It’s sort of like the Hood-to-Coast…

Not for the faint of heart. Photo: The Oregonian / Oregon Live. Image is link.

Not for the faint of heart, this race series. Photo: The Oregonian / Oregon Live. Image is link to article.


Hood-to-Coast, the 199-mile relay

The H2C course, all 195 miles.

A relay is a team sport and also a solo endeavor. Portland’s famous Hood-to-Coast race is 195 miles of lonely endurance. Yes, runners are part of a 12-person team, but they do their work alone. See those runners on the highway? Lots of that mile-by-mile stuff.

Writing a book is kind of like this. There are checkpoints to be passed, and teammates to take the baton for a while–for editing and cover design and promotion. But for the most part it’s a solitary endeavor. Word-by-word-by-word.

Southwest Christian High School Alumni Team, 2015

Southwest Christian High School Alumni Team, 2015 UPDATE: Of 1050 teams, Southwest placed 117th!

My Ben and his wife Jessica ran the H2C on Saturday. For fun, can you imagine? They are athletes and so are their friends. My friends are writers and musicians. I spent the day flogging the manuscript.

To be fair, they think I’m the crazy one. Why would anybody want to write a book? Sometimes I wonder the same thing.

I don’t wear jogging shoes but I do have a course map. And as I turn from creative work to manuscript clean-up, this grid of scenes has been a lifesaver.

Just so you know, I’m planning to hit the Finish Line (Darcy By Any Other Name book release) at the beginning of October. If not before. Details to follow…

Course Map

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