#72: Getting Started

The first week of a new year—the time when you sign up for a gym membership, bin that unfinished packet of cigarettes and eat salad for lunch every day. Then you challenge yourself to read 250 books when you only read two last year and buy £50 worth of productivity apps on the App Store so that you can track all your new goals easily. You spend the rest of the week tweaking your setup and never look at it again.

I can’t say that I haven’t done at least a few of those things in the past. However, over the last couple of years, I’ve been focusing on maintaining systems and habits rather than chasing goals. This year, I won’t be adding any new habits to the ones that I already have.

So my first week went pretty well. Apart from a bit of planning for a bit, I finished the first draft of a short story I’ve been meaning to do for a few months — a lighthearted tale set in East London inspired by Guy Ritchie’s brilliant films. It’s called Crafty Business, and it stands at about 3,000 words at the moment.

Next week, I would like to write one more short story. At the same time, I want to get started with Draft #3 of my WIP, and I don’t think that I will have enough time for both. We shall see which one will get done.

What I Am Reading

My first read of 2019 was Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. I got the Kindle edition for free in a promo years ago Short and brilliant.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Now I’m reading Killing Floor by Lee Child. I was meaning to read it last month, but then I didn’t get around it. I’m about halfway through. So far so good. The author’s prose is quite simple. He uses a lot of sentence fragments that work surprisingly well.

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Short Stories

I’m still reading one short story every day. I found this handy little page with a selection of nicely formatted classic stories, and I’ve started working my way through those. Here’s what I read this week:


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