Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Last of the Saved Pages

I have reached the end of my pages for Brimstone. The ones that were typed up and saved on my hard drive before the Great Computer Crash of May 2006. The rest of my first draft pages were lost in cyberspace. Or rather destroyed in the hard drive reformat, gone forever. I have my notes, of course, and I have about 30 pages of the lost pages printed off, unfortunately these pages were reworked significantly and the rework was—you guessed it—sucked into the dark side where all lost pages go to die.

So now the hard work begins. The reconstruction. I’ve plotted it out. Realized I have about 120 pages left to keep my manuscript at the 400 page mark and lots of things left to accomplish. This should be a challenge.

And speaking of challenges, the Pedometer Challenge at work is going great. Well, actually great may be overstating it because a lot of the pedometers kept resetting themselves which meant people were losing their step count. We seem to have overcome this problem for the most part. I have people checking in throughout the day to log in their count instead of just doing it once a day. And some of us have splurged and bought our own pedometers where the reset button is protected and not jutting out where you can easily hit it by accident and reset things.

I haven’t reset mine by accident yet, but I went ahead and bought a protected one anyway just to be on the safe side. And within our office, I am as of Day 2 in first place. Me and another guy (We’ll call in TreadMan) in our office are going head to head and so far I keep eeking out about 1,000 more steps than him. I have a system down – walk dog in morning, walk around the office as much as possible, walk on lunch hour, then do my 7 or 10 K walk when I get home. Plus I keep the pedometer on in the evenings at home when I’m generally racing around doing housework, etc. To date I've logged in over 42,000 steps in two days.

My boss is training for a marathon he runs mid-month, but his counter kept resetting itself so we don’t have an accurate count of what he did. He’s buying a protected pedometer today at lunch so by tomorrow I should have a good idea of what I have to do to keep up with him. Grow another set of legs perhaps... But it isn’t all bad, because we are doing a department challenge and my boss is on my team and TreadMan is on the other team. My goal for the challenge is to finish Top 10 country-wide and to beat TreadMan.

This weekend is our Writers’ Retreat down at White Point Beach. We leave Friday and finish up on Sunday. We have a great agenda planned and I can’t wait!

9 comments:

Erin said...

"Tread Man" - interesting name. *G*

I checked out some of the pedometers they had at The Source (which just sounds wrong...but that could be the Charmed fan in me coming out). Still debating that idea...

Lexi said...

Have a fun and productive weekend at the retreat!

julia said...

Maybe we could do a workshop and go for a hike simultaneously if it's nice out.

MaryF said...

Have fun at your retreat! And you'er tagged when you come home! Details on my blog!

Julie S said...

Wow, good luck with the reconstruction! And have fun at the retreat! That sounds wonderful.

Melissa Marsh said...

Can't wait to hear about the writing retreat. I need one of those!

Henri de Montmorency said...

I don't understand this pedometer thing. Why would you want to record how many steps you take in a day? Is there a prize for this? Just wondering. I'm trying to get used to America. And the 21st century is very complexed.

Kelly said...

Prize, bragging rights, etc. Oh, right and that good health and wellness thing too.

Sarah said...

the pedometer challenge is dwindling at my office. unfortunately, almost everyone has given up. i still wear mine but i reset it about oh, every few hours. i'm klutzy like that. but it's the thought that counts. good luck, i'll be rooting for you.