Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#ROW80 - Con Bound

The rest of this week is going to be pretty full. I'll be at GenCon mostly, taking in the sites and hitting a few events.  I don't expect to do a lot of writing the next few days. I will, however, be attending a Writing Excuses podcast live, as well as a couple other events with Brandon Sanderson. As such, this is sort of a work trip as well. Really the first time I've gone to the con with a learning purpose in mind.

Let's check out the goals:
  • Lesson Learned - StoryBundle exists. I need to get in on it. That is all.
  • WIP Porgress - 4/5 pages. One short, but things haven't really settled yet. After this GenCon week, my schedule will be more regular. I'm actually pretty happy I got the 4 done, coming off of a 1 page week. I'm sitting on page 64... need to finish the chapter before next week's check in.
  • Blogging - 3/3 here. Only 1/3 on the gaming blog. Still have a personal post to do. Blogging suffers when time flies, but I'm glad I was able to at least hit one of my blogs.
  • Reading - Still working on the Rothfuss book. Shouldn't have any problem finishing it by the end of the round.
So, while last week could be considered "red" in terms of goals, this week was more "yellow." That's the right path back to "green." Right now, though, I've got to run to practice. As much as coaching cuts into, well, everything, I think I get a lot of inspiration from it. Our head coach said yesterday how he's always claimed that each week feels like a full season in and of itself. He was explaining how you'll get hit with all the ups and downs, successes and failures, and it can be tough to step back and see the bigger picture. I thought it was a pretty accurate description. At the end of the week, there's definitely this sense of triumph, like: "We made it!"

Before I run, here are the word counts:
  • Since last check-in: 4,022
  • New Fiction: 1,307
  • Round 3 Total: 33,736

4 comments:

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell said...

It sounds like you are definitely on the upswing, Matt. I truthfully cannot imagine how you accomplish everything you manage during the football season. My brain is mush juggling the few things I have on my plate!

I do think I understand about coaching being a source of inspiration. There is something in the breaks from a busy life that help one deal with the busy life, even while they create some of the busy-ness. There, that was clear, wasn't it? Well, there's a thought there somewhere, but you are getting the mushbrained me, I fear.

Have a great rest of the week, and here's to a "green" week next week!

Matt said...

Makes complete sense to me! :-)

Random side note to perhaps try... I think everyone experiences mushbrain time and again (I know I do). I read somewhere about a study on depressed patients, where they had them write in the depths of despair, and when feeling better. Third party readers read the combined results, and were asked to point out where the writer was depressed, and where they were "normal." The readers couldn't tell the difference.

I wonder if the same holds true for mushbrained writing. Sure you may have more typos, but the content could be equally as good. Writing is weird like that.

Mike Paulson said...

Matt, I admire your drive to continue writing during the football season. I wasn't a football player myself (marching band geek here,) but my extracurriculars in school were more than enough to preclude anything like this.

Just a few words of encouragement to keep going!

Matt said...

Thanks. I know how much those band geeks work as well, no worries. My high school girlfriend was a bassoon player (which mean she toted cymbals around during marching season). We both kept pretty busy.

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