Congratulations to everyone who participated in Dewey’s Readathon yesterday. I visited a lot of blogs and was so impressed by what everyone managed to accomplish. This is the third or fourth readathon I’ve participated in, each time as a cheerleader, but I’m hoping to eventually participate as a reader too.
Time: 10:39 AM
Place: At my desk, which is looking extremely messy right now. I think I’m overdue for a clean-up.
Eating: Nothing yet.
Drinking: My normal breakfast drink of pomegranate juice, kale and flaxseed. Which doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds. Really.
Reading: It’s been a good reading week in that I’ve had my nose in a lot of different books, and a bad reading week because I’ve been mostly dipping in and out of books, not really finishing anything. In nonfiction, I’m about halfway through Chris Higgins’ The Blogger Abides, which I highly recommend if you’re in need of inspiration about blogging. While Higgins is writing mainly for the freelance writer, the parts about coming up with ideas for blog posts would be helpful for anyone who’s felt burned out with blogging.
I also started Jennifer Weiner’s The Next Best Thing, which has been fun so far. And I’m halfway through Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime, a Scandinavian crime thriller by Leif GW Persson, which I picked up after I read Bernadette’s review of the book. Another Time, Another Life can be rather plodding at times, but it’s got me hooked – I really want to find out how everything ties together. I’m having a bit of trouble with somewhat clunky passages, which I imagine is just the result of reading the translation rather than the original language.
Listening: On a recommendation by Jenn, from Jenn’s Bookshelves, I picked up my first Joe Ledger book, Patient Zero, by Jonathan Maberry, narrated by the very talented Ray Porter. It’s an action-packed zombie novel that’s perfect for the audiobook format, especially with Porter’s great narration. He does such a variety of voices, you’re never wondering who just spoke, and his female voices sound female.
Writing: Didn’t touch my latest novel at all, as I’ve spent this week getting back into my freelance writing. I’ve been out of the field for so long, most of my writing portfolio is in print, which I’m realizing isn’t particularly helpful in this digital age. So I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming, trying to work out the best ways to get back into the game.
Creating: Sigh. Nothing. The week’s been crammed with so much, there just hasn’t been any time for me to even think about making anything. I would say I hope next week will be better, but I’ve got a few scheduled appointments and a couple of deadlines, so it’s already not looking good.
Working: I’m indexing a high school biology text book at the moment, and a legal looseleaf service. One deadline is this coming week, the next one is early the week after. I’m really liking the pace of my deadlines recently, even though the slower pace does mean I’m making less money. But I’m not feeling burned out! So that’s good, right?
Exercising: I did one at-home workout session this week, and took three long walks. But right now, I’m psyching myself to get out there for my first run of the year. This first run is always the hardest for me, because I don’t like to run on the treadmill during the winter, so I’m always a little rusty, and the first run is always on the short side. But I do know, once I get out there, I’ll remember, “this is why I like to run!” and it keeps getting easier and easier.
Dreaming: It struck me this morning what a short running season I have here in Toronto – short for me because I can’t run in the winter, and I hate running when it gets too hot. So that leaves me with just the few months of spring and fall (which is why I really need to get out there today). And then I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a treadmill out there that mimics outdoor running, by surrounding you with huge immersive screens that make you feel like you’re actually outside, with all the attendant effects: the wind blowing through your hair, people chatting with each other as you run by them, birds chirping, leaves rustling. Does such a treadmill exist, anyone know? (Of course, if it did, it would probably be exorbitant but I’m dreaming here, right? So anything’s possible.)
Anticipating: Taking those first few steps of my run. Because if I don’t get into anticipation mode, I’m not going to do it.
So that’s been my week so far. And yes, I’m seeing right now that writing this has been a way to procrastinate about going on that first run. Wish me luck, and please do envision me tying up my running shoes, ready to step out there.
What about you? What have you been doing this week?