A blog about writing, sketching, running and other things
Yesterday’s long run was kind of uneventful so I didn’t take any pictures. This evening though made up for it with a glorious sunset and an unexpected helicopter landing.
Go run. You never know what you’ll see out there.
Went out for a quick 5k run yesterday, building up my mileage for my September races. Tried a new route, to mix things up a little, and was rewarded with a pretty glorious sunset.
This is from last week’s 5k – I just realised that I forgot to post it. Ain’t Tel Aviv gorgeous?
The promenade cafes and restaurants are packed with people watching the World Cup, including random bystanders.
The sunsets at this time of year are some of the best:
2017 was the year I ran a race in my underwear.
I also read 42 books, almost twice as many as I originally planned on reading.
I finally finished the first draft of my novel and started working on the second draft.
I went on the Big Thunder Mountain Ride in Disneyland Paris, despite being afraid of heights, and I ran a 5k and a 10k mere hours apart in the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend.
I translated and heavily adapted a Parsley game for a friend’s wedding, arranged a Tabletop Day gathering, played and I started playing Pandemic Legacy 2. So far Matt Leacock is killing it with the story on this one.
I saw and enjoyed Wonder Woman, and I saw and loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I planned on going to more movies (I can’t believe I missed Coco, but travel plans will do that to you), but I’ll make up for it in 2018 I’m pretty sure.
I ran three 10K races, two 5K races (and 3 virtual 5Ks), more kilometres than I have ever run in a year (over 700), and I broke my 10K PR. I ran like through downtown Washington to the Mall and Lincoln Memorial, and through Greenwich Park all the way up to the Greenwich Observatory. I learned to appreciate yoga.
I joined Tel Aviv’s Urban Sketchers and went to sketchcrawls in Jaffa, Neve Zedek, the Carmel Market, Rothschild, and Florentine. I drew 100 people in a week as part of Liz Steel‘s challenge, and I sketched more frequently than I ever have. Learning to let myself experiment with my drawings, let my lines be looser and fortunate mistakes to happen has been a revelation that I plan on exploring more in 2018.
I journaled each day for most of the year, and finally started filling all those notebooks I bought. 2017 was also the year I fell in love again with Moleskines, but more on that perhaps later.
I challenged myself to take a photo a day, and succeeded, and I plan on continuing with that challenge in 2018. It makes me stop, look around, think about composition, lighting, atmosphere — all things that are valuable to me both as an artist and a writer.
2017 wasn’t without it’s challenges, fears, troubles — but it was also full of triumph and hope, good things that I plan on carrying on with me to 2018 and beyond.
Happy new year!
Winter can be pretty, even in Southern Tel Aviv.