ROW80 Week 5

(other ROW80 participants)

This week saw two evenings worth of work on my roleplaying project, and two appointments towards buying a house.

The roleplaying project is approaching 50% done: 4 scenes finished, and another 9 drafted, putting me at 14 of 32 scenes (plus one extra finished one I hadn’t originally planned on).

So far, the house is looking good; I’ve found a few minor worries as I’ve looked into it, but nothing big enough to change my mind.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Weeks 3 and 4

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Last week saw progress with my Pathfinder project (it turns out I can just make up some of the numbers I needed), and a bit more house-hunting (I’m taking a second look at one tomorrow).

Here’s how I went on my January goals:

  • Finish writing up an adventure for the roleplaying group, by working on it for at least ten evenings. This will be my main focus this month.

    I spent 9 evenings on this. The adventure isn’t finished, but I’ve got enough to start with. The rest of this goal will carry over to February.

  • Find some programming events I could go to. There are two organisations that run events within driving distance; I expect it will take an evening to research each.

    I looked into one organisation, and found one event. Unfortunately, it’s far enough away that I can’t get to it without time off, so I’ll have to discuss it with work.

  • Re-read Pride and Prejudice and start on a story for the writing challenge. I’d like to get 2,000 words done on this by February, which should take four or five evenings.

    No time put into this, and consequently no significant progress. I’m setting this goal aside for now.

  • Get started on holiday plans, by spending a (weekend) day or so finding possible destinations.

    Counting this as a success; I got a bit of research done, then went away for a weekend somewhere else.

My new goals for February:

  • Finish the rest of the Pathfinder adventure (probably another 10 evenings).
  • Properly investigate buying this house. I expect it will take me 6 to 8 appointments to be sure nothing’s wrong (unless I find a problem early on).

I may get some work done on other things, but I don’t think I can properly commit to another project until I finish the Pathfinder one.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 2: Up to Speed

(other ROW80 participants)

I spent four evenings this week on my roleplaying preparation.

Half of that was writing, half planning monsters and treasure. So far there’s more treasure than there should be, which I’ll aim to correct this week.

I also finished two poems this week, and wrote some notes on another idea. It’s great to be writing regularly again!

Other Goals

House-hunting had its share of time. I’ve looked at two houses, and I’m seeing a third tomorrow.

So did holiday planning: I’m now heading to a roleplaying convention next weekend. Not quite the holiday I anticipated, but still good.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 1: Piece by Piece

(other ROW80 participants)

My main goal this month is to finish a Pathfinder adventure. So far I’ve drawn up an outline, and drafted about nine of 32 scenes (1,700 words).

That’s taken three of my planned ten evenings, so I should have a first draft ready by deadline — and that may be all I need.
(Like a speech, an adventure has to adapt its details for its audience.)

Some details, though, do need to be filled in at the start: for instance, I need to know the dangers of a quest to set the reward.

Previously, I’ve done these once I had all the creative parts finished. But it looks like that may delay things too much, so this time I’m going to try writing a budget for the danger in advance.

As for my other goals: it’s been a quiet week.

I did spend a bit of time looking into holiday options, but I haven’t collected enough information yet to make final decisions. I’m also now planning a weekend trip in January, which may push other plans further back.

Good luck and happy writing!

Goals for 2016, and for ROW80 Round 1

For the last few months, I’ve been the only one in a job that previously had a three-person team. This has had a couple of consequences:

Firstly, I’ve had to think more seriously about becoming a better programmer, so I can keep up with what work needs of me.

Secondly, I’ve been finding reasons to stress out, and allowing this blog (and other bits of my life) to fall apart.

Goals for 2016

I’d like to do a few things differently this year:

  • Make programming a proper part of my goals. ROW80 being a round of words, I’ve tended to exclude (and hence ignore) my programming projects.
  • Communicate more with my fellow writers (and programmers). Living in a small town, it’s easy to neglect this.

I’ve also made a few commitments for the year already:

  • Prepare for Pathfinder (roleplaying) starting again in February; it’s my turn to run this again. I’ve got some preparation done already, but it will need adjusting for where the game ended up.
  • Participate in my family’s impromptu writing competition (write a love story). This might not produce a good story, but it’s a good chance to write as part of a group.
  • Lastly, I’ve been considering taking a holiday in February or March, if the situation at work is stable enough to allow it.

    January/ROW80 Goals

    In light of all that, here are my ROW80 goals for January:
    (other ROW80 participants)

    • Finish writing up an adventure for the roleplaying group, by working on it for at least ten evenings. This will be my main focus this month.
    • Find some programming events I could go to. There are two organisations that run events within driving distance; I expect it will take an evening to research each.
    • Re-read Pride and Prejudice and start on a story for the writing challenge. I’d like to get 2,000 words done on this by February, which should take four or five evenings.
    • Get started on holiday plans, by spending a (weekend) day or so finding possible destinations.

    Programming is notably missing from this list. It’s possible a programming project will grow out of the roleplaying prep; if not, I’ll add it to my goals once I have some of the other things under control.

    I am also still looking for a house (indeed, I should be inspecting one this week), but I’m reluctant to make this a goal, since it depends so much on what is there to buy.

    Good luck and happy writing!

For a Mobile Phone

In your eye the light was dying,
And I could not keep from crying
For the memory of the future
I had meant to spend with you.

When I called them to revive you,
They just sat machines beside you.
You were silent to the inside;
There was nothing words could do.

But it struck me, as you faded,
That your face grown grey and shaded
Was the one thing fixed in memory
From the time I’d spent with you.

 

Then they lost your final echo
And I left you to the shadow;
And I told myself the shadows
Would do all they could for you.

And my new phone was fantastic,
Made of opal-patterned plastic.
So I photographed a lily
And I thought no more of you.

License to Delve

We had heard that there was treasure
In the caverns beyond measure,
Which ran deep beneath the Mountain,
Which had never had a name.

So we planned to name it "Danger"
(So's to frighten any stranger
Who had heard about the mountain)
And we went to stake our claim.

It was granted, on condition
That we go upon a mission
To explore beneath the mountain,
And return with money made.

We've a month for preparation,
Then we have to leave this station,
And seek gold within the mountain.
For our debt is yet unpaid.