Prioritizing Life

Even though it sometimes feels like yesterday that I’ve returned from Africa it has been a whole lot longer than that. Without going in to much detail, living has taken the backseat, especially the last few months. Focusing too much on work and the things society demands of a human being in the 21st century to survive. Surviving is not enough.

I just returned from a great vacation on the Greek island of Crete and it reopened my eyes. Time to turn things around. One of the things I haven’t spend enough time on is this blog and the book I’m still thinking about on a daily basis. The loss of my notebook doesn’t make it any easier to kickstart creativity, but the positive vibe I brought back surely helps to nudge me in to a direction. Time will tell if it’s the right direction but at least I’m fed up with standing still and got the energy to do something about it.

After being absent from my own writing for this long the first thing I started out with was re-reading that what I already had. I hope I’m not sounding cocky, but it’s actually quite good and I’m almost ready to put down new content.

I’m currently cutting away as much negativity from my life as I can so I’ll be having more brain capacity to focus on the things that matter to me. Friends, family, travel and writing. The last two can be perfectly combined and the more I think, talk or write about it the more energy I get to make it happen.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Bumblebee is ready to take me on a grand Euro tour after the winter, but that still needs a lot of preparation. I’m transforming my two wheeled steel steed to a mobile office using Raspberry Pi’s.

For now I just have to hold on to this energy, keep crossing things off from my to-do list and slowly move to become the person I want to be.


Getting to know the book world

ImageSo yeah, still haven’t put down any words on the actual story. However I’m working on it. Going away to the other side of the world did make me appreciate even more where I’m from. My home town was founded somwhere in the early middle ages (although there are archealogical finds that the Romans have been here as well), so there’s plenty of history right next door.

Living with my parents brings more freedom than restrictions and so I’m enjoying my stay with them once more. Since I’m a night owl I usually volunteer to walk the dog so my mum can go to bed. Boomer (I didn’t come up with that name) slowly starts to get used to the long evening walks. This is when inspiration strikes me. Walking through the fields and streets which, I imagine, haven’t changed all that much in last centuries give me plenty of inspiration.

Furthermore I went to my old middle school and met up with one of my former Dutch teachers. I was surprised she still recognized me after having seen hundreds if not thousands of faces over the years. We had a quick chat and she agreed to read my first draft when I finish it. Always great to have someone with good knowledge about writing to have a look at it 🙂

Today I visited the local library, where it is also possible to promote your work so when things settle down a bit its time to get cracking 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and any constructive feedback is always welcome (yes even if it is negative).

Inspiration Struck!

So I finished David Gaughran’s book about self publishing and it got me all excited. Yesterday I zipped all the files I have on my work pc and send it home. Time to get cracking.

Home, SA

The little terras behind my shared appartment. Our own little part of paradise with palm trees and everything 🙂

After dinner, dishes and social pleasantries I had an epiphany. Perhaps the power cable of my laptop was long enough to make it all the way outside. And it was! Since my battery has kicked the bucked a while ago I always need to stay connected.

So there I was, sitting outside under the South African stars in my own backyard. Having a smoke, some lemonade and my laptop ready to go. First I did some reading and adjusting of the previous chapter and the one I was working on. This is part of my standard way of working. Re-read, adjust and then create new content.

After a while it was time to put down new stuff and so I did. Around 1500 words of it, so that’s not to bad 😉 Then I saw the time and realized I really had to go to bed. Not because I wanted, I was on a roll, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to get out the next morning if I’dd stay up writing all night.

Let’s see if I can keep up this streak before I go on my South African road trip 🙂