Rule #1 – You Will Be Given a Body

I love books. Small surprise, considering I’m a writer and an avid reader.

I even have books in the bathroom. Easy little reads – some humor, some history, fun little sayings, et cetera. One of those books is “If Life Is a Game, Here Are the Rules.”

I don’t think I’ve ever read the full book, but I’ve gotten at least halfway through.

Yesterday, though, I picked it up and started at the beginning.

Rule #1 – You Will Be Given a Body

As I re-read the chapter, I wondered if I had even been paying attention the first time I had read it.

To summarize the chapter so that you don’t have to go and read the book yourself, it said in essence…

“You get this body assigned to you. You are inextricably linked to it, and you get no other. Learn to live with it, learn to love it, take care of it, so that it, in turn, can do what you need done.”

And recently, a lot of aches and pains have been plaguing me. Seriously plaguing me. Hips, knees, back, neck, jaw, and more. It makes it hard to walk, hard to bend. I sleep badly, waking up often to try to re-adjust and remove tension from some odd part of my body.

My chiropractor/acupuncturist has noticed.Most likely it is due to my yowls of pain as she works on me, trying her best to return my body to a straighter state of being. “How often are you coming to see me? Every eight weeks? It needs to be more often.” I tell her I can’t afford more often, reversing my decision from that morning to stop coming to see her. Obviously I need it, so I make a new appointment for eight weeks from now. “Call me for an appointment in between if the money train rolls in,” she says and pats my shoulder as I leave.

So I’ve decided to do something about it.

After all, this is the only body I get this lifetime.

I’m starting out pretty simple. Here are my goals…

  • Eat better (maybe slightly smaller portions, but healthier mainly, more veggies, fruits, and whole grains)
  • Stretch/some yoga twice per day (nothing crazy, just a few minutes at the beginning and end of the day)

That’s it. I started eating better last week. And last night I started with the stretches and yoga. Let’s see how I do.

An Update on Gliese 581: Departure

I’m starting to get my daily schedule back under control. Let me tell you, there have been some changes around here!

My eldest is back after nine years of living in California and Nevada and we are all getting used to the change. My schedule then became a running challenge of teaching a large number of classes, getting ready for the Urban Grown Tour, and spending some quality time with my eldest.

So today I had a clear schedule. Well, a relatively clear schedule.

The kiddo needed supervising with her homeschool studies, and today is our 9th wedding anniversary, but I really, really wanted to get some writing done on Gliese 581: Departure.

There were a lot of distractions, but I have managed about 1,200 words today. That brings my total word count to 38,400 and I finished a chapter (as well as worked on others). I’ve got a couple of books on order to fill in the medical and space knowledge gaps. I’m not shooting for 100% accuracy, but still, I want it believable!

I’m not ruling out writing two books this year, but it will be a stretch if I do. Stay tuned!