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Haven't started writing yet today. Working the night shift, so I didn't need to crack the computer until just before noon. I did, though, answering a few emails before heading to the YMCA to try my hand (or legs) at one of the stationary bikes.

I'm not a runner. Just never caught the bug. And while a bike has unique ways to make you uncomfortable, I will survive. Stopped a quarter mile short of 4 miles. When I go back Thursday I'll try to make it that far or further during the session and build on that to see how much I can accomplish in the same time frame. Tomorrow I'm back on weights. I'll probably start with upper body since the bike primarily focuses on cardio and legs.


Seven pages left to reach the 67,500 NIN goal. I'll try to make quota today and finish the taxes this evening while watching NCIS and House. Melissa needs the computer for some work she wants to do once she's back from Rec&Ed.

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rachel_o
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
I shudder at the thought of the stationary bike! My hat is off to you for going to it. Yes, a bike does have unique ways of making you uncomfortable...

As for meeting your writing goals -- Good on yah!
stevenagy
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Treadmills or suspended tracks, while good, just don't do it. The only other option I'll have is swimming. Could try that down the road. Anything exercise related is bearable for 20 minutes. Because it will end.

I just need to go often enough for addiction to kick into gear. Then I'll enjoy it.
rachel_o
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I like to go outside to run. Treadmills are okay in a pinch, but not my thing. I don't even know what a suspended track is. Guess it is the same as a treadmill?

I hope that you will soon be addicted to the exercise of your choice ;o)

stevenagy
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
:-) Thanks.

I'm looking forward to the warmer weather. Can get the youngest back on her bike and ride through the neighborhood. If we start at our house and follow the road through the development it's exactly 1 mile. So it's pretty easy to track progress.

As for a suspended track, that's the track on a mezzanine above a basketball court. There's probably a more official name for it, but the one at the Y here is concrete and steel set on girders above the court. Very solid. Well ... it doesn't shake when people are on it.

Of course, the really interesting/frightening point for me about it is that they have people run in different directions on opposite days. I think there's some sort of thought that running one way all the time will create some sort of stress/resonance weakening the structure.
rachel_o
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
You know, where I live we don't have running tracks suspended over anything. There are some treadmills that overlook the pool, but that's about it ;o)

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stevenagy
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
LOL.

I think people would probably consider it a cheat that I did a rewrite since I'm essentially typing the same words over into a new document.

I don't think it's cheating, however. I'm actually making the new draft (it's the second rewrite) tighter, smoothing out the transitions, shoring up the backstory and foreshadowing. I only added one new chapter/9 pages and I'm only 10 pages ahead. So the adding/cutting only added one page total.

I want to finish in 4 weeks. I'm going to damn well try. I probably won't record the progress in the NIN word count posts. Don't want to add insult to injury, but I'll at least keep tabs here.

What's going to really interest me is how I handle the next novel. How much can i get done in 90 days? I think, minimum 90,000. I'm comfortable with 4 pages a day. So I'll need to outline better when I sit down come late Spring to start on it. Hopefully I'll have an agent before then with this first book.

Post-novel plans are to rewrite one or two novelettes, two shorts, and write at least two story/novelettes. The muse is chomping at the bit for me to finish; she wants something new after years of vampires and hunters.
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stevenagy
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Doesn't bother me one bit. :-)

I think it goes back to what Bear slated as the community goal. Write. Every day. It's a job. Show up every day.

it just happens that 750 a day is reasonable for me. And 90 days isn't as crushing as the November 60,000 in 30 days. 8 pages a day is draining. 3-4 less so.
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