ROW80 2019 R4-8

There are a lot of things I’m enjoying about my life right now. Sure, some things aren’t as far along as I would like. I would love to be done decluttering and only have my student loan to worry about, but I’m not there yet. Things are improving steadily. A lot of these things are better if gradual anyway, I think.

One thing I’ve been doing since Can-Con is cutting out alcohol. I don’t know if that is a permanent change, but aside from being beneficial to my wallet, it is a healthy choice I’ve made. I’ve been wanting to do it for several years.

It was budget week last week at work, so I’ve been pretty wiped. Next week will start the cogs for the next fiscal year though we have five months until it arrives. Lots of planning and spreadsheet work are ahead for me, but because it’s less intense I can listen to podcasts or music easily while grinding away at it.

Hopefully, I’ll be less tired after work as November rolls in and National Novel Writing Month is here. Oh, I changed my project. There’s more on that below.

I hope I can find the hair elastics I need for my Halloween costume. I was initially going to be an ewok, but I wasn’t feeling it when it came down to it. You can find out what I chose next weekend 😉

FITNESS

I walked a lot during the week, but I felt bad anyway for my paltry level of exercise. A 3-year-old had me running up and down the stairs tonight and I feel less bad now. I’m also drinking more water.

  1. Glider: 0 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: It was cancelled today, so I decluttered instead.

HOME

I have another bin filled and ready to go. I’ve largely been sucking on this, but I did have Thanksgiving, then Can-Con, and then budget week, so I think I’ve done OK considering. Today, I leaped forward considerably. One credit card has been paid off! Also, remember that space gym I got awhile back? Well, they never came through with a feature they had planned for the upgrade I purchased. They are giving me a partial refund for it, so that will be about half a month’s transit pass that I won’t have to pay!

  • Declutter: 250/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 145 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: Nothing.

NANOWRIMO

OK, so I changed my mind on this. Instead of a screenplay, which is really kind of silly for NaNo, I’ve decided to do an anthology. Tri will be one of the stories though, so I haven’t abandoned it! I was initially going to just do 5 at 10,000 words each, but I have several ideas that all fit into a theme, so it’ll end up being larger than 5 stories. I’m excited about it! I’ve had several ideas just kicking around for awhile, so it’ll be nice to actually write them. And short stories are close to being outlines for screenplays 😉

PIANO

I didn’t get much practice time in before my lesson yesterday. It was gruelling! She made me sweat! I didn’t know that could happen while playing piano. Anyway, there’s something else to sweat about as I have to decide whether or not to join the recital in a couple of months. It would be nice to conquer Downtown Abbey, but I haven’t played anything in front of people in years and I’ve never played alone. We’re working on my timing and counting right now as that is a challenging area for me.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

READING

As far as David Christian’s Origin Story goes, I’m in the second last chapter. I’m almost at the point of what he sees may be in our future on this floating rock.

  • 1/3

THE SPARK

I have not worked on this as I’ve been planning for NaNo when I do have writing time.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-6

What has been on my mind lately is community. Community is the reason I tried church in the first place. My community is a mosaic and as adults it is hard to get schedules aligned in order to spend time with each other. So instead of one community, I belong to several. Martial arts is one, writing is another, a movie club, and a political meetup. Most of these meet once per month at the most though and often all the same week, so I have been feeling like I need something for at least one other week in the month. I found another meetup I might try that is in the earlier part of the month. I was going to go last week, but it was too much with travelling. I’ve also joined a gamer group.

Speaking of the writing community, Can-Con was great fun! I got a lot of inspiration on Friday from the panels I attended, which included one on agents and how they’re real people too. Another was a hard sci-fi look on getting outer space right in a story. Then I was off to a horror panel about how horror is becoming more accepted in the wider literary community now that there are so many highly successful horror movies. Instead of going to the official Friday night party, I hit up the hotel bar with an old friend and made two new ones in the process.

Severely hungover on Saturday, I didn’t make it back to Can-Con that day, but I did make it out to a Haunted Walk at Laurier House. There were some startling moments, but I smiled through a lot of it whereas some of the other group that weren’t part of the one I was with were all very jumpy at the slightest strange occurance. At a pub later, we debriefed and chatted. I even got a bit of writing inspiration from that. It was really great seeing my friends.

