Two guys and a strap

Words create sentences, sentences create paragraphs, sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe. Imagine, if you like, Frankenstein’s monster on its slab. Here comes lightning- not from the sky, but from a humble paragraph of English words. Maybe it’s the first really good paragraph you ever wrote, something so fragile and yet full of possibility that you are frightened. You feel as Victor Frankenstein must have when the dead conglomeration of sewn-together spare parts suddenly opened its watery yellow eyes. _Oh my Rickson Gracie, it’s breathing,_ you realize. _Maybe it’s even thinking. What in hell’s name do I do next?_
-Stephen King

Wednesday: power lifting.

A new washer and dryer have been installed. The old washer was supposed to have been left in the entryway by the movers, so that it could be taken to the storage unit. Imagine my surprise when I arrive to find it sitting outside on the deck in the rain.

Kitsune: ((In dismay))"Why is it outside?"
Housemate: "I dunno."
Kitsune: ((exasperated wordless stare))
Housemate: "It took two guys and a strap to move it."

{translation: "Don’t even ask me to help try to move it"}

So I moved it myself. If it took two guys and a strap, maybe I’m in the wrong line of work.

WIP: I edited my posted sections and removed a crap ton of "passive" language. I didn’t really realize how bad I am about that. At this point, trying to change that aspect of my writing during the process is going to cripple me to an even slower crawl than I’m already at…. so the plan is to do a focused first and second edit just for that. First edit: eliminate most of the was’es. Second edit: look for more instances of passive writing- but it looks like about 70% of my crime is the dreaded WAS.

I still have way too many had’s. I don’t know how to fix that.

While I was at it, I also found several more little extraneous bits that didn’t seem to add to the narrative, so I chopped them.


Lunchtime BJJ, GB Belle. Today I got kimura’ed by a Pan Ams medalist!

Opponent on hir back with feet in your hips, you standing. Pass guard to KOB. Opponent pushes at your knee. You kimura.

Notes for me: Grab the wrist with all fingers and thumb together. I keep wanting to have the thumb on the other side- which increases chance of injury (to me) as well as makes me slower (since I now have to readjust my grip before I can complete the technique). Furthermore, having my thumb on the other side does not do anything for me anyway (do I really think I’m going to be able to hold hir there like that?)

Also: Move further down on the opponent’s body and try to pin hir with the knees before beginning to crank the arm. Hold the arm up higher and pressed against my chest- but don’t pull it so high that that elbow is not bent sufficiantly. Turn my torso- don’t just push with the arms.

Next: same setup, only instead of kimura, finish with an armbar. One foot behind opponent’s shoulder blade; pants grip. DON’T LET GO OF THE PANTS!!!!! (Yep, I’m still doing it)

Three spars, three minutes each, different partners. Begin sitting back to back.

I notice that I am getting faster at setting up the Del a Riva guard- I have to think about it less- even though I was not able to finish it this time.

I also noticed some things that I was not bothering to try because the defeatist in me just assumed that they would not work. This is nothing new… but it is something that needs to be fixed, so noticing it is good.

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