Setting up a baseline exercise regime

The header image is completely irrelevant, but it came up when I image-searched for “travel exercise” and I loved it, so it was a done deal at that point…

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of a post last week. I’m aiming for at least one a week and I totally messed up this time. Between moving out of my apartment, finishing a big project in work, preparing for a trip to Boston, trying to cram in lots of time with a good friend who’s now emigrated and then having said trip to Boston, I basically failed to make time for writing.


The Doctor

In a break from the regularly scheduled programming, I present to you a short story I wrote recently.

I wrote it for a competition over at The Write Practice, and although I didn’t win, it was shortlisted and over the course of many rewrites and with the help of lots of beta reader feedback (thanks guys!) I have gotten the story to a point where I’m happy to share it anyway.

I hope you enjoy it!


What’s going to kill you?

Believe it or not, this is the least violent time to be alive in human history. We have relatively few war-torn areas, violent crimes are rarer than they used to be and even sexual crimes are less prevalent.

It may not feel that way though. It feels like we hear about murders and rapes and bombings every day, an unrelenting tide that brings in new atrocities with it each morning, washing them up on our newsfeeds and subreddits.


Benefits of using the “wrong” hand

I’d say Jake’s a man who exercises a bit, eh?!

This is a simple trick to make life a little more interesting, and challenge your body and brain in a new way.


Defining the Everyday Exercise mission

I was at a talk by Christopher Murphy recently (at the awesome HybridConf2015), where he spoke about the importance of defining your mission. It got me thinking that I should try to solidify the somewhat vague mission of Everyday Exercise and get it out there for all–especially me–to see.

You might think it’s a bit crazy that I’m doing this now, after the first version of the book has already been released. It is perhaps a bit backwards, I’ll give you that.


My friends/family/pet lizard think I’m crazy!

Continuing the theme of commonly-asked-questions, I’ll turn today to addressing the concern many people have that, by implementing some of the strategies in Everyday Exercise, people will think they’re insane.


It’s just (un)common sense!


Something I’ve heard recently from a few people who’ve read the book is that some of the ideas in there are common sense, and did I really need to point them out? This pertains to suggestions like parking further from your destination or walking more. It’s a good point, and I thought I should address it in a public blog post rather than in private emails.


Writing tips from Ray Bradbury

Thanks to a tweet by Joe Hill, I came across a video on the wonderful Brain Pickings of a speech by Ray Bradbury.


And now I’m on The42!

On Thursday I stepped out of the Helix (where I was attending HybridConf 2015) and nervously paced around, waiting for a phone call. Much to the amusement of people trying to have serious conversations inside the Helix café, I jumped into some elbow levers on the benches and tried to shuffle along the railing on my hands while I waited. Exercise is great for settling nerves.


Look ma, I’m on the radio!

At around 10am on Friday morning, I picked up my phone and found two missed calls, both from numbers I didn’t know.

Being the introverted eejit that I am, I tend to ignore missed calls from numbers that I don’t recognise unless I’m expecting them for some reason, so I didn’t think anything of putting my phone back down and getting on with what I was doing.