ROW80 Check-In #2 – January 6, 2019


Week 1 of this round of ROW80 has come to an end, so it’s time for a progress update.

It’s been a busy week, full of end/beginning of the year celebrations, Dungeons & Dragons marathons, and woodworking.

Though I was still off of work this past week, all of the above cut into my available writing time, so I was hard-pressed to keep up with my daily goals.

I’ve been spending a lot of my free time in my workshop, finally building the cabinet doors for the kitchen cabinets I made and installed a while ago. That project had been languishing for too long, so it’s been a priority this week.

Yesterday, I blew off all of my responsibilities though, to visit with an out-of-town friend and play a 12-hour marathon D&D session. It was great fun and well worth the 2 hours drive each way.

So, on to the goal breakdown.

Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft

As I said above, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my daily writing goals. Since I’m off work over the holidays, I had set a goal of 1500 words per day, up from my usual goal of 1000. For ROW80, I’d estimated that it would take about 35,000 more words to complete the manuscript. Since the last update, I’ve written about 5,500 more words towards that goal, making the total about 8,300 since this round began.

I am starting to get a bit concerned about how long this manuscript will end up being, though. It’s a sci-fi space opera, which usually do tend to be wordy, but I was hoping to keep it under 110,000 words total. I think it’s going to be significantly longer than that.

The first 50,000 words were written during NaNo, when word count was the main goal, so I’m expecting that part to be very bloated with unnecessary exposition and will end up being heavily edited. Hopefully, editing will end up bringing the size of this draft down to something more reasonable.

Goal #2 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays

As I explained before, this is a goal I plan to tackle once I’ve completed Goal #1. After I finish the first draft, I plan to put it away for a while. I’ll want to continue to write before I’m ready to start editing, but I don’t think I want to start on another large project right away. I’m hoping to keep myself busy and writing by working on some short pieces for some of my favourite blogs.

So, I haven’t started on this goal just yet.

Goal #3 – Start Editing

This is another goal that I can’t begin to work toward until Goal #1 is reached. I’m hoping to finish the first draft early enough that it will give me some time to begin editing it before this round is over.

Haven’t started this one yet, either.


Goal #4 – Read at least Two Books

I’m adding a new goal for this round and will add an edit to my Goals blog post to reflect it.

Ever since I decided to participate in NaNo 18, all of the time I would usually spend reading (and then some) has been spent writing. I miss reading, and I have a few books in my queue that I’d really like to get to. So, I’m going to commit to reading at least two books before this round is over.

The two books I’ve chosen are –

Forever And A Day, by Anthony Horowitz, which is a new James Bond, 007 novel. I’m a big Bond fan, and I love all of the original Fleming novels, as well as several of the ones written after his death by other authors. This new one is a prequel to Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in which Bond is first promoted to 00 status. I got it for a Xmas gift, and I’m really anxious to read it.

The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi, which is the sequel to his book Old Man’s War. It’s a sci-fi novel, set in the far future, where humanity uses senior citizens and clones to fight their interplanetary wars. That’s a really simplified explanation. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and had started reading this one, but had to put it down when I began getting ready for NaNo 18.

So far, I haven’t begun to work on this goal yet either, but I’m hoping to find some time tomorrow to dedicate to it.

Okay, so that’s it for me as far as this update goes. I hope you all are making great progress toward reaching your own goals for this round.


6 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In #2 – January 6, 2019

  1. Taking time out to read will only help you when you work on editing that manuscript (remember that 3/4s of what you write for a story seldom makes it into the final novel… all the rest is stuff you have to write for yourself so you know what will tell the story the best way).

    The D&D day sounds like a good “time out to just be“. No bad thing. We all need to let go once in a while, and you did get to those cabinets… (isn’t it amazing what we’ll do to avoid writing sometimes? 😉 )

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      1. Yes, you probably were using writing as distraction to stop you from building the cabinet doors. But now you switched… It can work both ways. 🙂


  2. I’ve found that my creativity cycles in ebbs and flows. Sometimes, I need input, and I create almost nothing. Other times, I’m so consumed by the need to create output that’s almost oozing out of my brain, that there’s no room for input.

    Most of the time, it’s some of each.

    As for your novel – is there any chance you’re writing a series and just haven’t realized it yet? I ask because that has happened to me (with both my fantasy Trueborn series, and my speculative near-fiction Kifo Island series).

    If so, word count may not be the problem you currently think it could be.

    At any rate – love your shop, and those cabinet doors are looking good. Any chance you do floors cheap, and don’t mind traveling? Or, more realistically, that we could pick your brains when it’s time to install the new-to-us cabinetry we bought? One of the many, many things I too often took for granted before I became a widow was the way Jim knew or figured this stuff out. I don’t have a handy gene; it’s a painstaking process, doing this learning.

    May the time spent in other areas feed the writing!

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    1. The novel is a self-contained story, and while it would be wide open for a sequel, the story doesn’t lend itself to being turned into a series. I’m afraid I’ll just have to work on editing it down to a more manageable length when the time comes.

      Thanks for the compliment on the shop… it’s small but it’s mine 🙂 I’m really just a very good hobbyist, not a professional, so you’d probably be better off finding someone local to do the work you want. I’m always willing to give advice, though, and I do know of several good websites for do-it-yourself information.

      Hope all is well with you.


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