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It’s what I always expected. In a recent survey, it was been proved that west is best and that Glaswegians are more likely to have determination, passion and perseverance as well as the skills needed to succeed. It’s in the survey results, so it’s true.
“Researchers have developed a “grit scale” to measure qualities such as working towards challenges and maintaining effort despite failure. A scientist said: “Grit may be as essential as talent to high accomplishment. If it’s important for you to become one of the best people in your field, you are going to have to stick with it when it’s hard.”
So there ye go!
I had a very good birthday yesterday. Lots of cards, gifts and love came my way; I even got an 8am phone call from my 3-year old niece, Charlotte in Perth, singing Happy Birthday to me down the phone. Bless!
After the day job, I freshened up and we headed out to Newhaven’s famous Peacock Inn. I had only one thing in mind when I selected this as the venue for my birthday meal: The Whale; a full battered haddock, fresh and crispy like the Peacock was famous for before the fire that caused the renovation requirements.
I was a slim Jim when I walked in, and a portly chap when I rolled out. A good job completed!
I spent some time today formulating a healthy work plan for October. I started off with the must-do’s then added in the commitments already in place. Then I added in all the things that have to be done to keep the various other balls rolling. It’s equally balanced, strong on fiction and marketing, and is aching to get bitten into. Take a look…
* Complete BACCARA BURNING
* Complete new un-named novella from SA course
* Submit and recycle fiction
* Redraft new short fiction
* Complete first of new chapbooks (undecided)
* Investigate publishers willing to look at back catalogue and future poetry in production
* Prepare RR December issue (17)
* Keep website updated and relevant
* Develop ideas for new website design and integration with blog
* Develop GGP Boudoir website
* Develop Driving School website
* Gig reviews: The Specials, John Cooper Clarke
* Blogging from the West Port Book Festival
* Blogging from Portobello Book Festival
* Lit Salon on 25th
* Essay on paranormal/magic fiction (due
Marketing / Networking
* Continue to promote the Kindle books and new PP re-release
* Order business cards
* Order more bookmarks
* Visit Edinburgh Bookshop and Elvis Shakespeare
* Record and publish Podcast #2
* Attend The Sky Project on 27th
Reading / Learning
* SIREN by Alison Bruce – IP
* THE FRY CHRONICLES by Stephen Fry — IP
* SLAMMER by Allan Guthrie
* THE SECRET LIVES OF PEOPLE IN LOVE by Simon van Booy – IP
* NIGHTCRAWLER by Diane Parkin
* PAYING FOR IT by Tony Black
* ENGLISH SLACKER by Chris Morton
* THE WHITE ROAD by Tania Hershman
* AROMABINGO by David Gaffney
That’s all for today, I must get on with some work. This blog came from the coffee shop before I tripped out to Portobello Library to pick up a ticket for next week’s Porty Book Festival. Later, if I’m lucky, there will be fun.
Peace and out!