Monday, 30 April 2012

This Is Last Week, Today

I am not doing too good at all really. I have some ideas though, which is always a nice change. Plus I already teased May was going to be something nice. I'm sorry to let you down guys but it's going to be less special than originally planned. For now, let me just say congratulations to everyone who made it through the A-Z in April Challenge and BEDA, which I'm not sure but I think means "Blog(ging) Every Day in April", though I wouldn't be surprised if that's wrong. If you did either challenge then congrats. Now let me get on with talking about last week so I can go back to adopting the fetal position.

Tuesday I shared the picture that I had won in Mynx's giveaway, and I thanked her for it and spent some time praising her. She is a wonderful artist and I'm very glad I won. It's quite a vibrant picture so even though I'm dark and broody I have something bright to look at to stop myself getting too bad. Thanks again Mynx.
Look at all the pretty colours
Wednesday was about my most recent driving lesson in which I hit 50mph and traveled further and faster than ever before. Sadly I have no update for you on the condition of my instructor, who has suffered a stroke. I think my dad wants to wait a few more weeks before considering getting me a new instructor. He also said that on my next birthday (which is soon) he will add me to his insurance so that I can practice in his car.

Thursday was my latest podcast. I talked about what some of my favourite blog posts were and decided that even though I have no one favourite post of my own, one I really enjoyed doing was the post about five minutes inside my head. It allowed me to take the blog in a new direction and discuss more personal topics. Even though now feeling like I need to stay personal is becoming a problem, I'm still glad I took those steps.

Friday was another spectacular effort by me to say I have no ideas for a post in as many words as possible. I think I really outdid myself this time. Although as I was writing I did discover a few things to write about. Oddly enough this was the most viewed post of the week. In the end I talked about how I'd spent two hours on Skype and teased a few secret projects. All of which will be revealed this week. One that won't go as planned.

Saturday I posted another chapter from Immortal Space. This one featuring nothing but Trent. It was a look into his mind, and his huge vault in the desert where he keeps all his stuff. It seems that once again I was able to write what I wanted to, and get across what I wanted to, even if it felt like I didn't to me. One of these days I'll accept I ain't half bad. At least, when I get descriptions down.

Sunday in an effort to get a laugh, and give one too, I posted some videos of Bill Bailey sharing his comedic musical talents. It kind of worked in that you guys got smiles, but as the day wore on I felt worse and worse. Here's hoping sleeping helped.

Well that's that for last week. Time to hopefully get to work on this week. Which, along with the rest of May, could still get interesting even if plans have changed. See, originally I planned to start my own challenge. I was going to call it May To Z. Basically the 26th of May holds some significance to me (if you know what this significance is then don't say, let's not ruin the surprise) I was planning on going through every letter of the alphabet without taking a break at all until I hit Z on the 26th. This plan fell through the floor though when I realized that with how many themed posts I already do per week, it just wasn't a really viable option, and I have other things happening.

I am still going to go through every letter of the alphabet though, I'm just not sure how long it would take. See, I wasn't just trying to be different from everyone else by doing an A-Z challenge in May, but this could have positive psychological benefits for me. By making 26 posts on random topics, I can allow myself to post about random, non-personal things. Or maybe even mix in some personal experiences. As such, I will still be doing it, it's just going to take a whole lot longer than originally planned. Hell, it could even go into June, and probably will.

Have a good week guys. Here's hoping I do too.

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  1. Oh wow Mark. On a day where I'm mourning the end of a pretty damn awesome A to Z challenge it turns out that you're doing your own challenge which is cool to hear, "May to Z," is a pretty genius name in it's own right as well.

    Whenever I did Mai Yang's photo challenge I always ended up going off and doing other things mid challenge so it's perfectly understandable it might take a while, I'm seriously interested to hear what importance May the 26th holds for you as well.

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    1. Heh thanks. It's a shame I can't actually stick to it properly like I wanted to. Ever since I started blogging I've considered doing some of these challenges but I've never been able to commit to their schedules like that.

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  2. Why didn't you just do the A to Z Challenge with the rest of us?

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    1. Wouldn't have made a difference lol. He's choked out of ideas anyway, and still blogs everyday.

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    2. I just found it bizarre that's all

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    3. Well part of it was the same reason that I couldn't stick to my own challenge as much as I wanted to; I just wouldn't have been able to commit to the time frame. That was mostly it really. I'm not choked out of ideas, just stability.

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  3. I think I've cracked why 26th of May is so special to you. I'll DM it on Twitter...

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    1. Well like I made you aware on Twitter, you did get it right. No spoiling!

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  4. I really thought you were doing much better, and am sad to find out that is not the case. I will just sit here and send you lots of love and good energy until you feel all better.

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    1. Well thank you for that Nellie :) Your comment made me smile at least :)

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  5. I'll be interested to follow your May to Z challenge - or May to June challenge if that's what it turns out to be. And, like waffles friend above, I'm very curious to know what is special about the 26th!

