Friday, March 16, 2012

Sixteen Days to the Finish Line - On Writing, Running and Motivation

I learned yesterday during an 8-miler that I don’t run well in heat and humidity. I already knew I didn’t run well in the rain. Gosh, I’m beginning to sound like a racehorse. Next I'll be saying I don't run well in the mud! As we head into spring and summer, I’ll either have to hang up my running shoes or come up with another plan. Hmm. Let me think about that one.

While I’m thinking, and because I can multitask, I also need to prepare for the weekend.

This is the fourth year in a row that Kentucky Romance Writers has sponsored a “Spring into Writing Workshop.” The first year we invited Alicia Rasley, followed by Mary Buckham, then Scott Eagan, and now Leigh Michaels.

The fun starts this morning with a visit to Historic Midway, then lunch at Robyn Peterman’s, then a tour of Three Chimneys Farm. This evening from 6:00-8:00 there will be an Author Open House at the Hyatt Place in Hamburg, followed by a delicious dinner at Malone's. While all this is happening, there will be a group of romance writers talking about the business of writing, sharing experiences, and laughing.

Writing is a solitary life and unless you make an effort to join a group, so is running. If you want to improve, to advance to the next level with either writing or running, you need a group of like-minded folks for inspiration and motivation. That’s what this weekend is all about.

Tomorrow from 9:00-5:00, Leigh Michaels will lead a “Writing Between the Sexes” workshop, guaranteed to generate a lot of laughs and light bulb moments. At the end of the day, we’ll all be exhausted. Hopefully, a second wind will blow by, and we’ll find the energy to talk late into the night, brainstorming about our works-in-progress and marketing opportunities.

Sometime today and tomorrow, I’ll have to squeeze in two short training runs and continue my last review of THE RUBY BROOCH. Race/Release Day is only two weeks away.

Happy writing and running, Kathy

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