#ROW80: First status report for June

Since I posted last Wednesday, I didn’t have anything new to report on Sunday, so I made the executive decision to just change my report date to Wednesday for the remainder of the round.

I’ll have a post later about the Springpad-to-Evernote converstion that I mentioned in last week’s status report. It has not gone particularly smoothly.

On to this week’s checkin…

  • One new family story a week: Not exactly. I’m dealing with another facet of my past life right now. Might be interesting to write about. Nah…

  • One short story and one non-fiction piece for submission: I’ve actually submitted the non-fiction piece, to wit my sponsor post that I’ve been putting off. Hey, it’s a non-fiction piece, and it’s submitted. So that part is done. As for the short story, I actually now have about a half-dozen mostly-done stories about the same characters, so I might have a book in there somewhere. I’m afraid I suffer from “ooh, shiny!”itis. But, I’m having a ball writing them all.

  • Read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book: I’ve kind of lost interest in the non-fiction book I had started, so I’m looking for another one. Meanwhile, I have a couple of fiction stories to read, one being a YA book called The Sweet Dead Life, which I decided to start reading because, as it so happens, the author and her husband are college classmates of mine. I’ll talk about the other story shortly.

  • Blog at least three times a week: I posted three blog entries last week. Unfortunately, one of those posts was my status report, so only two count.

  • Learn some Russian: I found Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina online, with the Russian and English written side-by-side, and started getting into it. (This was the other book I was talking about.) Also learned that “babushka” (бабушка), a term we used in Chicago to describe the large, heavy scarf that Eastern European women wear when it’s cold and windy, is actually the Russian word for “grandmother.” This led to learning “dyedushka” (дедушка), meaning “grandfather.” So I’m getting there, a little at a time.

  • Learn to write left-handed: Still looks dumb, but I’m resisting the urge to open a document on the computer and type the very short notes to myself. Still using pencil, because the pens have all mysteriously vanished.

So, that’s where things stand. Straight ahead.

7 thoughts on “#ROW80: First status report for June

  1. Thanks for stopping by JW. Sorry it’s a bummer post and probably way to close to your heart. Hope to get back to my humorous self one day.

    You know, I’ve always heard that one day a week we should do everything opposite our dominant hand just in case.

    I LOVe writing shorts. I completed a flash fiction collection and self- pubbed and now am getting the second one ready.


    1. My stroke was seven years ago, so it’s not an issue anymore. A friend of mine who had been in a car accident said the key is to think of myself as a survivor, not a victim. That helped me a lot.

      I broke my right arm when I was eight and had to use my left to write, and now I’m sorry I didn’t just keep using it. I’m great at typing with my left hand, and doing just about everything else left-handed, but writing with it is a challenge.

      Good luck with your flash fiction collection. Have you ever entered any of it in the Writers Digest competitions?


  2. Congrats getting your sponsor post done–now time to finish some of those short stories! I think a ROW80 check in post totally counts for blogging, so I’d consider another goal met for this week. Keep up the good work!


    1. You’re too kind. Actually, I was the one that imposed the “don’t use the sponsor post” rule. 

      You ever get to where you’re having so much fun writing a story, you don’t want it to end? I’m having that now. It’s not a bad one. Doesn’t bring any money in, but oh well…


  3. Hi, John! Wow, learn how to write left-handed? Learn Russian? Cool goals! I’m sure you’ll get there. I’m quasiambidexterous, in that I can do things with my left hand, like write very nearly legibly, though it’s a struggle to not write backwards with my left hand. I can crochet with either the left or the right hand, though the right hand is much faster. But I CAN do it lefty. It’s a great life-skill to learn, using your off hand reasonably well. Very handy (ha ha) if, say, your dominant hand is in a sling. And, while I don’t know Russian, I did learn enough German as a kid to get myself into trouble, and enough Dutch to get myself out again. 🙂 It helped me in English class in high school, that’s for sure. Best of luck!


    1. My dominant (right) hand hasn’t worked since my stroke. I get along pretty well without having to rely too heavily on it (I’ve mastered one-handed typing, and can do most things one-handed), but writing is just one of those things… I broke my arm when I was eight, and had a cast that went from my palm to my armpit (for a break in the radius… medicine in the 60’s, what can I say) and was forced to write left-handed. If I had known I’d need to in my later years, I would have kept in practice with both. The nuns thought my handwriting was “atrocious” anyway, it wouldn’t have made a difference. (The Jesuits had a better idea: teach us to type and require that all papers be typewritten. Makes sense to me…) I agree, kids should learn to write with both hands. 

      Mary’s been crocheting for years now, but never tried to do it left-handed.

      I spent a couple of weeks in Holland and did all right with Dutch.. maybe I should pick it up again…


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