May 6th, 2013

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So on Friday I emailed DoomBoy and asked him to give my routine a good hard kick up the arse. I've been struggling with feeling like I'm not making a lot of progress, and that's caused my motivation to suffer, to the point where I've skipped the odd day. I know it's coming up to the dark time of year (and oh god is it dark out there today!), which is always harder to get off your arse in. Or it is for me, anyway. I figured revisiting goals and changing things around a bit might help.

I'm aware that when you're always operating right at the extent of your ability, lack of progress is a big mental challenge. But lately, I've felt I've just been going through the motions and not really pushing myself. So imagine my surprise when..

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In other news, the YoT has decided to give some circus stuff a go. He was inspired by a post-Fidels session on Friday in which people ended up rolling around on the floor doing party tricks (this happens surprisingly often) and wanted to do something that will make him both stronger and more flexible. So he signed up for one of the 'try it all' courses to see if there's anything there that inspires him to keep doing it. It'll be interesting to see how they cope with someone so big.

Meanwhile, I've been reading epic fantasy. The whole bit: swords, sorcery, battles, horses, evil Dark Lords trying to take over the world. Namely, Blood Song, which has been compared with Name of the Wind, although it's not a comparison I'd make. It's a good story, though it's independently published and the editing (particularly grammatical) errors are a bit jarring. But the trilogy's been picked up by Penguin so the rest should be better edited. Now I've started the Wheel of Time series. We'll see how far I get before I get bored with swords.

Oh, and I am kind of over soldering for the time being. Luckily, I only have a little bit of it left to do. And I'm way better at it than I was when I started! Brainfart loom part 2 status: nearly complete. One more afternoon and it'll be wired and ready to go.