ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #2 – April 7, 2019




So, trying to get back to making these posts on time.

This week hasn’t been bad, especially considering how the few weeks before went. There was no new bad news to worry about, so that gave me a chance to breathe a bit and process everything from the last little while.

I was laid off from work for this past week, as well as the next, so I took the opportunity to relax a bit, get back to my work on my writing goals, and do some work around the house. The weather was nice for the most part, which meant I could get to work cleaning up outside. As usual, the backyard fence suffered some winter damage (it had already been installed, poorly, when we bought the house, and I always seem to have to fix fallen or sagging panels come spring. I should take my friend’s advice and just tear it all out and re-build it.)

I did a little more work on the kitchen, making the next set of drawer fronts for one of the base cabinets. I’m hoping to have the rest of the drawer fronts and cabinet doors done by the summer.

We got the deck cleaned up and some of the patio furniture set up. It was nice to be able to sit outside and write on the nicer days. We even managed to have our first fire of the season, cleaning up and burning some of the wood scraps that’s built up over the winter from my woodshop.

A couple of days ago was the third anniversary of my father’s passing. It was a difficult day, as my thoughts kept straying to memories of my dad throughout. I called my mom to make sure she was ok, which of course she wasn’t, but she was dealing.

Drama took a break from me this week as well, which was nice. I didn’t have any occasion to deal with the people I’ve been having issues with, so that gave me some time to put things in perspective a bit.

I did get a really nice surprise in the form of a message from a lovely friend who lives away and that I miss very much. Having her reach out was like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, and it did a lot to improve my mood.

I’ve been working really hard to get my health back on track, though of course there’s always more that can be done. I’ve taken a twenty-minute walk every day, and have done another twenty minutes on the elliptical machine, as well as a bit of weight training. Being off of work meant that I’m not as active as I usually am, so I made extra effort to stay active and moving.

The recipes that my wife has tried out from the website I posted in my last blog post have been working out great, of which I’m really appreciative. So far, she’s made me sugar-free ketchup, strawberry jam, apple spread, sugar-free and low carb donuts, pancakes and chocolate ice cream, and a paleo apple pie. All were great and very close to the “real thing”. Again, if you’re looking for recipes for low or no sugar and low carb alternatives to your favourite foods, I highly recommend

As far as the writing is going, I’ve really made an effort to get back to my 1000 words per day goal, and there’s only been one day this week when I fell short of that, hitting only 750 words. The draft keeps getting longer, but I’m trying not to worry about that. I figure I can edit out at least a third of it on my first pass at editing.

I have another week off from work, so I’m hoping to get much closer to finishing the first draft by the time I have to go back. I’m hoping to get quite a bit more done around the house as well, but we’ll see how that goes.

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

Goal #1 – Get Healthy

As I said above, I’ve been really making an effort to get my health back on track.

It’s been easy while I’ve been off of work to make the time every day to get some exercise in so the trick will be keeping that up once I’m back to work.

I do have to say, though, that I’m proud of myself for sticking to my new diet so far, though it’s been easier than I thought given all of the great treats we’ve found on  (No, they are not sponsoring this blog :p )

Goal #2 – Finish My First Draft

There’s only been one day since the last check-in that I hadn’t hit my 1000 words/day goal, so I’m getting myself back on track.

I’m hoping to get really close to finishing the draft before I go back to work next week.

I’ve written another 4000 words since the last check-in, and the word count for the draft so far sits at 167,608.

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 haven’t had much chance to read this week, as I’ve been busy with writing and doing chores about the house.

I’m still on page 294 of 363, but I hope to get back to reading soon and finish this book so I can move on to the next one on my list.

Goal #6 – Read/Watch One Article/Video on Writing Every Day

I have managed to watch at least one writing-related vlog post since the last check-in, and have gotten at least some good advice from each one.  The vlogs I’ve watched this week are listed below…


Goal Setting for People Who Actually Want to get Stuff DoneJenna Moreci

WANTS and FEARS Meghan Jashinsky from WordNerds

Top 10 Tips for Pacing Your BookJenna Moreci

WHEN INSPIRATION FADESMeghan Jashinsky from WordNerds

Well, that’s it from me this Check-In.

Hope you’re all doing well.

8 thoughts on “ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #2 – April 7, 2019

  1. You seem more serene than the last time I dropped by.

    I’m guessing these sugar-free alternatives your wife tried also helped. I don’t think we are what we eat but I do believe enjoying our food helps feeling better.

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      The new diet has helped a bit. I thought I’d never be able to have a slice of apple pie again 😉

      I think having some quiet, alone time this week, though, has done more for my mood. It’s given me a chance to reflect and put the past few weeks in perspective, to process everything and get my head around moving forward.

      Hope all is well with you.


  2. I’m definitely going to check out the recipes on that website! Thanks for the link. I tend to go through stages with my health – for a while I do really great then something happens and I fall off the wagon and it can take ages to get back on!

    Good luck with finishinig the first draft! I am at that point, too. Somehow i am averaging about 1000 words a day, unexpectedly. It’s a good feeling!

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    1. You really should check out the site, the recipes are simple enough and close enough to the “real thing” that it makes the effort worthwhile.

      Good luck to you as well. It’s a bit frustrating being so close to finishing yet never seeming to get there 😉

      Hope you’re doing well.


  3. It sounds like the layoff came at a perfect time for you. Nice when that happens.

    And how lovely to get both a message from a dear friend, and to have a wife capable of trying the recipes that make your life sweeter. I would NOT enjoy having to give up apple pie, either.

    My late husband was a chef; I miss his talent with and passion for food (which was a match for mine with words).

    And I grieve with you and your mom for the loss of your dad.

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  4. I’m glad things are looking up for you! Congratulations on making progress on most of your goals and yay for a little time off.

    Virtual hugs and/or healthy-but-delicious comfort foods for the anniversary of your father’s death. That’s a hard thing to deal with.

    And I do thank you for the offer of the straight-jacket. I’m pretty sure my brother-in-law has one somewhere, too, (also not kidding) so I’ll just borrow his if necessary. It may be.


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