ROW80 Check-In #8 – January 27, 2019



So, I managed to shake the case of the blues I had last weekend, and seem to have myself back on track for the most part.

I did slack off a bit because this was my birthday weekend, so I took a little extra time to celebrate and to deal with the inevitable blues that comes with realizing that you’re another year closer to death.

In all, it was an ok few days. I did manage to pull myself out of my funk a bit after last weekend, and I did manage to crank out 1000 words per day every day since Monday, except for Saturday, which I blew off to deal with my post-birthday hangover.

I’ve gotten some work done in my shop, but the wild weather we’ve been having and the weird temperature changes have been messing with the finish on the next set of kitchen cabinet doors I’ve been working on. I think I’m just going to have to sand the lacquer off and start over on them.

Otherwise, I just puttered around the shop when I wasn’t trying to write on most days. I built a crosscut sled jig for my table saw and tried my hand at making my own hand-tools by making a shoulder-plane out of some scrap wood, and an old chisel I had lying about.

Friday was my birthday, but it was also Drunk D&D night at Villain’s Beastro, a local pub that’s a favourite of mine. So I spent my birthday trying to slay dragons. Someone told the owner of the bar that it was my birthday, so they made me wear a cape for part of the night.

Saturday, I was a bit hung over, and as I said, a bit down, so I didn’t get much done at all. I’ve managed to pull myself together a bit today, though.

As far as the writing goes, I’ve passed 120,000 words now, and have finally reached a critical point in the story.

I’m just about finished with “The Setback”, which is the point in the novel where everything seems to be going well for the protagonist, and then suddenly, everything turns to shit. It seems that all is lost, the bad guy has won, and there is no hope for our heroes. At that point, the hero is supposed to dig deep, find the reason and the strength to go on and turn the situation around. Then the story can start to build to the climax.

So, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know how much longer it will take to finish the draft, but at least it’s starting to feel like some progress is being made.

So, here’s the Check-In Goals breakdown…

Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft

I’ve managed to write another 4000 words since the last check-in, which is right on track for my 1000 words per day goal.

I’m doing my best to keep that momentum going, and still deal with all of my “real life” responsibilities – the kitchen cabinet doors are coming along, and I’ve spent some fun time in the shop as well.

Since this Round began, I’ve written about 30,300 words.

Goal #2 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays

Still haven’t gotten around to this one yet, because I’m saving this one for when I’m done the first draft and want to take a break from it. Though I am considering taking some time off from the first draft to work on at least one small writing project, just for a change of pace.

Goal #3 – Start Editing

I still haven’t started on this one, either. I won’t edit until the draft is done. I’m a horrible self-editor, so I’m really trying to not go back and edit while I write. I’m saving all of the editing for when the draft is done.

Goal #4 – Read at least Two Books

I’ve only got around forty pages left in Forever And A Day, by Anthony Horowitz. Still really enjoying it. I think I may pick up his Sherlock Holmes novels as well, as I’m a fan of those stories and would like to see how he writes for that character.

Well, there’s my update for the week. Yes, I’m still at this silly writing thing.

Hope you’re all having a good weekend.


5 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In #8 – January 27, 2019

  1. Great job keeping up the momentum on the writing, particularly when dealing with a birthday in the middle of it! The birthday blues are real, but there is a plus side, a birthday means you leveled up! Better decide what your next class will be, just like in D&D! Novelslayer? Mageeditor? What will you choose?

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  2. Looks like some great progress was made. I like the idea of mixing the creative pursuits. I find when I do that – like writing and gaming – my mind comes up for ideas for the one I am not doing at the time.

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  3. Great job getting in 1000 words a day! That has been my goal too, and I have made it the past couple of weeks, but it’s really pushing it. Happy belated birthday too! I always figure it’s worth celebrating, because it means I lived another year. 🙂

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  4. Great job on the progress this week! It sounds like everything is coming together for you. I have to admit that I’m kinda sad we don’t have a local drunk D&D night. That sounds fun.


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