Weekly update (April 22-28)

I’m planning to make a weekly post to update you on the week that was and the week ahead, with a focus on writing. I hope this will keep me focused and accountable.

My writing this week:

What I learned:

  • Writing the column about deliberate rest has made me think a lot about how to incorporate writing into my routine, but also making time for the activities that recharge me. It’s beyond sleep and exercise – I need walks where I can let my mind wander, time in nature, and deep play. I’m going to think about my schedule more deeply over the weekend.
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View of Sydney Harbour and North Head from the Spit to Manly bushwalk.
  • My deliberate rest this week included a singing lesson, bushwalking with my family, a workout at the gym, singing in the Welcome Choir, and seeing a play at Belvoir St Theatre. Also generally better discipline about going to bed on time – the previous week I had been gorging myself on a TV series, but that’s over now.

My focus next week:

  • Working on a podcast pilot at work.
  • Writing the final draft (hopefully) of a feature for Good Weekend.
  • My Mind Over Money column.
  • Getting up and 6am every day and doing free writing and exercises themed on my novel to get myself immersed in the world and the characters.
  • Taking my broken computer with the draft of my novel to see if the data can be retrieved. I do have backups but I think they’re old.
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The box office at Belvoir St Theatre. The bubbles and the duck lamp featured in the play.

My treat for you:

Word of the day:

  • Smoothole: A gap designed in a drystone wall to allow free passage of some creatures (eg. hares) and not others (eg. sheep). (Credit: @RobGMacfarlane on Twitter).

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