As usual, this post is late, but only by a couple of hours.
Also, as usual, it’s been a shitty week.
This is the first Check-In post of the 2nd Round of this year’s ROW80 Challenge.
I didn’t finish the last Round as well as I had hoped. I only managed to achieve One of the Four goals I set out, and that was the easiest of the four to accomplish. I’m hoping I do better this Round.
First, the Check-In…
Those of you who are local to me have probably heard the news by now that my workplace has decided to eliminate a third of its workforce. It won’t affect me much, other than I’ll have to switch shifts from permanent midnights back to days/afternoons swing. After 20 years on midnights, it will be an adjustment.
Unfortunately for 1500 of my co-workers though, it will be much worse, as they are slated to lose their jobs come fall. It was pretty devastating news and made for a stressful, and gloomy week.
That, compounded by some outside stress I’ve been dealing with related to some events I organize, and the fact that I haven’t been taking very good care of myself lately, caused me some trouble last week. Late in the week, my glucose levels got dangerously high, which really messed me up for a bit. I had to take some time to bring them back down to avoid having to go to the hospital.
That incident has made realize I need to start taking better care of myself and to re-evaluate what needs to be a priority, and what I should back off from or stop doing altogether. I can’t afford the extra stress of having to deal with other people’s drama, and it’s certainly not worth my health.
Also, I can’t keep living like Don Draper anymore, as much fun as that has been. I have to realize that I’m not in my twenties anymore, and I have to start taking better care of myself.
I did find a great website loaded with recipes that are low or no sugar and low carbs. It’s sugarfreelondoner.com, and it’s fantastic. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for some great low carb low sugar alternatives.
We also got the news that both this week and next we’ll be laid off again from work. At least I have some extra time to try to relax, and … oh yeah, to try and finish this damned book.
As far as that goes, the turmoil from these past few weeks has taken a real bite out of my output. I’ve had a few more days of not writing pile up, and I’ve fallen short of my daily goal more often than not.
Still, the draft is now over 163,000 words, and I’m inching towards the climax. I think there are only about four or five scenes left to write before I can finally have the main protagonist face off with the main antagonist and have it out once and for all.
I’m hoping to be able to finish the draft before I go back to work in a week and a half, but it will probably be closer to the end of the month.
Other than that, I had a pretty decent weekend, got to see some good friends and spend some time in my shop, did a little more work on the kitchen, and otherwise tried to keep busy and out of trouble.
So, here’s this Check-In’s Goal Breakdown…
Goal #1 – Get Healthy
The website I’ve found listed above has helped me to find some alternatives to my favourite “downfall foods”, those food items that I have real trouble saying no to. I’ve also been trying to be mindful of when I eat and have taken care to stay active after meals when possible.
I’m back to my regular exercise routine, which had lapsed a couple of months ago. I know I do have to keep up with my workouts to maintain my health and keep my glucose levels down, and though it’s difficult to find time in the day every day, I’ve been working really hard to keep up with the routine.
Goal #2 – Finish My First Draft
Since this start of this Round a few days ago, I’ve only written another 1000 words.
As I said above, it’s been a very stressful week, and that’s derailed me some, but I’m going to try and get back on track to my 1000 words per day goal until I can finish this draft.
The word count for the draft so far sits at 163,609.
Goal #3 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays
As before, I’m saving this goal for when I finish the first draft.
At this point, I think it’s better to just plow through and finish this project before I start any others.
Goal #4 – Start Editing
I’m saving this goal for when I finish the first draft as well.
I don’t want to start editing 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.
Goal #5 – Read at least Two Books
I’m currently reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle, a military sci-fi novel.
I’m currently on page 293 of 363 and hope to have it done soon. I am enjoying it, though it was slow going to get to the action at first.
Goal #6 – Read/Watch One Article/Video on Writing Every Day
Today I watched a vlog entry on How To Deal with Imposter Syndrome, by Kim Chance, a YA Author.
Imposter Syndrome is something I struggle with a lot, and Ms Chance had some very good tips on how to deal with it.
Well, that’s it for this Check-In. I hope you’re all doing well and making progress with your goals.
Good luck this Round.