what is wrong with these shift keys?

Sometime in the last few months the shift key on my laptop keyboard stopped working. Not both of them; just the one on the left. Which means that any key that i touch with my right hand—like that i—appears as lower case because my shift key refuses to acknowledge me when i push it.

This is probably the result of the amount of words that have poured through this keyboard in the last year. in just over one year i have written close to 300,000 words. That’s a lot of words, a lot i’ve managed to write. Much of that got edited and published last year in Mesabi Pioneers. And since that publication, i’ve continued work on the second book in the series, as yet untitled. Adding to the word count. Adding to the strain on the keyboard, and on the shift key.

Now that a new year has begun i have the opportunity to look back on the year that was and reminisce on the highs and lows. For me, 2014 was a year in which i accomplished a goal that has dogged me most of my life—i wrote and published a book. This process has been rewarding and enjoyable, and as i continue to plug away at the second in the Mesabi Series I am reminded of how much more i have to learn and grow both as a writer and as a person.

Also in 2014, I accomplished another long-term goal: completing two 100 mile runs. The first in May ended in a near hospitalization and almost ended my ultra-running career right when it was getting started. The second, in September, was my most successful ultra-run to date, and quite possibly one of my best races ever. I’m already scheduling myself to run a couple more this year. Running through the woods for more than a day is a great way to get away from words for a while and get back into my own head, to remind myself of why i do what i do and why i am what i am. To simply be for a day, and break life down to the basic simplicities of living and moving forward and reminding myself that each moment is precious, that each moment matters.

Work continues on the second Mesabi book, and that will be a highlight of 2015. For now, i’ll remember that this moment is the one that matters. This moment is precious.

That and getting my shift key repaired.