    By the way, existence isn't suffering... ;-)... the fact that you can see and identify suffering means that it's separate from you.

    And finally, thanks so much for helping me out with that new blog of mine. I really appreciate it.

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    1. Well you'll find out soon enough :)

      Existence is suffering. Existence encompasses everything and everything is a part of existence. Suffering, joy, love, and hate are all part of existing. Always happy to help :)

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  6. Wow.. I missed a lot of good posts..

    Well, congrats on hitting 50mph. The fastest speed I hit was... 80mph on a highway. Hehe.. Yeah, that was the only time. I was with my brother and he said.. "hit it!", so I did. No traffic, thank goodness for that. It was the most awesome feeling.. but I never did drive above 60mph after that. plus, I rarely drive. I don't like driving..

    And kodus to all who have finished the A-Z challenge. I had wanted to do that challenge, but darn.. procrastination set in. Too lazy. Well.. you know..

    Well, an A-Z challenge in May? Cool. Good luck, Mark.. and I hope you feel better. ;)

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    1. I told you, you need to blog every day :P Or at least check here every day :)

      What is it with boys and speed? I would hit that only if there was no chance I would hit something else. Plus I think that 70 is the fastest you can go here, unless you're overtaking I guess. My dad has hit 90 before, but being a passenger is nothing to driving at speed.

      I really don't think you're all that lazy *hugs* I hope I feel better too but right now it's not happening that well really.

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    2. Aww.. You're being nice. I was lazy.. Lazy Leah, I said. :D

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    3. I'm very nice, especially to you :P You aren't that lazy if you're really keeping up with the A-Z stuff. Even with scheduled posts. You still wrote them :) You aren't lazy, you're lovely <3

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  7. I cant wait to see what you come up with in May. Should be fun.
    I am hoping the 30 days of Creativity happens again in June this year. I might try to sweet talk you into joining me in creating every day

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    1. There are going to be some fun things for sure. I technically DO create every day, seeing as I post something every day :)

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  8. Yeah Tuesday was a cool treat for the eyes.

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    1. The rest is a treat for the brain.

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  9. Blogging every day in any month is chaos. I don't know how people do it. Also, we're still eager for this surprise.

    Oh, and re: today's comment, we're not forgetting about anyone. We'll still be by to visit our good blog friends (yourself included), just not as often, so you don't forget about us either, k?

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    1. I still don't understand how I do it either sometimes. I won't forget you guys, you're a great laugh. If anything I'll probably get more of you, which would be awesome. I think I have one of the best schedules for you guys to follow. On Monday I have round up posts, so you can see if anything catches your eye, and on Thursday I publish a podcast you can listen to while working or reading other blogs. I'm happy you consider me a good blog friend.

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  10. i want some painting for when i get my bachelor pad, ya know to keep it classy. probly will find some at a value village

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    1. Pictures and posters make anything classy.

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  11. Haha I might die from all this everyday posting but I'll make sure I read it!! :) x

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    1. Well you did very well yourself to get through the A-Z :) Just stop by on Mondays and you technically read it all :P

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  12. You spent two hours on skype? Holy Moley!!!

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    1. I did indeed, just like I always read your comments in your voice.

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  13. hahah you should have seen my face when my instructor took me on a 50mph road, on my first lesson/ and he told me to keep the 50 speed :O

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    1. I think I would have liked to see mine too. I've even said "Oh dear God" when he's told me to do things before.

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  14. Have fun with whatever challenge you choose to accept 8D

    Also sorry about my being a shitty commenter, and that really is a lovely painting.

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    1. It's okay about being a shitty commenter, you keep coming back :) I choose to accept nothing but victory.

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  15. Blogging every day is tough. There is so much pressure to come up with new ideas. I was on fire last year thinking up ideas but the well has almost run dry. I hope you are able to follow thru.

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    1. Well with A-Z going off I can come up with at least 26, and hopefully write a bunch of spare crap in the meantime so that I can go on for a few months without having to think up an idea.

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  16. Sorry I'm late Mark had a long day at the doctors with the Hubby.

    The bloggers in the A-Z challenge spent one month finding out what it's like to do what you do every month!! Looking forward to your May surprise.

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    1. I've only been at it for about 10 months now (Jesus has it really been that long?) but yeah it gave them a chance to see what it's like. There were some who had a real tough time, but I'm proud of them for sticking it out. I hope things went well with the hubby at the doctors.

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  17. I'm still impressed that you can post virtually everyday or find something to post everyday. I need to post every third day so I don't run out of ideas.

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    1. Well the way it used to work is that I would have several ideas a day and would write several posts a day. I would have up to a fortnights worth of posts ready in advance sometimes. Now though I rarely get ideas and most of the time, end up writing something the day before.

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  18. ^ What DWei said. No idea how you do it.

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    1. With delicious all natural amphetamines.

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  19. Oh, a roundup?

    I'm commenting on a roundup upon my return to blog commenting?

    ...well, it at least sounds like it was an interesting week. :D

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