I retook the Fit Test yesterday. Still a killer. (I guess in theory, though, if you really pushed it every single time, Insanity could always be a killer.) But I am seeing improvement. Also, I didn’t die, so that’s cool.
Equally cool from an alcoholic’s standpoint is that, with the exception of a karaoke/jam session with my in-laws on Saturday night, I haven’t drank since beginning the Workout. And trust me, those three beers and one tequila sunrise I had Saturday were a mistake I won’t make again. Charlie horses and hangovers are not a good way to start your Sunday.
Insanity the Writing:
Still infinitely better than The Workout. Also filled with more excitement. I finished Bad Decisions’s first draft on Thursday, August 1. Turns out it’s a short story! That same night I found the perfect premade e-cover and bought it.
On Friday morning my computer died, taking all 12,000 words’ worth of Bad Decisions with it. (The only document I hadn’t backed up.) My sister—who suffered a major setback in her personal training career that same morning—and I got together to deal with our mutual fury by smashing things with a hammer. Mostly cans of Coke. They exploded and that made us feel better.
I spent Saturday morning in a parade, dressed as the drunk best man, running laps around my sisters (the bride and groom), doing ridiculous-looking calisthenics, and sweating gallons to promote Emily’s upcoming Runaway 5k and (hopefully) future personal training business. It was a good way to keep my mind off the black rot that grows inside your soul after the loss of an un-backed-up project.
Saturday afternoon brought a Christmas miracle in August—my computer came back to life. Bad Decisions lives! And once I get the peer-edits back and edited, it’ll hit a digital bookshelf near you. In the meantime, I’m starting on the second short story in the Bad Decisions series, working titled Bad Coffee today.
I still keep meticulous Excel sheets for Insanity the Writing and Insanity the Workout. When this experiment is over (Sept. 22, according to people who know what two months are), I’ll post them both here for those of you who love progress-charting. Maybe I’ll even make a graph!
To quote Shaun T, “That [stuff] is Ba. Na. Nas.” We’re still warming up and I’m dripping sweat. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but I do feel a lot better after having done it.
Insanity also is a great way to quit drinking. There’s no way somebody could do this workout and still drink every night. Even just one beer would probably kill you the next day.
Insanity the Writing:
So much easier than Insanity the Workout. Last week I wrote 7,123 words on Bad Decisions–and that’s with two days off. I’m three-quarters of the way through the story outline*, and I revise as I go, so it won’t take too much to get this edit-ready. At this rate, I might end up at the point of publishing long before my deadline.
*An outline is just the bones of the plot. It doesn’t account for how long something will take in terms of pages. I’m right at the rising action of the overall climax, though, so I assume this section will take more space than the other individual parts of the story did. Stories that don’t give enough time to the “final battle” or whatever it’s all been leading up to drive me crazy.
To keep track of both my progress with the Writing and the Workout, I made Excel charts. Exciting, right? I’m like a professional organizer or something.