It’s been a hectic week here at Stately Unfocused Manor. Both kids developed a stomach virus on Tuesday and spent much of that day and the next throwing up, making us extremely grateful that they are both old enough to aim. By Thursday, they were both well enough to go to school, but Unfocused Girl’s school was closed for parent-teacher conferences, so she missed most of a week of school (I wasn’t able to go to the conference, but The Siren reports that her teachers say she’s doing quite well). Things at the office continue to be bizarrely busy, but I was able to keep most of the balls in the air this week.
In sad comic book news, Unfocused Girl recently received the final issues of both The Amazing Spider-Girl and Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade. On her behalf, I would like to give an enormous raspberry to both Marvel and DC for not continuing these titles, which were two of the only books appropriate for all ages with girl heroes. Spider-Girl, at least, is being continued as a web comic but you have to subscribe to the entire “Marvel Digital Universe” for about three times what subscription to a single print title costs. It’s probably a good deal if you’re going to read more than one on-line Marvel series, but I don’t know that it makes sense for us. As for Supergirl, from what I’ve seen of it, the primary title is too mature for an 8 year old (at least, my 8 year old). She still likes her subscription to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and we’ll check out a couple of the other Marvel titles, but Unfocused Girl really liked both of these subscriptions; I hope both of the major comic book publishers realize they’re leaving behind a lot of potential readers.
It’s cold and raining today; the kids are over at a friend’s house watching one of the original Godzilla movies, so I can blog without guilt.
On Writing: This week was much better than the last few have been. I marked up another 32 pages of Meet the Larssons this week, through page 352. I’ve been doing my mark-ups on the train, but I’ve decided that I’m sick of all the hand-editing and I want to start getting the edits and notes into the manuscript, so I’ve started typing in my hand edits at home. I’ve typed in the entire brand new first chapter (1733 words) and started the second (formerly Chapter 9), staying mostly faithful to my handwritten drafts and edits but not entirely.
I also knocked out a critical scene from the apocalyptic science fiction novel I briefly outlined a couple of months ago then put aside. I started it on Write or Die on Friday night (I love Write or Die, BTW; many thanks to Dr. Wicked for creating it!), then kept going that night and Saturday evening; it needs work, but the first draft of the scene is complete at a little over 1500 words. I don’t know whether I’m going to do anything with it anytime soon, but I’m considering seeing how the story works as a novella that I could expand into a novel later. A friend of mine (who makes no-budget science fiction movies) suggested that the story sounds like a good no-budget science fiction movie, which would be fun. Whatever I do with it, after all of the editing I’ve been doing, it was fun to do some original writing.
Finally, on Monday I resubmitted “Jimmies” to an on-line market after an exchange with the editor on Twitter. I’ve managed not to break the “Get Mail” button in Apple Mail, but it’s been a close thing.
On Running: I had a better week running this week, too, despite some funny knee pains brought on, I expect, by a very active game of tag on Easter. I got in three runs during the week — none of them long, but two of them were outside — and today slogged through the rain for 10 miles in 1:31:24, a 9:09 min/mile pace. Slow, but given the weather not altogether unexpected. I had to wrap my iPhone armband carrier in Saran Wrap to keep the rain from getting into it, which worked well.
The Siren and I are both trying to drop a few pounds, so we’re undertaking a full-blown reboot effort. We’ve cut out wine with dinner most nights, white flour, and stealing the kids’ Easter candy. It’s helping, and I’m hopeful that dropping 5-10 pounds will make my knees a little less tricky. I’ve been negligent about stretching this past six months, so I’m trying to be better about that, and will attempt some exercises to strengthen the stabilizing muscles around the knee. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Finally, I do intend to post about the podcasts I’ve been listening too, including some new ones. I’ve just been busy. But I promise to get a post up, if not this week then next.