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Goal in focus Win Award for my book 2 people are doing this
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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-02-24 14:17:46

    I found 4 literarily-inclined friends to send my screenplay to and get feedback from. I caught a couple of typos/missing words in a brief glance-through, which makes me think there may be more that I'm missing. But now I'm curious to see what their collective reaction is, and whether I've succeeded in creating a page-turner.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-17 03:20:30

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-16 01:39:08

    I would've phrased this goal differently, since what I really want is an award for my screenplay based on my book, but I figured I'd join a goal that already had other subscribers... 🙂 Today: finished the first draft of the screenplay, after a month working on the adaptation.

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Thrive! 4 people are doing this
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17/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-03-03 18:54:07

    There's much that I could write about thriving, but I'm finding a few keystone concepts to help my days lead me to thriving...


    1. Consistent drinking of water during the day, tapering off in the late afternoon

    2. Having a 4 pm 30-minute clean-up period, so nothing stands in the way later of getting to bed early

    3. Winding down my day by 7:30 or 8 pm and starting with the evening ritual of maintenance of eyes and teeth while listening to a fiction audiobook

    4. Writing my plans for the next day before bed

    5. Waking up by 4, starting the breakfast cooking and sitting down for 15-30 minutes of meditation.


    Some time ago I read "The Power of Habit"; the author emphasized that there's typically one keystone habit that leads to other good habits showing up.

    For me, it's getting to bed early for long, deep sleep.

    But now I realize that...


    1. Deep sleep requires not rising in the middle of the night (hence tapering water consumption mid-afternoon);

    2. Getting to bed early depends on my environment feeling "finished"; hence that it already be cleaned up

    3. Maintenance, pre-bed time, requires having the enticement of a fiction audiobook that also keeps me from getting distracted by other things;

    4. The whole point of getting to bed early, beyond good sleep, is having a productive early morning, and having a plan in place allows me to go on autopilot with the plan when I wake;


    and lastly...


    1. Rising at 4, putting breakfast on simmer and meditating means that even using 15-30 minutes, I'll have tons of time in the morning for my most demanding creative projects.


    This is not the same thing as thriving, but it is putting in place the habits that lead to thriving...

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    meditation7 Doing 7 cheers 2017-04-07 02:58:32

    For today, Thursday April 6th, I am very grateful for...


    1. A good workshop today at noon, with a lot more people than I thought might come

    2. Talking with J several times

    3. Talking with Julie and hearing about her happiness re: P's plans to stay with her at Snoqualmie falls for her birthday

    4. Talking with M about taking care of her cat while she's traveling

    5. A new interesting/entertaining audiobook: The Logic of Life

    6. Sun in the afternoon! I know it's not objectively true, but it feels like the first time in 8 months

    7. Sunbathing while having dinner!

    8. Kale quesadillas for dinner

    9. Having Julia Cameron's book "Walking in this World" on audio thanks to S.

    10. Assembling a new "Happy" playlist and listening to some of it

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-06 00:32:13

    Today, April 5th, I am very grateful for...


    1. Rising at 4

    2. Meditating

    3. Talking with J

    4. Talking with my brother

    5. Finally getting the book for him

    6. Having great audiobooks to listen to/from work

    7. My plan to do slightly different classes resulted in an additional engagement later on in the month

    8. Leftovers

    9. A quiet day

    10. A brief journey back into 43things

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    meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 00:57:31

    For Monday Feb, 27, I'm very grateful for...


    1. Sleeping well

    2. Being asked to teach an extra corporate class next week

    3. Meditating

    4. The remnants of the Decoding Deepak film watched yesterday wafting in and out through my mind, as well as the observations they provided about what it takes to live at that level of success

    5. Making progress in my game

    6. Remembering about the technique of showering in the middle of the day as a means of "rebooting" mentally

    7. Spending most of a cold, wintry day in a climate-controlled environment

    8. Time to get to my destinations in a relaxed fashion

    9. Time to stop at the library and read a little

    10. The thought of being able to get home tonight, slipping into bed early and sleeping long.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-28 00:55:40

    For Sunday, Feb 26th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Morning class flying by when compared with an 1.5 hour class yesterday

    2. Getting a ride back from class

    3. Watching the Decoding Deepak film with J

    4. Walking to the nursery

    5. The peaceful feeling of the nursery

    6. Petting the koi fish

    7. Macadamia nuts!

    8. A quiet afternoon at home

    9. J's smile and laughter while walking

    10. The quick, homeopathic amount of time spent at the second-hand store to kill the desire to shop without actually buying anything.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 00:54:21

    For Saturday, Feb. 25th, I was very grateful for...


