#ROW80: Rassen frassen arr arr arr….

Nothing like going to sleep with the TV on and waking up to the Emergency Alert System singing you the song of its people…


It’s been an “all right” week. Not great, not awful. I continue to look for jobs that would allow me to telecommute 100% of the time, and I’m actually finding some to apply for. No one has wanted to take a chance on me, evidently, but I’m holding onto hope.

ROW80 goals-wise, things are going well. Let’s review:

  • Write 1000 words every day: Been averaging about a thousand a day. Some days I slack off a little, but I’m not consciously saying to myself things like “I only wrote 800 words today, so I have to write 1200 tomorrow.” I’ve started another story, probably as long as a novella, to give me something to do while I wait for November to start.
  • Master Scrivener: Speaking of November, I’ve started outlining that story in Scrivener and it’s going very well, thank you. At 12:01 AM on All Saints’ Day I will ready to start writing my NaNoNovel, with a full outline, character sketches, the whole nine yards, and the whole thing will be done in Scrivener.
  • Write lefty: Have to get back on track. I lost the notebook I was using, then discovered it when I started moving some stuff off of my table.

I’ll probably use a good part of the rest of the month deciding what I’m going to blog about next month for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Maybe even get some of the entries done and out of the way.

So, that’s where I stand as we wind down Round 3 2013. I’ve been dashing about trying to check up on many of you and it seems like you’re all doing all right, so keep up the good work.

9 thoughts on “#ROW80: Rassen frassen arr arr arr….

  1. Oh, my… are your ears still ringing yet? Mine would be.

    Your job search is looking a lot like my own. I’m willing to head out of the house, but I need a pretty flexible schedule, and that turns off employers too. I feel your pain, John,

    I like your goal of Mastering Scrivener. I haven’t gotten even close to mastery yet, but I love using it. Glad it’s working for you too.


    1. I wonder if anyone has actually mastered Scrivener. I think by “mastered” I mean “be comfortable enough with the features that I want it to provide.”

      I think that, if I were able to drive myself everywhere I wanted to get, finding work wouldn’t be such a hassle. I might just have to freelance wherever I can. It’s been over six years since the stroke, and I’ve managed to stay employed all that time, so I’m not certain that they’d give me disability.


      1. Master? I don’t know. I do know there are a lot of people who know more about it than I even need to know. There’s a Facebook Group that some of the Scrivener User Gurus started to help people learn the tricks of the trade (so to speak).

        I said I was pretty much willing to drive. I can’t sometimes. My schedule is screwy, and I share the car with my husband (not to mention, my car is… well, it’s fun). But I’m sure something will come up. I’m probably going to go look at temp work again. I used to do it, and I enjoyed it a lot.

        Maybe you could get some work that way?


        1. There’s a Facebook group and also a community on Google Plus that looks pretty good. There’s all kinds of good communities there; IU just spent the last half of the “Burn Notice” finale joining a whole boatload of them.

          I have a number of websites that seem right up my alley as far as providing temporary work. If that’s the way I do it, well, then, that’s the way I do it. I have a friend that is in a similar situation who seems to do just fine. I need to get in touch with her and see how she does it.


  2. Best of luck with Nano. I tried it unsuccessfully one year, but I think word count is important. As a writer of shorts, it’s challenging for me to get above 30K in a story but that’s exactly what I’m doing now. Somedays my brain hurts.
    Good thing I don’t watch TV ;)


    1. Every time I sit down to write a short story, it grows. It’d definitely a different skill, writing a short story versus writing a novel. I hope to get to the point where I can keep it under 30,000 words. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Yikes! You’d have to peel me off the ceiling after a wake-up like that!

    I think looking at your averages for word count is a great idea. Looks like you’re making really good progress. And way to go on the NaNo planning! I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write this year, so I have no planning done. I might need some brainstorming time.

    Fingers crossed for you on the job front. Have a great week!


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