ROW80 Check-In #20 – March 10, 2019




Late post is late, again.
I know this is getting to be a common refrain with me, but the last week or so has been both good and rough. My life seems to have turned into a constant roller-coaster ride lately, one that I can’t get off of.
The week started great. I was feeling good, trying to get in some decent sleep with mixed results, and was getting some projects done at home. Friday evening I had to host a type of educational and fun event (don’t ask, the details aren’t important) that I’ve been trying to organize on a monthly schedule, and it went very well.
Saturday started off great as well, but things had turned by the evening. One of my partners in running the event Friday night pulled a real diva move that pissed me off, threatening to pull out of our collaboration unless she got her way on a very minor issue. I had asked her a couple of questions regarding the next month’s event and she totally went off. I can’t stand diva behaviour, and ultimatums even less.
In the end, I had to be the bigger person and just let her tantrum go, but that really rubbed me the wrong way. The event isn’t something I need to do, just something I enjoy doing, and I was very close to just shutting the whole thing down.
Needless to say, that ruined my Sunday, as I mostly just putzed about my shop all day brooding on the night before.
Monday got no better. I was still a bit pissed about the diva crap I had to deal with when I had to go see my doctor for some blood test results. They weren’t stellar.
I’m a Type 2 Diabetic (atypical, as it’s a result of a thyroid condition I suffer from) and for the past year and a half, I’ve had some real trouble getting my glucose levels under control. My A1C came back a point higher than it was last time I had it checked, and that’s got me really down.
I’ve made a lot of changes in my life these last few years, things I’ve had to do in order to keep my blood sugar down. I’ve been doing my best to eat right and live healthy, but obviously, I still have a ways to go. Trouble is, I’m not sure what else to do.
I was never very heavy to begin with, and all the changes in lifestyle have resulted in some pretty dramatic weight loss. I’m really self-conscious about how thin I’ve become, which is, of course, adding to my blue mood.
So, yeah, the writing has kind of ground down a bit. I’m still writing, but in more fits and starts, and there have been a few days where I haven’t written anything at all.
I’m hoping taking today to just brood and mope will help me clear my thoughts a bit, and tomorrow I can take stock and start making a plan of things I have to change to get my health back on track.

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

Goal #1 – Finish My First Draft

I’ve written another 1500 words since the last check-in, but that one was also late so that really doesn’t reflect my daily output.

Since this Round began, I’ve written about 65,300 words, and the draft is now just over 154,600 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 still reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle, a military sci-fi novel. I’m on page 277 of 363. It’s finally gotten around to the action – the aforementioned Battle.  I’m enjoying it, but not as much as I had hoped, as the reading gets bogged down with trying to decipher all of the military abbreviations and jargon.

So, that’s it for me this Check-In

Hopefully, the next one will be better.


One thought on “ROW80 Check-In #20 – March 10, 2019

  1. Despite the drama, a good week for writing. Your productivity this round is amazing! Sometimes it’s hard to avoid editing even a first draft. All the other factors affecting your mood (drama, health issues), can also impact your writing . . . but it sounds like you are making steady progress. May the coming week go better for you. PS We just got the results of our A1c tests, and hubby jumped a whole point. Unexpected but we’ll follow through.


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