Time for some housekeeping after all the fun with copyrights and Life After this or that.
First off, it is streak update time. Fire me your updates and take a look back at the December posts I did about goals and then look at the first half of the year. Are you close to where you wanted to be in December? If not, get back on the horse and make sure that when you look back in December you are happy. Now is the time. The key to this writing stuff is not falling down, it’s always getting back up and starting again. Now would be a good time to reread my December posts on Goals.
At some point I will put those posts all in one place under a tab. Haven’t got there yet.
Over the next week I will be teaching first a structure workshop and then a contracts workshop. And working with a number of people between the two workshop on advanced story structure. It’s going to be a great week and I’m looking forward to it.
Kris and I have decided to do one more year of workshops. We’re not burnt out yet and are having fun and learning. So one more year. We have some really fun workshops scheduled. We’ll have the schedule finalized here and announced shortly, more than likely this next week. And we still have room in the Fiction Career workshop in September this year. It’s open to any writer of any level. Write me for details and put Writers Workshops in the title line. (Master Class is full.)
Also, I am still dropping weight for a goal I have not mentioned here before. Somewhere around my 60th birthday in late 2010, I plan to run a marathon. Yup, 26.2 miles.
I ran one near my 30th birthday and figure this would be a good thing to do to start the next thirty years.
Now I decided this when I was 246 pounds, sitting at a computer and eating as a hobby. At 6 feet tall, that’s into the obese area. It is impossible to run at that weight on my bad knees. (Far too many years of hotdog skiing and playing professional golf. My doctor said I just wore them down.) My knees hurt just climbing a flight of stairs at 246 pounds.
So now, a year plus later, with my weight ranging around 209 and dropping, and a smashed toe almost healed, I’m getting to the first stages of training. At this weight my knees don’t hurt at all, interestingly enough. And I can run one mile without stopping on a treadmill.
My goal weight is 165 for race day, so I am about halfway to my goal on the weight. I’ll be running with a friend of mine from Boise who is about at the same place in training and weight loss and we’re shooting for the City of Trees Marathon in early October, 2010. The goal is not time involved, I just want to finish.
That’s my new challenge. No health issues involved, my doc says I’m good to go, so here it is, out in public. Anyone want to come to Boise in 2010 to run or cheer, you are more than welcome. It’s going to be fun. Lots of work, a bunch of pain, but I know when I turn 60 I’m going to be damned glad I did all this, just as I was at the ripe old age of 30.
Regular updates on my progress will follow, just because this is my web site and I can do that sort of thing if I want.
Thanks everyone, on the responses, both positive and negative, on my Life After… posts. It’s been a lot of fun. There may be more. That’s a warning.