15 – Week 3 Report
My writing is coming along nicely. I get up at seven most mornings and work until about nine. I’ve set up FREEDOM to block the internet until then. It takes away any temptation. This routine gives me time to write about 2,000 words.
This week I’ve added another 12,000 words to the first draft of ‘AFO’. That brings the total up to 25,000, a quarter of the way to my target.
As predicted the writing has become easier. It never ceases to amaze me how the smallest trigger can bring back vivid and detailed memories of events that I’d ‘forgotten’. A sentence written a decade ago is enough to generate a page of words today. It’s like opening dusty boxes found in the loft. The boxes I’ve been opening this week have contained some good things.
Now that the first draft has reached a decent size I’m getting a better idea of what the completed book might look like. I’m thinking of inserting a selection of the best blog posts verbatim and then filling out between them with better constructed words explaining my thoughts and emotions at the time. Frankly most of these old posts would be of no interest to anyone other than a Wharram geek. The biggest challenge of this work is to achieve my goal of writing an inspirational memoir that will give value to folks outside the Wharram boatbuilding world. I’m not writing for a market but neither can I write just for me. If I do that nobody will want to read the book and I’ll entertain and inspire no one. I have to find the right balance.
That said I am considering creating an ebook/pdf of all my building blogposts exactly as they are written. I know a few folks with particular interest have trawled back through the entire site but that’s hard work. I already have everything imported into my writing software. It wouldn’t be a huge job to format it. Maybe it could be a gift to folks who support me on Patreon or something. Any thoughts? I’d love to hear them.
I’ve run and walked something like 30k this week. I’m really enjoying being active again. I’ve measured the route from the boat to the little beach at Cala Cortina and it’s 3 kilometres (2.1 miles) each way. There’s a fairly long uphill stretch on the way out and to get to the beach there are quite a few steps. I’m planning to use this route to gauge my progress, pushing a bit harder each time. By the time the warm weather arrives my goal is to run to the beach, take a swim, do my 5 Tibetans exercises and run back. If I can do that twice a week I’ll be very happy. Maybe I’ll even get back to the level I was at when I completed a half-marathon in October 2012, we’ll see.
I’ve let the meditation slip this week but that’s OK. I’ve realised that I don’t need it at the moment. One of the many benefits of the liveaboard lifestyle is freedom from stress. Almost everyday I spend some time outside just chilling out. I watch the boats, I watch the sky, I watch the water. I don’t need guided meditation or mantras to calm my mind. It happens naturally every day.
It’s funny. Only now am I really appreciating the space and freedom I’ve created in my life. I listen to my mind, I listen to my body and I adapt accordingly. An example. On Thursday I just felt washed out, completely drained. Maybe it was the long walk the day before, maybe it was the lack of sunshine that day, I don’t know. All I knew was that I needed rest. I ignored the alarm and slept in. After lunch I had a 3 hour nap. After another nights sleep I was feeling much better. Some might say it was just laziness, typical of a boat bum drop-out with no self-discipline and no ambition. In their world they’re right. But I don’t live in their world.
With January on the wain my thoughts have been turning to starting on the long list of boat jobs. I’ve decided to tackle one of the larger ones first, servicing the engines.
As we can’t dry out between tides anymore and neither will we be hauled out until next year this means I need to remove the engines from the wells and get them on deck.
9.8hp Tohatsu’s are weighty beasts. I wrestled them into place back in Weir Quay but gravity was my friend back then. This time will be different.
I’ve got an idea that I’ll be able to use one of the gaffs as a ‘crane’ to get them safely up on deck but once there they need to go somewhere I can work on them. I spotted a pile a pile of wooden pallets down by the marina office and I’ve arranged to borrow a couple. My plan is to secure them either side of the foremast and then clamp an engine to each. More on that later in the week.