Hello everybody! This has been another ok week for me and chapter 2 is now up to 4491 words. I am now certain that I am going to massively overshoot my target of 6000 and so just like chapter 1 it will need a lot of trimming down in future, but you can’t edit what isn’t there so I will keep going.
I have had a lot of trouble getting motivated this week, truth be told. You know those moments where you’re worn out from your real job and all you want to do with your scant spare time is relax? Yeah, that. I’ve not had any exciting new ideas recently to keep me enthusiastic, and there are times when chapter 2 has been feeling alarmingly like work instead of my escape. If I think about it, I believe this is probably just because I am over-tired; I need a holiday…
As you may have guessed from the title, I am in fact going somewhere at the end of this week. I am heading to Japan and will be there for the duration of February, which is a very exciting prospect! This will mean a few things for my writing:
Firstly, apart from a few days when we are staying in Tokyo, I will not really have access to the internet. Thus I must say a little goodbye to this blog and my few readers for a short while, but don’t worry: I’ll be back in March.
Secondly, time on public transportation means dedicated writing time for me. As I have mentioned in previous posts I do a lot of my writing on my phone and I’ll be stuck with nothing else to do! To get where I’m going I will need to wait in a bus station, sit on a bus for hours, spend a night in/near an airport, wait around in an airport lounge, spend a few hours on a plane, kill five hours in another airport, spend half a day on a second plane and finally take either another bus or a taxi to the final destination in Japan. Hopefully that will add up to me getting something finished! Furthermore, whilst I fully intend to relax and enjoy the trip, take in the culture and see the sights, I expect I will get the odd moment to write early in the mornings or whilst on any more planes/trains/automobiles.
Many of my favourite sci fi influences have come from Japan, be it in games, film, the occasional bit of anime or even just artwork/CGI renderings etc. I hope I can reboot my enthusiasm whilst over there and come back feeling refreshed and ready to go!
That’s about it for now. Have a good month! Do let me know if you have any favourite Japanese influences or if you have any thoughts on staying motivated whilst tired!
Catch you next time!
Here’s a link to the lovely artwork.