Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and words. I appreciate the support. :)
I’ve had alot going on since my last post.
The writing is going well. I’ve had the plot change around dramatically, which is good I guess. I’ve had a hard time letting go of an opening chapter that I really liked. It was the first thing I wrote down, so it was tough to send it to the chopping block. But it no longer fit with the rest of the storyline, so tore it apart into little pieces. Saved all the clever wording, but let the meat of it go to the cutting room floor (so to speak).
Its amazing how I see things so differently now that I am writing. I find myself stealing names for characters. I see plot lines and ideas in everything people do. I keep small notepads with me so I can write ideas down (which becomes somewhat hazardous while driving).
I’ve really started to see familiar patterns in other books. Things that other writers have given as tips and guidelines for writing great fiction. Suddenly, reading a fictional story takes on an entirely different feel. I find myself zeroing in on the main character and looking for what they “want”. It seems like they always want something, and then for the rest of the book, they are trying to get it. They want money, or a lover, or freedom, or a magical ring, or something.
Speaking of fiction, I finally saw the last Harry Potter movie. Ended up seeing it at the iMax because the show times worked out best. I don’t think it was really worth it in 3D, but it wasn’t aweful. Avatar was worth it, not so much Harry Potter.
I was happy to see it all end. I didn’t want to keep waiting to see how they would play out that monster of a final book. I think Rowling got pressured at the end to close it up fast. It was like she used one dream/death sequence and the pensive bowl thing to explain the entire book series. And then we go “Aaahaaaa, that’s why that happened.” Sigh. I never did like the ending of it all. And the prologue was too shmalzy.
But I was happy to see Bella Lestrange one last time. :)
I’ve been running. I ran two days last week and I did weight training twice as well. Its going ok. Very slow and sluggish, but at least I am moving.
I ran in the Warrior Dash this weekend. I guess you can’t say ran. I walked much of it. Why? Why would I walk in a race, you ask? Well, for one thing it was on a SKI SLOPE. Oh yes, the race went up a ski slope and then back down. So about 98% of us walked it up, because running up a 70 degree incline for a mile and a half, truly sucks.
There were all kinds of obstacles, but the most welcome one was the giant pit of cold muddy water that waited for us at the top. I was never so happy to get wet and dirty. We had big logs in there to climb and roll over. I ended up with big bruises all over me. There was a big mud pit near the end with barbed wire to crawl under. And a giant slip and slide that really hurt because there were rocks under it.
But I did get to jump over fire at the end and I did eat a giant turkey leg. :)
The warrior dash is ok. Very tough and the food is ultra fail: bananas and cups of water. Everything else you pay for. The turkey leg was $8. We did get a free shower to wash off the mud.
So today my legs hurt and my feet hurt too. And I have some bruises to show at work tomorrow.
Hope you all had a good weekend.