Diggin’ in the Dirt – May 5, 2019

All right, kiddies, it’s time again for everyone’s favourite weekly annoyance… Uncle Rob’s Insanely Boring Blog Update 🙂

You’re welcome.

It’s been a busy week, but thankfully a rather relaxing one, to tell the truth.

The week was rainy for the most part, so I ended up hermiting quite a bit. I did get caught up on my writing until the weekend came along, but I have to admit I didn’t get a lot done during the week itself.

The kitchen cabinet door and drawer front I’ve been working on is still unfinished, though it won’t take long to get that out of the way. But I did manage to get back to my exercise routine, so at least I’ve got that going for me.

On Tuesday I attended my second meeting of the Write On Windsor Writer’s group. I had decided to submit the first 2000+ words of my current work for critique, and I was really nervous. Up until this past weekend, I hadn’t let anyone read any part of this project, and it was still in a really rough and raw form.

I did put in a little work into polishing the submission, which was something I was trying to avoid doing until the entire project was finished.

Overall, the meeting went really well. The other members of the writer’s group all said they really enjoyed the piece, and that it was surprisingly well written for a first draft (I didn’t tell them I gave it some polishing beforehand). Most of the critiques were centered around grammar and punctuation, which has never been my strong suit. I did learn a bit from that, and a whole lot of info from high-school English class came flooding back.

The only other real criticisms I got were that I tend to repeat words too often, that I can a bit wordy in my descriptions, and that there were a few instances where I should tell less and show more. Overall the suggestions were very helpful, and I plan to implement those suggestions when I do get around to editing in earnest.

I’m not sure yet when my next turn to submit will come around, and I haven’t decided whether I’ll re-submit the same piece re-written with the suggestions in mind, or go with the next 2000 words. I did cut the piece at a bit of a cliff-hanger, and most of the group seemed eager to find out what happens next, so that may influence my choice.

Friday evening we met up with some friends for drinks and conversation. We had a really good time re-connecting we people we hadn’t seen in a while.

Saturday was May the Fourth, which was uniquely strange for me. I had originally scheduled a couple of events that I’ve been trying to make a semi-annual occurrence, but due to an issue with the venue I had booked, I had to cancel both of them.

I could have moved the events to another venue, but given that I was having a few health issues, and, to be truthful, I was a bit burnt out, I decided to just cancel them, and possibly reschedule them for a later date.

I was really looking forward to the events, so it was difficult to make the decision to cancel. So, coming up on this past Saturday, I had anticipated that I’d be rather depressed about the whole thing and wouldn’t have a very good weekend because of it.

Oddly, I had a pretty good weekend, despite the unfortunate event cancellations.

I spent pretty much all of the weekend outdoors. A local horticultural society holds a plant sale every year on the first weekend in May, so we went and got quite a few nice perennials for our front garden. If they take, it should make the front of the house very pretty in the coming years.

Saturday was also Free Comicbook Day, where participating local Comicbook shops offer free issues of special comics to promote literacy, expose people to new books, and of course to bring in business. It’s always a big geek event around here.

There was, of course, a new issue of my favourite comic, Captain Canuck, which I had to have, so after attending the plant sale it was off to the Comic Shop.

I also decided to take on yet another project, because I’m not busy enough as it is. :p

For the last twenty odd years of my dad’s life, he spent a good deal of time building and perfecting a rather large greenhouse in his back yard. The attempt was laughable at first, he really had no clue as to how to go about building such a thing, but over the years he tweaked and rebuilt and turned a running joke into a very nice set up that ended up being the envy of all of his friends.

When he passed away three years ago, my mother asked me to tear it down. I did, but have never felt good about doing so. To have twenty-three years of work destroyed in a matter of hours, erased from existence, seemed like a slap in the face to my father’s memory. He put so much work into that project that having it dismantled seemed such a shame, and I never felt good about being the agent of that destruction.

I saved quite a few parts of the greenhouse, and they’ve been sitting in the back of my yard since then. So, this year I decided, in my dad’s honour, I was going to build an admittedly much smaller greenhouse in my yard, partially as a remembrance of my dad, and also because with the recent legalization of a certain “plant” in Ontario, I’m allowed now to grow up to four “plants” for my personal use 😉

So I’ve spent the weekend gardening, and building the base of a greenhouse.

Of course, because I’m building it, I can’t just make it a standard back-yard greenhouse… I’m hoping to add some Victorian Flare to the build and make it “pretty”. I’ll post update pictures in this blog as I go.

As far as my writing project goes, I did manage to keep up with my daily 1000 words per day goal, up until the weekend. I haven’t written a word since Friday, besides those in this post, but hey, I’ve been busy.

I’m going to get back on track tomorrow, though, and this week it’s going to be a big push towards the climax. Everything is just about all set up for the showdown between the protagonist and the antagonist, for the final bloody battle. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

So, since my last post, I’ve written another 5000 words, bringing the total for this monster to 185,063 words.

Damn, this thing is huge. I’m literally (HA!) going to have to cut it in half when I start editing.

Well, kiddies, that’s it for me this week. Hope you’ve all been behaving.

Novel Word Count – 185,063




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