ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #6 – April 21, 2019


As usual, a late post.

You’re welcome.

I’m starting to feel that 2019 is the year that the Universe forces me to make the changes in my life that I need to, but might not want to. I’ve never believed in that kind of thing. I’m an atheist and automatically buck at the thought that there may be some kind of otherworldly directing force, influencing what happens in our lives, but I gotta admit, there have been a few things that, were I inclined, I’d be tempted to take as “signs”

I’m a bit down today, because for the third time in the last six months, someone I’ve long considered a good friend has disappointed me, and kind of just thoughtlessly screwed me over.

All three instances were unrelated, but do have to do with some events I organize, not for profit, but for the benefit of a group I belong to. I don’t really believe any of these instances were done out of malice, just thoughtlessness. I think I really have to stop assuming others will treat me as I’d be likely to treat them in the same situation. Still, it hurts when people you think are your friends don’t treat you as you would think a friend should.

So yeah, it does seem that perhaps I should re-evaluate how much of myself I should put out there for other people, and maybe I should start being more selfish and turn my attention to helping myself instead.

The times we live in.

Anyway, besides that, it hasn’t really been all that terrible a week. I had a long weekend because what I really need after all of the layoff weeks I’ve had lately is more time off of work. While I probably should have spent more time working on languishing projects, I did spend most of it relaxing.

On Thursday, we went to a concert. One of my favourite acts, formerly local but who have achieved some renown in the last couple of decades, was playing in town and we just had to go. The band is called The Tea Party (they had that name long before the right-leaning political group in the US adopted it). I can only describe them this way… A curious mix of 90’s Grunge, late 80’s Goth, Turn of the Century Industrial, mixed in with Arabic Overtones and a little Black Magic.

Odds are that if you don’t live in Canada or Australia, you’ve never heard of them, but if the above sounds at all appealing to you, I’d recommend you check out the link provided.
We had a great time and met up with a friend for drinks afterward.

On Friday, a friend and I decided to check out the local 420 festival that was supposed to be happening downtown, but the weather was dismal and rainy, and the festival looked deserted when we passed it. We ended up just grabbing a couple of pints in a local pub and watching the hockey game.

Saturday was a bit of a bust. The weather was still dismal, and I just couldn’t get motivated to do much, but still did some work around the house and in my shop. I didn’t complete anything but got a bit farther along in some of my projects.

On Sunday, we went out to my mom’s in the county for family Easter Dinner. It wasn’t horrible.

Today, I dug out my dad’s old air-compressor and did some work to it. It’s bigger and runs quieter than mine, but it’s a bit of a jerry-rigged job that my dad cobbled together. It took some time to decipher what he had done, and figure out what needs to be replaced, but I think I got the gist of it enough to rework it.

So, writing…

I’ve fallen short of my daily goal every day this week, though I have written every day. Between trying to get back on my work schedule, which was screwed up again because of the long weekend, and will be again next week if we get the rumoured layoff, I couldn’t find the motivation to just sit and write.

I did manage to write nearly another 3000 words though, since the last Check-In, which I suppose I should be happy for.

I’ve just about reached the point in the story where the main protagonist and his companions finally confront the antagonist. In fact, in the last bit I just finished writing, the team is literally on their way into the antagonist’s “lair” if you can call it that. So there is light at the end of this particular tunnel after all. How far away that light is, however, remains to be seen.

I know, given past experience, I shouldn’t really make any pronouncements about when I’m likely to finish this pile of shit, but I’m really hoping that by the time June rolls around, I can call this project done.

We’ll see, though.

On to this Check-In’s Goal Breakdown…

Goal #1 – Get Healthy

With the long weekend, this goal just kind of went down the tubes. I’m going to get back on track, though, now that the weekend is over.

Goal #2 – Finish My First Draft

Since the last Check-In I’ve written another 3000 words, but fell short of my 1000 words per day goal. I’m hoping as I get used to being back to work, I can get back to my daily goal consistently.

The word count for the draft so far sits at 176,382.

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

Well, I did sort of break my commitment to not edit until I finished the draft. I’ve decided to submit the first 2500 words of the draft for critique by the writer‘s group I went to last week. I have gone back and done some polishing to that passage because I really didn’t want to submit something that was truly “raw”.

I will admit, on re-reading the opening, it wasn’t as bad as I feared. I found it pretty good, actually. I did have to do some editing, and I’ve managed to cut the original word count of that passage by around 20%, which I think is great.

I have another week before the next meeting, so I’m hoping I can finish polishing it up a bit more and can find the courage to actually let others read it.

We’ll see how that works out.

Goal #5 – Read at least Two Books

I did do some reading this weekend, but not as much as I would have liked.

I’m currently reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle, a military sci-fi novel.

I’m on page 310 of 363, which is about 85% of the way through. I hope to finish this book soon so I can move on to the next one on my list.

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

I’ve continued to watch/read vlogs and blogs related to the craft of writing since the last Check-In and got some great advice and encouragement from each one. They’re listed below…

10 Tips For Writing Dialogue: Character Voice – Jenna Moreci

Writing Hack! Crushing Crutch Words/Phrases – Alexa Donne

7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Good Writers – Amanda Patterson

The Superhero’s Guide to Writing Point of Views (POV) – Kevin Maney

Well, that’s it for me this Check-In. Hope you’re all doing well.


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