Hot Times

It’s been in the upper 90s and we’ll be seeing our first three-digit day here soon, I suspect. Lots of things happened this month, but new words weren’t in there. Mostly the month was consumed with my coming to grips with the new facts of life.

There’s been a lot of good news. I graduated from the diabetes education program. My glucose numbers are slowly coming down. I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’ve just completed my 152nd day in a row of meditation exercise and feel like I’m doing better because of it. I’ve also exercised more–adding evening treadmill walks and strength training to my daily lineup. (Tip: a liter of water ways just over 2 pounds and costs way less than a 2 pound hand weight.) Physically, I’ve changed so much in the last couple of months, I feel like I should have taken a before and after picture.

Mentally, I’m starting this month with a much better outlook than I had going into June.

My goals for the month:
1. Finish the draft for Suicide Run so I can hand it off to the editor in August.
2. Finish updating the file for South Coast’s paperback. It’s been marked up. I just need to make the changes in the file and upload it.
3. Add a second set of resistance exercises to my daily practice.
4. Do the morning walk before 6AM to avoid the heat that’s coming.

Bottom line: I’ve got lots to do and I’m excited about the month to come.


  1. A.B. Dada says:

    Keep progressing those weights up! Glucose in your blood is an excellent fuel for strength training. So many positive outcomes from diabetics who train, and one is never too old to start.

    I’m the only non-diabetic in my family on either side. I train.

  2. Very glad to hear you health is improving! My condition changed from Type 2 insulin resistant to Type 1.5 insulin dependent due to reduced pancreas function last year and it has been a crazy change. Keep up the great work with exercise, diet, sleep and lifestyle!

  3. cameron LEWIS says:

    Good job on getting the numbers down. It is a constant process- but with incremental change you can do it… I am able to keep mine down with exercise, metformin and diet- what resistance training are you doing? I am always looking for new ideas for my self and patients…

    • I use 2 liter bottles of water as hand weights and lots of push-up and leg lifts. I’ve been looking at for new ideas.

  4. Any update on the paperback version of To Fire Called?

    No pressure (health first), just excited and wondering!

    • I’m still behind on the paper for South Coast. The galley for that one is sitting right here beside me as a daily reminder of my failure. 🙂

      So no. I’ve not idea when the paper for To Fire Called or Milk Run will be available.

  5. Glad you are more “controlled” with your diabetes. Have you discussed going to a insulin pump with your doctor?? Best thing I did…i’m tightly controlled and the computer in the pump figures out the dosages plus gives a “base” amount of insulin all the time. I hated giving myself shots…this is so much better on so many levels !!! Congrats on your progress on all your projects Capt… 73


  6. Keith Koleno says:

    Any chance of adding the ship rosters for Iris and Chernyakova to your Solar Clipper website?

    • Well, the Iris is really small with only – what? – five people?

      The Chernyakova and Melbourne Maru .. yeah. I just need to find the lists.