East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The loneliness of the long distance runner


runningJust a quick post to inform all interested parties that the race is over – my friend Claire got to her target of 45.000 words yesterday evening, two full days ahead of schedule, while I was still struggling with my last 10.000 words.

I’d like to extend my congratulations and best wishes.
At this point, I imagine she’s sitting easy by the finish line, waiting for me to limp there.

Back to work, now.
It’s not a race against others – it’s a race against myself.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “The loneliness of the long distance runner

  1. 🙂 Well, as I said, I had a nearly unfair headstart… Thanks for the race – I found it highly motivational – and here I am, waiting with a tall glass of orange juice for you…


  2. I love fair play and this was really a great competition, maybe because I was cheering for both 🙂
    For me your words counter is unreachable.


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