OK, so I made the stupid, stupid mistake for the first time in years and made a (semi)public new year’s resolution…
And of course I’m already behind schedule concerning some of the promises.
Luckily, no-one frankly gives a damn, my dear, so I’m the only one feeling remorseful. Still, I personally thought it would be nice to try something new so even if everything is not going 100% according to plan, there might yet be hope. Here’s a quick breakdown of what promises I have broken so far and how to get back on track…
iatness Diaries #1.
I solemnly hate exercising by myself and I’m really good at giving up and choosing something else instead of grabbing the weights or the running shoes. I probably have the word “Mañana” tattooed on my lazy butt (can’t remember, I hope it was that and not “Banana”). But, this is a thing that requires attention, so I’m approaching “the fat fucking fitness problem” from all available angles.
Some progress has been made: at work the weekly floorball game has been my lifeline – incredibly fun and effective. And former studymate/current workmate/always Playmate™ of the year Tiina has been instrumental in getting the running shoes back on go out for a jog every week. She is really the best. That’s two times a week, which is, alas, not enough so the plan is to gradually start running more and lifting weights & kettlebells at home. Also: walking to work from home, or taking the skateboard. There are many good options, and as the weather gets better it gets easier.
But there have also been complications; a month ago when I tried in earnest to begin lifting my body pump weights at home carelessly in the mornings (“15 min. daily quick exercise”) this experiment resulted in some incredible lower back pain due to (probably) strained muscles. Like daggers stabbing at my back when trying to move between full horizontal and full vertical positions.
Yeah, so not the update I was hoping for – at this point I should’ve lost maybe 5 kilos of weight since New Year’s Day but instead I think I have gained one or two… fuuuuck.
The Short Story Project
Long story short – a bit of a dry writing period here, but I’m going to force myself to publish some results here in May so things are not hopeless.
The plan involves making some *very* short, weird and creative stories that could potentially become even a Twilight Zone -type TV-series, after I’ve sold the rights to Netflix for a couple of millions.
Well, I’ve been saving this for summer anyway, so things should start happening esp. if I get my singing mate Johan onboard, then there will be some results since music is in some ways akin to exercise for me – I need someone to do it with or nothing happens. And vocals are one part I really need to make it more interesting but I can’t provide myself (or I can, but the results are not good enough to take the music to the next level). Hmm, maybe I’m social after all? I never would have thought that…
But hey, what can you expect from this project? I’ll post a sample in June. It’s going to be electronic, poppy, vocals, catchy hooks and melodies, 8-bit sounds etc. for sure, or in other words: complete garbage. But that’s the way I like it – ah-ha, ah-ha…
Play more computer games
Well, this is actually one promise I have kept. “Surprise, surprise…” I hear you say but for the last 10 years or so I haven’t really played a lot of games even if I’ve amassed quite a catalogue on my Steam account and PS3 that I would actually want to play! I’m mostly fond of story driven adventure games and not so much of shooters and games requiring fast reflexes, so it’s also a semi-professional curiosity of games as a storytelling medium I have since games enable a more immersive experience than movies yet the storytelling elements in games are still often a bit simple and naive. Yet, change has happened here as well.
Well, now I’ve started forcing (!) myself to play some games again, beginning with the (2016) space simulator No Man’s Sky and continuing with the (2015) role-playing game Fallout 4, both of which are pretty excellent and I might even write up some thoughts on No Man’s Sky in particular, since the game has been a bit controversial for some.
…and the rest.
What more… hmmm, I seem to have promised to visit a family living abroad. Well, I’ve already booked flight tickets for this autumn so this is going according to plan! I don’t particularly like flying, but sometimes it is the only choice – or not going.
Also, joining Instagram – how hard can that be? Well, I need an idea first, since I mostly use my Flickr-account for photos, so not quite ready yet.
Lastly – tales of lust, well, that just sounded cool so I wrote it down… nothing to tell about that stuff, sorry!
Until next time…