I made it back to Can-Con on Sunday though tired. After checking out the vendor area and grabbing three books, I left my things behind as I ran to the elevator. A tiny girl was in there crying. She was found by a big man and I thought it best he didn’t go anywhere alone with her for everyone’s safety. Not that I thought he would do anything, but I didn’t want him to be in that position. Thankfully, her mom was at the elevator door on the ground floor when we got there. Also, it was fortunate that she was too small to reach anything other than the first row of buttons.

Sunday’s panels were a mix of The Haunting of Hill House, which I haven’t read or seen and only heard that I should definitely check it out. I got ideas there too. Then there was a talk on Cryptocurrency, which gave me other real life ideas. And finally a panel on religion in world building. It was interesting, but I’m not sure I agree with some of the ideas shared there.

And just like that, the convention is over. I lost a hat, but gained two new writer friends. I call that a win.

Onto the update…

FITNESS

I walked a lot this weekend, so I’m not going to feel bad here. Oh, I saw online that I may be able to get a partial reimbursement on my OYO because I had backed the version that was supposed to connect to an app and they decided not to go forward with the app after shipping them out. Maybe that will offset some of the money I spent on books this weekend…

  1. Glider: 0 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: I missed this weekend due to Can-Con 2019, but I’ll be back at it next week.

HOME

I didn’t get much done here between traveling last weekend and Can-Con this weekend, but I’ll be back at it this week.

  • Declutter: 160/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 145 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: Nothing.

NANOWRIMO

  • Tri: I’m in the planning stages and have added my project to the NaNo site.

PIANO

I haven’t been practicing and I feel bad about it. I will be catching up this week for sure.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

READING

As far as David Christian’s Origin Story goes, I’m in the portion of the book where it’s talking about the 1500s.

  • 1/3

THE SPARK

I got a few ideas for this from of the panels, which I’ve wrote down. Hopefully I remember to check my notes.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-5

During my brief vacation, I really missed Ottawa. I briefly flirted with the idea of moving back to my hometown oneday, but I don’t think I could really do it. Ottawa became my home somewhere along the way and though I get lonely at times, I know that won’t last. It is hard to make people back there understand that while I enjoy the visits, it’s not where I belong.

I had to turn the heat on today. Maybe I should get one of those programmable thermostats, or two as I only have two thermostats. I suppose I better think about winter-proofing my windows soon as well.

This is one of my favourite months of the year. I love Halloween the most of all the holidays and I think we should get it off. I want a partner who loves it as much or more than me. Scary movies, haunted walks, bonfires, costumes, decorating, candy, and seasonal desserts. Bring it on. Fuck Christmas. Halloween is where it’s at!

This weekend is both Can-Con and a haunted walk with my friends. It’s going to be fantastic and I’m super excited! There are a lot of intriguing panels that I’m looking forward to learning from. And the haunted walk is supposed to be scary. I’m skeptical as it’s hard to scare me. I went to Saunders Farm last year and all I did was laugh the whole time. The drive out to Saunders was scarier than the place to me.

Onto the update…

FITNESS

  1. Glider: 200 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: I’m missing this weekend due to Can-Con 2019, but I’ll be back at it next week.

HOME

As more and more space is uncovered, I feel happier. I’ve also noticed it’s warmer with better air flow and my allergies are reducing.

  • Declutter: 145/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 145 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I filled some holes, but haven’t done the demo yet. Once I do, I’ll be emailing the condo about lining up the plumber. It turns out that the past office person was useless and that’s why I couldn’t get it lined up before.

NANOWRIMO

  • Tri: I’m in the planning stages and have added my project to the NaNo site. If I get this screenplay done, I’ll move onto either another one or actually try to finish The Blood Waitress Club this year.

PIANO

I have been sucking here, but I was away and spent time moving on other things during my vacation.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

READING

I haven’t made much progress on David Christian’s Origin Story. I’m still in the portion of the book where humans are living in Agrarian civilizations and things like slavery are becoming a thing. This is about 10,000-12,000 years ago.

