Jun 5 – Journal Entry

Hello Kitty 🙂

Writing at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 6. I keep going to bed late because I am trying hard to get caught up on my posts. I was listening to a Great Course – The Science of Self Control. I learned that Stephen King writes 2000 words per day. 

I loved Stephen King’s books. Read almost all of them when I was younger. I remember The Green Mile was released a few chapters at a time. I could easily read a few books a week as a teen. When I retire, I will read like that again. I don’t read novels anymore; I will listen to some at bedtime. Now, all my books are practical, either for personal or career knowledge – i.e., Slow BurnThe Complete Book of Running for WomenYou Can Draw in 30 Days (I still can’t draw yet. But to the book’s credit, I haven’t been practicing every day.), Implementing Project Portfolio ManagementMeasure What Matters.

I digress. I was trying to say that Stephen King provided a tonne of details in his books – I remember being able to skip several chapters, and I still knew what was happening. I want to provide rich details that enhance my stories but not unnecessary information. Maybe that’s why I stopped reading his books. Sometimes I would get annoyed like what are you talking about!? Why do I even need to know this?! 

With that said, I aspire to get to 2000 words a day before the end of the year. Over the weekend, my last long piece, I wrote 1600 words over two days, 800 words a day – not counting my journal writing, which varies from a few words to a couple hundred, maybe 500 tops. 

There are 208 days left in the year. I have to see how many words I can write daily (especially weekdays) and how many I can add per week to get to 2000 by Dec 31, 2020. – This might be unrealistic for me though because King is a fulltime writer – But I won’t know what I can do until I do the math.  

I am saving one of the word prompts per week from Sue to write a longer piece, as another blogger recommended. So my longread will be “City.” I am going to try to finish it this weekend. 

Back to my Great Course – The Science of Self Control. I am impulsive and inconsistent. It shows in my diet and my finances. I am a consistent workaholic though – why doesn’t that spill over into other areas of my life?

Based on what I have learned so far, in my own words, self-control is like a gas tank of will power. 

You wake up in the morning with a full tank. As you do things throughout the day, your tank gets depleted. For example, if you are trying to do something you’ve never done before, you use up more of your will power. Like learning to create pivot tables in Excel – Jesus! WTH! Why is that so hard? 

This means that when it’s time for you to go to the gym at the end of your workday, you can’t. Or when it’s time for you to resist that sugary sweet, you can’t cause your will power gas tank is empty – just fumes.

Why do people expect psychopaths to show remorse? They are psychopaths after all. That’s like expecting a leopard to be born without spots – not possible. (I am not considering genetic manipulation – but why would you want to remove spots from a leopard anyway?). 

I just used augmented reality to see a leopard in my bedroom, well my doorway – I can’t interact with her and she doesn’t follow me around. Google better be working on that. There’s no AR for a California Condor 😦

André and I went out at 12:30 pm to play basketball – Every time I missed a shot – I’d do a lap around the court.

At the end of the last paragraph, this journal has 671 words 🙂

Have a kickass weekend! (Not literally. Unless you are a virtuous ninja. lol.)

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