|Getting back in shape so I can keep hitting people with sticks
||[Jul. 9th, 2006|03:12 pm]
Hi! I'm sure there are plenty of other SCA folks here on LiveJournal. I'm 45, and have been hitting people with sticks since 1980. I'm overweight, and recovering from leg surgery (for a severed quadriceps tendon), but I'm working hard to get back in shape. I'll be up at Pennsic in five weeks; if you're not familiar with the Pennsic War, check it out at www.pennsicwar.org, or www.pennsic.net.
As my username implies, I fight without a shield. A lot of fun, but hard work, requiring stamina and coordination.
I'm new to blogging, but I've been looking around; a little amazed that so many people are not only willing to make the details of their lives public knowledge, but apparently assume that other people will be interested in their records of every scrap of minutia of their existence. It's as if all the teenage girls in the world stopped locking up their diaries, and instead began insisting that strangers read them.
I've also read some truly bad attempts at poetry and fiction. I don't understand fanfiction at all; why would you want to use somebody else's characters and imagined milieu? Perhaps it's just that I feel very protective of my own writings; I hope something I create takes off and becomes popular someday, but I really don't want some 16-year-old's sticky hands all over my fiction.
I won't be presenting the quotidian details of my life here, nor publicly agonizing over my hopes, dreams and disappointments. However, I'll occasionally post on subjects that might be of genuine interest to others.
December 30, 2012: Okay, now I'm 52. Still fighting. Also still writing (using the pen name Manuel Royal). Some short story sales. Starting a novel.
"Come, wind! Blow, wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back!"