth day in a row writing. I haven’t written four days in a row since late March! That’s not good enough. I know it’s better than I’ve been doing at times this year, but I still need to do better. To achieve what I want to achieve I need to do better.

I think I’m progressing well. It isn’t that long ago that I was posting here that I’m going slowly and I know it’s going to take time to get going again. That seems like a long time ago, but I know it wasn’t. I’m a little surprised by how quickly I’ve progressed, and yet I’m disappointed that I haven’t got moe done. I feel like I’ve failed today because the news I had yesterday has hit me a little today. Nothing harsh but just didn’t have any oomph. I felt like I was trying to chip the words into a rock with a piece of celery. I tried to stick it out though, and although I’m not happy with what I’ve written, I think it’s something I can work with when I came to edit.

The morning sky the other day.

I’ve given myself the task of some decorating by the weekend. I’ve got a space that’ll primarily be my office, but it needs pulling into shape. (I’m going to document it I think). So writing will likely be on the back burner but I’m still planning on getting words down. The idea at the moment is to build up some consistency. Working everyday to get myself into both the mindset and habit of writing being work. If I want to achieve what I need to then I need to treat this as more than something to pass the time.

And not for nothing, I need some consistency because before we know it…..NaNoWriMo 😉

8th July 2018

Yesterday was what I call a productive day. I was up at about 6am and at my desk by 6:30am. There I sat till maybe 3pm sort of time. I had the odd break here and there, and spent the normal time faffing about on social media. All in all though I wrote 2961 words for the day. That’s 534 on WC2, 742 on AG3 (the final draft of a fanfic piece), 778 on PE3, and 917 on a guest post for a friends blog.

Needless to say I’m really chuffed with this. I’d set myself a target of 2000 words for the day, so smashing that put a decent smile on my face.

I am getting stuck with PE3. I’ve got scenes I know will be in the story that I’m going to jump ahead and write, but I’ve kinda lost where I’m going with it. So I’m going to tap up a friend and see if she do some brainstorming with me, because right now, I really don’t know where I’m going and it’s time to ask for some help.

After I finished writing I watched Knocked Up and This Is 40 back to back. I’d not seen Knocked Up since it came out so it was nice to see it again. This Is 40 is one I’ve seen a couple of times and one I do like a lot. While I was doing this I cleared out all the clothes I own that either don’t fit me, I haven’t worn in over a year, or have had it. I probably cleared out half my wardrobe doing this yesterday, and it was rather therapeutic. I’ve been in the process of changing what I wear for a while and have a decent collection of t-shirts and some gorgeous hoodies. The next area to cover is trousers. I love jeans, so that’s not gonna change too much but I now need to get some more pairs. I want to have a look around at different styles of trousers as well and see what takes my fancy, when the cash flow permits.

So, an exceptionally productive day yesterday. If I could get two of those a month I’d be one happy camper!