The Apostrophiser

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Nevermind Batman.

Nevermind Superman.

Here comes The Apostrophiser.

In the news recently was a man from Bristol who is crusading against grammar mistakes, in particular rogue apostrophes, by taking matters into his own hands and making the necessary corrections.

He calls himself a “grammar vigilante” and has gone so far as to create a device called The Apostrophiser (rather like a large Tippex mouse – though not shaped like one, though that would be cool) to remove unnecessary apostrophes.

He remains anonymous and makes these changes without the permission of the shop owners.  Throughout the course of the interview, some shop owners were interviewed; one didn’t notice anything different about his sign and the other did and was appreciative, surprisingly.

Although grammatical mistakes irk me, this guy is going to extremes. The amount of time and money he must have poured into his mission must be astounding. Not to mention the fact that he is not a loner but a family man. I wonder what his family think about his mission or are they in the dark too?  Also, what is it about Bristol that provokes anonymous community service? See also Banksy and his public art.  In fact, the narrator actually refers to him as “the Banksy of punctuation.” Continue reading

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Routine Shmoutine?

Last week, I was on holiday from work.  It was great to recharge my batteries – taking my time to do things, having more sleep and spending time with my husband and my kids.  I thought a break from routine was just what was needed.

However, I’ve since realised I was wrong.  Yes, it was good to be out of the office but with regards to writing, that’s part of my routine I should have stuck with.  I like to wake up early to write and last week I didn’t do that.  This morning when I started this habit again, I realised that I had been missing it.  I enjoy it.  It feels like I have started the day in a productive way when I start by writing.

Next time I’m on holiday, I will keep this part of my routine going, even if it does come after a long sleep 🙂

 

 

Building Confidence As a… Writer (2) — Live to Write – Write to Live

This is absolutely true.  Writing upon waking is my new habit.  Even if I am writing a load of nonsense, I am still getting into the habit of the act of writing and the act of thinking about writing too.  On the days I don’t do this (usually the weekend) I feel a little lost.

I need to build on my writing time.  Presently I manage a small slot in the morning and some evenings but I need to sneak a little writing into my day time too.  I want to do this.  I know I can do this but if I ever feel doubt creeping in, I will refer back to this post for motivation.

Thank you Lisa Jackson!

 

 

Last week was the first in a series of posts about how to build confidence as a writer. I use the ellipsis to show that the tips can be used in almost any area of life, not just the writing portion. The first post was about starting your day off with something that makes you […]

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A Few Things Writers Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

The difference between athletes and writers is that athletes can see a physical result. They can see their body changing, their performance improving and they have a tangible result at the end – a placing or if they’re successful enough, a medal. Writers (I think) seem to think their pursuit is not as worthy because there is no external reward – unless they have successful book sales etc. A lot of the time the reward is internal and is a solitary experience. However, that shouldn’t make it any less important.  The mindset of an athlete is very inspiring and writers could learn a lot from it.  In particular, competing with yourself to get the best result.  Focus on your own performance and ultimately, just do it!

 

I am really enjoying watching the Rio Olympics. It has been a really inspirational sporting event and…one which one makes me feel guilty for sitting on my sofa, wedging another slice of pizza into my mouth, as some poor athlete belts around the track. The Olympics has also provided me with a creative boost which […]

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Revisiting old work

Today I read 4 short stories that I haven’t worked on since the end of 2014/January 2015.  I did it peering through my fingers, as one might do when watching a horror movie, expecting absolute carnage.

I was pleasantly surprised.

It wasn’t so bad!

I am now feeling re-energised and excited to resume work on my short story collection along with the novel I am slowly writing.

I’m glad those stories didn’t end up in computer’s recycling bin.

The point of this post is to show that nothing is wasted.  There is merit in all work.

yay

Di 🙂

Ten is the magic number

Ten is the magic number.

Ten minutes of writing upon waking.

Ten minutes of exercise to start the day.

Ten minutes of meditation.

Ten minutes of any large or daunting household task – made smaller by chipping away at it.

Ten minutes of reading before bed.

Ten might be a small number but this small number is helping me be more productive.  It’s helping me form good habits, the kind of habits that will help me get on.  I want to be a writer but I wasn’t writing.  I want to lose weight but I wasn’t exercising.  I want to keep my new house tidy – this will be the hardest one.

It’s a start.  I will build on this but in the meantime, ten minutes of effort goes a long way.

 

Di 🙂