Random Ruminations Remotely Related to wRiting
I ran on Monday night. Only the second time since the marathon on October 1st. My twin brother told me he was preparing for a half marathon in March and I told him I would prepare with him. It ends up that he will run one in Modesto with me on one weekend, then I will run one with him in Sacramento on the next weekend.

But as I was coming to the end of my run I remembered I hadn’t thought about my blog post. That is usually where I have my insight.

I had been thinking about what a rotten December I’d had, and feeling pretty down about the whole year. I don’t know why I felt December was rotten. I’ve just been feeling down. Probably because I hadn’t been running, and I hadn’t been running because I lost my momentum during October when I was trying to finish up my “Teenage Vampire Love Story for Boys”, because I wanted it done and simmering on the back burner while I worked on my Nanowrimo story.

And then I had a perspective moment.

In four months time I had written two novels for a total of about 150,000 words, if you add in the 7800 word short story I wrote and edited twice smack in the middle of the second week of Nanowrimo.

I’d been to two cons this year; Baycon and Worldcon.

I ran three half marathons and one full marathon and logged about four hundred total running miles.

All the while with two children with special needs and a wife who is 75% disabled.

There were some serious down times, especially in the early part of the year, but over all, I figure I had a pretty good year.

I know my co workers at The Flying Island had their share of tough times as well, between illnesses, job changes, family members, and, well, family members. But we’re all mostly alive and kicking for the next year. It’s five months away, but there is a lot of buzz about Balticon, which I hope to go to this year.

So, what’s this got to do with writing?

Most of us feel like we should or could do more, and many times feel like we have failed when really we’re doing ok.

Often I look at my own writing and think, “good grief. How could I think anyone would want to read this?”

Then, after a few months I go back to it. I can see that there are flaws, and bad times, but most of it’s good, and a lot of it has a nice flow. With a little more work, something good could come from this.

I’m looking forward to new challenges and successes in 2012, right up until, and even past, when the Mayan Calendar ends.

Keep writing. Start running. Let’s all have a great New Year.
Philip “Norvaljoe” Carroll is a staff editor at Flying Island Press and really likes to have run. Yes, that’s past tense. While running, he’s a little negative, but feels good afterward. He writes stories that seem to include teenagers in them, and will have his first real novel released this year, self published and distributed by Podiobooks.com

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