TREADMILL Week 167 & What I #AmReading – Unscripted by J.R. Gray

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book. I’m officially modifying my original rule of not reading the book-of-the-week off-treadmill. I’m usually going to look at length and try to divide it up somewhat evenly per day, even if that means either closing that book early (if it’s short) or continuing after (if it’s long).

Week 167: February 2, 2020 – February 8, 2020

Sunday 30 min/mile 30:29 min:sec 1 mile
Monday 30 min/mile 33:41 min:sec 1.1 miles
Tuesday 30 min/mile 35:32 min:sec 1.1 miles
Wednesday 30 min/mile 32:53 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday 30 min/mile 31:42 min:sec 1 mile
Friday 30 min/mile 30:07 min:sec 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 31:05 min:sec 1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: Unscripted by J.R. Gray

Movie star 101: A smile hides all pain. 

Quellcrist King has been playing a part his entire life. The more famous he becomes, the more he hides. The only person he ever let see the real him rose with him from nothing to the very top. 

They were the king and queen of Hollywood— and then she wanted a divorce. The only way to survive his depression is to bury himself in work. If he can be a character, maybe he won’t have to remember himself. A gay role can’t be any different than playing a straight one, can it? 

But instead of finding solace in the character, he finds it in his costar. Hale becomes his best friend, his lifeline, the light in his darkness. Quell is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about himself while filming intimate scenes with Hale that feel more real than anything ever has before. 

He’s lived his entire life following the script. What would life be like unscripted?

My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿ (Hale’s POV)

It was cool. I was going to make out with the hottest straight man in the world. Not a big deal. My cold sweat said otherwise, but we were going to ignore it. If I could tell younger gay me how things were going to turn out, he’d feel a lot better about getting the shit kicked out of him.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿ (Hale’s POV)

It was such a simple thing for him to push the hair off my face but at the same time it was too intimate. A stolen moment between the two of us. I had a sudden urge to kiss his palm.

✿✿ TUESDAY ✿✿ (Quell’s POV)

I wasn’t attracted to men. It shouldn’t bother me. I wasn’t attracted to most of the people I acted with. I’d never felt a massive amount of attraction, always being drawn in more by personality than anything else. I felt all the things for Hale.

✿✿ WEDNESDAY ✿✿ (Hale’s POV)

“Listen, I’m high right now, so my judgment is at an all-time low, and if you don’t spill the beans there is a high likelihood I’ll attack you.”

I stared at him. “Attack me? Are you serious?”

“I can’t control my drug-induced actions.”

“It’s weed, not bath salts.”

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ (Quell’s POV)

Hale laughed. “This is the mid-level treatment?”

“You have no idea. That guy would get us anything we asked for.”

“A penguin?”

I stared at him and leaned in. “He probably would.”

Hale stared at me. “I can’t tell if your fucking with me.”

I winked. “You’ll never know.”

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿ (Hale’s POV)

“It’s my literal job to watch you two for best shots. You both look at each other like the last bit of oxygen when you’re drowning.”

✿✿ SATURDAY ✿✿ (Hale’s POV)

“Why is it so easy and so hard,” I asked the universe more than I asked her.

“Everything in life worth having takes work.”

“And now you’re a motivational poster?”

“All I need are some cat ears and I could do it.”

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