All this time and no new post. Seems you have to have something of value to say… figured that I didn’t so why waste anyone’s time, right? Not that I have anything remarkable or earth shattering to say now. Checking in, exorcising demons… flexing the brain in hope that the muses come back.
And they already have… more on that in a minute.
Been an eventful year thus far. Working steadily for the past seven months (unlike this time last year), finished my first novel, saw my eldest daughter pass her state boards to become a certified nursing assistant after she paid for 80% of her tuition, saw my youngest daughter get accepted into one of the most prestigious acting schools on the planet and last, but not least, have completely transformed my body from a 265lb blob to a 230lb (and dropping), leaned-out dude with one last layer of fat hiding a six-pack that I NEVER thought would be seen on this body in this lifetime.
Got tired of being fat, just that simple. I’m 6’4″ with chicken legs and skinnier forearms so a giant gut and seven chins made no sense whatsoever. So glad my pal Brittany at the front desk of my gym asked if I was joining The Gold’s Gym Challenge this past January (imagine the “Biggest Loser” mated with a bodybuilding contest with a three page essay on how the contest improved your life for the better as the cherry on top). I played rec league basketball from my late-twenties into my early forties so it made me stay in okay shape but I hadn’t done anything like that in years so the competition was perfect timing since I had already been hitting the gym hard for a month. It gave me something to focus on and long story, short… I’m 2 weeks out from my final weigh-in with an outside shot at winning the national competition (already looks like I’ll win the male overall for my gym). Could have done much better but I had a few weeks where life turned upside down, plateaued and didn’t give a crap at times before I got back on track.
In other words, I FORGOT ALL ABOUT EDITING MY STORY!
That’s not completely true… I thought about it at least once every fifteen days or so! It was great to get some distance after an almost three-year trek to completion. FINALLY got serious about it this past weekend, been carrying the laptop to work and have been getting in at least 30 minutes during lunch. Doesn’t sound like a lot but I’m committed to finishing two hard weeks of tilapia, egg whites, wheat bread, & steamed vegetables. I’m around 25lbs down from weigh-in, something about a nice round 40lb total drop (256 to 216) just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over, you know? I’m in a nighttime gym rhythm… things are as they should be for the moment.
But as for the writing and the editing… those “in love” feelings have returned. The muses whispered in my ear as I was falling asleep a few nights ago, gave me a KILLER back story to throw in during the final editing. Wasn’t pages and pages, four HOT paragraphs that made its point was plenty (besides, I hadn’t been honoring them by flexing my creative muscle so it isn’t as though I deserved more). And I’m enjoying the editing for once when the thought was painful only a week ago. As the title of this blog hinted, you can’t hide from who you are. I’m a writer (and a damned good editor to boot)… guess I just needed a vacation from it to clear my head and focus on an area of my life that needed more work.
Enough blah blah blah. It’s almost 1am, SO glad I don’t have to be at work until 9! Y’all be good… to yourselves AND everyone else 🙂