#ROW80: Not quite as good

It was one of those weeks, I’m afraid. We had been, as usual, nursing a sick cat, Jethro, through what we knew were his last days, even though he seemed to have a good appetite. By Saturday, we knew he wasn’t going to live much longer, and he breathed his last on Saturday afternoon.

A very bad picture of me and the "little orange guys" eleven years ago, when Jethro (l) and Homer (r) were very tiny and not yet weaned kittens.
A very bad picture of me and the “little orange guys” eleven years ago, when Jethro (l) and Homer (r) were very tiny and not yet weaned kittens.

Needless to say, I had several days where my productivity writing-wise was not the best. Still, I managed to do at least a thousand words five days out of seven.

I want to thank everyone who responded to my post from last week. I think I already knew that I probably had the right idea (tell the story the first draft and add the description later), but I think I needed reassurance.

I’ve also been giving some thought to what I want to do with this blog. I do my weekly ROW80 check-in on Wednesday because I “have” to (well, not entirely, but if I’m going to do it the right way, I should check in at least once a week) and I do the “Two For Tuesday” posts on Tuesdays because talking about music is one of the things I like to do. The rest of the week, the blog sits around and mocks me waits patiently for me to write some more. There are other things that I would like to write about: baseball, classic television, and the kind of stuff that I find interesting (i.e. weird stuff). And, of course, there’s the stuff that I feel that I should write about (writing technique, book reviews, etc.) because, after all, this is my “writer’s blog.” I guess what I’m trying to say is, expect the unexpected. Meh heh heh…

Hope you have a wonderful week and that you had success this past week. I’ll be around to check.

4 thoughts on “#ROW80: Not quite as good

  1. Aw, John. I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. =*( Does it seem heartless of me to suggest that you write what you’re feeling & thinking about Jethro so that you can use this experience in a story someday? I’m also coming from my experience, wherein writing has been cathartic and has helped me process. But perhaps it’s not the same for everyone.

    And in spite of it all, you wrote at least 5K words this week. So amazing!

    My 2 cents on your writer’s blog (not that you asked outright, so feel free to ignore): if you want to use it to write about baseball, classic TV & weird stuff in addition to posts about writing, go for it. It’s all writing. But what if the writing you did about baseball, etc. on this blog was creative non-fiction (rather than just your standard blog post, I mean)?


    1. That’s a good point. There’s no reason I can’t write about whatever I want and still make it an exercise in literature.

      I’m sure the experience I’ve had with Jethro’s “heading to the bridge,” so to speak, will find its way into one or more stories. We’ve had so many cats over the years that there are plenty of such stories. We had a dear old girl that we called Lips! (spelled with the exclamation point) who had more problems than I care to recount, but she’s made a few appearances in my writing.


  2. Sorry to hear the kitty news, they certainly looked like a cute pair from your photo.

    Keen to see what you come up with for your blog expansion. I constantly struggle with the direction of my blog, but maybe I’m overthinking things.


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