Monthly Archives: March 2014

Seven Days

As of 9:21pm last night, I have managed to write for one hour a night for seven consecutive days. This might not seem like a big deal, but actually, it kind of is. I hadn’t actually done that so far this year until now. I had streaks of four days a few times, but no more than that, and more than one gap where I’d written not a word for longer than seven days. It also marks half of my March goal – two write an hour a day, for seven consecutive days, twice.

I was tired last night. On Monday I had a five hour round trip up the M6 for work, and by yesterday I hadn’t recovered. I could have gone to bed at 8:20 and slept right up to my 6am alarm today. But I didn’t. I realised on Monday that if I didn’t write on both Monday and Tuesday, to complete the first seven day run, there weren’t enough days left in March to achieve the goal.

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Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Some of you may be aware that at university I studied Ancient History and Archaeology. I focused on Classical Greece and Herodotus’ Histories ranks amongst my favourite books ever. It’s a rich account of a number of legends and historical events centred around the events of the Second Greco-Persian War, when Xerxes invaded Greece in 480-479BCE.

300: Rise of an Empire, starring Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Eva Green as Artemisia and Lena Headey as Gorgo, is not based upon Herodotus’ Histories. It is based upon the comic Xerxes by Frank Miller – which in turn is presumably meant to be based on the events of the battles of Artemisium and Salamis in Herodotus’ Histories. With the threat of Persian invasion, Themistocles leads the Athenian navy to repel Xerxes’ fleet, led by Artemisia, and seeks assistance from the Spartans, now bereaved of their king Leonidas and led by Queen Gorgo.

300 rise of an empire

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New writing schedule: update Feb 2014

Back in January I announced my new writing schedule. Well, it didn’t exactly go quite as planned. I did okay for what was left of January – five days fulfilling the “ideal” writing day, three fulfilling the “alternate” schedule, one Sunday off and one missed day.

February was less successful, though. Three days meeting the ideal to start it off, but then thirteen days in a row with nothing. On the 17th I picked up and managed four very good “ideal” days in a row, before missing two days, working on planning for one day for an “alternate”, missing four more days and writing for about half an hour – which I allowed as an “alternate” day – for yesterday.

So how can I fix things?

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