Skip to main content

14 April 2021

 Song mood: (I’d Go The) Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric.  Just because I’m thinking of the movie Stranger Than Fiction, which I haven’t seen in a while.

I haven’t been watching as much television lately.  I read more.  I write more.  I’m learning Tai Chi.  I’m working on core strength and upper body strength.

When I walk the lake, I do my modified path so that I have more time to do other stuff.  Getting x amount of steps isn’t my real goal when I’m working on a few other things.  I’ve been having back problems after doing planking and push ups, so I may have to do modified push ups.


Currently I’m listening to Christine Falls by Benjamine Black, a Quirke Mystery.  Read by Timothy Dalton.  Who is my least favorite Bond, but is doing a great job with this audio program.  Just like in the movie, the character Andy is a terrible person.  When you watch him in the movie or read him in the book, you instantly think of how terrible he is and wonder why women fall for him.  Your creep o’meter goes off.  But the women think he is good looking and so croon over him, when the average reader wants him to get what’s coming to him.


I’m taking a BK Frantzis online Tai Chi program and I am amazed.  He does such an awesome job explaining things.  

A key concept he talks about at the beginning of the course is that our emotions are tied to our breath.  Something that I noticed when I had COVID.  I had shallow breaths and as a result I had some anxiety.  I noticed the anxiety and wondered what brought that on and then realized that I had really shallow breaths.  

In the course he has an exercise on how to relax the nerves.  He said that nerves tell the muscles what to do.  So if you relax the nerves, the muscles also relax.

The online course I’m doing, he is teaching Wu style short form Tai Chi.  I was expecting Yang short form.  But the concepts are the same.  I wondered about what would I do if the weather is bad, but then I can take any of the lessons and just work on that for fifteen minutes.

So yes, I am getting into this Tai Chi thing.  I’m learning to rehabilitate myself through martial arts, it’s a wonderful thing.


Currently I’m reading Maigret Sets a Trap by Georges Simenon.  I will start out with the four novels that were made into movies by Mr Bean.  Eventually, I will read all seventy five novels.  I’m going to use Simenon’s books as a reference guide for my mystery novels.


So, one thing at a time.  One small goal ahead of another.  I’m glad that I got back into Tai Chi.  I’m glad that I’m getting back into writing.  My breathing will be better.  And the next thing you know, it will be autumn again.  In winter, I will begin to make some decisions about my next big trip.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

9 August 2020

  So I made some changes in plan for my birthday.   I decided to get a room at Aksarben Suites.   I’ll spend the day in Aksarben and pretend that I traveled.   What I will have, I’ll decide tomorrow, although I suspect that it will be Pickleman’s pizza.   I’ll read and chill.   Maybe I’ll take a bus to the Dundee Dell.   So many things I can do.   For coffee, I’ll go to the Starbucks on 90 th and Pacific.   That one has the Verismo coffee machine makes an excellent cup of coffee.   I can even take an early walk at the lake as I make my way to Aksarben.

30 August 2020

  Song mood: In Too Deep by Genesis. It’s been an Inspector Morse weekend.  I’m halfway through the original series.  I think I came upon an understanding.  If the show follows the book closely, it will say based on the book.  After the second season, the shows stopped following the books closely and then it says based off the characters.  Some of them say based off an idea by the author, which would indicate that the author collaborated with the producers for the screenplay. The other thing that I realized is that if they are going to follow the series, Chief Inspector Thursday won’t be in the new show for much longer.  Which this last season hinted at. I expect to work on my own mystery this week.  It happens in Sandy, England.  My Inspector Trevor is surnamed after the Irish author, William Trevor.   Trevor is one of the biggest names in literature.  Or he was when I attended college for Creative Writing.  I’ve read a few of his short stories.  I think I should listen to a fe

Trends on Horror

Here are some trends I picked up on recently. The big push for horror isn’t in October.  It’s June, July and August.  As someone who self publishes books, I’m not at all interested in what’s trending.  Mainly because I just need to write as many and publish as many books as possible.  Following trends gets thrown out the window when you want to publish four to six books a year. I already knew that books and dvds, perhaps most streaming get released on Tuesdays.  At one time I knew why. It was the whole business of everything getting shifted because of the pandemic that I realized that the push for horror was June through August.  Harrow the Ninth was supposed to be released in 25 June and now is 4 August.  The Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones was supposed to be released on 14 July and is now 1 September.  That was supposed to be my Birthday book this year. What I found out about Stephen Graham Jones is that a novel of his should have already been released, but i