Weekly Recap – June 26th, 2015

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I am a man of subtle faces. – Angus Finn McCollum

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.

Next up is Occasional Soulmates by our friend and literary virtuoso, Kevin Brennan.

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.

-Phillip

0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – June 26th, 2015”

  1. “It’s just that initial inertia that’s a bitch to overcome.”—So, so true. Once we actually get started, it’s a rare day something doesn’t come out.

    A 1,150-page book? Oh, you’re a brave man…

    1. Yup, just gotta keep on trucking. And I’m either brave or stupid (probably somewhere in between).. it was a slog at times and I believe could have been chopped a bit, but overall, I enjoyed it. Have a great weekend Carrie!

  2. Well, I guess you’re not a novella man, eh? A 1,150 would send me over the edge. 🙂 I’m a firm believer in writing every day. It works for me, but not for everyone. Aw…quadruple Angus…what a way to start the weekend. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. You’ve been very busy! I haven’t read a book that long in ages! Glad you enjoyed it though.
    Last week was incredibly busy for me, since I had to edit a book due Friday. And then the weekend was very very busy.
    These photos of Angus make me smile. He’s getting so independent, isn’t he?

    1. Don’t know when I’ll be ready to read another one that long, but I think it’ll be a little while. 🙂 Hope all of your business paid off! And yes, Angus is entering that “I’m my own person and I can do what I want!” stage… it’s going to be quite a ride. 🙂

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