#ROW80: Ambition and frustration

My class in “The Future of Storytelling” has been going really well. This past week the topic was web serials, and this week’s creative assignment is to create a character and create a life for him/her, someplace on social media. Could be on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, a blog, wherever. So, fair warning: you could be hearing from a real live fake person on here sometime soon.

Anyway, on to the update.

  • Come up with 50 new ideas a week: Maybe ten percent of the ideas I had even sounded good. But, the idea is quantity, not quality. I did all right.
  • NaNoWriMo: One full week into the month, and already I want to chuck it in. I’m not sure that either of the ideas that I came up with for it are worth expnding on. I’m at about 3500 words on one project and 1000 on the other.
  • Read half an hour a day: Mary and I have been listening to recordings of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. Her new one, Takedown Twenty, comes out soon. I’m going to call this one done.
  • Website of programming samples: I have my environment set up, and a couple of projects started. I’d be further along, except that I’ve been listening to Stephanie Plum novels…
  • FlexJobs: Getting closer to doing this. My target is December 1, but I might take the jump as early as this week.

I need to take Henry David Thoreau’s advice: “Simplify! Simplify!” I’ve been like this guy lately:

Until next week, straight ahead…

8 thoughts on “#ROW80: Ambition and frustration

  1. A real live fake person…. Love that description. Though I’m sure I’ve met a few of them online here and there already…

    NaNoWriMo and the idea about “ideas”… Actually, it sounds like you’re doing just fine there, John. Sometimes the ideas I hate the most are the ones that work out the best later on. There’s a reason for the desk drawer.

    (May I join you on that “simplify, simplify”?)


    1. Please do join me on the “simplify” thing. We need a whole lot more simplicity these days.

      I’m not going to discard what I’ve done already on either of my original NaNo projects. Zip the Scrivener files for later, maybe.


  2. LOL I can sure relate to the plate spinning! As for NaNo, the only thing I don’t like about it is how “winners” are only those who write 50k – IMO, anyone who pushes themselves to do more than they have before is a winner. Good luck with yours, and keep up the good work!


    1. Spending November writing is good enough for me. My attitude is, if I do it, great, if not, well, still great. I made the 50K several times, and never wanted to see the thing again.


  3. Oh, man, John, can I relate to the plate spinning guy. I was out of the day job twice as long as expected, so the desk is barely visible! I’m trying to simplify, but the universe is against me!

    This is my first NaNo, but I am a total rebel. I am writing a memoir, and I have no intention of trying for 50,000 words in November. I wanted to double my daily word count and cement the habit of writing everyday. Surprisingly, I have done both, so I’m pleased. Even so, I’m not sure I will do NaNo again–the local community is a bit too focused on word count, so I don’t feel I fit in well. I don’t care that I will reach 50,000 in February–my feeling is better then than never.

    I hope you feel less frustrated in the coming week!


    1. NaNoWriMo is what you make of it. As far as I’m concerned, someone can run 50,000 words of “Lorem Ipsum” thru the word counter and get the “I Won” doo-dad to put on their site. Everyone who puts forth some kind of effort is a winner, as far as I’m concerned.


    1. I’m the type that sets out to simplify and ends up with an even more confusing and involved plan. I think I try to be too complete and end up focusing on the picky details.


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