Wow, what a week. I worked a lot, I read a lot, I wrote a lot, I exercised a lot. You could say…I did a lot.
Despite some long hours in the office, I finished my first reading of 1Q84. Letting this one marinate as I put together my usual book notes. It’s not easy to summarize a 1,150-page book, but I’ll do my best. It was far from perfect, but I enjoyed the core of the whole thing, and for my first Murakami experience, I’m walking away satisfied. I look forward to reading some of his other work.
On Wednesday, I posted Part Three of my Writing into the Dark project. I screwed up by forgetting to change the title on my initial posting (darned itchy Submit finger), so you may or may not have seen it. But I’m having a blast with this. Thanks for all the encouragement, guys. There are days where I just dread opening up the document, feeling that I have nothing to say. But you know, I open it up anyway and start writing whatever dreaded nonsense comes to mind. Sure enough, ideas go flying and I can’t get the words down fast enough. Funny how that works. It’s just that initial inertia that’s a bitch to overcome. I think I understand why the “write everyday” advice works for so many – habit keeps the dissenting voices at bay. You know you’ve got to do it, so you just do it.
The exercise routine is still going well, but I think it’s having ill effects on my mental health. The first sign? I actually look forward to getting up at 5am. Not normal, I know. It feels fantastic to get my workout done before I step foot in the office. Knowing I can enjoy time with the family when I get home and not fret about turning into a pile of gelatin is a weight off my shoulders.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend! Take care of yourselves and don’t forget to nurture your creative soul in some way.