Yesterday I read this article about what the most successful people in the world all do.
It seems they nap. I nap, every single day! Honestly, I couldn't get through my day without a nap. Getting up at 5am isn't for the faint hearted. Turns out this increases both productivity and creativity! I will no longer apologize for napping!
They keep a journal. Tick. I've kept a journal since I was at least 15. I really enjoy reflecting on stuff in it, and writing stuff I can't write here. It's a conversation with myself that often results in new ideas, new linkages, and new understandings of aspects of my life and of the working of the society I live in.
Walking for fifteen minutes a day. Admittedly, I don't walk for fifteen minutes every day, well not purposefully in any case. That is something I will have to make happen.
I do however, have a conversation partner. This is Dave, always has been. We sit for hours in the evening discussing a whole range of things. A lot of it is talk about the kids, but even then it's about what affects kids these days, how society impacts on kids' perceptions of the world. We also talk politics. We talk politics a lot, actually. And then there is all the philosophical conversation, the big questions, and the little ones too.
I am also definitely the sort of person who isn't afraid of failing, who will get up and 'try it a different way' until I get the result I'm looking for. I love to meet a challenge head on. But mostly, failure doesn't scare me. I view it as another lesson learned.
I can't remember what else the article said - I probably need a nap - but overall I know I ticked of most everything on the list which means I should be very successful very soon, right?
In other news, it seems there was a little promotional blurb about my book in one of the papers over the weekend. I can't remember which paper, but I suspect it was from Readings promoting the launch. Thank goodness I convinced the publisher to give up on the idea of having the launch in a church hall in the far south-eastern suburbs. I mean seriously, what kind of professional publishing company does that? Anyway, all's well that ends well, and a pat on the back for me.
I am also being interviewed for an interview (?) at a radio station. This is another self-promotion effort on my part. I guess it's all a learning process.
I have the germination of an idea for my next book. It's in the following lines:
'She leaned into the wind, head down, spine rigid, soul determined. She would make it home this time.'
I know the plot of this book, but now I have a couple of opening sentences. Which feels good.
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