Novemeber has passed with a whirlwind new goal coming and going which was NaNoWriMo 2012. There is still a bit more to do in termms of actually finishing the story but then I’m not sure if I’ll continue to do any writing. It was an interesting exercise and even though I did quite enjoy it, it doesn’t really fit into my current set of goals. Should that be a problem? One thing that I learned from my month of writing was that often one has to abandon ones original ideas in favour of those that come up. For example, in my story the main character was to fake her identity but as the story progressed I realised that it wouldn’t really fit. The same with another idea which was that one of the characters would be the narrator of the story: this didn’t work either. Now that I have a set of goals should I just follow them even if they don’t really fit my story? Perhaps not. But I’ve invested so much into them already such as yoga or cycling that they can’t just be dropped or can they? The sunk costs fallacy is at play here. So what if I’ve invested time and resources into doing something and building it up? You often see this in the “making of” sections of DVDs. Lots of scenes are cut in the final edit, scenes that probably took a while to film and incurred costs but didn’t in fact help to tell the story. How many of the current goals are purused because they have become personal traditions? Traits of who I am or rather who I was and who I have been? Perhaps a new character should enter the tale while another is killed off? Music used to be a big part of my life and now it’s as though it was never there.
About half-way through the month now and it seems that Programming in Python has been at the top of my list. I’ve had work to do but have managed to put it aside in order to spend my time programming. I say programming, what I mean is doing programming exercises and watching video tutorials. The character of it has been rather like last month when there was one overarching goal that pushed all others to one side. I have certainly been enjoying it and realise that this urge may not last for very long and that while it is there I should follow it as much as I can. No career plans just studying for the sake of studying very much again like last month where I was writing simply to experience it rather than work on becoming a writer.
I’ve bought myself an Xbox 360 for Christmas. At first I wondered if I should because I know how addicted I can get when it comes to gaming but I have been missing it a great deal. After much deliberation I thought that I would just go into a shop and buy one even though I could probably get a decent deal on ebay with games and an extra controller. In the end a friend said that they wanted to sell their console and offered it to me for a very good price so I accepted. It’s been a good Christmas so far.
Cycling 200 kilometres per week
As I start December I wonder if I’m being a bit too ambitious even setting this goal for myself. It’s cold outside, I don’t need to ride as I’m only going into town twice a week which is around 80km. But I guess the intention is there and I do want to ride audax again next year.
I have actually been doing some yoga, mainly because I’ve been feeling stiff and have noticed the need for it. But at the same time I have also noticed that even though I’m doing it and finding that it has been releasing tension that I also want to get it over with as soon as possible. It seems that as well as wanting to give up teaching I want to give up doing yoga as well. My body needs it, I can certainly feel that but I also want a break from it it seems, a complete break. I don’t think that can happen until I stop teaching completely. I’m a long way from that at the moment as I need to earn my keep from teaching. I’m not a position to simply quit even though I’d like to. I’m doing but I’m not enjoying it. Let’s just call it taking my medicine.
In the week leading up to the Christmas I had three parties / events to attend which is massive given that my social life is normally around the zero mark. Drank and ate a lot and also hung out with people. But as I haven’t been socialising much and tend to meet friends on an individual basis I did find the smalltalk to be difficult and generally pointless. But in spite of that I did find it quite enjoyable.
Not much in the way of Ebay or Freecycle this month. It’s not that I don’t want to de-clutter but it has just fallen down the priority list again.
Reading a book a month
We’re into week three as it’s the 17th today and so far I haven’t read anything. I have been thinking about reading further into that Dickens novel that I started but have only thought about it. I’m not going to pressure myself but do have fond memories of reading the Millenium trilogy last Christmas. I think that I’ll have to either continue with that novel or start another one that actually grabs my attention.
Today, Sunday the 9th of December was meant to be a Reading Day but as I don’t really have a book on the go or at least haven’t read it in a while, I haven’t done any reading today. It’s also a day off but that hasn’t really happened either. It’s been a sort of laid back work day i.e. with tasks and to do items. The laid back feel means that it has been very similar to any other work day except that I don’t feel guilty about doing non-work stuff. I suppose the main thing about having a day off is that you’re not under any obligation to do or not do any stuff. But I have done a lot of the items on my list because I don’t really know how to have a day off any more. But what about the reading? Yeah, well. I don’t know.
Regular cycle rides
It’s Christmas day! Yay, Merry Christmas. Great to have some time off and no sense of guilt to just spend the day hanging out and enjoying myself. It has been raining a lot today and I haven’t been on my bike for five days and probably won’t be on Boxing Day either. It’s been a sad month as far as cycling is concerned. But I’ll have a ride on Thursday just to break things up a little. And from now till the end of the month i.e. the end of the year, will I get a proper ride in? Somehow, I don’t think so. Shame.
Not much really apart from these reports. I wrote about my experience of the NaNoWriMo month as a post but that was about it. I can’t see me carrying this over to next year.