ROW80 Check-In #12 – February 10, 2019


Sorry, this post is a day late, again. It’s been a rough few days.

It started out well, though I was and still am battling a stubborn head cold. I managed to keep up with my writing goals for the most part, got to spend some time with good friends, and did a little work in my workshop.

Unfortunately, it turns out that I’m looking at some major repairs to my main vehicle, which has got me stressing some. It’s likely to cost a bit, which though manageable, is an unexpected expense I now have to budget in.

Yesterday was my mom’s 75th birthday, so we went out to the county to spend the day with her and celebrate. Unfortunately, one of my other relatives started some drama that pretty much ruined the occasion, so we’re all still dealing with that. It’s unfortunate that one selfish person can mar such a special occasion. Like the saying goes, you can pick your friends, but not your family.

As far as the writing is going, I’ve decided to make a real effort to stop worrying about how long the first draft is getting, and just keep with it until it’s done. If I have to cut away half of it during editing, so be it. I’ve come this far, so I can’t let a relatively small stumbling block like the length of the work get me down.

I also filled another writing notebook at work, so time to go grab a new one at the dollar store 🙂

So here’s this Check-In’s Goal Breakdown

Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft

I’ve written another 4300 words since the last check-in, trying to keep up with my 1000 words per day goal.

Since this Round began, I’ve written about 43,000 words, and the draft is now just over 134,100 words in total.

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 – Accomplished

I finished reading Anthony Horowitz‘s The House of Silk, a Sherlock Holmes story, which means I’ve officially met this goal.

It was a very entertaining novel, though, in the end, the subject matter is quite dark. Horowitz is great at mimicking Doyle’s voice and style, and the story and the mystery within is well crafted.

I’ve started reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle, a military sci-fi novel, which is in the genre I’m trying to write. After a bit of a slow start, it’s begun to pull me in. I’m not too far into it yet, but I think I may enjoy it.

Sorry for the short, and late, update again, but after the day I had yesterday, I’m sure you’ll all understand.

Hope all is well with you.


One thought on “ROW80 Check-In #12 – February 10, 2019

  1. Of course we understand. A lot of us are posting late (or not at all) these days.

    I’d say that in some ways you can pick your family, but in this case it sounds like a move you’d rather not make. You don’t want to lose track of all your family, just one selfish relative…. That’s harder, especially when everyone else is in favor of holding the family together.

    Ignore them and let it all wash away. The important person at the event was your mother; it was her day. Think about her, about the happy times… maybe even set aside a bit of extra time on the phone, a get together or a card that isn’t part of the celebration that might make her smile to erase a bit of the discomfort of the ‘other’ relative?

    Just some thoughts.

    Love those 6’x9′ notebooks! 🙂

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