Autumn Plans

Well, summer’s stifling heat has all but gone and it’s now autumn in Tokyo. I always think of this time of year as nature’s reward for sweating and slogging through the previous three months. However, the weather’s anything but dull and a second large typhoon katsudon-beerstorm in as many weeks is making its way up the Japanese archipelago. Roll on November with her warm days and gentle breezes.

As you can see from the photo, I recently celebrated completion of another cycle round the sun with a delicious bowl of homemade katsudon, washed down by a Guinness or two. Many thanks to my SO and her sister for their kindness.

And fortified by good food and drink, here’s what I have planned for the next few months. Goal #1 is to successfully complete National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and kick start the fiction ideas I’ve been mulling over since this post – “I should be Writing 2“. I’ll also be making an effort to meet up with other NaNo writers in Tokyo during November.

Goal #2 will be to grow a tache in support of “MOVEMBER (THE MONTH FORMERLY KNOWN AS NOVEMBER) IS A MOUSTACHE GROWING CHARITY EVENT HELD DURING NOVEMBER EACH YEAR THAT RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR MEN’S HEALTH.” I participated last year and it was a lot of fun for a worthwhile cause – see my post with the before and after photos.

Goal #3 is to get my non-fiction book about self-coaching and career change out of my head and into physical reality. More about that in a future post.

OK, that’s plenty for this update. Tempus fugit – time flies.

Stand and Deliver

I’ve made a few changes in my man cave aka writer’s hangout.


The desk now has no computer and is reserved for reading, writing by hand, and daydreaming lol.

To the right of the lamp is where I stand and compose missives like this one.

This is a north-facing room and somewhat dark and cool, except during Tokyo’s sultry summer, when it becomes my own personal sauna. That’s partly because the window shown does not, alas, open.  A major design flaw, and so the room’s air flow depends on a sliding window out of view to the left. What were they thinking?

My standing lark is not just for the reported health benefits. I rarely remain still for long anyway and, as well as sitting to write and think/sink at the desk, I’m also prone to lying on the floor with my legs raised on a chair. That position encourages our dog to assume I’ve become her very own living futon.

What effect will these arrangements have on productivity or procrastination? Who knows. However, I am now much more aware of time wasting when standing on my own two feet haha! So, I’m expecting there’ll be less of that and more of the other…