ROW80 Summary: Round 1 2016

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TODO: include stats for last week (need to check from notebook)

I wrote some words in Week 12 — but I then got caught up in Easter and forgot how many.

The house is still plodding along. I freaked out on Thursday when I thought I wouldn’t get the loan approval on time, but it turns out the deadline was bogus. There’s no stress, just another week to wait.

Here’s how I went on my goals from the start of the 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. Didn’t happen. I did do some programming, but it never got onto my goal list.
  • Communicate more with my fellow writers (and programmers). Living in a small town, it’s easy to neglect this. Some progress. I got to one meeting of the local writers’ group, and I’m planning on going to a Hackathon (programming event) in April.
  • 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. Each game requires more prep. I’m trying to improvise more to reduce this workload.
  • 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. Some progress. I had an idea for this, and wrote about 600 words
  • Lastly, I’ve been considering taking a holiday in February or March, if the situation at work is stable enough to allow it. I went away for a weekend in January, and I’m still planning some sort of holiday in April — although I may spend some of that time moving house.

Which brings me to one not-quite goal:

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. Significant progress. I haven’t bought this house yet, but almost all that remains is paperwork (plus actually moving in!).

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 11:

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This week saw house progress, fencing, roleplaying, a work event — and a little bit of writing.

The pre-purchase checks for the house have begun: solicitor, inspections, and final loan application. Results should arrive some time this week.

At fencing, the regular coach is away, so I and another newbie are trying to lead the group. That’s a challenge, but it should become easier with time.

I definitely worry too much about roleplaying. I tried to have everything prepared, failed, and had a great time making it up on the spot.

And work had a movie night, watching The Dressmaker (IMDb). I was surprised how much I liked the film — it’s not fantasy, but it uses fashion like fantasy would use magic.

My writing is still varied: 1,500 words spread across roleplaying notes, sonnets, and a draft reviving some old ideas.

This week will probably see a similar mix.

Good luck and happy writing!

Love of a Sue

There lived a Love that sought a soul complete.
She caught one — wholly — in her tight embrace,
Lifted her darling from his mortal feet,
And laid him gently in a web of lace.

The web was torn, and brighter than the Sun,
Her eyes were lit — by rage and righteous pain.
She sought the forts where slavery had begun,
And gave their masters terror. But in vain.

Her sweetheart was not taken as a slave.
He had been mortal, and he had grown old.
Seeing her love would stretch him past the grave,
He chose to face a fate that he controlled.

Upon this secret, spend no further breath.
We dare not let her think to challenge death.

ROW80 Week 10: All At Once

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I kept up my 500 words most days this week, but not the same focus. A roleplaying setting and several story ideas each got some time — as did programming, which was one of my neglected 2016 goals.

Meanwhile, the house has gone from “possibly” to “definitely”, but not much further. We’ve agreed on a price, but there’s another week or two before I can sign the contract, let alone think about moving.

Finally, it looks like my fencing group is starting up again.

With all this going on, any level of focus on writing is good enough for me.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 9: Between Emphases

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There isn’t much to report since my last check-in on Thursday. House negotiations are continuing; I’m hopeful, but it remains to be seen whether we can come to an agreement.

I did finish off my blank-verse draft, and made a few edits, but then set it aside. After that, my 500 words a day went towards a couple of smaller pieces, including an attempt to reboot the story I started this blog with.

The coming week will reveal how far I get with that.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 8.5: Bad then Better

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Except for a brief spike of stress that made me cancel my Monday check-in, the past 11 days have gone well:

I wrote around 7,000 words over 7 writing days, mostly on my blank-verse forum story. All that need is an epilogue, and I’ll have finished the first draft.

And for the house, I finally put an offer in yesterday. Now I can only wait for the seller to make their decision.

Good luck and happy writing!