Writing Can Be Murder

August 25, 2009

Dead mice and paddocks

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:40 pm

Well, this morning I did 7 miles of running/walking/shuffling. 8 were on the schedule, but I just wasn’t up to that last mile. For one thing, it was hotter than they’d predicted (heat is the enemy) and for another, it was a rough start because when I got to the park where I do my long distances it was closed. (I SWEAR it was after dawn so it should have been open.) Since the parking lot was locked I went in search of another parking lot (being my directionally challenged self, I first got lost, but eventually I found it). It too was locked, so I said “screw it” and parked on the side of the road with some other brave/foolish souls and headed into the deep, dark forest (ok, that’s a tad dramatic).

Running in the woods is interesting. For one thing, it’s too dark to wear my sunglasses, so it’s the only time I’m ever without them while outside. As I’ve mentioned, the humidity has been awful lately which means a good deal of the running surface is covered with moss — moss is slippery, so it adds an extra challenging dimension, esp. on hills and wooden bridges.

Mice — And then there are the animals. 8 weeks ago it was the herds of deer that kept leaping out, scaring the crap out of me. Then it was the snakes — for a couple weeks I couldn’t complete a run without leaping over one. Now it’s mice. Specifically dead mice. Ewww. Today I skirted around three dead mice. They didn’t appear to be mauled, and they’re certainly not starving this time of year, so I don’t know what killed them.

Paddocks — I pass two horse farms/stables on my long route. The horses are beautiful. The smell is not. Last week, or maybe the week before, a good friend suggested to me that I unlock the paddocks that my writing was locked up in, and run free. (hence this whole banging out a draft in 8 weeks or less thing I’m on) It’s an interesting image though, isn’t it? Where would you run if you weren’t so boxed in by rules and expectations?

As I finished mile six, I was beating myself up for considering not doing an eighth mile. (I EXCEED at beating myself up.) I started thinking about how the run had been a lot like writing. I’d had a difficult time getting started, I’d encountered a series of obstacles (nothing major this week, thank goodness) and I was considering stopping because I felt kinda sick (come on, admit it, sometimes when you’ve written for a long time it feels like your head will explode at any minute, doesn’t it?). This helped me to make the decision to stop at 7 miles because I know myself, I can push too hard and too long, but then I burnout, and I didn’t want to risk that.

So now I’ve got 7 miles down and 2500 words to go…

Today’s Count — 2610 (which is oddly close to yesterday’s)



  1. They didn’t appear to be mauled, and they’re certainly not starving this time of year, so I don’t know what killed them.

    RUNNING in the humidity killed them. Good thing you didn’t do that 8th mile.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 26, 2009 @ 1:08 am | Reply

  2. “RUNNING in the humidity killed them.” rofl — you may be right!

    Comment by love2wryte — August 26, 2009 @ 4:54 am | Reply

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