Monday, December 30, 2013

Creaky start to the swim

I think I sat too long with the laptop the other day. My left shoulder was killing me. Couldn't wait to get into the pool after dropping Linda off.  I actually spent a few minutes stretching it out and warming it up. The 30 minute swim was essentially a long gradual warmup. It felt better and better as I went along.

Once home I cuddled the cats a bit and browsed in a mindless sort of way. About lunchtime I got on the bike for some easy spin and a good stretch after.

The year end is coming quickly, and I still don't have any particularly cogent reflections or thoughts about the year. Good thing I'm not paid to come up with them.

The novel has one more major scene to place. I need to review 3 act structure to see where it ought to go, then a bit of tidy up. It looks like I'll make my goal by the end of this vacation. The NaNoWriMo goal was to get 50K words in a semi-coherent structure. Now the goal is to tell the whole story, in a form that I could actually give someone to read. Not that it's ready to pitch to a publisher, oh no. Just tonight I was still fixing minor grammar errors that I didn't care about earlier, and no doubt there are many more of them.

Tomorrow is supposed to be nice again, maybe I'll go for a run after the swim. If anyone is off work and wants to go for coffee or lunch, this is a good week.

There were some nice comments about yesterday's AMA, thanks guys! I was going to post another one, but realized I need to write much more there to tell the story properly. Look for it tomorrow.


  1. You know, the year doesn't necessarily need a review. Just keep chuggin'.

    Every time I read your blog, it makes me want to get more active. Thanks for the inspiration.
    (Full disclosure: It also makes me want cats again, too. Dang Great Dane).

  2. Have you read/seen Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT? It was originally for screenwriting, but he does such an amazing job 'teaching' the three act structure that novelists swear by it!!

    Anyway, Happy New Year to you, Keith!! May 2014 be filled with swimming, running, biking and writing :)


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