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Thursday, 11 March 2010

A book about running routes of the world

Recently I have become way too prolific for this blog's own good. I told myself yesterday I had to calm down a bit and post less. But then, as I was getting ready for bed last night, I had an idea.

SR had fallen asleep early because he had been on call the night before and I was sitting reminiscing about my favorite books. I was thinking about what I would like to read next and it dawned on me that I wanted to make a collection of running stories from across the world.

I am calling out to readers of this blog to be an author(a lot of you already are in your own blogging way or otherwise). I want you to write about a running route that means something to you. It should be a story with personality and emotions and perhaps humor. It should be centered around a running route and you should describe exactly where this route is. Since I know readers of this blog come from and/or live all over the place, I am excited to see where these routes are. It doesn't need to be your favorite route, it just needs a story attached to it. (What I don't want is: "I like running on the emerald necklace in Boston because it is pretty. I run there every day. I start at the Riverway in Brookline and turn around after Jamaica Pond.") This is not going to be a guide book to running routes, but stories about running routes.

I also really plan on publishing this book. And paying the authors. That is if I find a publisher and that publisher convinces people to buy it. But who wouldn't want to read this? Come on! And I want some of the proceeds to go to a good cause. You can also suggest a cause if you are one of those people who know a lot about good causes.

If you are interested in being an author, send an email to me at sealegsgirlblog@gmail.com. If you are really fast, you can even send the story at the same time. Or just let me know you are planning on writing something. Pictures are welcome but are in no way a requirement. You can also write me suggesting an author you would like to have write a story for the book.

I know that I for one am going to write a chapter and SR is planning his as well. Don't be shy! Send me a story! You could become famous and, perhaps, more beloved than you already are.

Running Song of the Day: Le Lac by Indochine

28 comments:

olga said...

Darling, you don't have enough on your plate? :) I'll think about it...if I find the time. Any deadlines?

sea legs girl said...

Olga. Yes, well, I am busy, but something like this would be such a fun project. Of course, if no one writes anything, it won't be too much work for me.

That being said, I would LOVE to have a chapter from you :). I don't have a deadline as of yet. I will think about it. Once people start submitting stories, I may set a deadline.

PiccolaPineCone said...

ok, you KNOW I am going to contribute to this! fabulous idea. I will rally some of my other running/writing friends as well. ironically your example of what NOT to write used one of my favorite once-upon-a-time running routes as an example (the emerald necklace IS very pretty) but I understand why you don't want that. Thanks for the inspiration to write more!

sea legs girl said...

PicoolaPineCone, you are so funny. Yes, the emerald necklace was, of course, one of my old favorite running routes, too. Ain't nothing wrong with that route! (you used to live in Boston, too?) But I had to illustrate the point somehow that I wanted a story and not just a good route :).

I am, by the way, thrilled that you are game. And very curious where you will write about. And, yes, I know you have connections... so I would love it if you could use your charm to get some stories out of them!

Diana said...

I am so excited to write something for this! What a really great idea. I don't post about running on my blog very often, but it's still a big part of my life. This would be a nice way to share it.

If there comes a time when you need help with proofing and editing let me know. Grad school hasn't taught me a lot of essential life skills, but no one could accuse me of not acquiring some mad editing capabilities.

PiccolaPineCone said...

yup I lived in Boston (really Jamaica Plain) next to Jamaica Pond from 2000-2002. What is up with our strangely parallel lives?
p.s. I have already mentally written most of my piece. I'll start actually getting it onto paper after bedtime (hers not mine)

sea legs girl said...

Diana, I guess I could say that, though I don't write about food often, it is also a big part of my life. I am so happy you want to write something. And you better believe I will use your editing skills, if I do actually receive anything to edit :).

Piccola, I lived there right after you. I was in Brookline near the med school. What were you doing there?

Danni said...

Prolific is good -- it gives me stuff to read :-)

SteveQ said...

Oh I don't know if I could manage personality and humor...

Marie-Aline said...

I am in! Great idea! Perfect: you have now Diana as your editor, and between you and me, we can also write a French version of the book! I also have already an (ok, several!) idea of what I want to write... now just have to hope for some long naps and early nights from the little one!

