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Spread my wings

The last five weeks, essentially lockdown August, averaged 53 hours of work per week, close to my 2020 target of 54 hours. That’s the positive news, and positive it is, because we all know that the ennui of a pandemic can grip the spirit. But the negative news is that mostly I focused on writing stuff that isn’t my albatross book. In 2020 I should be spending about three quarters of…

Wrestling

The last day of winter. Dreary. Will lockdown ease after a further fortnight? I’ve been busy and absorbed, but not always focused on the book, and today I resumed editing a chapter on Soviet reactors. I’d done a major rewrite back in 2017 and a quality edit in 2018. It’s late morning and I can’t summon back the mood of the old work. So I pluck out the 2017 rewrite, on…

Eagleman re thinking harder

Neurologist/author extraordinaire David Eagleman, discussing his brand new book Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain at one of yesterday’s Edinburgh International Book Festival sessions, makes a point many of my acquaintances are well aware of, at least in the superficial way of having read about it in a newspaper: “People who cognitively challenge themselves their…

How to live a life according to Challis

I recently reread Kittyhawk Down, the second in Garry Disher’s brilliant police procedural series set on the Mornington Peninsula. Listen: Challis glanced around at them one by one. ‘But I’m saying keep an open mind. That should be the first rule of police work. We gather the evidence, analyse it and follow where it leads us.’ This is very close to the mantra oft repeated…

Birdese

Cannot, simply cannot, rise at the early time that works best for my work and life. Lockdown? Anyway, this morning, I was graced by the dew/dew/doodlydoo (not standard birdese!) of a Pied Currawong. I rose early. Grace…

I’m talkin’ … for half a decade

I’ve turned 65. The next five years are a narrow window and I’m grappling for every day to count. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous half decade, partly framed by the idea of hefty daily obsessions/disciplines (check out my now-closed Big Decade blog for the outworkings of that idea), so now I’ll continue to interrogate the world and myself, but differently. In this blog…

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