Fight Club

In a converted basement of a church, dozens of men and women tumble around on the floor, trying to choke each other out and break their arms.  Onlookers sit around, drinking sodas and eating Hawaiian food as they enjoy the ambiance and wait for their friends to complete.

No one is paid.  In fact, everyone paid to be here.  This would be the first ju jitsu tournament I’ve ever seen live and quite frankly, I’m surprised at the size of the turn out and the number of women present.  Especially spectating.

It made me think of the prevalence of combat sports in ancient Greco Roman culture.  The intensely competitive nature and the bonds that would form from them.  It was a culture permeated with with rigorous sport and games, not Neanderthalic hunching over computer screens and endless TV watching.

Dam I want to box again.  There’s no feeling like getting punched hard by a guy larger than you and not being fazed or getting hit so hard, everything goes orange and you keep fighting because you want to see what you’re made of.  And hitting a guy back, building the confidence that I’m at least this capable of protecting myself.

When’s the next SF boxing tournament?


It’s Always a Work In Progress

As I stumble along through the beginnings of this book, as the idea begins to grow and unfurl, I look forward more and more towards each opportunity I have to sit and write.  I’ve taken to heed the advice of continuously pushing forward through to finish the first draft and focus only on the big overarching plot points, saving refinement for later.  And as I push away the tendency and want to self edit along the path, I find that I’m much more in tune with the rhythm and mood of the story.  It’s causing me to focus on the big picture, specifically how to get to the ending.  And while riding the wave of events, I feel more aware of what sections need development because I’m allowing them to be there to be developed later.

Not seeking perfection, merely discovery and progress, is giving me more fulfillment and excitement in the work than ever before.  I can’t wait to get to the end so that I can go back and rediscover things in my own story.