    1. Understanding the difference between a mood and a biochemical imbalance

    2. Meditating

    3. Visiting East-West with J and playing with the 4 large quartz bowls

    4. The woman who complimented me at the end of the 2nd class

    5. Falling asleep with J

    6. The mating ethos of the Bonobo monkeys

    7. Making extra money with the 2nd class

    8. Having J here in the evening

    9. The bright lights at the Japanese shop raising my mood from dark, rainy day

    10. The wrap with RA's leftover salad

    11. Getting to bed early.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 6 cheers 2017-02-16 01:44:20

    Hello, everybody! So delighted that 43Things is back after a long hiatus and that a great community can be forged with amazing people from all over the world!

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    meditation7 Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-08 01:16:50

    The Cutie, by Donald E. Westlake

    First, the title: the "cutie" refers to the guy who thought himself so cute as to frame one of the people in a mafia boss's organization in New York. He's referred that way throughout the book, as the main character, the mafia don's right hand man, investigates to find the identity of the "cutie."

    Next, the author: I first discovered Donald E. Westlake in my junior high school library, eons ago. I picked up one of his books, "Dancing Aztecs" and was completely captivated by it -- the writing, the humor, the pacing of the story and the mystery. I reread it last year, and to my surprise, enjoyed it as much as when I was 13--perhaps even more because I understood it much better.

    So I've occasionally looked for Donald Westlake's books, which are many. Starting in the 1960s, he pumped out 4 books a year, often under different pseudonyms so people wouldn't wonder about that level of output. Also, under his name he wrote the more literary pieces; under his pseudonyms the more genre pieces (usually crime noir).

    And yes, many of his books seem like a copy of others. And The Cutie does as well. But I admit I was hooked from the first sentence to the last one. The economy of his writing is such that there's nothing extraneous: every word in there propels the plot, explains something, and occasionally gives you a sense of the place. And even though the book was ultimately a little unfulfilling (it ended without resolving, intentionally, a secondary plot, leaving us to wonder which was which, but more importantly, without giving us a sense of the main character's transformation, leaving it in limbo) -- despite these shortcomings, I had to marvel at the skill the writer demonstrated in spinning such a tight yarn and drawing me in and keeping me intrigued, amused, and wondering where all this would lead.

    3 out of 5 stars.

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    meditation7 Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-08 01:05:31

    The Moonshine War by Elmore Leonard

    Mr. Leonard is purported to have said of his writing, "I leave out the parts that people skip." I had never read his works before, and found him to be a master storyteller, building the story, and its tension, masterfully. However, I found the characters and environment in this novel so unlikable that after a while I felt like I had to let go of a mental sludge every time I'd stop reading the book. It's not that I need likable characters in everything I read... but I'd like characters that I can relate to... and I found myself increasingly disconnected from the stakes of the novel, even as they built. A good writer who knows his craft, no doubt, but this wasn't for me. I stopped at about a third of the way.

    3 out of 5 stars for the quality of writing and believability of the characters.

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    meditation7 Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-08 00:57:20

    Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

    A friend highly recommended this book after reading it in two days. "I couldn't put it down," she said. I didn't think the subject matter (the pursuit of a serial killer) would interest me, but I was willing to give it a try given her recommendation.

    Early into the first chapter, I felt like I wasn't seeing the story through the serial killer's eyes so much as what the author thought a serial killer thought. Now, I saw (and, to my surprise, enjoyed) "Silence of the Lambs" and found it fascinating because Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of a serial killer so goes against the grain that it fascinates and repulses you. The serial killer in this book felt unidimensional in that first chapter, cardboard-ish, and everyone's stereotype of what a madman like that must be like. I thought, "Now, wouldn't it be interesting if the chapter instead had this twist..." and, to my surprise, several pages later there was the twist.

    Maybe this book would've grabbed my interest if the author had put the twist in earlier, without overwriting the chapter. The subsequent chapters that I read also felt overwritten, as though she was intentionally trying to slow down the plot.

