I thought I would give you a quick update on my novella (“2030 ET: Tribulation”), ProtoHack Vancouver (a “hackathon” I have entered in), and my first in-progress tech startup. It is, as ever, your support that keeps me going. Thanks again for the words of encouragement and your belief in me.
Success! Well, sort of. While I completed the climb in 58 minutes, which was less than my target of 1 hour, The Grind was closed for maintenance so I climbed the adjacent BCMC instead. While the “Grouse Grind” climbs up the side of Grouse Mountain over 2.9 kilometers, the BCMC climbs up the side of Grouse over 3.4 kilometers. To put it another way, the trails start at the same place (parking lot D on Grouse) and finish at the same place (the top of the Grouse mountain) but the BCMC is about 20% longer. This means the slope is less steep: to be precise, the slope is a 25% gradient on the BCMC instead of a 29% gradient on the Grind.
I thought I would kick-start my blog, post my Summer hiatus, with another fitness challenge. Tomorrow, I take on the infamous “Grouse Grind” for the first time.
For those who do not know what the “Grouse Grind” is, it is a 2.9 kilometres climb up the side of Grouse Mountain, which lies on the North Shore of Vancouver. Obviously, the distance isn’t the challenge. It is the elevation gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet), which are “gained” step-by-step over 2,830 stairs!
To put this into perspective, the “Grouse Grind” is comparable to climbing the Burj Khalifa, the World’s tallest structure, which has 2,909 steps from Ground floor to Level 160 and is 829.8 metres tall.
Hi All, I’m enjoying lovely family time with my sister-in-law and her family who are visiting from Stockholm. Just wanted to provide the link to the website where my first piece of flash fiction has been published: https://urbanhype101.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/winner-of-2016-flash-fiction-contest/
The Race to 40! – THE RESULTS! It’s over! It’s 8pm on my 40th birthday, so how did I do? 2.5/3 goals achieved + 2 bonus goals out of the blue!
A few days ago, I entered a Flash Fiction competition. The objective of the competition: write a 400-word story with the following three words: wax, starfruit, kidney. Well, I won! “The Rising” is a sci-fi micro tale about an agrobiologist trying to save his daughter and human civilization from the machines.
My Race to 40! challenge will be over tomorrow when I turn 40. I can’t believe that I’ve already lived half a life! There is still so much left to do. The goals that I set myself as part of the Race to 40! challenge are just the beginning. I have big plans for the second half of the year and the next few years. The next big goal on my plate will be taking the entrepreneurial plunge and launching a startup. But first, a vacation with family 🙂
Only 2 ½ days left to complete my Race to 40! challenge. This will be the final progress update before my 40th birthday this Sunday, the 26th of June. The goal to blog everyday will likely be met while whether I complete the half-marathon in the target time or not may be impacted by a few niggles. With regards to completing my novella, it looks like I will get the writing done in time but not the editing. I will still be chuffed at this accomplishment even if it take a little bit longer to edit the manuscript. At the end of the day, I would rather take the time to polish and fine tune the manuscript till I am proud to publish it rather than publish a half done work for the sake of an arbitrary deadline!
According to my schedule, today is a day for a “miscellaneous post”. To mix it up and keep the creative juices flowing, I’ve decided to post a poem: The Optimizer Algorithm. I hope you enjoy it.
Objective: write a 400-word story with the following three words: wax, starfruit, kidney.
Today’s blog post takes a slight detour from schedule: I’ve decided to compete in a Flash Fiction competition and thought I would blog about it. It’s not a major competition or anything. The competition is hosted by an author, Karina Kantas, who I made acquaintance with on social media.