The saying normally goes “A day late and a dollar short”. It’s a common enough saying that a Google search for the phrase pulled up a movie title, a book, a song… basically, a lot of stuff.
The thing is… most of the stuff suggests a negative in the same way that “dollar short” does. However… I don’t feel very negative today. Yes, this blog post is a day late (and I may well be a dollar short… I did spend more money last night on dinner during our local WriMo gathering than I’d intended), and I’m not only just fine with that… I feel good.
I dealt with something today that has weighed on me for a while. Over the weekend, I realized there was no way to make everyone happy as things stood, and I did what I had to do… what I should have done months ago. And… I think (hope) I figured out a way to do it without being hurtful or inconsiderate of all the efforts and kindnesses of others. The people I had to deal with in that particular situation are, and always have been, amazing people, generous and kind, and they work and try so hard to help others. It hurt to think I might have let them down, but in the end… I did what I needed to do.
So, I feel better because I dealt with a very stressful situation. I don’t feel better because there was a situation that had to be dealt with… if that makes sense.
Anyway, enough about me–let me tell you about… me. Rather, let me give you my ROW80 update:
Characters…. stories… words… ON paper! It’s been just awesome. Since Wednesday I’ve found time to write something every day; I’ve found time to read and consider story points beyond the writing (it wasn’t always story related writing), and last night… wow! What a Write-in! I sat and sprinted with both pen and paper and my laptop writing alternately into both as the story ideas came forth in a form I could express. End tally for the night? Five written pages (back and front) and another 328 words in Scrivener.
I’ve written an average of at least 750 words every day except Saturday (my personal Sabbath). It wasn’t all posted to either 750words.com or to the CampNaNoWriMo pages, so my counts on those sites are skewed. It’s well enough. The bookkeeping can wait.
Oh, and exercise! I forgot, I did have some of that in my ROW80 goals list, didn’t I? some Frisbee and playground time, some time swimming, my weapons class and karate on Saturday, yard work… no push ups yet, but the strength building I’ve done seems to be helping. I’m trying the baby steps this time. I want to actually get there and be able to stay at that point for a long time.
That’s it until Wednesday. What awesome news do you have to report? Or even not so awesome news? Let’s cheer your accomplishments together; let’s half the upsets as well. We’re in this (writing) life together, and we have each other’s backs.