Sunday, 08 April 2001
Things are looking much better on the writing front. Having figured out where my story is going to end, I've got a much better idea where it needs to start. I'm getting some words down with a lot less effort than yesterday.
There are a lot of reasons to keep a journal. I have at least three principle purposes with mine:
The story I'm writing now has a coral island with mangrove swamps. I've been to mangrove swamps and remember them okay, though I sure wish I had a diary that recorded more about how they sounded (Do the branches rub against one another and make creaking noises?) and smelled (Like a swamp? Like the sea?). I remember better what birds we saw--because I mentioned them on postcards.
It's not just spring, it's summer. It's 83 degrees and sunny. Tree buds have gone from dormant to bursting in about three days. The forsythia are in full bloom. The grass is all green. Since I like hot and humid, I'm completely in my element.
I ran again today (three days in a row!) and then Jackie and I lifted weights. I felt pretty good. The run is still pathetic, but not as bad as a week ago. To make progress lifting weights I need to lift three times a week, but I can maintain my strength lifting just twice a week. Both those numbers seem to be higher for running. I have to run three times a week just to hold onto what aerobic capacity I've got. To make progress I need to run four times a week. Bicycling can substitute for one of the runs, but I still need three runs a week to keep my legs adapted to running.
I added East Lansing to my Family Weather page.