#ROW80: End of Round 3, Thoughts on Round 4, and Job Stuff

We’re at the end of another round of ROW80. I made it and I’m glad that most of you all did, too.

Here’s a summary of the round:

  • Write 1000 words every day: For the most part, I did this. It might have been too easy, but it was something that I wanted to do.
  • Learn Scrivener: I added this objective in the middle of the round, after I had been laid off, because I was tired of having the software on my computer and not using it. To the extent that I am now using the software and learning its features, I have had some success with it. I’m maybe using 5% of its features, but I’m using it. I had been listing this objective as “Master Scrivener”; I think I learned that there ain’t no such thing, certainly not after six weeks of playing with it.
  • Learn to write left-handed: Eh, not so well, I’m afraid. I was starting to get the hang of it, then I lost the notebook I had been using and didn’t find it for a couple of weeks, by which time I was using the time to look for a job and brush up on technical skills. This will be a Round 4 objective for certain, along with everything else.
  • Develop an article to sell every week: Nope. This will probably not be an objective until the beginning of next year, and even then, not as ambitious as one a week. Maybe one a month to start, then we’ll see how that goes.

So, I’d say that it was an average quarter, maybe a little better than that. Say a B minus.

Here’s what I’m thinking for next quarter:

  • Successfully complete The Ultimate Blog Challenge in October.
  • Ditto for NaNoWriMo in November.
  • Have myself writing with my left hand by Christmas.
  • Be up to 2000 words a day by the end of November.
  • Get a job.

I’ll have a formal post on this at the beginning of Round 4, whenever that is.

But listen, we made it! Congratulations to everyone! See you next round!

6 thoughts on “#ROW80: End of Round 3, Thoughts on Round 4, and Job Stuff

  1. I am with the “love the new look” crowd…

    I wish I could loan you some of my left-handedness. I write better holding a pen in my mouth than in my right hand (Yup, I tried both!).

    You’ve had a solid round. I’m not a fan of grades – I look at progress, and you’ve made plenty.

    See you on October 7 (I think that’s the day!)


    1. I think this look is a winner, then. See you next week with a whole new round. My goals are pretty straightforward, since I have the UBC this month and NaNoWriMo in November.


  2. Mastering Scrivener… Heck, I’m not even sure I’ve mastered my webbrowser yet. We all use the pieces of a tool we need and tend to ignore the rest.

    The Ultimate Blog Challenge…. You’re a braver man than I am, John. Braver person, I mean…) May you not only succeed but shine at that–and all your other goals as well.

    (And I’m with Sione… I love the new look.)


  3. 1) I love the new look of your site! =*)
    2) What is the Ultimate Blog Challenge?
    3) Well done on your 1K-a-day writing goal & learning to use Scrivener! I agree – the program has so many features that “mastering” it is daunting.
    4) Best of luck in your job search!


    1. I’m glad you like the new look. I thought it was about time for a change.

      Here’s a link to the Ultimate Blog Challenge website. It can probably explain everything better than I could. Basically it’s a challenge to post 31 blog entries (one for each day) in October.

      If I could turn a thousand words a day into money, I could forget about the job search. Ultimately, that’s the idea. Thanks for your good thoughts.


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