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What I write about when I write about running

June 28, 2020

I have an article in Issue #24 of Like the Wind.

The story behind this piece sticks in my mind for two reasons. Firstly, it was an early statement of intent that 2020 would be the year I take writing more seriously. Secondly, I wrote it on the cusp of the pandemic.

It marks a phase just before the world changed – and so, by fateful coincidence, echoes the work that inspired it.

The article is a leap-year baby. I wrote 1500 words on 29 February, which I then edited and submitted on 1 March. I know this because the germ of the idea came to me while sitting the ADC Theatre bar during the interval of a production of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

Late February was in the early days of the crisis. Restaurants and cafes had started to put more distance between their tables. Signs had gone up in bathrooms about thoroughly washing hands. Soap was a commodity. Loo roll was plentiful. But, I was glad to have an aisle seat with a spare next to me.

‘Time Passes’ takes its title from a different Woolf novel: To the Lighthouse. More specifically, it takes its title from the short section at the heart of the novel that separates the two principal parts by ten years.

After three months, lockdowns are lifting, but we’re not done with the crisis yet. The UK is already looking at the prospect of localised lockdowns as the virus continues to pose a threat. India is looking at a worsening crisis. Things appear to be heading in a grim direction in parts of the USA.

If you’re looking for something meditative and absorbing, that reflects the strange spirit of the time, but offers to restore some hope, give To the Lighthouse a go.

But also, give an indie mag a go (and read my piece).

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