Is it really May already? Holy smokes! It is hard to believe. Spring has seemed to arrive as well. The birds are singing, the flowers are in bloom and there is a nice yellow sheen of tree sperm all over the place. The days are beautiful and sunny. Of course, I don't really get to enjoy it much because I am allergic to said tree sperm. My eyes are swollen and watery. My nose is either running like a faucet or stuffed. And there is the random sneezing fits. I hate spring. I hate it. I hate it like Cecil hates Steve Carlsburg.
Anyhow, so I'm actually starting to get the creative juices flowing. I'm all healed up from my surgery. Yay! That is exciting. I've got some pretty knarly battle wounds but all is well. So now I can get my focus back to where it needs to be and that is gym and writing. I've been working on a science fiction novel idea for a while. The task I set myself on was to get all the research done, develop my character, and get a working plot before November. Sounds easy, right? Well, therein lies my problem. The timing. I got so caught up in research and the science part that I forgot the fiction part. I have been fussing about plots and time travel and all sorts of stuff for the past couple of months. I think I made it a bit too hard on myself because, once again, I got caught up in the research. This time, I couldn't help it. This is a subject I love, but when it is two in the morning and I'm neck deep into a Wikipedia page about multi-verse theory and wondering how that could fit into my story. I was stressing, once again, when I got the best piece of advice. Here it is: “Nobody cares about the sheep as much as I do.”
Don't worry if you don't understand the reference. There are only a couple of people who do. Essentially, all the little intricate details that I want to put into the story do not really matter all that much in the end. I may care about the exact science of terraforming a planet, but who else does? If I try putting that into my novel, it would kill the flow of the story and would need to edited out. So, that being said, I decided that I really didn't need a list of all the geographical features of all the planets and the moons and yada yada yada and I really needed to focus more on, I don't know, a plot and character development.
On the non-creative part of my life, I have decided I want to run a 5k......I'll wait until you stop laughing.....as I was saying, I want to run a 5k. I want to do the Color Run in Richmond in September. I found a program called “Couch to 5K”. It is designed to gradually train you to run. I looked into the time line they have and it looks like something I can do. The program itself is to train you in 9 weeks. I have a couple of months. I'm hoping that this will keep me on track. This is will also help me lose weight as well, which is a yearly goal for me.
So here are my monthly goals.
1. Continue work on world building, character development, and get a basic outline going for my sci-fi novel. I want to start actually start writing this one in July for the next Camp NaNo.
2. Couch to 5k.
3. Finish this daggone blanket.
P.S. I'm writing this blog post after a night of no sleep. So if you see mistakes, I don't even care.