ROW80 Check-In #22 – March 17, 2019

I‘m starting to feel like the White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland – always late..

Just a quick update to try and catch up.

This week hasn’t been great, but I’m trying to be pragmatic about the whole thing. I think it’s been a wakeup call, telling me I need to get my priorities straight if I’m going to ever get my health back on track.

My A1C test from last week is still really bothering me. I have to do more to get that under control, and though I’ve worked really hard these last couple of years to try and do that, it hasn’t been enough. I know what I can do to better manage that, but doing those things is another story. It might mean giving up a few things that I really enjoy.

I’m still dealing with the fallout from an incident last weekend, and that hasn’t helped things. Despite bent noses and bruised feelings all around, I’m wondering if that incident wasn’t a sign that I should let go of participating in one of the events I organize. While I do enjoy my part in this event, the extra stress and anxiety it brings is something I really don’t need right now.

Unless we can work out our differences, it may be time for me to just back out of this event. I would hate to do it, but I really have to weigh the extra stress it brings against my need to work on my health.

I have to take stock and re-prioritize things in my life. Eventually, I have to come to terms with the fact that I have to slow down some if I’m ever going to get my health under control. I would hate to lose any friendships over this decision, but I have to trust that eventually, my friends would see that I have to do what’s best for me in this case and that further on down the line, we’ll be able to maintain friendships, despite this situation.
Anymore, I just want to spend my time in my shop, or at my desk, building things or writing, shutting the rest of the world out for a while.

Sleep is still very much an issue, I just can’t seem to get onto a consistent schedule. Some days I’ll manage to get in six or six and a half hours, which is great for me, but more often than not, after about four and a half hours, my body wakes me up and just won’t let me get back to sleep. I was hoping that returning to work would help with evening that out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m trying not to let the lack of sleep make me too cranky, though.

On a positive note, I finally finished the last of the upper cabinet doors for my kitchen renovation, and have started on the lower cabinets. I’m currently building the first set of drawer faces and hope to get those installed by the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have the kitchen finally finished sometime next month, and can move on to the next project.

As far as the writing, it hasn’t been stellar. I’ve blown off my daily goal more days than not this week, and have only managed to write about 2200 words since my last Check-In.
I’m going to force myself to get back to 1000 words a day this week, and hope this push finally gets me to the end of the draft very soon.

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

Goal #1 – Finish My First Draft

I’ve written another 2200 words since the last check-in, and my daily output has fallen off quite a bit.

Since this Round began, I’ve written about 67,500 words, and the draft is now just over 156,800 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 haven’t read at all this week, and I’m still on page 277 of 363. I’m hoping to finish it soon, but doubt it will be before the end of the Round.

So, that’s it for me this Check-In

Hopefully, the next one will be better.


2 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In #22 – March 17, 2019

  1. Rob, it feels to me your health is paramount and forcing yourself to write more at this stage might be counterproductive.
    I do understand why you want that of course, but with your sleeping issues, you probably need to get some rest before anything else.
    At this stage, wanting to curl up into a bubble is only a natural defense mechanism. Any true friend will understand as long as you don’t keep them in the dark and explain you need to focus on yourself for a while so as to be a better friend again down the road.

    As for the diabetes, from what I see around me, the “solution” always imply getting rid of stuff you like. I don’t know how long ago you were diagnosed, but I do see how the reasonable choice impacts morale: I guess it made me realize how lucky we are when we don’t need to think of our diet every single time we absorb food or drinks…
    And the truth is you already made efforts so it’s quite discouraging to have to make more of course. In the end, it’s your health and the decision is entirely yours, so maybe you should just give yourself some time to consider the impact it has on your life as it is and evaluate how/if you want that to change.

    Good luck with all that and congratulations on getting any writing done in such strenuous circumstances!

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  2. I’ve read that it’s very natural for people to sleep in two shifts. Have you ever considered getting up the first time you wake, then trying to sleep a couple to a few hours after that? Everyone in my family has done that at some point, and the “second sleep” tends to be 2 or 3 hours, which would put you in your best zone, it sounds like.

    Because we’ve always homeschooled, my kids haven’t grown up on a school schedule. My late husband was a chef who worked late into the night, so from very young ages, the kids stayed up late. What I noticed as they got older is that their sleep/wake schedules tend to follow the moon. Sometimes they’re up all night, sometimes all day, sometimes some of each.

    I think many (all?) of us are affected by the moon. Many people I know are wakeful when it’s full, but often don’t make the connection. I find I’m far more creative those nights, and I’ve given up trying to sleep before I’m ready. Instead, I look forward to some good night writing!

    My best wishes for your health, and congratulations on the cabinetry.

    You started the round, and you finished it. You didn’t get to everything on the list, but you stuck with the challenge, and some people don’t.

    And I’m sure you’ve learned things you can carry forward, as well.

    And now, on to Round Two!


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