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Running Club Behind the Scenes

This week, I published my first Amazon Kindle short story, Running Club. It is about 14,000 words and is a science fiction adventure story centered around a plot and a main character that are both heavily focused on running. This short story started with a simple question. What would happen if I were not allowed to run?

Well, to answer that question, I really had to decide on why I wouldn’t be allowed to run in the first place! Not being able to run because of an injury would result in a much different story than not being able to run because of being in prison, for instance.

RUNNING CLUB COVER FINALI started thinking about the future, and wondering why in the world people not be allowed to run. And then that whole creativity thing happened, and I combined two things I feel passionately about. My running club for which I am the Vice President and my disdain for the healthcare industry. Let me clear about that. I have no disdain for most of the healthcare providers with whom I have dealt. They have been dedicated, talented, and compassionate overall. But the “system” in which they operate is completely hosed as well as not being focused on the right things (in my mind) such as prevention. Instead, the current system rewards doctors, health insurance, and patients who throw more and more money and drugs at the problem.

When I took today’s healthcare system to the extreme in my mind, I ended up with a world that, quite frankly, isn’t too hard to imagine as possibly being true one day. In my dystopian future, a pharmaceutical giant makes a pill to end all pills, taking care of all your health issues, including disease and being overweight. The company then charges an arm and a leg for the pill, and even with health insurance, it still costs a lot. As in a new car kind of “a lot.” Then one day, health insurance does a study that shows that since everyone is healthy on the inside now, intensive exercise like biking and running are now responsible for the majority of injuries and accidents in the populace. Running becomes a risky activity.

In the final story, running isn’t quite fully illegal, but it is banned at night where the main character lives. And if you decide to run during the day, the Healthcare Compliance PD won’t put you in jail or give you a ticket, but they will put your name on a list so that you won’t be eligible for legal health insurance anymore. And, yes, I know the health insurance companies don’t have that kind of power today. But in my story, it’s the future! And things are different there.

What does one guy decide to do since he lives in a world where he isn’t allowed to run? He starts his own underground running club. His name? Just call him “Runner.”

Have a great weekend everyone, and if you get a chance, check out my new Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/michaellayne

Mike

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