ROW80 Check-In #4 – January 13, 2019



It’s been another busy few days, and though I’ve managed to work on my ROW80 goals, I haven’t gotten as far with them as I had hoped.

A couple of days ago, I was gifted a couple of big items by someone who just wanted them out of her basement. I got them for free, so the price was right. I had a good friend help me move them out of the woman’s home and into my poor minivan, and now they’re sitting in my workshop.

The items are… a vintage Gottlieb Sheriff Pinball Machine, and a vintage Donkey Kong arcade machine.

Yup, because I don’t already have enough projects on the go.

So, needless to say, I spent the better part of yesterday tinkering around with the pinball machine (the Donkey Kong needs a vacuum tube for the CRT screen, which I have to order, so there wasn’t much point in playing around with it) and didn’t get much writing done at all.

On top of all of that, I’m still working on getting my kitchen cabinet doors done. I’m working on another pair and trying not to let my new toy projects distract me from those too much.

So, here’s today’s goal breakdown…

Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft

I’ve only managed to write another 2500 words or so since Wednesday, which is much less than I had hoped. Building cabinet doors and playing with my pinball machine took away quite a bit of my writing time (and honestly, my desire — shiny, new projects 🙂 ), so I’ve gotten a bit behind.

I’m going to put in a real effort to get back on track, though. I’m back to work after this weekend, so I’m going to be scaling back my daily word goal to 1000. Hopefully, I’ll be better at hitting that goal regularly than the 1500/day I’d planned while I was off of work.

As far as the manuscript is going, it’s getting long.

I’ve been told not to worry so much about that – most of what’s written in any first draft gets edited out eventually anyway, but I’m at around 111,000 words so far, and there’s still a lot of story to tell.

Sci/-Fi books usually average out at around 110,000 to 120,000 words, but I’ve heard publishers won’t often look at a first-time novelist’s work if it’s over 100,000. Once you hit that threshold, the cost of printing a book goes up, and few publishers are willing to gamble on a first novel of that length.

Not that I have any hopes of this particular novel ever getting traditionally published. I went into this project with the attitude that this was supposed to be my practice run – this was the project I would cut my teeth on in order to learn how to write a novel.

Still, I’d like to be able to get it right on the first go, and as I’ve said before, I’ve kinda fallen in love with the story. I’m thinking that, buried within all of the shit, there’s a really good plot that, if I can polish it well enough, might make a good read.

Goal #2 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays

Haven’t started on this one yet, because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m saving this one for when I’m done the first draft and want to take a break from it.

Goal #3 – Start Editing

Haven’t started on this one, either. Can’t edit until the draft is done.

Goal #4 – Read at least Two Books

I’m still reading Forever And A Day, by Anthony Horowitz, and am on page 95 of 245. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m also really enjoying reading for the fun of it again.

Well, that’s it for me. Hope you’re all having a good weekend.



6 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In #4 – January 13, 2019

  1. Your goals make a lot of sense! I think a lot of us get too hung up on every word being gold, when instead, it’s totally fine for them to be *practice*. I am also in the “don’t worry about length” crowd – maybe because my books are all too long to interest a Big 5 publisher, but they still manage to be read and enjoyed. Good luck with your goals, and your fun projects!

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  2. Technically you CAN edit while you’re writing (some people edit along the way and do just great, others find that editing along the way completely derails them and makes it harder to finish). The rules in writing more have to do with “does this fit your personal situation… and a lot of that you get some say in.

    My son would be so jealous if he knew about that Donkey Kong game. 🙂

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    1. I’m a horrible self-editor, and I’ve found that doing so derails my writing to the point where I never seem to finish it. I’m really trying not to do that with this project. I want to get to the end of it first, finish the thing, and then go back and edit, to see if that helps.

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