November 12th, 2008


never-ending thinks

Our gym membership has run out, not that either of us has been using it since I got back from South Carolina. However, as I decided yesterday I really did need more exercise, I got up and went for a rather pleasant walk this morning. On my walk, it struck me that although I’d never actually thought about it, my dad is in fact a veteran. He was drafted into the army, and upon being sent to Germany (eta, upon being questioned on this: er, not for WWII, just being stationed there; he was 5 when WWII ended), opted to leave his rifle behind in Oklahoma, because he didn’t believe killing people was appropriate. (His commanding officer lent him *his* rifle so Dad wouldn’t get dishonorably discharged, and after that, they transferred him to the entertainment division, which suited him a bit better.) This is my family. :)

I had something else I was going to comment on, but it’s escaped me, so I’ll just say that I do not understand why it is my Thinks To Do list never seems to get *shorter*, and go off to work, I guess. :p

- finish WP#5 proposal
- email *more* to FPI
- write Morrigan short story
- read & comment on other short story
- catch up on NNWM (ahahahahah)
- send photo to CI guy
- arrange review copies for people

miles to Isengard: 482.5
ytd wordcount: 348,800

(x-posted from the essential kit)


Today I reached Isengard!

I have been travelling with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas from Rauros to Isengard for the past few months, and have today completed the journey of 484 miles. That’s kind of cool in and of itself. What’s even cooler, though, is that in the first half of the year I walked the 578 miles from Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and Pippin, so I have, to date, walked some 1062 miles on those two journeys and a few extra miles of finishing a last bit in January. That’s damned close to twice as far as I’ve walked in any of the five years previous that I’ve been doing the Walk to Rivendell. I’ve no idea why I’ve walked so much more this year, but I’m pretty pleased with it!

My next leg is journeying with Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead on his way to Minas Tirith. That’s a 786 mile walk, so I’m going to break it up. First leg is to Dunharrow, which is 198 miles from Isengard, and then it’s a whacking 588 miles on to Minas Tirith. Still, that’s marginally less intimidating to consider than 786. :)

I also reached 350K for the year. Guess it’s been a banner day. :)

miles to Isengard: 484
miles to Dunharrow: 1.2
ytd wordcount: 350,200

(x-posted from the essential kit)