On December 22nd I began the “101 things in 1001 days” challenge – so far so good although I just remember I skipped breakfast and that’s one of my things not to do… I’m just gonna pick a few out and say why I’m doing them, and hopefully you can share some of your “things”.
Improve my mental health through medical help – This is a tough one because I don’t talk about it, or try not to bring it up. I do have a mental health problem, although my doctor thinks it’s more a physiological problem with my brain, and I have been referred to a psychologist to get rid of any bad things in my head. Now, I don’t know whether this is my “thing” or my psychologist’s – you see, I was referred 7 months ago for an appointment… still waiting. So until I get an appointment this particular thing can’t be crossed off!
Get my GED – Now you need to know that I did not finish high school, oh so stupid, or not? I want to get my GED diploma by taking web-based prep classes: http://gedeasy.com/ged-online-classes/ offered by GED Easy so everything I ever wanted in life will get in reach. It’ll be not that easy, but this really is a great program that makes learning a bit of fun again!
How should a fiction writer use the web? Should I limit myself to the plain text? There are powerful reasons to do so. Art thrives in boundaries. A communication needs a channel that both the writer and reader can understand. In a way, boundaries are a common comfort zone.
When these limits are breached, the readers are not really sure of what’s going on, nor the writers. I don’t think anybody is yet sure of what this whole online fiction writing would turned out to be; if it finally turns out to be something.
Cinema, before Eisenstein and Chaplin was not meant to be an art. Just an amusement for the less cultivated. I believe online fiction writing is passing through the same process; only more complicated. You could use a blog, a newsgroup, a wiki, twitter, a social engine or even combine all those resources together. And then there are text, photographs, video, interactivity, links, comments…
I gave up my star
For sand, dust, pebbles, rocks, corn
Shadows by millions
You know one of the things kaizen is good for is increasing the quantity of your production. In my case I was quite concerned about two things: how much time I should run and how many posts I should publish.
Do you remember the first time you ate yogurt? I certainly do, because they came with a free toy. Yogurt and packed cereals were a novelty in Canary Islands back then. Something unknown they needed to present to reluctant parents and children alike.
When I was a kid I had no imaginary friends; I have an imagi-Nation. The Sovereign Duchy of Borgonnia. You see I was born in Tenerife but lived in Gran Canaria. So what, you say? So there is an unhealthy rivalry between the two islands. Living in Gran Canaria I was always the chicharrero (”fish eater”) and when I went to my grandparents’ island on Tenerife I was the gofión (”gofio eater”) or even the traitor.
Have you noticed I’m a todoodlist affiliate? Seen that withe and blue square box to the right? Some weeks ago I bought the ebook. My first impression? Well isn’t this nice?
Todoodlist = To-do list + Mindmap
That’s the todoodlist in a nutshell, and what captivated me in the first place. I knew mindmapping since my seminary years. Then I used the technique to help me understand Philosophy, Theology and prepare essays. Later as a high school teacher I used it to prepare classes, and even for presentations. At both tasks the mindmaps were successful.
So I liked it enough to choose it to be one of the firsts products I’d promote in my newbie blog.
So, who was this René Descartes guy?
Oh, just one of the boys who invented science.
Hmm… so his method gotta be hard, serious stuff, just look at that face. I think I’ll pass.
Foto courtesy Naarna CC-by-sa
You are probably aware of the keep it simple crowd that roams the internet. People like me who reasonably consider that many of the applications we use are far too complicated for our needs.
I made a critical mistake when I started writing Call it Freedom. And that was to publish it as a blog. Yet I’m everything but sad or angry; CiF has proved to be an invaluable experience in writing, publishing and the digital world. Now I can tell you what a blook should be about.
Do you know what’s great about school?
That you can’t quit.
And why is that any good?
Because it means you have one simple choice: either believe in yourself or be miserable for the rest of your school years.