The Cold and Writing

I’m rugged up in the office sitting in front of the computer writing. I have a blanket over my legs and I’m wearing a jacket. I refuse to waste money by using the heater.  Tonight the temperature is supposed to be dropping to -6c.  We’ve had three nights now with temperatures this low.  On the first morning after the first night I found the handbrake on my Astra had frozen so I couldn’t release it.  Now I have to park the car without the handbrake stopping the car against the rock edging of the garden. The only use these horrible rocks ever had.  The ice on the windscreen in the morning seems to be about a millimeter thick and this is the moment the heater fan has chosen to completely fail, I still poke a piece of wood up behind the glove box in a vain attempt to get the thing to go.

I have music on, Awake by Tycho. Sometimes this helps but I have to be careful not to trance out and forget to write.  I think it’s happening at the moment.

I am up to 74,145 words in my book. I want to get somewhere around 90,000 prior to starting the editing.  I have a feeling based upon some editing that I have already done that the size might stay fairly constant even with cutting because fixing things has seemed to need larger replacement chunks.

I read somewhere that its important to make it a regular practice of sitting down to write even if you’re not sure what you’re going to say. And the reason was that if you do have an idea and you aren’t there sitting in front of the computer then you might loose the idea.  And I’ve found this to be true. Sometimes just the act of pushing my fingers down on the keys of the keyboard seems to coerce my brain into action.  So I force myself to sit here even when I feel sick or tired or uncomfortable. Waiting for the ideas to arrive.  And anyway, I miss the characters when I’m away from them too long. I miss her.

Of course its possible everything that I’ve written is worthless but even if that’s true at least I will have done it.  I can almost say that anyway. I’ve written the whole book already, all the way to the end. There are just some gaps I have to fill. Now I better stop, I need to get in at least 500 words before I sleep.




Moved house

We have moved to a house in the southern end of Canberra. I am in a bit of a slowdown mode now I think in a reaction to the amount of effort it took to do the move after 3 years in place we thought was going to be ours for as long as we wanted.  We weren’t really thinking seriously of moving.  I am also off work on long service leave, mainly entertaining my youngest son.  The house is almost finished with unpacking but my workshop is not yet setup properly in the garage, I have the old workbench up on trestles  as I needed to work on building my youngest a new computer for his birthday. I hope to be able to build a proper new bench this weekend, with proper shelves behind instead of the the old bookcase version (the shelves on the bookcase are too narrow).   I can’t really use the old setup as I want to have all the gym equipment setup in the 2 car garage space with enough room to make the space usable.  In the old workshop things were a bit cramped.

Finally I have a hosted web site.

After many years of thinking about it I have finally got a hosted web site. The service I am using is called Webfaction. The Webfaction hosting service includes the ability to add a wordpress blog, (along with a multitude of other apps).

I am having some problems thinking of things to write about,  partly because writing in a blog feels a lot more formal than posting on Twitter, Facebook or even Google+.  I’ve read in other blogs that it’s important to properly research before posting and spend a lot of time working on what you want to write. So I’ve started to feel a little intimidated.  I do want to make sure that my presence on the web is as professional as I can make it so I will have have to make sure I put the effort in.  That’s what I’m doing now – rewriting this old blog post to hopefully make it better.

I am a fan of the WordPress software. I understand that it has been around a while and is sometimes thought of as a bit old fashioned but I am finding it pleasant to use so far. I just used the photo gallery component to add a picture of Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street station) in Victoria, Australia. Not that difficult.

There might be some posts about trains.  Here is another picture I quite like of the same subject.

I think this blog will probably be about the following:  sustainable building (of dwellings) see for example Google + Future City community, photography, electronics, woodwork, books, movies, design, software.  Looking at this list I am reminded of a recommendation that a blog be about one thing.  i don’t think I could write a blog like that, I’m interested in lots of things and I would like to write about all of them.  Happily if belatedly I have found that WordPress has some features which allowed me to categorize the blog into headings in such a way that if I properly add categories to my posts then the posts will show up automatically under their correct headings.