Some Bad Stuff Happened

I know…  I said I wouldn’t be posting on Sundays.  Slow blogging , I said…  I had the schedule all picked out: one weekly post on Wednesday and one monthly post on Friday.

What do they say about the best laid plans of mice and men?  (Well, they say a lot of things, but since my nickname used to be Mouse, perhaps Robert Burns will not mind me borrowing his phrase once more in its corrupted form.)

I missed both posts I had promised to make last week.

Killer Server

Killer Server (Photo credit: ArtBrom)

I had an excuse.  My computer (actually both my computers) got infested with viruses.  I got things up and running Thursday night, but needed to reinstall and re-setup several of my favorite programs over Friday and Saturday.  I still need to get Photoshop working, but Scrivener is fixed, both Picassa and Tweetdeck are running again; Winamp was reinstalled, even Seamonkey got some fixing.

Yeah…  pretty much everything I use on a regular basis needed maintenance.

Add that to a holiday week with a 7 year-old boy who has discovered he loves fireworks (we had to see two parades and three fireworks shows this week), and I just didn’t have the energy for much.  I’m holding up my writing, and that’s about it.  I’m behind on that too.

But because I am still involved in the ROW80 (I am a sponsor, and did make a trip to a library to get my sponsor visits in on Tuesday), and because I didn’t want to get too far behind on that, here is my first post of Round 3….  complete with goals.

ROW80 Goals

Simple goals for this round….  Simple goals work best for me.

  • Write my Five Sentences daily–creative writing only
  • Do my sponsor visits at each check-in (save July 14th)
  • For the July CampNaNoWriMo, (I need to catch up) write 50,000 words to add to the Swan Song series
  • ROW80 Fitness: stop sitting so much!
  • Finish a few books in my “am reading” pile (right now that consists of  I Shock Myself by Beatrice Wood, The Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson, The Way I See It by Temple Grandin, The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy  ed. Mike Ashley, The Eyeless (Doctor Who) by Lance Parkins among others)
  • Resume the blog schedule I have posted

That’s about it.

And since this would be the second check-in (my first) of Round 3,  now it’s time for a….

ROW80 Check-In

ROW80LogocopyI’m behind on my writing.  My Five Sentences are on track.  I’ve fallen behind on my CampNaNoWriMp goal though, and I have to make up my check-in visits for Wednesday.  It’s a good thing that I don’t mind getting things done longhand as well as by typing, otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to get the WriMo done this month.  Next week our family will be heading up to Saranac Lake for camping.  No computer, no internet…  Just pens, paper, and some drawing supplies.  And of course my camera.  Can’t forget that.

And now for the good news of this check-in.  I did managed to get a lot of reading done (amazing what one can do when there isn’t this electronic distraction machine in front of one demanding undivided attention).  I got some editing done on Swan Song (printouts are grand things), and I got a lot of walking and “outdoors” time in.

So, yeah, things could have been better, but they could have been so much much worse.  I’ll deal.

Other ROWers are having their own tribulations and joys that they’re sharing.  Why not visit a few and cheer them on too?

12 responses to “Some Bad Stuff Happened

  1. Eden, I’d say you did famously given no computer. Yes, it helps that you don’t mind writing longhand, but even so, there are many of us (as I raise my hand) who would say the heck with it.

    Your goals are well planned, and I know you’ll nail NaNo, so go forth and enjoy your reconsituted computer. 🙂


    • Oh, Elizabeth, I wish I could say that the famously part feels like it fist, but I say “The heck with it” too often for my comfort. I’ve been trying a new tactic these days. (I’ll keep you updated on how it works out, since I haven’t gotten the bravery to redo all my computer stuff…)

      And nailing the NaNo? Well, hopefully. I’m still behind. Happy enough to be that way, but still behind. 😀


  2. That sucks about your computer but it looks like you made the best of the time you had without it, which is always a good thing. Nothing wrong with getting lots of reading in after all! 🙂 Good luck on your goals this week and have a great time in Saranac Lake. I haven’t been up north in ages which is a shame cause it’s so beautiful. (I am heading to Old Forge week after next I think. As long as work cooperates and I can get the day off! :D) And thanks for the ear pressure tips-going to try that out tonight. See you around Twitter (and the ROW!)


    • It’s always good to have a backup plan, Kat (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Pen and paper have their own flaws, but… I can bring mine camping, and you could carry yours to Old Forge. Sounds like a great day. I do hope you get to go (If you do, take/post pictures!!! I’ll be watching Twitter for “good news”).

      Did the ear thing help? I hope so. I find it helps me most in the morning, but that could be the way I sleep. Do you find you get a lot of pressure on the side you sleep on?


  3. Cate Russell-Cole

    Life gets crazy… technology drives us crackers! (Sorry to hear about the virus issues, I hate that sort of hijack.) Don’t fret too much about being behind, you will catch up when the time is right. Just take good care of yourself and enjoy the lovely summer.


    • A lovely summer… That’s right, Cate. You’re on the other side of the world and buried in winter now. Probably doesn’t sound right if I say “I miss the cold weather (though I do!), but if you want to trade…. 😉

      And yeah, I know that catching up will happen. I still hate falling behind… reminds me too much of school and the missed day of class and how those things all pile up.


  4. i am so sorry that your computers got sick. I’m happy you did other happy things, and wriggled stuff in as you could. You’re right. It could have been a lot worse.

    It’s Paradox Week #1 for this July. Today, we celebrate nine years of Lise (you KNOW that this’ll be a lively day for us!)…and Saturday…

    Saturday, we remember Elijah….

    And in between – well, that’ll be what it is.

    You know.

    I love your goals. They feel right. =D



    • Your Paradox Week reminds me somewhat of the concept of balance, Shan. Not that the extremes are always desirable (the negative feeling ones often are not), but that when the pendulum swings, there is often an equally strong force set to move things in the opposite direction.

      At least that’s what I’ve come to believe. It also makes me wonder if the greatest joy can only be truly experienced by someone who has experienced the greatest pain…

      I don’t know…and I’m not sure I like the idea. Sometimes having an idea solely be a theory is as much a defense against the possibility of it being true.

      Thank you, and love you, and many thoughts of comfort and peace


  5. Red : [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ’em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Andy – that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.