Yesterday something important happened.
I’ve been running home, 5kms give or take, for a few months now. I average three, four times a week. Sometimes I meet Mrs Stu and the Kids halfway at the park.
This body of mine is not built to run. I’m a prop. Big. Heavy.
Yesterday I ran home, the original track along the roads, 5.1 kms according to Google Maps (heh heh), in the SUB 30 MINUTES bracket.
This is a big deal, HUGE, for me.
It’s not fast for most people who actually run. But for me, I’m getting better than I was. And being over 30 in chronological terms, over 110 in “well covered” terms, I’m stoked to be running a sub 30 minute 5kms.
Course, today I took it easy, ran light, didn’t push.
But my brain now knows I can do it. Push harder.
I might be a puffing Dad, but for a while I’m a better runner than I used to be.
Over the last few years, the walls of my office have slowly become covered in pictures drawn by my kids.
There’s Aliens, Spiderman, Mario, Star Wars, T-Rex’s, Dragons, Dogs, Roads, Cars, Parents and Kids, Frogs, Knights, Snowmen, Horses, Airplanes, Castles, Futurama Characters, Houses and more.
One picture has a Dragon flying underneath Lightning Clouds and above two wizards dueling it out. Another has a Dragon breathing fire above Alien Spaceships beaming Aliens down to the ground, and the people are running away scared. Still another has a Frog Prince on a lily pad.
Kids minds are okay with crazy. If you throw together a Dragon and an Alien in a computer game, or a story, they’re not going to worry so long as it’s fun. So long as you let them play, let them imagine.
What’s the point?
In a Game or a Story, don’t be afraid to draw together elements that have no obvious connection.
Put all the ideas in a crazy mashed-up puzzle, and then work out where the bits fit.
It’s old, but Rock Paper Shotgun posted about Space Office Fight back on the 17th of March. I was giddy and grinning like a fool and hysterical for the rest of that week.
My second short story with Every Day Fiction is being published on the 16th of April. Super excited about that. Lots more stories to tell.
Lastly, Ruggamatrix mentioned The Rugby Man in this episode.