    After a while, I realized that I didn't look forward to coming back to read it. And that's my litmus test. In my opinion, a book should either have beautiful language that inspires, be cleverly written, be humorous, or so intriguing that you can't not find out what happens next. Unfortunately this one didn't have any of the above for me, and so I let it go.

    Probably 2 stars out of 5. If for no other reason than it was more readable than "The Name of the Rose." :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-19 02:58:07

    An Evil Eye, by Jason Goodwin

    I can't break out of my addiction to Jason Goodwin's novels, and when I go out looking for something as fulfilling as his novels, I always wind up coming back to them.

    This is the 4th in the Investigator Yashim series, and perhaps the most convoluted yet. Convoluted enough that I wondered in the end if this isn't in fact set up to be the first half of a sequel. I know there is one last novel in this series, and perhaps some of the things left hanging at the end might be addressed in that last novel.

    This one is set in Istanbul, shows more of Yashim's background (an always satisfying read) but starts so many threads that winding them up satisfactorily feels like the proverbial rabbit pulled out of a hat. I enjoyed the novel. Read the other ones first, though.

    4 out of 5 stars, for me.

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-19 02:51:10

    Save the Cat Strikes Back, by Blake Snyder

    My friend gave me this book, about the craft of screenwriting, years ago. I recognized it as being good and set it aside for a time such that I could read it and really take it in.

    That time never came.

    Then my friend more recently lent me his old phone, with access to his Audible account, so I could listen to this book as an audiobook.

    I listened to several of his other audiobooks instead.

    Finally, out of other options, I started listening to this book.

    And, of course, I should have read this years ago.

    What a great book it is for any storyteller. It breaks down the 15 (or in a more detailed fashion, 40) things that should be present in a story to make it feel fulfilling, from the setup to its middle area to the conclusion that shows how the main character has in fact undergone transformation.

    A definite must in any novelist or screenwriter's arsenal, without turning it into a hackneyed or trite formulaic approach to storytelling.

    5 out of 5 stars.

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-26 04:05:22

    Sleep earlier and taper off on drinking water by 4 pm, so you can get up earlier, but not to go pee. :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-17 03:22:34

    Ever since I got a housemate who wakes up at 4 (and whose alarm tends to wake me up at 4 also), this goal has become easier and easier. Getting to bed early sometimes means starting preparations way ahead of time, as in cleaning and decluttering earlier in the day so there's less to do between me and getting to bed when it's time.

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    meditation7 Doing 8 cheers 2017-02-26 04:07:17

    Ah, Vee the Aatmiya Yogini, DaveA, and so many of you who followed me and whom I followed back in the days... where are you?

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      meditation7 Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 01:04:37

      @beequeen Oh, my goodness--Yes, I remember so many of those names. Faustus lives in my town and we almost met in person, but somehow the planning fell through with schedules and timing. I hope eventually they find their way back! :-)

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      meditation7 Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-28 01:06:27

      @wyverndust We know each other off-43Things, and she's one of the few people I met in person, even though we live in different continents. She is as amazing in person as she was on here. I sent her an alert to the fact that 43Things was coming back, but I get the feeling her current work schedule has a tendency to interfere... Still, here's hoping... :-)

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      sessygail Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-28 02:32:00

      @meditation7 I was thinking of Vrinda when I saw this question, too! Such a wonderful spirit. And another I have missed is ooty!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:01

      @meditation7 that's wonderful and how lovely! thank you!

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      wyverndust Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-28 03:06:12

      @sessygail yes ooty is so special and lovely!

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16/02/2017
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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-26 04:08:09

    The first of my friends just read the screenplay I finished writing and had some good suggestions and constructive criticism which I'll incorporate in the next revision. Still waiting to hear from 4 more friends.

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    meditation7 Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-18 04:54:08

    Page 88 and loving the process so much! It's hard to break away to go take care of my real-world duties... :-)

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    meditation7 Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-17 03:23:00

    Today I arrived at page 56 of editing my current script and find myself enjoying the process tremendously.

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    meditation7 Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-26 04:09:13

    One word (actually, 3): sprouted mung beans. I sprout them at home and they make a great addition to my salads, wraps, and what-have-you. I'm pretty sure I get at least 2 servings from them alone per day...

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    • ctdave
      ctdave Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-08 12:47:17

      @meditation7 the other piece of my new dietary plan is to eliminate all refined grains and sugars, basically replacing them with veggies. Sprouted mung beans is a great vehicle for this.

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