Just about a month ago, I wrote this. It was an update of sorts about three things near and dear to me … running, writing, and beer.
So, it’s been a month. Maybe it’s time for an update.
Has been going really, really, really good. Although I’m running much slower than I did before my groin injury, I a m running four to five miles three or four times a week. The tightness in the ol’ groin is lessening and the runs are feeling easier. The next hurdle will be seeing what happens when I quicken my pace. There’s another challenge as well. I’ll be on the road most of this week. I’m going to Chicago for a conference and then spending a couple of extra days there to spend time with a cousin and her family. I really want to continue running while I’m there — something I’ve never really done while on the road. But I think it’s important this time. I’ve crossed a threshold with running and I want to maintain it. I don’t want to let it slide. We’ll see what happens.
Northville Part Two is progressing. Slowly, but surely. I’m over 6,000 words. A beta reader who read Northville Five and Dime has read what I’ve written so far on Part Two and has given me her blessing. My concern is that I continue the story consistently with part one. The rhythm and flow need to be maintained. She told me I’ve done that. So, now I’m ready to keep working on it. the biggest problem with this story is that I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen in the next 25,000 words. I have one or two grand concepts, but the details and the ending of it all is completely dark to me. As a result, every chapter is like starting a new story. What happens next. Where is this all headed. I see virtually none of the road ahead whenever I open up the document and start to write.
I’m taking my tablet with me. I’ll be on an airplane for four hours, then spending a lot of time looking for things to do. I’m committed to seeing what I can do with Northville Part Two while I’m gone. If I had to set a goal, I’d like to get to 15,000 words on it in the next week. That would be more writing than I’ve ever done in a week, but I think I could do it if I commit to it. But, if things happen, I’ll be happy with 10,000-12,000.
The Beer Thing
It is a work in progress. Always a work in progress. I’m keeping it under control while not engaging in total abstinence.
So, that’s the update on the “big three.” When I started writing this post, I thought of this other thing. I turn 50 next month. To me, it’s a number that is no different than any other number related to age. That there is a zero on the end does not change the significance. But, I thought of something. A friend turned 52 this year and decided she wanted to try 52 new things this year — like taking a sushi-making class, going ziplining, making a strawberry rhubarb pie. I have a different twist to it. By the time I turn 50 at the end of October, I want to come up with a list of 50 things I will no longer do. That sounds negative. I think it’s the opposite — it’s about identifying the 50 things that take me away from being myself, from doing what I want to do, from doing what I need to do. It’s about improving myself and my life through the elimination of the negative. We’ll see if I can come up with that list. I have a few ideas. I’m not sure if I can get to 50.