  • 1/3

THE SPARK

I have not made any progress as I was on vacation. I needed a break from everything anyway.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-4

As I’m visiting family this Thanksgiving weekend, my update will be a little different.

Before taking off for the weekend, I caught up on laundry. This is partly because I saw a cockroach. And despite all my decluttering progress, I felt pretty fucking defeated. But then I learned things about them. Things like that they don’t like hanging out in filth. They actually prefer clean homes to live in. They are found in many multiple unit dwellings, unfortunately. And they like coming out in warm weather. They love water areas too. On the other side of the wall is the hot water tank room. Time to plug any holes in that wall for sure. I did put bait down in the area.

Someone told me that my decluttering is going well because I disturbed it. It’s a good sign rather than one to feel sad, embarrassed, or ashamed about. I’m not failing at decluttering; I’m making progress. I hope they’re right. I want as few potential hiding places for creepy bugs as possible.

Having lost sleep over it all, the trip to my hometown required a stop for caffeine. But then it took awhile to get back on the highway because there were hunters filling gas cans. I’m not sure why they didn’t fill those the night before, so they wouldn’t hold up all the travelers. I quickly learned they spilled quite a bit of gas as the wet spot was impossible to avoid standing in as I refilled to finish my trip there. So, gas stinking shoes and all, I continued on my trip.

Other than those shitty things, my weekend has been good. I spent time with a close friend on Saturday. There were a lot of laughs had as we shopped for nothing in particular.

I’ve been trying to enjoy watching cable with my parents, but every commercial break is filled with election ads. I’m glad I voted already. I’m thankful for advance polls. There was only one man in line ahead of me. My civic duty was done without pain.

Home

– Declutter: 2 bins & 1 box donated. Laundry and dishes caught up.

NaNoWriMo

– I had an epiphany to rewrite Puppy Chow. Well, sort of. There will be no puppies in it and it’ll no longer be a creature feature horror, but something more dramatic. It will only have the barest of similarities to the original story line and I’ve been writing all kinds of notes this weekend to plan. I’m super excited! I may still do Puppy Chow in the future with different characters though.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this check-in. Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating this weekend!

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-3

My neck is quite a bit better.

Work has been quite heavy and is projected to get heavier as the month progresses.

I’m enjoying the incremental changes I’ve been making around my home though I’m not where I want to be yet. Seeing less and less unnecessary stuff everywhere is making me happier and happier 🙂

My hair is at an awkward length that is annoying me and I just want it to grow out. I cut it a little too short during the heat waves this summer.

Fitness

This has taken a bit of a backseat, but I have gotten some extra walking in while the weather has been nice.

  1. Glider: 0 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: I’m missing this weekend as a family visit is in order, but I’m packing my gear in order to get some practice in.

Home

I’ve started packing the car with some bins and boxes to go. There’s more to do, but each little bit lets me see what’s left that I need to keep and place somewhere more functional than its current home.

  • Declutter: 90/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 125 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I haven’t moved on this, but plan to next week.

NaNoWriMo

I think my plan is to go the rebel route and work on several screenplays. Most of these are more dramatic pieces. There is horror in one, but largely I’m focusing on the dramatic side of things. It’s where my head is at right now, I guess.

  • My first ever screenplay, I want to break into two different stories.
  • I have a short play I want to turn into a screenplay and I’m not sure if it will be feature length or shorter.
  • I also have one I started I would like to finish.

Piano

I haven’t practiced much since last check in. My next lesson isn’t until the 26th due to the holiday this weekend, so I’m not too worried about it, but I do need to get back to it.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

Reading

I’ve made progress on David Christian’s Origin Story. I’m now in the portion of the book where humans are living in Agrarian civilizations and things like slavery are becoming a thing. This is about 10,000-12,000 years ago.

  • 1/3

The Spark

I’ve not made as much progress as I hoped I would here.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-2

Sorry for not posting for the first check in. I had to catch up on sleep because my neck has been acting up again.

I’ve only been off for a short while, but in that time I’ve gotten into some things.

I’ve been putting myself out there in the dating sense. Nothing fruitful thus far, but I’m trying.

Aside from my glider that lets me exercise while watching TV, I’ve also started learning how to use my portable gym. I haven’t used the glider extensively yet, but it’s fun and I feel tall while I’m on it.

