Monday, September 19, 2016

The Running Girls: A Novelette

The Running Girls

A New Novelette Now Available


Two girls with nothing in common except the 500-Mile Summer of '89 Challenge

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Clara is an average student and below-average athlete. With some inspiration from her cross country coach, Clara decides to take on a summer running challenge: complete 500 miles in three months. The problem? Her parents don't want her jogging all those miles alone, but Clara doesn't want to run with the girl they suggest. Joan is weird, and something seems to be mentally wrong with her. Except none of Clara's other friends run. Will she complete the challenge, or does being stuck with Joan mean she's destined to fail?


Book Signing Hosted by St. Pete Running Company


RSVP ON FACEBOOK
When: Friday, 9/23/16 from 6-8 PM
Where: St. Pete Running Company
6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710


I'll be signing and personalizing copies of The Running Girls through an app called Autography.

Books available in print and ebook:
Lance & Ringo Tails
Little Angel Helper
The Prometheus Saga


What is a novelette?

A novelette is longer than a short story, shorter than a novella. The Running Girls is about 12K words.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Writing About Girls Who Run

The Running Girls

Novelette Launch Date 9/17/16


What's the story about?


Here's the tagline: Two girls with nothing in common except the 500-Mile Summer of '89 Challenge.

Clara is an average student and below-average athlete. With some inspiration from her cross country coach, Clara decides to take on a summer running challenge: complete 500 miles in three months. The problem? Her parents don't want her jogging all those miles alone, but Clara doesn't want to run with the girl they suggest. Joan is weird, and something seems to be mentally wrong with her. Except none of Clara's other friends run. Will she complete the challenge, or does being stuck with Joan mean she's destined to fail?

Where did this story originate?


A couple of weeks ago, my running partner, Terry, and I had just conquered a six-mile run through Clearwater that included the Sand Key bridge. Needless to say, we felt strong and fabulous.

On the drive home, my phone rang. The bluetooth in the car told me that Janna Angell (owner of St. Pete Running Company--and my boss) was calling. Unable to sift through the backseat for my phone as I drove, I apologized to Terry and proceeded to answer with the bluetooth, informing Janna that she was on speakerphone.

During the brief chat, Janna invited me to participate in a book signing that she and Cody were hosting at the store for Dr. Brian Fullem and his new book, The Runner's Guide to Healthy Feet and Ankles.

I was so honored to be asked. But once I hung up the phone, I realized that my only available books had nothing to do with running. My novel, Sprinter, is still under consideration by an agent and is not yet published.

When I mentioned this to Terry, she suggested that I write a story for this book signing about a runner.

Brilliant! Why hadn't I thought of that?

Running Legend Alyssa Bowers



I talk about my amazing cousin, Alyssa, quite a lot on this blog. She's the one who ran a crazy Trans-Alpine race about a year ago. Eight days, about a marathon a day in the Alps. And she FINISHED! Unlike a third of the other competitors. That's just one of the reasons she's a legend.

She's also the person behind my love/hate relationship with running. She got me started back in college when I had no intention of running more than a few miles at a time.

When I started jotting down ideas for a story about a runner, I immediately thought of Alyssa and her best friend, Jenni. Back in high school, they completed a 500-mile summer running challenge. That gave me the premise for the story.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival



When: Saturday, 9/17/16 from 7 AM-5 PM
Where: Flagler College (Ringhaver Student Center)
50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084


Giveaway: Come by my table and enter the drawing to win a free copy of Lance & Ringo Tails. Find out instantly if you are the winner.


The Running Girls will be released as an ebook at this event. I'll be signing and personalizing copies through an app called Autography.


Book Signing Hosted by St. Pete Running Company




When: Friday, 9/23/16 from 5-7 PM
Where: St. Pete Running Company

6986 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710

I'll be signing and personalizing copies of The Running Girls through an app called Autography.

Books available in print and ebook:
Lance & Ringo Tails
Little Angel Helper
The Prometheus Saga


What is a novelette?


A novelette is longer than a short story, shorter than a novella. The Running Girls is about 12K words.



Monday, June 27, 2016

My First Age Group Award (and before turning 60, too!)

SPRR Beach Series 5K

An Award For Me?

"What?!"

That was my reaction when I heard my name announced for the 2nd Place Female Age 30-34. At the first 5K race in the St. Pete Road Runners Beach Series on June 24th, I accepted the award: a most welcome St. Pete Running Company Gift Card.

(Yes, I work there, and YES I cashed that thing in!)

I was totally shocked, not only because my time was not quite what I'd hoped for, but because the race had been so challenging (read: running ON the beach). The LAST thing I expected was that elusive Age Group award!

My dear friend, Sydney, took a video of me finishing the race.

video


It's no joke. I really expected to turn at least 50 before the running crowds filtered enough for me to earn any Age Group awards. The closest I've ever gotten is 4th place in my age group at a smaller race where no awards beyond top three overall finishers were given. More and more people are running than ever. Especially women. And I LOVE that and could never begrudge that fact. I just thought it meant I'd be in my 50's or 60's before winning an Age Group award.

I'm pretty excited to have done it at 34!

Making Use of the Award


I've always wanted to try Yankz! laces. Thank you, SPRC Gift Card! Once installed, you never have to tie them. Any pair of shoes can become slip-ons. With pink laces, will my pink Newtons become TOO pink, you think? I may pick another pair of shoes.


When's the next SPRR Beach Series 5K?

So glad you asked! The next two 5Ks are on July 22nd and August 19th (both races start at 7PM). Register for one or both HERE. The races take place on Pass-A-Grille Beach with the start right in front of the Hurricane Restaurant.

So are you up for the challenge? A beach race is tougher than a road race. My Race #1 chip time was 30:53, and even though I was hoping to break 30 minutes (which I can usually do on the road), I'm still really pleased because of that AG award.

What About You?

Have you ever placed top three in your Age Group at a race? Were you expecting it, or did it come as a pleasant surprise? Is that a goal of yours if you haven't yet earned an Age Group award?



Monday, June 6, 2016

And the Winner is...

Spartan Race Entry Giveaway Winner

Congratulations, Scott! You've won a free entry to any US Spartan Race.


A Little Something For You

Thank you to all the contest entrants! You've been emailed a code for 10% off any US Spartan Race entry.

Blog readers, if you're interested in the 10% Spartan Race entry discount, make a comment on this blog post and I'll send you the code.



Get Ready For Spartan Fit!

Race Creator Joe DeSena's new book is now available for Pre-Order HERE.



Who's Ready to Mud Run?

Yeah, still not me. But I applaud all of you who take the plunge and push yourself through that dirty, filthy mud. Takes guts.

Anyone signed up for a mud run? Which one? Have you done it before? If it's your first time, are you nervous or excited?