Wednesday, February 1, 2012

#ROW80 - The Calm Before

Services for my Aunt are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday. I'm taking the next two days off and I expect them to be a whirlwind of emotions and familiar faces. It's highly likely I'll squeeze in some writing (emotional times tend to be fertile soil for writing, plus it's a release for me), but it won't be online. As such, I buckled down and knocked posts out early this week, so I'm in good shape. My short story is nearly complete, and I'm hoping to finish the first draft this weekend. I'm still staying productive despite life's speed bumps.

Let's look at the goals:

  • Lesson Learned - I wrote some on what Voice means to me yesterday. I'll point to that as my lesson for the week: a deeper understanding of Voice and its importance to my writing.
  • WIP - I've made some more progress on my short story to the tune of 6 pages. That's right on target. I think I'd officially setting the pace at 1 page/day with two days off, so I'm technically one page ahead, but short story writing is quicker than when I'm working on a novel.
  • Blogging - 4/3 on the gaming blog and this will make 4/3 here. I threw up a personal post as well, just in time for the month to flip. I've got another one in the hopper for Feb, too, so I'm good there.
Goals are good. Progress is good. Weekend is going to be rough, but at least I've gotten all my work in order so that I can focus on the important thing: family. If you're like me, then this is important. Despite my best intentions, I would angst about my writing progress all weekend even with completely valid excuses. It's better, then, to work with my nature instead of against. Get the work done early; get it out of the way.

That's all for now. Let's check out the word count:
  • Since last check in (two weeks): 5,057
  • New Fiction: 1,711
  • Round 1 Total: 27,963


Julie Jordan Scott said...

I have that same philosophy: get work done early, get it out of the way. I even have insurance in the guise of a daily 11 am writing sprint with some ROW80 friends. It works!

I am sorry to read of the reason you will be seeing familiar faces this weekend. I hope you find comfort both on the page and off.

Big hugs.....

Matt said...


Raelyn Barclay said...

It looks like great progress in spite of everything going on. {hugs} for the upcoming weekend, sending positive thoughts.

Annalise Green said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. Sounds like you're making great progress in spite of what must be a turbulent and emotional time. Good luck wrapping up your short story and completing the other goals.

Anonymous said...

Matt, I'm sorry about your aunt. I just now saw your Jan. 30 post. I'll say a prayer for you and your family. It seems like you're still doing well on the writing front even with all the emotional stuff going on right now. Keep writing!

Matt said...

Thanks everyone. Short story is looking like it might be tougher to wrap up. I wrote a page yesterday, but I had to fight every word as it came out. It's going to be one of THOSE writing weekends :-(.

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