The Journal of Failure – Week 46 – 18 November 2016 – 24 November 2016



  • Goal – 120p / day, or 840 / week
  • Achieved – 1,034/840 – Success!

Writing – I Remember

  • Goal – 14 / week
  • Achieved – 14/14 – Success!

Writing – Large Projects

  • Goal – 5hrs 15minutes
  • Achieved – 25m – Failure

Website Posting

  • Weekday posts of I Remembers
  • Five posts of other content
  • Achieved – 5 weekday posts/5 weekdays – Success!
  • Achieved – 5 posts/5 posts – Success!



This week is the first week I have written about my Journal of Failure in, oh, 9 months.  Maybe 8 months.  I have no excuse.  I kept poor records, and I also Failed a lot.

So, what happened this week?

I recovered from pretty serious surgery.  That was useful for focusing my mind on reading and writing, but the problem with it was, of course, that I wasn’t at my best mentally.  So, I read a lot, but I didn’t write much.

It was also very hot.  Here in Brisbane, from, say, 11am – 4pm it’s difficult to do much of anything unless you live in an air conditioned place.  I don’t.  One day I will, but right now, I don’t.  So this week I would write and read a lot during the early morning, and then fall apart entirely when the main portion of the day began.  And then at night, my wife and I would spend time together, have a glass of wine, etc, and nothing from the above was achieved.

Overall, though, I think it was a good week.  I feel reengaged with literature, and I think that, although emergency surgery is never good, it was beneficial to me in that it gave me some time to really reconnect with the literature I love.  I read some new books, some old books and, most importantly, some touchstone writers (Roberto Bolaño, Proust, Bellow, Kafka), which meant that my fond feelings toward writing has increased.

I hope next week is better.  I also hope I am more fully recovered.

Each week I aim to provide an update on the Journal of Failure.  These reports are intended to provide an impetus for me to achieve as much as I should/more than I do, and also to provide a further ongoing record of my life, as it is. 


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