He also discusses why snooker has suddenly become a sport for older players, his love of Scotland ahead of the country's independence referendum vote and his battle to recover from a series of injuries that has curtailed his running schedule.
MY FORM WILL IMPROVE THE MORE TOURNAMENTS I PLAY IN
I'm quite pleased with my start to the season. I'm not hitting peak form, but I know that once I play a few more tournaments, I will improve.
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I was happy enough with the state of my game despite losing 4-2 to Tian Pengfei in the Paul Hunter Classic last 16, and 5-3 to Alan McManus in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. I just need to find that bit of consistency which I know is going to come sooner rather than later.
I've decided I'm ready to commit to more or less a full season of snooker because I'm a lot happier flying to China now. I love it out there. The people are always great to me, but the only problem was the flying.
I feel I can handle it now because I've started playing this computer game Flappy Bird.
I start playing it when I'm up above the clouds, and that seems to be help me. When I get a bit of turbulence I slap on Flappy Bird again - that seemes to take my mind off the turbulence.
Hopefully, that will takes my mind off my fear of flying, and I now get out to China more often this season.
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They love their snooker out there, and are good people to play in front of. We're lucky that China has embraced snooker so much because if it wasn't for China, we wouldn't be playing in these big tournaments.
I'm in the draw for the International Championship in Chengdu. I need to play a qualifier in Barnsley next week, but I want to give it my full focus.
When I come back from that, I play the Champions Cup in Coventry. After that there is a tournament in Germany which is a PTC.
I'd question whether I will play in that one because the UK Championship starts the next week. Then there is the Word Open qualifiers and the German qualifiers.
I'm definitely going to play in those two, and of course I'll be playing in the Welsh Open and the China Open. I'll play in all the key tournaments this season.
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The only question mark is over the PTC one in Germany, one in Bulgaria while the Asian PTCs are the other ones I won't be playing in.
I'd need to be in China for two or three weeks for them, and that would be a long time to be away from home. But I will be playing in the major events. The more tournaments you play, the sharper you get.
But I don't want to be playing week in, week out. I'm just trying to juggle up the schedule so it suits me, and the fans get the chance to watch the best players in action.
Hopefully they will see me at my very best.
Ronnie's updated 2014/2015 season schedule
International Championship - October 26-2 November Chengdu, China
Champion of Champions - Novmber 3-9, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
UK Championship - November 25-7 December, York Barbican
The Masters - January 11-18, Alexandra Palace, London
World Open - January 26-1 February
German Masters - February 4-8 February, Tempodrom, Berlin
Welsh Open - February 16-22, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
World Grand Prix - March 16-22, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
China Open - March 30-5 April, Beijing, China
World Championship - April 18-4 May, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
SNOOKER IS NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG (ER) MEN
Full credit to Stuart Bingham in winning the Shanghai Masters. He is an excellent player as I know when he beat me in the UK quarter-finals last year.
Stuart has won a couple of tournaments now. For 20 years, he couldn't get beyond the last eight of tournaments, but now he is a real danger man.
I think that has a lot to do with more opportunities to play tournaments on a regular basis. Getting results brings out confidence in any sportsman. There are a lot more playing opportunities, and I think that Stuart has really embraced the chance to improve.
It seems to be when you hit your late 20 and early 30s, players are now at their peak. Whereas before it was guys in their early and mid-twenties who were dominating. When Stephen Hendry was first coming through, he was up against guys in their 40s.
There are a lot more guys around the age of 30 and above around now, and they are all hungry for success.
You have a lot of hungry, experienced players out there competing.
I didn't view the defeats of some of the bigger names in Shanghai as a shock, me included. All the guys know how how difficult these matches are.
For guys like Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, they are in their early 30s and are very fearsome competitors. But even they would admit, they are probably better and more mature as players now than they were in their 20s.
It seems like you can play on until your 30s and 40s now, and be competitive while as before you were thinking guys were washed up in their 40s.
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I played Alan McManus last week. He is in his 40s, but has started running back into some form because he is playing so much.
His safety game has always been rock solid, and he only lost to Selby in the last eight of the World Championship. I think you forget Alan was once a world number four.
He lost form for a couple of seasons, but seems to be enjoying a bit of a resurgence.
I think seeing guys like Alan and Stuart doing well gives you a bit of heart that while you can run out of form, you can quickly rediscover it due to the amount of snooker on the go.
Like football and tennis, people seem to be able to go on a bit longer in snoker. They realise that it is a job, and they are taking it more seriously. If you are fit and look after yourself, you can extend your lifespan in the job.
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SCOTLAND IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
Scotland has to do what is right for their country in the referendum. I love the Scots, they're fighters...as I know from all my matches against Stephen (Hendry), John (Higgins), Stephen (Maguire) and Alan. They'll come through anything.
It is a big decision for the people, but I'm sure they'll reach the right decision for their country.
One of my favourite films is Braveheart with Mel Gibson playing William Wallace. What a film that is. I loved that movie. For me, that epitomised Scottish people. They're proud people, and survivors. I can identify with them.
I'm looking forward to getting back up there whenever I can. I always get treated well by the Scottish people.
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I'M BACKING ALI TO RISE BACK TO TOP OF THE SNOOKER WORLD
Ali Carter has had so much bad luck in recent years with Crohn's disease and his battle with cancer. I loved playing Ali in the World Championship finals. We've had some great battles, and I know that he is a fighter.
It will be good to see him back on the circuit doing what he loves, which is playing snooker. He is a top player, and the fans will be happy to see him back.
I hope he can get back on the mend, but it just shows you that you have to grasp life with both hands. You worry about this and that, but how you are playing snooker doesn't really matter when you see what Ali is going through.
Being alive is a blessing in disguise.
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I'M GOING TO CUT BACK ON THE RUNNING AFTER LATEST INJURY PROBLEM
I think I've lost four months of fitness. The reason why I've stopped running so much, is that I ended up injured. I need to build up my fitness over a longer period.
For two and half months, I couldn't run due to damaging my thigh muscles, and I tore a calf muscle. So I got a bit disappointed, and thought I had enough of it.
I wasn't going to run, but then I started putting a bit of weight on again and thought I better get back out there.
I've decided to slow it down a bit, and build up my fitness gradually this time.
It helps me focus on my snooker, but it is not much use to play snooker if I keep pulling muscles when I overdo the running. I just get such a buzz out of running that it is easy to get carried away
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