We had a softball game last night. It was a little odd. The other team did not have enough girls (only 1) and so it was an automatic win for us. Nevertheless, we still played a game and they kicked our butts, something like 23-5 (of course, they had all guys in their lineup). I played in the outfield most of the game and didn’t see too much action. But I had a key assist toward the end of the game. The guys on the other team were being a bit cocky after a while, jogging slowly around the bases, hitting weak balls on purpose to try and thwart our outfield positioning. I was playing short field (4th outfielder, playing in behind shortstop). With a runner on second and two outs, I got a base hit grounder to me. As had been happening, the runner on second lolly-gagged his way to third. However, I charged the ball and threw to our third base woman from short left–and she tagged him out to end the inning.

That was infinitely satisfying.

Our record is not 4-3. Winning our last 2 games guarantees us a spot in the playoffs. But we play the one undefeated team in the division on Monday.

Got home, ate dinner, showered, and then got into bed. I started reading The Science of Science Fiction in preparation for the writing workshop that begins on Monday. I’ve already got my story idea. I need to write a short bio statement, but I was beat last night. Fell asleep before Kelly came to bed.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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