It’s incredible how much my blog production goes down when I run out of mobile hotspot data… I used up all my data and just renewed for the month. I am cheap and I don’t have wifi at home. Either way, hotspot or not, the only way I can write is if I feel compelled to write.
Lately I’ve been more interested in Twitter and fun in real life, it’s really hard to write or tell jokes sometimes. I’ll admit, I wasn’t feeling great for a few days. Felt a little ragged, beaten down, defeated. I’m a few weeks into a new anxiety medicine, and it’s stunning how much the medicine makes a difference when it gets in my system. Weaning off of the old medicine and starting the new medicine was a transition I don’t want to do again for a while. It’s safe to say that I bit a fingernail or two over the last couple weeks. Last week I had some friends over to the house to play some games and, voila! I snapped back into it. I did some shows and had great sets. It’s just how it goes sometimes.
Some people think you should write every day, regardless if you feel like it or not. I’m not so sure I agree with that.
Pros: Writing every day keeps you thinking, creating, producing. Writing daily keeps you from getting into a rut or stagnating. It helps to create and develop ideas, because ideas don’t flow out as much if you don’t write. Writing daily is a way of doing your future self a favor.
There are cons, but I feel silly listing them.
I’m lazy as can be. “Procrastinators meet tomorrow” is my motto. It’s really one of my worst characteristics.
My best ideas tend to happen in the shower, while listening to music, and while walking the dog. I always have paper and pen close by, just in case. In fact, I have pen and paper in every room in my house. Wouldn’t want to forget that thing I meant to write down, know what I mean?
If you ever have the problem where you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep because you don’t want to forget a dream or something you need to remember, keep a notepad and pen next to the bed. Problem solved, go back to sleep.
My method is generally to make a note and then transfer the note to the computer later on. I don’t like having notes that are not backed up digitally in one way or another. I’ll also talk things through and record audio, I absolutely record my sets when I do comedy.
I highly recommend downloading this free note software, it lets you map your thoughts in a web, you can move the nodes around, it’s pretty easy and you can customize the nodes, and export in several formats. Download FreeMind here!
I do not know what I would do without Freemind software. I think everyone should use Freemind. I use it for work, projects, my spice collection, jokes, raps, stories, everything.
I was in my first comedy competition yesterday, and I am so thrilled that people came out to support me. Spoiler alert: I didn’t make it to the next round. I ended up drawing #1, so I was the first up out of 16 competitors. I’m still struggling with my stage energy and it’s still hard for me to engage with the crowd, if I could have done those things better, I think I would have done better in the competition. It’s hard to go first, if I had a choice I would have picked a different number, but that’s not how it was. The 5 comics that won did a great job and they work hard on a consistent basis. They’ve also been at it longer than I have and it shows. I learned a lot from my experience last night. I had fun during my set and I’m happy to have gotten as close to winning as I did. I changed a joke as a result, which I think will be a really great change to the whole set. Is it weird that I have a fear of becoming complacent if I win a competition? I know myself.
I have a couple shows coming up over the next few days, and I’ll have an update soon on that big piece of news that I’m dying to share with you. Squeal! Please try to come out to one of the shows, see my events page for more info.
Thanks for keeping up with me, and don’t forget to have fun!
Also, won’t you please follow my dog on Instagram? I’m trying to make him Instagram famous. IG: ThisIdiotBeard
If anyone is curious about what my favorite song is these days…