My neck has been really sore, so though I didn’t want to spend money, I bought a new pillow. The first night was really good, but the neck pain doesn’t seem to be going away. It’s a good thing I’m meeting a new family doctor soon.

I finally joined Spotify and am making up a playlist with all the awesome bands I’ve been discovering lately and some old favourites. For now, I just have a free account. Maybe someday I’ll pay for unlimited songs and/or downloads.

I almost had Jury Duty, but the selection day was cancelled. Thankfully. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do any of the things I had planned for the month because of it!

Onto the actual goals update…

Fitness

A short amount of time on my glider has engaged my muscles, so I think it’s going to be really helpful. It hasn’t bothered my ankles or my neck thus far.

  1. Glider: 600 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: So far, I’m sucking at this. I woke up last Sunday with the kink in my neck that still hasn’t left. I went and swung my sword today though and my neck is feeling OK, though I really shouldn’t do kata that have me rotate my head quickly to the left. I’m looking at you, Morote-Tsuki. The rest were good. Well, not that good. I messed up a lot until I remembered some steps, but I mostly self corrected. And I now make fun mistakes like start Morote-Tsuki as if it’s Ganmen-Ate and somehow fluidly correct it.

Home

I’ve made some headway on the declutter. Lots to go still, but I have a big blue bin ready to leave my place and I’ve started filling a second one. I think my car can fit at least three easily at once, so that’s my short term plan there. I’ve had a ton of these bins around for years and while I’ve been storing things in them, they have also encouraged me to keep things I don’t need or even really want. Many of them are in my bedroom taking up space and though they are not in my main area, they are helping me clear junk from my main area too.

  • Declutter: 75/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 124 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I have a makeup area in my bedroom now to clear the bathroom counter for this. It’ll also likely stay that way as I’ve always wanted a little dressing table. Good news, they fired the girl in the office who couldn’t seem to organize anything. I have renewed hopes for the plumber to come.

NaNoWriMo

  • TBD

Piano

My new focus for piano is learning to make use of the pedal. It lengthens notes. What I only just learned was that the note will continue even if my hand comes off, so I can have time to prepare for moving my hand(s) as needed to another section of the keyboard. This is monumental! It’s also a lot to process and I’m doubtful I’ll have it down by my next lesson, but who knows?

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

Reading

I’m currently focusing on David Christian’s Origin Story. It’s a book about the history of everything starting with the Big Bang. I’m in the portion of the book where humans start farming.

  • 1/3

The Spark

I’ve finally broken through to the 73k and up word count. For awhile, I thought it would never happen. Other stories are nagging me to get back to them, but I’ve been pretty good at not letting them tear me away.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 Round 4 – Goals Post

This round I will be reducing even further. This is because I expect this quarter at work to be extra demanding. I’ll have some definite goals and some if-I-can-fit-them-in goals.

DEFINITE GOALS

The Spark

If I can manage 205 words three days per week, I will get to 80000. With editing, that is difficult as sometimes I’m cutting words. My actual session target in Scrivener is 250.

Piano

Downtown Abbey is going well. I will be continuing to practice at least 3 days per week on whatever I’m supposed to be learning. The next song we’ve agreed on is Lean on Me.

Fitness

  1. Cardio: Instead of just watching TV, I’ll be using my new glider to fit cardio in while watching.
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: This is only 15 minutes a day.
  3. Martial Arts: 1 day per week.

Reading

One book per month. This shouldn’t be taxing as I usually read on the train to and from work.

Home

Declutter: Continue the declutter. I’ve been making leaps and bounds since discovery Dana K. White. If I do about 15-minutes per day at a minimum, I think I can truly make the progress I’m wanting here now.

IF-I-CAN-FIT-THEM-IN GOALS

Home

Bathroom reno: I’m hoping to cut my vanity in half, remove it, then get a plumber to do the rest.

NaNoWriMo

I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and do it yet at all. I would really like to get back to The Blood Waitress Club, but I also really want to finish The Spark. A break from editing could help me feel refreshed though.

As far as the other goals from last round go, I’ll be continuing to improve my finances, but not reporting it here. I will not be working on French until next year as it will be too demanding.

R~