Last weekend a group of co-workers and I ran, climbed, slithered, jumped and sorta-swam The Dirty Dash in Riverside State Park in Spokane. Ironically, our team name was “Off The Grid,” the title of my unpublished manuscript. I’m not sure if one of my teammates suggested that team name because they knew it was the title, or if it was just a coincidence. Considering we’re a bunch of electric utility employees, it fits either way. Needless to say, it was pretty cool having Off The Grid be our team name.
The Dirty Dash is also pretty fitting for how the whole publishing process works. The Dirty Dash is a 10k trail race where you wade through mud pits, climb (over or under) six-foot walls, dive down a massive slip-n-slide, climb through tunnels, cross narrow balance beams and end the race with a nice mud bath with your teammates. Like I said, it’s just like the publishing process – there are lots of scary obstacles in your way that you somehow have to navigate through.
The slideshow above is comprised of photos my wife took of the team finishing the race. A lot of them are of me, but that’s what you get when you have a personal photographer! Enjoy the pictures, and make sure to clean you computer screen after viewing them – they are dirty. But not that kind of dirty . . .