so I lost 9.6 (which prompted me to write the previous note) and then proceeded to gain 10.7. I really should have been stopped out on the second trade because price went more than 10 pips against me, but my SL includes spread so it was about 12.x.
Your first trade that was a -9.6 loser. Why did you just sit there? On a trade like that if momentum isn't with you it's against you. At WORST I would have take -5 and then gone short with my first target at support for at least +5 to maybe +7.
Second trade of yours - here is how I would have traded it:
Where you went long ended up wicking pretty hard. It went up 5 pips from your entry and I would have ended up taking a scratch or maybe -3. Then I would have gone short (yeah not a rat trade but easy to see that if we fail to go up we must go down). First target I would be out half at previous support +5, and scratch the remainder as we stall. Then I would have gone long on the next valid rat trade (that first green candle after the 3 semaphore) and probably got out (at least half) where you exited. Way less stress (no holding your losers), goes with momentum, and makes about the same amount of pips (but risks less than half). Also you got mighty close to your stop and I never did.
At the end of these two sequences you are up 1 pip risking 12 while I am up 10-12 risking 5. Trading is a game of inches. Don't just surrender your pips! That's your hard earned money!