ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #1 – April 3, 2019

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, 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.



6 thoughts on “ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #1 – April 3, 2019

  1. Your draft is about as long as at least two of my finished drafts. So, you could think of it as already having written 2 books. 😉 Sorry you’ve been struggling lately, though. I hope you can get everything on track soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Yeah, the draft is really long, but my writing tends to meander when I’m trying to flesh out details. I anticipate that I’ll be able to edit out a significant amount when I do get around to editing.

      Hope you’re well 🙂


  2. I was going to say what Fallon did about your draft being the size of two books. I haven’t seen Kim Chance’s vlog, but maybe I’ll check it out. I know Jenna Moreci’s videos are fun and useful. I sent my brother the link to sugarfreelondoner and shared it on Facebook as I know a few people who could use it. I hear you on the exercise. I’m trying to get there myself.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I subscribe to Jenna Moreci’s vlog as well, and she has some great advice. We have tried several of the recipes from that site already, and they’ve all been surprisingly good, so I hope your brother finds some that he enjoys.

      Hope you’re well 🙂


  3. Wow! So much is going on for you. I sure agree with everyone else that you are close to finishing two books. And despite all that’s going on around you, I see pretty good progress on all your goals, especially for Goal #2. For me, 1000 words a week is good (that’s my goal). Sometimes I’ll use scaffolding (jotting ideas for a scene down) to prime the writing pump for the next day. That seems to help percolate the next day’s writing. Re Goal #4, you might find the Internet Writing Workshop helpful. See the NOVELS-L group. Re Goal #3, notice how all 3 (so far) commenters appreciate what you’ve written today. This looks like the start of an article to me.
    Thanks also for the sugarfreelondoner link as well. You’re recognizing (see Goal #1)that critical link between eating (I just cleared our house from all the junk food), exercise (can you walk 20 minutes a day?), and stress (not much you can do about those layoffs of your colleagues which also generates more stress). So, I see really excellent progress and hope each day brings you a sense of accomplishment.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you for the link 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check it out.

    I do walk 20 mins a day, and also do another 20 on my elliptical, along with some weight training. I also spend 8 hours a day walking back and forth in a 15-foot square when I’m working :p. I just have to be consistent with the exercise and not skip days.

    Hope you’re well.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s