As you all know, it has been a pretty eventful week. I’m not going to spend a lot of time dwelling on it since I’ve already posted about it, but — just in case you’ve been living under a rock or something — I’ll give it a quick mention: I posted my two-hundredth entry on this blog on Thursday. Not too shabby, I should think.
There was that big thing in Washington, too, but that’s over and wasn’t about me.
On to the stats:
On Writing: The writing stat for the week is 62, which is the number of pages of Meet the Larssons I have revised since last week’s post. I have revised 204 pages so far, which is the second milestone “200” I broke through this week. I just hope I can get through page 300 before blog post #300.
The price of burning through 62 pages of revisions is that I didn’t do anything on the outline for Project Hometown or to finish the draft of “Jamie’s Story.” I’m going to be traveling most of this week for work (someplace warm!), but I may have a little time to write in the evenings. If I do, I’ll probably work on “Jamie’s Story,” although I may just bring pages of MTL to mark up.
On Running: Today wasn’t bad. It was 4 degrees (F) when I started my run at 11am (it’s up to 7 as I write this), so once again I was on the treadmill. I ran 7.37 miles in an hour even (8:08 m/m), which is pretty good. I got a couple of short runs in during the week, including my first hill workout in over a month. I didn’t make 20 miles for the week, but I’m definitely getting back into running shape.
The only hitch is that my knee did something odd and painful last night. I’m not even sure what I was doing — possibly standing up from putting in the DVD for family movie night (Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, if you’re wondering) — but nothing memorable. The pain lasted a little while, fading over about 15 minutes, and felt like it was possibly a pulled tendon or ligament on the inside of the leg, just below the joint. It didn’t bother me during my run this morning, but it felt very stiff when I was done. Stretching helped, and I’ll ice it tonight. But the long plane ride tomorrow makes me a little nervous.
On the iPod: I liked Scott Sigler’s Earthcore so much I downloaded his next book, Ancestor, this week and started listening to it, and I’m already sucked in. Scott’s entertained me enough already for free, so when I get back from my trip I’m going to pick up copies of Infected and Contagious at the bookstore. I also listened to I Should Be Writing #109 (interview with Scott Sigler — these new media types are everywhere when they’ve got a new book out), Writing Excuses, Season 2, Episode 15 (Knowing When to Begin), and Phedippidations #170 (Thoughts from the Road). I also downloaded a boatload of 80s music the other night, because I was in a discussion with the Siren about a Facebook quiz about the 1980s and realized I didn’t have “I’ll Melt With You” in iTunes. As it turns out, the 80s music is excellent to write to, because it’s so familiar it doesn’t require any processing power.
Things are getting a little chaotic here. We’re all in the basement right now. Unfocused Girl is playing some kind of game on the Warriors website — it looks like a variation on original Adventure — and cackling like a madwoman. Junior suddenly decided that his old train table — which we stood on end and moved against the wall months ago because he wasn’t playing with his Thomas trains anymore — was the most precious thing in the world, and got hysterical at the thought that we might give it away (in reality, the Siren just planned to break it down and put it in the crawl space until he was really done with it); he’s only just calmed down. Time to wrap this up.