Since my last update I’ve been in Victoria splitting my time between Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. Oh, and the giant Officeworks that is somewhere in between. I’ve been focusing on writing my book and every time I feel like procrastinating I manage to find some compelling reason to go to Officeworks. Usually, it’s because I have a desperate need to get that exact bulldog clip which, of course, will be instrumental in helping me complete the next chapter.
Once I find that bulldog clip, I just have to get that pen holder. Followed by that magazine rack. And then I need to drive the ute in because I have to drag home that giant whiteboard so I can map out the entire chapter by chapter outline. Yes, I have bought ALL of these things (and more) in the past week. Needless to say, I’m keeping Officeworks in business. Here’s what else is going on in my life …
Buying: Apart from half the inventory of Officeworks, I’ve been buying books through Amazon. Yes, I went on an online shopping frenzy. These books include Story by Robert McKee, the screenwriters’ bible. I once had the opportunity to attend one of McKee’s famous three-day seminars but had to pull out at the last minute. Possibly, I was distracted by an Officeworks store. I do regret not taking this opportunity but I’m loving his book. If you’re interested in Screenwriting, you might be interested in our course with talented Australian screenwriter Tim Gooding.
Listening to: My yoga instructor’s voice on my MP3 player as I attempt to do yoga. I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m trying out yoga. Basically, because I’ve heard so much about it. Regular readers will know that my true love is boxing. There is, quite frankly, nothing quite like the sweet sound of landing a killer punch. However, you do need a competent sparring partner (or padder) for this to actually work. Whereas you can downward dog on your own any time, anywhere.
Planning: Next week I’ll be travelling to the US for a week to go to South by South West. I’m sure my brain is going to explode as there are so many amazing speakers, topics and ideas. Last year, it was great to hear from the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki, Brian Solis and a host of other great speakers, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
I’m even more thrilled that some of my fab friends are attending as well so I’m sure it will be a week of inspiration, information and a fair dose of Texas BBQ and margaritas thrown in.
However, that ended up taking up so much of my time that I didn’t get to cover all the areas I was personally interested in. So, this year, I’ve decided to attend as a regular delegate. This means I can attend the sessions that I’m personally passionate about. I’m keen to report back via this blog and am currently deciding on whether I should do this via video or a written post. If you have any preferences, let me know in the comments.
Watching: This video called “We Are The Future” which was originally created for an industry conference to stimulate discussion within the marketing industry. It’s insightful. And very very scary.