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A Book On Bath Tubs

I’m writing a short story about bath tubs.

This is similar to the type of story that I wrote when I was in Grade 6 when I wrote about Alex Corpse – a fun loving, scythe wielding psychopath who ran around town lopping people’s heads off and keeping them in a big reinforced garbage bag.  I managed to keep that story going with various chapters about walking to school, going to the mall and fun at the beach.  Thinking back, I’m glad that my teacher at the time had the wherewithal to realize that writing then was merely a creative outlet for expression of pre-teen angst and not a sign of things to come.

I’ve been busy focusing so hard on one task that I’ve let a lot of other things have gone to the way side.  I eschewed a balanced lifestyle and now I yearn for just a little more balance away from work towards other things.  Maybe not a balanced lifestyle but something different.

This week I will be pitching people (entrepreneurs) on giving me a chance to break things that they hold closest to them (their company, new product / service idea, current marketing and finance plans) then finding new ways for them to conduct business and document everything for them.  This way they can continue the new process, analyze the details and tinker with it, or abandon it completely and look longingly at a pretty binder on their bookshelf.  Do you know someone who can benefit from an abundance of new revenue for their struggling business?

I’m not sure how many days are left (I don’t want to experience that many blank lines in a spreadsheet today) but I do know that I’ve been moving at the right pace in the right direction.  I think I’d like to spend an extended period of time up in Dawson City in the middle of winter this year.

cast-iron-bathtubs

This is a quote for my friend Greg.

“I wish I had a routine for writing,” Miller told an interviewer in 1999. “I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and I write. And then I tear it up! That’s the routine, really. Then, occasionally, something sticks. And then I follow that. The only image I can think of is a man walking around with an iron rod in his hand during a lightning storm.”

Arthur Miller (1915–2005)

Daily Writing

It’s been too long since the last post on here. A few changes have taken place – among them seeing my brother and friends moving away for new jobs. I’m sad at the distance it puts between us but draw inspiration from them.

I have a new daily challenge – writing every day. It may not be a post on here, an article on financing or for a novel or short story. The point is to write a minimum of 500 words a day and to keep at it regardless of what’s going on.  So far, I’ve found early in the morning is the best time to write – as well as to do my road work (more on that later).

I’m realizing again that I’m spending too much time traveling between destinations in too short of a time period. Less time traveling and more time being productive – so I’ve opted for a bit of down time between now and August 7th.
Looking back at the past few months, I find myself yearning for stability – having a place to call my home, a daily routine, planning again for the future. I want to put down roots and know that for the next two years I am there day in and day out.

Back to writing – I’ve spent a week writing every day (catching up on days where I have not been able to write) and I’m using exercises from two books to ensure that I’m writing something each day. In an ideal world one day of writing would be for this blog, one day for GC, one day for a potential article (press release, media kit, magazine article), one for creative (anything goes) and three for short story / novel. To keep up with daily writing, I’ll keep a folder of ideas to write on based on the above categories.

Just watched an interesting tv program on Dorothy and Herb Vogel – amazing collection of minimalist and conceptual art collected over 50 plus years. Even when the gallery that they donated some of their 4500 pieces of art to gave them an annuity, the Vogels used it to buy more art. It amazes me the length that some people will go to to participate in the creation of culture.

“Live a ‘Why not?’ life, man. Take the shot.
The shot is always worth taking.”

Kevin Smith (1970 – )
American producer, director and writer

(Yes it is only 400 words at the end…)

33 Days To Go

My god I’m two thirds of the way through my trip to Japan!  Now the question becomes do I head back to Canada or make my way somewhere else?  Maybe somewhere warm…..

I’m sorry about the long lag in getting an update online.  I’ve been in a flux the past two weeks working during the day (doing research for a client based in Sendai) and working nights (on projects back in Canada).  It has shifted my focus to finding sleep when I can get it and relegated writing here (as well as for Gobi and sending postcards) to the bottom of the pile.  Luckily, I have a new sleeping schedule and set aside time for writing.

What have I been up to?

1.  Shopping for Christmas

2.  Reading (see list below)

3.  Starlight Pagent

4.  Discussing models, model agencies, talent agencies

5.  Talking to parents about daycare, preschool, etc in Sendai

6.  Planning a holiday trip

7.  Lots of running

In reality, a lot of walking around downtown Sendai looking at all of the Banta’s (Buddhist Santa’s), looking at lots of clothes that look good but will never be in my size, and lots of reading.

Looks familiar...

Reading List: The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth, 550 PR Marketing and Social Media Strategies, Marketing Like Lady Gaga (slideshare.net), Public Relations Strategy 3rd Edition, The Art of SEO, The Bootstrappers Bible, The Marketing Book 6th Edition, The Writers Handbook, Web Copy That Sells, The Virtual Handshake, 284 Amazing Rice Recipes, A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, The Dip, The Big Moo, Purple Cow, 93 Referral Systems (Jay Abraham), Mastermind Marketing (Jay Abraham), Market Makers Edge, Bear Stearns Quick Guide To Non-Agency Mortgage Back Securities, Bear Stearns Introduction To Asset-Backed CDS, (bunch of other Bear Stearns internal papers), and other financial papers by BNP Paribas, Barclays, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and University of Waterloo.

Squid, Crab, Croc

Time to sign off.  More pictures and videos to be uploaded later on tonight.

Quiet Times

Today has been one of the first quiet days I’ve had in a long time (aka no internet). Technology seems to merely placate the need for socializing, but nothing can replace the feeling when you can reach out and touch someone.

I’ve started writing again although it is for promotional material. I had not written a single word on paper since early September and I figure it is time to start again. I’ll post some of the completed works here for your feedback although you may have to wait a week or two.

I’m looking out the balcony window at the mountains. The snow has melted away from the mountain peaks and the afternoon sun gives the whispy clouds a halo and highlights the red, brown and green of the trees below.

No witty comments or exciting stories to tell today. Just another day in Japan comprised of quiet thoughts and daily chores.