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.

standing-desk

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…