ROW80 Check-In #14 – February 17, 2019





So, I have been trying to make these posts on time, lol, but I guess I’m only a few hours late, so here we go.

All in all, the last few days weren‘t too bad, especially after last weekend.

I’m managing to get the car situation sorted out, and I think Carmageddon is just about half over. Only a few more things to get done and then all three vehicles should be set for a while (knock wood).

I managed to sail through the rest of this week well enough, and I kept up with my writing goals. The story is still moving along, though it’s taking much longer than I thought it would. No one ever told me this would be easy, though, so I really shouldn’t complain.

I was very geeked this week as, after nearly a year’s wait, they finally started shipping print additions of my favourite comic, Captain Canuck!  I can’t wait to dig into those.

We had Drunk D&D again Friday, which was a lot of fun, as it always is. My character now has a Giant War Rhino as a mount, so I’ve got that going for me at least.

I kind of blew off all of my responsibilities this weekend and took a couple of “Me” days. I’m going to be home all next week, as we’re laid off from work, so I figured I’d just take it easy for the weekend, and leave all of the important projects for during the week when I’ll have empty hours to fill.

I spent a lot of time in my workshop this weekend, as the weather wasn’t so cold that the heaters in the shop couldn’t keep up. I just spent some time doing fun, vanity projects that I’ve been wanting to do, rather than the stuff I have to get to doing very soon.

A friend of mine was getting rid of some old desktop computers, so I spent some time refurbishing them. I have one in the workshop now, loaded with all of my favourite music (It’s hooked up to my shop stereo), and with AutoCad so I can draft up the designs for any projects I’m working on.

This weekend I built a dust box for the desktop, a stop-block for my mitre-saw fence, a cross-cut sled for my table saw, with it’s own stop block, and I pimped out my small, auxiliary work-bench, adding some dog-holes to it, as well as a shop-made Moxon Vice, and I fixed the wiring and switch in it.

Save for one small piece of MDF, everything I made this weekend was from scrap and stuff I already had laying around in the shop. I am exceedingly proud of myself for how everything turned out.

We went out for dinner on Saturday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day (not really, it was just a treat I gave the wife so she could have a break from cooking).

As far as writing, I was managing to keep up with my daily goal until the weekend. While I have written everyday these last couple of days haven’t been as productive on the writing front as I would have hoped. Still, I did write each day, so that counts.

The story is slowly moving toward the climax, but I find that I’m having to do a lot of explaining in the writing in order not to write myself into a corner if that makes sense. I’ll have to edit pretty much everything I’ve written in the last week down later in order to make sense of it, but that’s how this thing works I guess.

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

Goal #1 – Finish My First Draft

I’ve written another 4000 words since the last check-in, keeping up with my 1000 words per day goal for the most part, until this weekend. I have written every day, but the last couple of days haven’t been as productive as I would have liked.

Since this Round began, I’ve written about 49,500 words, and the draft is now just over 140,000 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’m currently reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle, a military sci-fi novel. I‘m on page 138 of 363. I am still enjoying it, I just wish they would get to the awesome Sci_fi, Space-ship and exploding action. I’m hoping things pick up soon.

It is the first in a series, and it is Sci-Fi, so I guess I should expect a long set up. It’s still pretty good, though.

So, an on-time post 🙂

Hope all is well with you.

Oh, and if you want to see my TARDIS again, and how I built it, here’s a Link to a video I made chronicling the build.


One thought on “ROW80 Check-In #14 – February 17, 2019

  1. Getting some relaxation time on the weekend, before what would (normally) be your workday, is a great idea. Switching schedules can mess with your head….

    Hope you can make some excellent use of that “work” time.

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