I’ve been trying to get back on track to making these posts on time, but this weekend was a special circumstance, so once again, a late post.
The last few days haven’t been too bad, all things considered. Yesterday and today were reserved mostly for family, as we had to deal with the passing of one of my wife’s uncles, so it was all Funeral Home visitations and a Funeral this morning. Not much time for writing.
Otherwise, the weekend was pretty good.
On Friday night, I hosted one of my “Events”, which went well and managed to be drama-free this time. Afterward, it was off to Villain’s Beastro, one of my favourite local pubs, for drinks and a “Secret Mission”.
Villain’s is decorated in a, well, “Villain’s” theme, with very realistic pencil drawings of pop-culture and movie villain’s decorating all of the walls. I had bought a cheap, but ornate picture frame from a local resale shop, kind of matching the type they frame the pencil drawings at the pub in, and with a little photoshop magic and some vintage-y looking paper, I managed to make a reasonable facsimile of their decorative artwork with myself as the subject. I stuck some two-sided tape on the back of the picture, and, when no one was looking, I slapped it on an empty spot on the wall and took a picture beside it.
Just like that, a life-long dream of having my picture up on the Villain’s Wall was realized 🙂
I posted the pic on Facebook, and I was surprised that a few of my friends actually thought the management of the pub had honoured me somehow by posting it on the wall themselves. Secret mission accomplished.
Saturday I learned that there was a Small Press Book Fair going on near the University campus here in town, as well as a Writer’s group meet up that afternoon, so I decided to blow off my responsibilities and make my way down to both events.
I met a few local authors at the book fair, both self and traditionally published, and had a chance to bend their ears for some advice and encouragement. Of course, I bought a few books by some of the local authors there and got them signed, mostly just to support their efforts. I rarely read actual physical books anymore, as I’ve fallen in love with my e-reader, but the books do look interesting and curiosity might nudge me to read them when I can find the time.
I had a pretty good time at the writer’s meet up. I had attended one of their meetings several months ago, and while that was an enjoyable time as well, I had been the only male and the only person over thirty at that particular meeting, which made me feel slightly awkward. This time, there were a few other men attending, and one other in my age group, which made things more comfortable.
It was an enjoyable meeting, with some very good conversation, which made me glad I went.
I did manage to get the next set of drawer fronts finished and installed in the kitchen, and have bought the boards I’m going to need to make the next set of doors and drawers, but didn’t get much of a chance to spend working in my woodshop otherwise.
Saturday night, we had another couple over for drinks and conversation. We had only met them recently through mutual friends but thought we had quite a bit in common, so we decided to invite them by. It was a good time as well, and we’re hoping we’ve made some new friends we can get together with occasionally.
As far as the writing went this week, my output has been spotty, but other than on the weekend, I’ve managed to write every day. I’m back to work again this week, so I’m hoping the return to a more normal schedule for me will help push me back into my writing routine.
Since my last blog post, I’ve written just under 5000 words, and the draft word count currently sits at 172,019.
As I said before, I’m trying not to worry about how long it’s getting, and am hoping to cut that down significantly if I ever finish it and get on to editing.
That’s it for me this week. I’m still at it, foolishly or not.
Hope you’ve all had a good week.
Novel Word Count – 172,019