I took a couple of mental health days this weekend and got very little done for work, and even left the Blackberry off (mostly). I’ll pay for it this week, because things are still crazy at work, but it was worth it.
I’m wiped out from the weekend — lots of time outside, playing with the kids — so let’s go straight to the stats.
On Writing: I did more on the revision of Meet the Larssons on Friday on the train, and then in a solid 90-minute block on Saturday afternoon. I’m continuing the manuscript slog to a point; where a scene is still usable, I’ll mark it up as I go, but I’m not writing new scenes at this point, just making notes and moving on. The goal is to get through the rest of the manuscript so that I can see what is salvageable, what needs to be moved, and what needs to be written from scratch.
Tonight I’ve started looking for a new place to submit “Jimmies.” I want to have some idea where I’m sending it next before I start revising it based on the last rejection.
Also, on Saturday I tried Write or Die for the first time, and had a wonderful time. As the sidebar widget says, I wrote 305 words in 10 minutes, and only had to listen to the horrible penalty sound one time for pausing (and that was a deliberate test). Highly recommended.
On Running: A beautiful, sunny day for a run. I did 10 miles in a leisurely 90 minutes, my first outdoor 10-miler in God knows how long, in shorts and a sleeveless top, no less. The temperature dropped 10-15 degrees as I approached the lakefront, though, and by the time I got to Lake Shore Drive I was glad to turn around.
On the iPod: During my run today, I listened to an Episode 27 of XFM’s series “Writers on Writing,” an interview with Amy Tan. It was interesting enough, I guess, but was almost entirely a discussion of Tan’s childhood and how it related to the characters in The Joy Luck Club. The show itself seems to be misnamed, however, since there was no discussion at all about writing. This was the first episode I’ve tried; I also downloaded Episode 7, with cyberpunk author William Gibson, and will listen to that next to give it another shot. Also on the iPod this week: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Show 25 (The Dyer Outlook); NPR Planet Money # 20 (Not So Toxic?); I Should Be Writing #113 (Paul Malmont and Brett Savory interviews); Escape Pod #191 (“This Is How It Feels,” by Ian Creasey); and Phedippidations #178 (All in Stride). So there you have it: I get longer runs, you get more links to podcasty goodness.