The stories are coming alive!


Today (Sunday) was the New York City Marathon. I love this day. I’m not sure what it is but it combines perfect fall weather with shouting at strangers and walking around Manhattan. Also, for reasons I still don’t understand, the bars are always full. I seriously don’t get it. Then again, I didn’t understand why watching a marathon would be the slightest bit interesting until the first time I did it. Since then I’ve been hooked. I don’t know if it’s the crowds or the large scale spectator sport aspect or if it’s just the novelty of the whole thing or what but this is one of my favorite Manhattan days of the year.

That was why it was so much fun to write one of my stories with today as the setting. Sometimes I know when I’ve got a good idea and sometimes I can get a notion of whether or not I’ve written well and executed my stories the way I wanted to. But then there are times when you get to just lovingly play around with something that you know is special and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Sometimes it’s a character you can’t get enough of or a bit of research you stumbled onto that you couldn’t wait to put into a story and sometimes it’s a setting. New York City Marathon was an example of the latter and it was a novel experience today to walk around that actual setting and ponder what things I had captured well and what things I had messed up.

Not sure what my point is here. Just that this project continues to provide surprising ways of entertaining me.