PS - I have never been to Boston... hope it is not a non-starter? :-)

Mark & Ash said...

Great idea. I have a story in mind. If you find you are in need of more stories, I can send the request to friends. ~Ashley

Helen said...

I'm in! but which running route to write about????

sea legs girl said...

Ok, this is exciting stuff.

Danni, you are cleverly avoiding the subject at hand, though I am glad to know I'm providing you with reading material (such a lack of it these days ;)...)

SteveQ are you in or what? (see my comment on your blog)

Marie-Aline, previous residency in Boston is NOT a prerequisite. But will result in higher pay for the author. (wa, wa, just kidding... I never know if I need to write that, irony being so hard to detect at times). I'm so glad you like the idea and that you are game!

Cool, Ashley! Of course you can mention it to friends. I just want people to write who feel inspired to do so.

Helen. Yay! Yay! I woke up thinking I had better find a way to convince Helen Lavin to write something.

PiccolaPineCone said...

was in Boston b/c I got my first job writing software there. higher pay should be given to anyone who STILL lives in Boston, as I remember it cost an arm 7 a leg just to breathe to air there! can't imagine how starving med students survived the cost of living there!!

Helen said...

I say never explain irony - if people don't get it, well, that just makes it more ironic.

SteveQ said...

Before Helen claims it, I'll take Afton State Park in Minnesota.

A song you have to hear: "Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me" by the Pipettes. Thought it was the Ting Tings at first.

sea legs girl said...

SteveQ, Good timing with the song suggestion. I was just trying to find a few extra new songs to add to my playlist for the race tomorrow. Funny enough, I had just put That's Not My Name on there, too. It ALWAYS works for races.

Helen already took Afton State Park.

(Just kidding :))

kathleen said...

i can't believe i lived in Boston for 3 years and never knew about this emerald necklace running route. (kicking myself)

PiccolaPineCone said...

SLG - I feel like you have created such momentum with this project! How are everyone's pieces going??
Just a quick question - any thoughts as to length? You referred to you & SR working on chapters, each piece = one chapter? ... therefore 1500 words? more? less? Am I getting ahead of myself? When did I get into this annoying habit of overusing the question mark?????

sea legs girl said...

20 comments!

sea legs girl said...

Piccola, yes, one piece equals one chapter. Unless like two people request their peices be one chapter. I am open-minded.

As for length. Please, please, please don't use word count!!!!! No counting of anything allowed unless you are writing a haiku or in iambic pentameter. I can't really imagine writing about running in iambic pentameter, though. I other words, don't think in terms of restrictions, just write your story.

It was a good question, though.

mmmonyka said...

That's an awesome idea SLG! I might not write anything (because I am a horrible writer, just ask any of my TAs) but I am definitely going to buy it once published:) But who knows, maybe I will be able to think of something interesting since I have been living (and RUNNING) in few different countries.

BTW, I have never lived in Boston but I have spent my college years in Providence RI. That's kinda close:)

SteveQ said...

Oh, hell, now I HAVE to do it in iambic pentameter!

SteveQ said...

Just posted the first couple of sentences of my chapter on my blog.

Helen said...

You can't count your own comments :)

I did already take Afton State Park - at least in my own head - but it's ok - it's worth 2 chapters!!!

sea legs girl said...

mmmonyka, don't let your notion that you're a bad writer stop you. If you've got a story to tell, I'd love to read it. But thanks for supporting the book either way.

Helen, I love the idea of two chapters about the same park. Partl because I have an inkling your stories will be more than slightly different.

26 comments! :)

PiccolaPineCone said...

argh! writer's block. I feel like I am so creative & eloquent in my head on my morning run then come baby's naptime i.e. writing time and it's all garbage!

sea legs girl said...

A problem I also am familiar with. Can you time the nap so it comes immediately following your run? I'm glad you are working on it, though! Often the best writing is the product of many days' editing and re-editing. Jack Kerouac didn't think so, but he also might have lied about how quickly he wrote On The Road, etc.