#70: The Moment

This week will go down in history as the week when Neil Gaiman retweeted my tweet.

Welcome to another Writing Update—a weekly journal where I document the ups and downs of my writing life. This week sped past with me barely noticing. I had so many little things to catch up with before the holidays that gnawed a little into my usual routine. But I read a lot, and that made me feel productive.

I’m not sure whether it’s the miserable weather, or all the running around, but over the last couple of weeks, I’ve felt that I had to push myself a little more. I’m not too happy about that, obviously, but I try as hard as I can to do the work anyway. I believe that productivity is a habit and that it’s much more important what you do on the bad days than the good.

Whatever you have or know is pointless unless you take action. And action always comes down to a single moment in time—one decision so small that it that seems inconsequential but is absolutely crucial in the grand scheme of things. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you’re making this decision every day. Every single day, you have the opportunity to take action, to do something productive. You know the Eminem song. You either take it or let it slip.

The tricky thing is that no matter what you chose, there won’t be any immediate payoff. Nobody will yell at you for skipping a writing day, just as nobody will praise you for going the extra mile and writing for 30 minutes longer.

The next time you’re about to skip a writing day, take a moment to reflect. That little decision that you’re making might be one of the most important decisions of your life.

Do the right thing.

Neil Gaiman is famous for stealth-signing books in the bookshops that he visits. I made it a habit to check his books in the SF&F section of every bookshop—I’ve been doing that for over a year now. Arguably, he lives on a different continent, so the odds of finding a random signed copy aren’t particularly high, but you never know.

Early this week, I saw an Instagram post of him signing books at Hatchards Piccadilly. I headed there first thing in the morning, biting my nails on the way. They had a couple still in stock, and I’m finally a proud owner of a signed copy of Norse Mythology (I did also get Art Matters).

Signed copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The next day, I tweeted my thanks at Mr Gaiman, and he retweeted the post which might well be the peak of my literary career, lol.

Retweet by Neil Gaiman

What I Am Reading?

I blazed through The Martian in a few days. I enjoyed the film, but the book just blew me out of the water. Andy Weird did an incredible job. I found his geeky style quite similar to Ernest Cline in Ready Player One, although it seemed a bit more mature.

Seriously, if you haven’t read The Martian yet. Do it now :).

Next, I’ll be picking up Emotional Intelligence—a psychology classic by Daniel Goleman which I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

I’ve got about a week to read three more books to hit my reading goal for 2018.

Short Stories

I read a short story every day. Here are the ones I read this week:

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