#ROW80: I’ve had better weeks

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I’ve had worse weeks, too. Just wasn’t overly productive, at least I don’t think I was. I don’t think I got out of the house more than a couple of hours all week, and most of that was yesterday when we went to Mass. I’m doing this update from Starbucks, and it feels great just to be out of the house. If we hadn’t gotten out, I would have gone full-blown bat-crap crazy.

The update:

  • 50 Ideas: No way I had that many. I’m hard pressed to think if I had any good ones. When you spend as much time as I did stuck in the house, it makes you a dull boy (or girl). It’s also the end of the year, and experience has shown me that the month or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas is not a good time to get anything done.
  • Read 30 minutes a day: If you count the time that I spent listening to romance novels (more or less against my will), I blew the sides out on this. Mary has figured out how to borrow audiobooks from our library and listen to them on her iPad, and has been playing them pretty much nonstop all week. Mary is a voracious reader of romances, not so much reading them as inhaling them and swallowing them whole. I wish I had her ability to read. I should talk to her and see if she’d mind being a beta reader for some of my friends who write romances…. On the positive side, I finally finished Janet Evanovich’s Takedown Twenty, and who knows, might even get back to Allegiant this week, as well as a number of technical books that I’m halfway through.
  • Website of work samples: Trying some of the ideas that I had has revealed several Grand Canyon-sized gaps in my knowledge, and I spent time this past week trying to close the gaps. My new mantra: These things take time. This week’s main objective will be to fill in those gaps.

Through all of this, it would appear that I haven’t done much writing lately. In fact, if it weren’t for the morning pages, I wouldn’t have written anything. That’s not good. So that’s my secondary focus.

Until next week, straight ahead.

10 thoughts on “#ROW80: I’ve had better weeks

  1. Learning new programming skills definitely takes time–it helps when you have a real project to apply them as you learn too, so when you don’t, it’s that much harder. And yes, the audiobooks definitely count! Or maybe it’s time to investigate some cross-genre romance, and find something you both can enjoy, like romantic suspense or fantasy/sci-fi romance… 🙂

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    1. It was just in the past week that she started listening to romances, and I was able in most cases to excuse myself and find something else to do. She didn’t seem to mind.

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  2. On the subject of “Grand Canyon sized gaps in my knowledge”: I’m having a similar issue with my blog. I used a pre-built template, but it appears to be for a previous version of Blogger and now I can’t move anything around or add widgets. Very frustrating. I’ve been looking into how to modify or build a new template, but yeah, it’s gonna take time.

    Best wishes for your writing this week!

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  3. Oh, I definitely think you count the romance novel listening 🙂 Morning Pages are a great way to purge the mind of fluff. Wishing you all the best for the upcoming week.

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    1. My morning pages have been where I get negative lately. It helps to get it out and realize, “man, this is stupid. Gotta stop doin’ this…”

      Have a good week…

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  4. I keep meaning to do morning pages myself, do you find them to be helpful in your writing life? I feel they are very helpful for anxiety and depression treatment as well as creativity. I just can’t seem to stick with it for very long. Kudos to you for being consistent with Morning Pages!

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    1. For me, they’re more a way to get some writing in, but they do help a lot to get my thoughts and ideas together. I do mine at 750Words.com, even though it doesn’t meet muster with Julia Cameron (she wants them handwritten, right?). Lately they’ve been more a way to deal with the frustration of not being able to get anything written; I regret to say that I spend my time there chastising myself for it. 😉

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  5. Hugs on listening to the romance novels. Is there any way she can use headphones so it doesn’t distract you from what you want to do?

    Good luck with writing, hon. I’ve had weeks like this. Just keep trudging. Wishing you a productive week!

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    1. She has a nice set of headphones, and they’re still in the package and the package is in the car. I’ll have to remind her that she has them.

      I appreciate your confidence in me. I’m sure I’ll get something written this week. Thanks for stopping by.

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