How (not) To Make Life Easy On Yourself

You’re about to leave the country for an extended period in 25 days, 10 of which you are working, so remember:

1. Agree to cat sit for a friend for 9 days.

2. Forget your car needs to be MOT’d and not have a few days space in which to book it in.

3. Try to book tickets for the Olympics, even though they’re almost over.

4. Agree to several Tai Chi lessons/practice sessions with several people, all of which take a full morning or afternoon.

5. Forget a million other things you should be doing but haven’t written down.

6. Say “Yes” to everything!

Stick to these 6 things and you world will be a joyous flurry of chaos. Nothing like keeping on your toes eh? 😉

30 Days of Kiki : day 15

day 15- put you ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play

Been looking forward to doing this one. Interested to see what kind of a person my iPod thinks I am.

Just Can’t Get Enough – Nouvelle Vague
Sign O’ The Times – Prince
Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – Massive Attack
Today Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie
Down To The River To Pray – Alison Krauss
Tenderoni – Kele
Mad World – Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules
DJ Kicks – Kruder & Dorfmeister
Bust A Move – Young MC

Well, that’s a fairly representative mix of what goes into my head on a daily basis, hahaha. Is it any wonder I’m going a bit schizo? 😛

Week 25: In which our hero lists some stuff, does some stuff, and wins something

Ok, so what have I been up to this week? Well, after my lack lustre performance last week I’ve had my nose to the grindstone… a bit. So here goes;

First, I made a big list of “Every Idea I’ve Ever Had”. This didn’t take long, I’m sorry to say. Actually it took longer than I expected. Put down on paper it seems I’ve done quite a bit of thinking over the years. Most of it was rubbish like, as is always the way, but the good stuff is pretty good.

It was fun to revisit some old ideas, but many of them had to be discarded as they’re just not interesting any more, or technology had left them behind. Like ‘End of the roll’ for example – a collection of photos that people have taken to finish off a roll of film just so they can get it processed. Everyone uses digital these days, so there are no end of the roll photos anymore! A loss, I think.

However, many of the ideas still have great potential, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t list them here. You will be apprised of any progress as and when it happens. For now let me summarise my lisitng efforts thus: 4 product design ideas, 3 business ideas, 2 video ideas, 6 book ideas (including 1 potential series) and feature length 7 movie ideas.

The purpose of making the list is so I can select the best ideas, the ones with legs, and really start to run with them. I realised last week that, if I really want a Brand New Life, I need to be doing something new every week, not just every now and then. I need to be creating something, or writing something, or coming up with a recipe; something tangible that advances me forward in my attempts to do something new! To that end…

satan soundtrack cover

I did a couple of things this week. First was the artwork for my as yet unwritten horror comedy Fuck You, Satan! Don’t worry, this isn’t my thing for the week, this I just did to amuse myself. Actually I think it came out kinda nice. I also did a disc design which makes me smile too. 🙂

If you’re interested, here’s a download of the playlist.

My thing this week was writing a step outline for Apogee/Perigee, a script idea I have about a boy who never talks. It opens with someone getting killed, and there’s a wolf in it, and that’s all I’m saying about it right now. This will be my art-house movie, my usual stuff being very commercial (and that’s how I like it). I won’t be coming up with a soundtrack for this one, as Fever Ray’s first album is all the soundtrack I need. If you want to see what I mean check out the video (incidentally, one of the most mesmerising videos I’ve ever seen!).

It will be a beautiful movie when it’s done. Hopefully I’ll get to direct it myself, once I’ve made a few quid selling scripts, and have a bit of a reputation. It’ll take me off in a new direction; the thoughtful, compassionate, critically acclaimed part of my career.

Remember all those competitions I was entering? Well, I finally won something! Just a tenner, but it’s the first time I’ve ever won anything on the National Lottery ever! Seriously. I once won £3 on some scratch-cards once, but that was when I bought 20 in a row thinking buying a batch would give me a better chance of winning. Technically it did I suppose, but the return on the investment wasn’t up to much, so I abandoned that strategy and never bought scratch-cards again.

But this time I won a tenner, after playing the same numbers both Wednesday and Saturday for 4 weeks. Collected the winnings today and immediately reinvested £8 in some more numbers for 4 weeks. If this keeps up I’ll be rich by the time I’m 40, hahaha.

And to finish this week, here’s a video that really made me laugh. Enjoy! 🙂