My old banger of a car has been slowly deteriorating. It is currently down my dad's workshop, and will probably need the clutch replacing. I only live a few miles from work. I walked home yesterday and it took me nearly an hour. I walked to the train station today, which took me about twenty-five minutes, and then got the train. In total, nearly an hour from door to door again.
It's made me realise that I'm terribly unfit (I knew that anyway). It's a bit of a pain having to walk, but perhaps if I do it all this week, I might start to feel a bit fitter. Nice to get a bit of air and exercise instead of driving to work, sitting at a desk all day, driving back and sitting in front of the TV/laptop all evening.
Which brings me onto my next point. I'm always complaining that I don't have time to write, or that I'm too tired after work to write. I'm going to try and change that.
A little while ago, I posted on here that I was going to try to write a novel. Well, after my idea had gone round my head a few times, I concluded that it was boring.
When I was about sixteen, a group of us wrote a short fantasy story for an English assignment. I tried to turn it into a novel, but didn't get very far. Recently, I've been thinking about that story again. I went to dig out my folder of notes for it... but I must have thrown them away when I 'sorted out' my room. I'm very annoyed at myself.
I think I have what I wrote on a disk somewhere. This week I'm going to dig it out and see how bad it is. I'm going to flesh out an outline, and start writing. I might have a go at writing in my lunch hour at work - though I usually like to get away from my desk for a bit. Might try writing in the evening, and... possibly... the morning. I'm incredibly lazy, though, and not a morning person. But I feel like I should try, and see what slots suit me best.
I know of lots of writers who have full time jobs and a family to look after. I don't have the family stuff, and I don't have a very long commute (usually - bar the car trouble), so I know that I don't really have an excuse.
Small, gradual changes are needed, I think.