Plus a 2016 Round-up
I cannot relax. No matter how hard I try it just makes it worse. There are only two things that help, one of which is the actual process of writing — I put the headphones on and am lost to my own little world — it never fails, the other is running.
When I resigned my job to become a better, happier me and do my best in the world of literature, I made the decision to also run every day. I did not want to lose my fitness whilst sitting about as it would have been counterproductive to the whole reason for making the sacrifice I did. In my old life, I was very active, too active. I did everything myself and would never have others do more than me. Running had a lot to do to fill this void. The good news is it has.
I get a lot of enjoyment out of running early each day before other people are up, watching the dawn etcetera, stopping off for a coffee, where I answer my social posts, then running home. It provides a routine — I like routine — and helps clear the headaches I suffer with.
When my wife gave me her old fitness tracker I never expected to make use of it, but have. Just lately it informed me that I’d run the length of Japan since first wearing it, and today that has improved to India. Wow!
I don’t know where my writing or running will take me next, I’m not sure I want to know. One thing is for certain, though, if 2017 and all the years that follow provide me with the same surprises 2016 has, I’ll be happy, and that’s all that really matters.
1: Two Books Published
2: Fifteenth overall in the ReadFreely 2016 Poll of Best Indie Books
3: Numerous short articles published
4: Nominated for the Golden Book award for 2017 (PS if you want to vote, I’m in the fantasy category: here is the link Golden Book Awards. Just scroll down to the fantasy category, click next to The Eternals and vote. Thank you in advance.
5: Met loads of great folks here.
Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers author of The Eternals Series.