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3 April 2021

 Song mood: I Melt with You by Modern English.

It took me three days, but I was able to set up my appointment to get my first vaccination.  I’m excited to get the shot.  Mainly because full on COVID is terrible.  I hated it and the side effects lasted for months.  Though, nothing is going to be the same as it was before.  Like I will more than likely do take out and drive throughs for the foreseeable future.  Nor do I really plan to hang out at bars.  Coffee shops on the other hand, most likely when they open up again.  Libraries too.

I finished The Martian Chronicles today.  I liked it.  I knew I would.  Even though they were short stories, there was an overal story arc.  As I was listening to this, I could see that Neil Gaiman was heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury.

Currently I’m listening to The Jewel that was Ours by Colin Dexter.  An Inspector Morse novel written after the author finished working on the screen play for the BBC/Masterpiece Theater.

After that will be The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie.  Which is a Tommy and Tuppence mystery.  They were her international spy mystery novel slueths.

Hopefully by then, I will know what to pick, though I’m leaning towards Christine Falls by Benjamine Black.  A Quirke mystery that takes place 1950’s Dublin.  I really enjoyed the movies with Gabriel Byrne staring as the messed up pathologist.

I’m doing a lot of reading, or craft study.  I think I’m getting closer to making my break through.  It has taken me several years, but the trick of becoming prolific was brought about by a process of unlearning.  Learning to trust the voice inside you.  The real key to being prolific is learning to love the process.  To learn how to enjoy writing as much as you enjoy reading.  So there are people with good intentions who will tell you, you need to do this or that to become a good writer.  And what I say is that you just need to do what will make you enjoy the process more.

I bought an audio program call Taoist Breathing by Energy Arts, a BK Frantzis company.  Anyway, it’s a program that works with belly breathing.  Something I need to work on.  I feel that after COVID, my breathing has been more shallow.  There were times in the last couple of months where it felt like someone was standing on my chest.  Something to talk about with my doctor, but in the mean time, I will working on belly breathing.

So, I will working on breathing better.  I will work on finishing projects.  I will have shot #1 on Tuesday.  I will continue with my exercising.  The journey for self improvement is strenuous, but well worth it.


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