ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #11 – May 8, 2019

Trying to get back to posting these on time. 🙂

Nothing much new to report since the last Check-In. It’s been a pretty mundane week so far.

I’ve done a little more work on my greenhouse project, shoring up the base frame and starting on some decorative corner braces. I hope to start building the walls this weekend, weather depending, but knowing me, that will take at least twice as long as I anticipate.

I’m still working on finishing the next set of cabinet doors for the kitchen. They just need another coat or two of lacquer and then I can get ready to start installing them and start on the next set.

I spent a whole whack of money getting some concert tickets, which put a bit of a dent in my wallet. I’m hoping to attend four shows this summer, and have so far gotten tickets for two of them.

I got tickets for Movement at the end of this month, which is a weekend-long EDM Festival held in downtown Detroit every Columbus Day weekend. I’m not super into EDM, but I do enjoy some of it. Frankly, I mostly go for the people-watching.

I also got tickets for the One Nation Under A Groove, George Clinton and P-Funk Farewell Tour in June. I can’t wait to get my funk on.

I’m also hoping to get tickets for the Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie Twins of Evil show in London, Ontario later in the summer. I’ve seen them both before, and though I run hot and cold on Manson, the Zombie show is always a great time.

Korn and Alice in Chains are going to be in Cleveland in August, and a friend of mine has asked if I can go with her if we can get tickets, so we’ll have to see about that one.

The only exciting bit of news this week, or at least exciting to me, is that I’ve finally begun writing the climax of my novel.

Yes, after all these long months, the final battle between the main protagonist, Captain Thomas Oliveria of the HMCS Bonaventure, and the main antagonist, the malevolent alien Artificial Intelligence on the doomed colony of Shan-Mai, has been joined.

I don’t know how long it will take to play out, and I’ve learned not to set an estimated time, but at least now the light at the end of the tunnel is a bit brighter.

I’ve fallen short of my daily writing goals one day this week so far, as I got caught up in other projects, but I did manage to hit my 1000 words per day goal the last two days running.

So, on to this Check-In’s Goal Breakdown

Goal #1 – Get Healthy

I’m still keeping up with my exercise routine, and trying to stay as active as I can. The “healthy” diet is still on track as well, and I’m starting to take some tentative steps in eliminating a certain vice that I really should have gotten rid of a long time ago.

Goal #2 – Finish My First Draft

Since the last Check-In, I’ve written about another 2500 words. As I said, I fell short of my daily writing goals one day this week, getting caught up in other projects, but I managed to hit my 1000 words per day goal the last two days running.

The word count for the draft so far sits at 187,421.

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 haven’t done any more editing on the draft since I submitted it for critique at my writing group. I’m going to try and get back to my commitment not to edit it anymore until the draft is finished unless I decide to submit another piece for critique.

Goal #5 – Read at least Two Books

I’m still reading Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty, a sequel to his Sherlock Holmes tale The House of Silk.

I’m about 90 pages in so far, and I am really enjoying it.

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…

9 RED FLAGS IN EDITING: How a Literary Agent/Editor Knows Your Book Isn’t Ready (YET) – Meg LaTorre

Your Book Starts Here – Storyboarding for Writers – Mary Carroll Moore

17 Ways To Think Like A Writer Every Day – Amanda Patterson

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


One thought on “ROW80, Round 2 Check-In #11 – May 8, 2019

  1. Oh how I longed for a Korn or Alice in Chains concert as a teenager. I still enjoy them to this day. Well Alice in Chains mostly.
    Hope you enjoy all these gigs!

    And congratulations on reaching the climax of your novel! Keep up the good work. 😉

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