ROW80 Week 7: Space Enough

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This week has been less busy, and I’ve had time to properly start writing again.

My local writing group met on Thursday. We discussed goals for the month, and I decided to aim for 500 words, 5 days a week. This will also be my ROW80 goal.

Most of that writing has been on a new project: a blank-verse play set on a forum. It’s probably a crazy idea, but I’m going to follow it a bit and see where it takes me.

Meanwhile, my Pathfinder project has come to fruition: I ran my roleplaying group through the start of it yesterday, which went well. It’s not completely finished — there were a few surprises this session I’ll have to adjust it for, and a few bits are still missing — but it’s on the back burner for now.

Lastly, buying a house has stalled a little. I’ve got some decisions to make, and some paperwork to collect, before I can apply for the loan. Things may resolve themselves this week, but I’m past the point where rushing them is a good idea.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 6: Close to a Home

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Buy a House

After visiting an accountant and double-checking all my financial calculations, I’ve finally decided I can afford this house.

I still can’t quite believe it.

Because it was a goal, and because I was worried someone else would buy it, I’ve been rushing around trying to get all my documents in order. (Next step: apply for a loan.)

But I think I’ll need to sit down some time this week and emotionally appreciate what I’m about to do.

Write a Pathfinder Adventure

My Pathfinder project is also nearing completion. However, it doesn’t look like the group will start playing until March, so now’s a good time to find another project.

Accordingly, I’m adding a writing goal (two evenings’ worth) back in for this week. Depending on what I spend those evenings on, I’ll probably pick a specific project in my next check-in.

Good luck and happy writing!

For One Night Only

I know a place where waterfalls will dance:
Will from the cliff-side step, to take your hand,
With tinkling footstep, glide across the sand,
And share with you the blush of first romance.

But when the moon has set, they’ll dance no more,
With bow or curtsey clear, say night is done,
Return, against the cliff again to run,
And leave you standing lonely on the shore.

Some later night, you might well ask again.
Beseech the water with an offered arm,
But now the lake is lifeless in its calm.
Whatever loved you once does not remain.

No single nymph can more than once appear:
The flowing water differs every year.

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

(other ROW80 participants)

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!