Today was a bit of a down day, which was nice. I got to sleep in a bit, ended up cancelling my haircut this morning because I was working on a problem with the mobile site for the blog and lost track of time, and instead spent some time reading and doing some school work to get a jump on the day. Then, I actually took the time to watch some Netflix. I'm almost done with the horribly reviewed Iron Fist series by Marvel, and I don't think it's as terrible as people say. It's not up to the standard of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, but it gets the job done without feeling like Kung Fu.
After that, I
did some more homework and went for a 30 minute walk, because it was
too nice out to go to the gym. I haven't done any exercise in a few
months either, so I didn't want to rush over to the gym this week and
start trying to pick up lifting and jogging where I left off, end up
injuring myself, and put exercise off even longer. I'm easing into it
this week, and I'll ramp it up slowly next week.
I came home and sat down to read. I almost got to the end of Lock In
by John Scalzi, which I just
started on Saturday, but ran out of time
and had to get to school for a lecture on ethics in college athletics in
lieu of my English class tonight. I was disappointed. The book is an
excellent and quick read, a near-future sci-fi thriller that kept my
interest, and I wanted to know how it would end. I resigned myself to
finishing it after school tonight.
lecture was alright. The speaker was Jack Ford, who has an extensive
resume as an attorney, journalist, and sports guy who has a gig as the
sports columnist for 60 Minutes and is on ESPN quite a bit, whenever the
law and sports intersect. He gave a good presentation about ethics and
the problems of money and the perceived exploitation of college
athletes, and then he opened the floor up for questions and discussion. I
thought things got a bit dull from there on out, as no one was very
prepared with any insightful points or questions, but Mr. Ford kept the
discussion moving and did his best to elucidate on whatever people
I got home, had some dinner
with the wife while we watched Bar Rescue (guilty pleasure - I love that
show), and then sat down to finish a school project and write up a
reaction to Colm Toibin for class. Once I'd finished that, I decided to
play some Rocket League before I wrote more of the short story. Played 6
games, lost 2, streamed it, and then transitioned the stream over to
the creative writing time.
The story is
coming along well, and I'm aware of what I want to clean up almost as
soon as I write it. There are silly things, like overuse of the word
"pretty" as in "pretty good" or "pretty sure." Then there are just parts
that are drawn out and can be reduced for better writing and effect.
I'm resisting the urge to edit as I go, though, because I've made that
mistake for years. It's why I have so much trouble finishing anything.
Better to get the damn thing written and then clean it up after.
Now that I'm done with that, I'm going to read a bit. I finished the last chapter of Lock In while my wife was making dinner, and started a book my friend, Joe, gave me last year. It's called Smith of Wootton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham
and collects a couple of stories by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's about 150
pages, so I'll most likely finish it tomorrow. That will be the tenth
book I've read this year, which puts me a bit behind pace on my
Goodreads challenge of 101 books read in 2017, but I know I'll catch up
over the summer when I have less school work to occupy my time.
all for tonight. Tomorrow, I have school all day, but I shouldn't have
too much homework in the evening, so I'm hoping to get in a longer
writing session, or maybe a split session, and finish up the story,
which I'd guess has about 2-3k words left in it. 4k tops. If nothing
changes, that's my goal for tomorrow night,a dn then I plan on spending
some time this weekend cleaning it up and putting it up here on Monday
for my first ever Free Fiction Monday.
Fiction Word Count today - 1410
Fiction Word Count April - 6014
Blog Word Count Today - 809
Blog Word Count April - 3405
Oh, I also wrote over 1000 words of school papers tonight, and about 3000 this week so far, but I'm not counting that.