Sorry to everyone who had to deal with me for the past couple of days. I'm feeling better now. It helps, I guess, that I've not touched my home computer in a bit, and I've spent my free time watching British comedy panel shows. I even laughed out loud last night. That felt good.
This morning was great, actually. Galahad very politely waited until my alarm went off. The minute it did, though, he bounded forward, purring as loud as a freight train, demanding cuddles. It was both annoying and adorable, and a great way to get up. Seeing as I had to get up in the morning, spending ten minutes cuddling a soft, purring kitty is a pretty good way to do it.
Today was run day. As of Saturday, I have finished the couch to 5K programme I was on. My first 5K run took me just shy of 37 minutes, including the 5 minute warm up. My goal is now to get that time down to 30 minutes. The good news is that this morning, I managed to shave off 1.5 minutes off my total time. The bad news is that it's still over 30 minutes.
I'm getting closer to my goal. I'm impatient, though.
Also, I have restarted my favourite running programme ever - Zombies, Run! It's basically a radio play in which you are the star, and every run is actually a mission you've been sent on. The downside is that it requires a headphone set that has two buds to hear properly. Mine only has one (I've broken the pair I had that had two ear buds). So, hopefully I'll be able to afford a sports pair soon. Until then, I'm going to struggle to hear the missions. Le sigh.
They have five seasons of missions now, but I'm starting from the beginning again, just because I want to be able to remember everything that has happened in the story so far. I'll be listening to a mission every morning until I'm caught up, and then I'll be running a mission only when I'm running (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). In my defence, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are cardio days, I'm just not running.
I cannot tell you how much I love this running app. It's so much fun. Between sections of story and mission updates per mission, you get to hear your favourite music from your own phone's playlists, the voice acting is fabulous, and the missions are exciting. The first one, for example, had me sprinting home with machine gun fire in my ears as a horde of zombies moaned behind me the first time I heard it.
Anyway, enough of that.
My back is still well out of whack, but the pain has subsided some. I've spent a fair amount of time doing stretches and exercises in an effort to get the pain to ease. It's working, I guess. I wish it would work faster.
I wrote two thousand words yesterday. It's very near the end of the story. I'm in the middle of the final confrontation. I do like this story.
This one, like Soldier, is going to require a whole lot of editing before I can file it away for a little bit. I'm alright with that.
I'm still excited to be writing this one, which makes me happy. It's nice not to be hating something I'm writing. A pleasant change.
Things I'm not looking forward to with this manuscript: submission hell. Fingers crossed it finds a home. Fingers crossed all my work finds a home.
I can always self-publish, I guess, but I'd rather not. It's a lot of work, and I like having the support of a publishing house.
Anywho, speaking of, I should leave it here and get to the real work.