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So here it is the final day of my blogging every day of July effort and I have succeeded!1 And it was fun. So much fun that I’m going to keep on blogging. Not every day but at least once a week. Turns out I missed it way more than I realised. Missed you commenter types both here and on twitter. I think we had some really cool and interesting conversations over this month and I hope we’ll have many more. *hugs blog* *hugs commenters* *cries*
I didn’t do all the posts I promised I would. I know. I am badness. But I will do them. In the future. In the not-too-distant future even. If you ask me to opine on something here or on twitter eventually I will do so.
I did not, in fact, use voice recognition software. I tried and gave up in anger and frustration. But I will do the post I promised @SirTessa in which I use that dread software without correcting any of the mistakes.
However, not using it was really positive because I also finished the first draft of a novel this month2 and thus between that and blogging every day was typing more than I had for ages and doing so in a managed way. Some days, yes, I was very sore. But I never pushed through and typed more than twenty minutes at a time. And the frequent breaks—including at least two days off per week—and stretching and strength work and treatment kept the pain manageable. Turns out I can write more than I think I can. To which, well, YAY + DANCE OF JOY.
And my reward for finishing the first draft of a new novel and blogging every day?
So far I have watched, in no particular order:
The time difference between Sydney and London is kind of perfect. Live coverage starts at 5:30pm in Sydney and the last events are winding up at 9am the next day. So I can watch until I go to bed and then wake up around 7am in time to watch a live game of basketball. Then I can go about my normal day of gym, boxing, writing etc. I admit it, this particular sports lover is in heaven. I kind of wish the Olympics was on every single day of the year.
Posted by Justine at 11:57, 31 July 2012 under Bloggery/Internetty Stuff, RSI, Sport, Sydney novel, Writing life | 7 Comments »
Wohoo, so happy to hear you’ll be blogging again! I hadn’t even realized how much I had missed your posts and I’ll be glad to have them back (and can’t wait to see the voice recognition software one, that sounds like it’ll be both cringe inducing and amusing).
July 31st, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Just thrilled to hear you are able to write more than you thought. Keep those breaks and stay limber, but that is the best news I’ve had all day. Thanks.
July 31st, 2012 at 1:31 PM
I’m pretty behind on this month-long project since my Google reader is out of control, but I just wanted to say, that I really missed your blog while you were gone (while understanding why you had to go! Health comes first, always!) and I’m really happy to hear that you’ll continue to post. You are so smart and clever and GOOD andandand!
July 31st, 2012 at 4:14 PM
4. Justine Says:
wandering-dreamer, lalibrarylady86 and Jessica: Awww. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. All your comments are why I do this. Bless!
Well, okay, that plus I have SO MANY OPINIONS that I have to explode out of me somewhere!
July 31st, 2012 at 5:01 PM
Glad to read that you’re able to type more now- that’s brilliant news and I’m thrilled there’s more blogging to come (my blog reader decided to spend two weeks updating so I missed this whole “blog for July” thing but I’ll go find what I missed).
I agree on the beach volleyball- I feel like the costumes and the silly dancers beforehand kind of makes it hard for them to demand respect as athletes, but I’ve played it and know how hard it is to run around on sand and play a sport at the same time.
July 31st, 2012 at 8:08 PM
Eileen Lower Says:
I love your blog: your voice is very intriguing and can make me interested in subjects I previously couldn’t care less about. I’m so glad you’ll be doing it regularly! And to the beach volleyball dissers: show me anyone who can run that fast on loose sand without training extensively. Its just not possible.
My favorite Olympic sports are the gymnastics and ones involving water, especially the synchronized ones. How the athletes are able to preform maneuvers I could never dream of doing in harmony amazes me.
July 31st, 2012 at 11:41 PM
7. Justine Says:
Aine and Eileen Lower: Thank you!
I think the beach volleyball dissing come from those silly purists who have a very narrow idea of what constitutes sport. Whereas smart people like us know that there’s not a single sport in the Olympics that doesn’t take an extraordinary amount of talent and training and exertion.
August 1st, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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