Know Jack #77

I made some good progress on Lady on the Edge today, wrapping up one chapter, writing a new one and getting a start on a third. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1700 words, good but not good enough for NaNoWriMo…National Novel Writing Month in November. To successfully complete that challenge I have to do 2000 words a day every day for the entire month.

Oh, the things I inflict on myself. It’s all good. Long before the turn of the century, I used to swim competitively in high school. My favorite race was 200m freestyle. My coach’s favorite to enter me in was the 800m…guess he thought I wanted to be an overachiever. No matter what race, I always came away thinking I could do just a little better. After all, I had the strength left to pull myself up out of the water…there had to be something left I could have given.

I’m glad to say retirement is a little like that. I’m thankful for the feeling that I can always do more…and that I want to do it all. I looked into classes at Boise State today. I’m not sure how a degree in creative writing would really make me a better writer, except I would be pressed to write and that’s never a bad thing. I am thinking about it in hopes it might be an inspiration for others.

Personally, I still hold to the old saying, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” I’m not sure who said that. I’ve heard it credited to Mark Twain and that smacks of truth, but I haven’t been able to confirm it. I’ve simply seen too many people in my life with a fancy paper pronouncing how educated they are and they can’t do sh…er, anything. On the other hand, “Look what I can do!” sometimes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

No pictures today on Facebook, but don’t despair, I’m going to post an excerpt from the day instead.

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