Weekly Recap – May 22nd, 2015

“I can’t wait until my parents show these to my future girlfriend!”

Two weeks down at the gym. If my memory had somehow been wiped, my aching muscles would have no problem reminding me what I’ve been through. All told, it probably takes me an extra ten minutes to climb the stairs after leg day. But it’s the kind of pain that feels good, you know? (before you think me too weird, I’m just talking about exercise here…)

I’m a quarter of the way through 1Q84. Murakami’s an easy read at a syntax level, but there are some interesting things happening beneath the surface. I only hope he can sustain my interest for the next 800 pages.

On a whim, I started listening to Stephen King’s It on audio-book. I never realized just how seamlessly that guy can spin up metaphors. Hearing vs. reading them has really made them pop. That’s something I’ll be actively practicing as I write.

If you’re in the USA, I wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. As the son of a veteran, it’s an important reminder to me of the sacrifices soldiers are often called to make.


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – May 22nd, 2015

  1. No pain, no gain right? I don’t mind the soreness that follows a good workout, Phillip. It reminds me that I did something good for my health.
    Hey, thanks to your father for his service.
    As for Angus, well he’s just turning into quite the little man. He’ll be a heart breaker. Have a great holiday!

    1. So true on the post-workout pain. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend, Jill!

  2. I always wonder about that. Won’t your kids hate you for plastering their picture on the internet for everyone to see? I would. 😉

    To you the same for this weekend, Phillip. And many thanks to all who serve.

    1. Oh, yeah. I fully anticipate the wrath of Angus about all these photos being plastered across the Internet. I figure that is part of being a parent though…need to be somewhat embarrassing. 🙂

  3. Stephen King is a master at that, no doubt. Although a lot of people are critical of him, and I don’t necessarily love all his stories, there is still no other author who can suck me into a story as quickly as him. And keep me there.

    Hope you have a good weekend too!

    1. Yup, he sure can hook a reader in. Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend!

      1. I did, thanks. Hopefully you had time for lots of slobbery kisses from Angus. 🙂

        1. I took this whole week off, so he is getting more slobbery kisses than he bargained for!

  4. Hope your Memorial day is peaceful. My dad was a naval aviator in WWII and flew missions in the Pacific and I always think of his generation as the group who gave us the life we have today. Nice picture of Angus. ( I have to ask you though. He has clothes right?)

    1. Your father was definitely a big part of our current blessings. As for Angus and his lack of threads, what can I say…he’s a bit of a free spirit!

  5. Wow. You’re doing great at the gym and with Murakami. Stephen King is very good with figurative language. Here’s an article on another writer who is excellent with language: http://www.themillions.com/2015/01/a-world-made-of-words-on-anthony-doerrs-nouns-and-verbs.html
    Good old Memorial Day. Hope you have a good one! I’ll hang out with family over the holidays. Also, I’m trying to get a draft of my middle grade book finished by June 1.

    1. Thanks for the link Linda! I’ve saved it for my evening reading. Hope your draft is going well!

  6. Have a wonderful holiday, Phillip! Goodness knows what kind of technology we’ll have when Angus starts dating, but I’m sure you’ll have a nice presentation of baby pics to share with his girlfriends 😉

    1. Probably realistic, holographic naked baby Angus! He’ll LOVE that. 🙂

      1. lol … that’s right, we’ll probably holograms by then!

  7. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend, Phillip. I agree with you – listening to an audiobook can really enhance a reader’s experience with the story. I recently listened to one of my all-time favorites and it made me love the author even more. Keep hitting the gym – the biggest battle in that arena is mental!

    1. The mental battles always seem to be the toughest! Hope you had a great weekend, Gwen.

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