ROW80 Week 8: Somewhere New

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I’m now officially moved in to my new home!

The actual move itself wasn’t as hard as I’d feared (partly due to lots of help from my family — thank you, everyone!), but packing, unpacking, and setting up furniture still claimed most of the weekend.

As a result, I only got three evenings of editing in. That covered everything up to the ending, but I still need to do the ending itself.

With the various house- and travel-related things I’ll have to do in June, I doubt I’ll have my story ready to post this round.

My new goal will be to have a polished draft ready by 16 June, and hopefully get feedback on it that weekend. Then I’ll decide where to go from there.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Weeks 6 and 7: Soon

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After 7 evenings of work over the past fortnight, I’m about half-way (4,100 words) into my first edit of the story I’m working on. Before the end of the round, I’d like to finish this edit and do a second round of polishing.

Under normal circumstances, that wouldn’t be too hard.

However, I’m also preparing to move house. (The contract is signed, and I’ll get keys in the next fortnight). That’s not as big a job as it may sound — I’m only living in one room at the moment, and I’ve got lots of boxes packed already — but it will still take time.

I’m also away two weekends in June, but that may work in my favour. If I can get most of my editing done before then, these will be a good chance to get feedback on the story.

My challenge this week is to finish off the first edit.

Good luck and happy writing!

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 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!

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!

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 11: Opportunity

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This week started pretty well: one book read, and three evenings of writing.

Then I saw a house up for auction.

It’s not exactly what I was looking for. There’s a lot of things I need to double-check, and any one of them could rule this house out. But the auction is on Saturday, so if it is the right house, I have four days to confirm it.

I’ll still aim to get writing done when I can; but that may not be much.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 9: Setbacks

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The house I was looking at has sold to someone else; I wasn’t able to offer quite the price they wanted. There are plenty of other fish in that sea, though.

My writing is getting back up to speed, but slowly. I wrote five days this week, for the first time in a while, but I still didn’t manage any short stories.

On the other hand, I did do a bit more work on my stalled WIP, Conkers.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 8: Reversals

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The 9 p.m. cut-off for my writing goal more or less worked as intended: I only wrote on three days this week, but I did get plenty of sleep.

I also read the third Heralds of Valdemar book, Arrow’s Fall. The conclusion of the series reminded me a lot about The Deed of Paksenarrion, which set me to thinking about the differences between the two series.

And my adventure in buying a house has reached a turning point. I found one I like, and I went to have a second look today.

Turns out, there’s another offer that’s about to close. In the next 24 hours, I need to decide exactly how much I want this house.

Good luck and happy writing!