Running To Stand Still

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt’s snowing again, Modern Philosophers, and what really bothers me about that weather update is that I’m reporting it to you on April 6.

Snow on April 6?

It’s just not right.

Of course, it fits in just perfectly with my week, so I don’t know why I’m surprised or annoyed by it.

Yeah, it was a crappy week, capped off by a terrible day.

Usually when I’m stressed, I go for a run or a long walk, but I’m really not in the mood to deal with snow today.  So I’m going to brood on the couch and write my way out of this one.  After all, writing has always been my ultimate escape.

Earlier this week, a writer friend tweeted that she enjoyed my running posts the most, so it’s been my intent to write one all week.

I’ve just been super busy.

I changed my work schedule, so I have to wake up even earlier to get in my run before work.  Don’t worry, though, the runs are still happening.

Just at zero dark thirty.  Or well before the sun is even awake.

I don’t mind it, though.

The peace and quiet of the road that early in the morning is exactly what I need.

One foot after the other.

Finding the right pace.

Steadying my breathing.

Clearing my mind of the bad thoughts.

Focusing on the good.

I got caught in a torrential downpour on one run this week, and I loved it.  Rain has always soothed me.  When the weather is warmer, I’ll sit out on the porch and write whenever it rains.  There’s nothing more calming than that.

And it can take an act of god to get me the settle down and relax at times.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherThat morning, when I was the only weirdo out in the rain, I did a lot of thinking about life.  It’s definitely time for some changes.

I’ve got an interview for a big promotion on Monday.

I’m not very confident about my chances, but the mere fact that I’m getting the opportunity is a big deal.

It’s getting me in front of the right people, it will put me on their radar, and maybe that will lead to a positive change.

I’ve also been using my running time to think about the big news from Hollywood.  I know I’ve been very hesitant to share, which isn’t really fair, but I’m trying to keep my expectations and excitement on lock down.

I’m very old school in that I believe in jinxes.  If I talk too much about it, or allow myself to believe it will happen, everything will go to hell.

Let’s just leave it at there’s a chance one of my screenplays is going to get produced.

That right there would be exactly the change I need.

It would mean going out to California for the shoot.

It means plotting out a social media marketing blitz to build buzz for the flick leading up to its release.  And guess when I’ve been working on that?

On my runs, of course.

So even though my work week has been a stress ball the size of the boulder that tried to run down Indiana Jones at the start of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I’ve used my runs to escape to a happy place.

On my runs, I am the screenwriter plotting out the last details of a story that might finally make its way to the big screen.

While I pile up the miles, I’m also coming up with creative ideas to market the movie.

I might look like a sweaty guy plodding along in silence, but my mind is a whir, with so much going on up there in the cranium.

And I am at peace.

In my happy place.  Lost in my screenwriting thoughts as I burn the calories and sweat away the negativity that bogs me down all day.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherFor those of you wondering which screenplay is at the center of this little whirlwind of possibilities, I will leave you the photo at the left.

I was at work today, fighting off the inevitable stress that always comes calling, when I realized I was fidgeting with the hourglass on my desk.

Rachel took that hourglass out of a board game years ago and left it on my desk.  I turn it over many times a day to help distract myself from what’s going on around me.

It hit me that the hourglass is a key element in the screenplay.

I tried to remember if it became an important part of the story because it reminded me of Rachel and I wanted a subtle nod to her in the script.

Regardless, I saw it as sign that the screenplay was going to move forward, so I took that photo and immediately sent it to the produce who might make the movie.

In my mind, I was running straight to Hollywood at the moment.  And making damn good time at that.

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Running To Stand Still

  1. Lisa Orchard says:

    I’m so excited for you! Keep on trucking! Good things are on the horizon!

  2. Julie says:

    Nice post. Running soothes my soul and puts things in perspective. I’ve been inconsistent for too long. You’ve inspired me to get back in the groove

  3. davidprosser says:

    I’ve got everything crossed Austin.

  4. grannyK says:

    Wishing you good luck!

  5. markbialczak says:

    Things are running toward success, Austin, here and in Tinseltown. Knock on wood!

  6. Oh, I love this!! I’m desperate to get running again but I need to sort my back issues out first (boo hiss to getting older!!) The freedom of the open road is a wonderful tonic for the writer isn’t it. Hope the snow melts soon and that big yellow blob, you know, oh, what’s it called again? Oh yes, the ‘sun’ shines once more 😉

  7. Running used to be my salvation too. Meditative and contemplative, not to mention a great way to burn calories and to enjoy some solitude. The knees hath protested for the past five years, so I walk and walk and walk. And yes, I make up stories then too.
    Won’t jinx anything so I’ll just say may your days ahead bring you everything you want.

  8. Laurie says:

    So glad I stumbled across your blog. I have always found that running (especially in the rain) always makes my thoughts more cohesive and my mood elevated. Some of my best thoughts have come to me when I run. It didn’t snow here today, but it is cold, and I feel like we are being cheated out of spring. Hoping for warmth and sunshine!

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad you found the blog. Welcome! It is still cold and very windy here, but I plotted out the short story I just posted on the blog while on my run this morning. 🙂

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