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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-17 04:34
Subject: [writing] Endurance
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Tags:books, cancer, endurance, writing
Woke up this morning around 4 am with Endurance much on my mind. I cut my walk to half an hour, though I kept my stretching and meditation sequence, to spend more time in the book before Day Jobbery. Managed to get 3,500 words down in 90 minutes of writing, broken in the middle for a quick brekkie downstairs. I'll write more tonight, after a work dinner, so I can peg my two-hour mark for the day.

I am very conscious of deadlines and time here. The cancer stuff will quite probably catch up to me before I can finish this draft, but at the moment I'm still running ahead of the incoming tidal wave. I'm not sure I've ever been this motivated to sprint. The book won't be due until next May, but if I can get the first draft pounded out this summer, all I have to do during (or after) chemo is work the rewrites.

As Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging."

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: manmela
Date: 2009-06-17 12:39 (UTC)
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I wish the motivation was due to other factors but damn, the speed you're going, you're in danger of burning out the English language! ;-)
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User: djmahon
Date: 2009-06-17 13:35 (UTC)
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As Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging."

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User: autopope
Date: 2009-06-17 13:57 (UTC)
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Writing with a sense of doom hanging over you isn't something I'd wish on anyone. (Been there, got the scars: apparently one of the symptoms of severe hypertension is "unaccountable sense of dread", and I had it in double-handfuls in the months leading up to my crisis.) All I can say is -- take comfort, you're not alone. This isn't going to be your last book, the one we all remember you for. And you've got more time than your guts are telling you.

Edited at 2009-06-17 01:58 pm (UTC)
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lotusice: Ancient of Days
User: lotusice
Date: 2009-06-17 15:57 (UTC)
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Keyword:Ancient of Days
Momentum, propulsion. Like what gets you through. It implies 'the other side,' which is kind of nice, you know?

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User: torreybird
Date: 2009-06-17 16:12 (UTC)
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What an appropriate title to be writing right now.

If you finish this draft pre-chemo, will you start Perseverance while gritting through the badness?
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