Alas Writing 101 has not gone particularly well. It’s the final week and we’re now on Day 16, but somehow I find myself still endeavouring to complete Day 11. I’m a full week behind, and unless I start to post twice daily I’m going to struggle to finish on time.
Which leaves me with a dilemma. Do I break my one and only blogging rule, which is to never post more than once a day in order to finish on time, or do I just accept failure and give up now?
Well neither as it turns out. I’m sticking to my once a day rule and yet I also intend to finish the course, however long it may take.
The irony is that one of the main purposes of Writing 101 is to encourage a blogging habit and to produce content more often, but I have actually managed to write marginally less often over the last couple of weeks than I was achieving before I started the course.
Another irony is that the subject of Day 11’s task for Writing 101 was to produce a post about what I do when I’m taking a well-earned break from my writing.
Clearly, given that I’ve struggled to produce any content for almost a week, I don’t need a break from writing at all. Quite the contrary.
Truthfully I don’t have downtime from writing. Writing is my downtime.
Mostly, when I’m not writing I’m spending time working, or doing household chores. I don’t lead an especially exciting life. Which is by no means a complaint. I have no desire to lead an exciting life. I suspect exciting lives are overrated and I could do without the stress.
But if you must know (and if you’re reading this then you must), then when I am able to extract a moment from my busy schedule I like to do the following (in no particular order)
- Cooking (and then eating said cooking)
- Reading novels
- Watching films
- Falling asleep on the sofa
- Drinking coffee
- Drinking beer with friends
- Drinking beer alone
- Drinking wine (alone or with friends)
- Eating cheese
- Eating ice cream
- Running slowly in mass participation events.
- Supporting the Welsh rugby team, which from my childhood until 2004 was a mostly painful experience but since 2005 has been significantly more fulfilling and reached a crescendo of joy on Saturday night (a night I also indulged in number 7 on this list).
- Being a bit sarcastic
Some people might say that I’m a little on the shallow side.
But I have hidden depths.
I just can’t remember where I hid them.