RoW80 Check-In: L.S. Engler’s Mini-Writer Workshop.

“Time is truly a strange thing. The Ana’aek believe it to be a completely unless thing (more or less), a complete construction of Human minds to make their lives more stressful. Most people believe that time in linear, that it moves forward, marches on, steady to the tick of a clock, but the Ana’aek claim that time in ephemeral, that moves not just forwards, but also backwards, up and down and sideways, and it’s all a matter of perception. Time is irrelevant; it’s only significance is the significance that we give it. It’s a pretty heady concept, one that can be difficult to wrap your mind around, but, on the trip down to the port, I was starting to understand it a little better. After all, how could a trip that should only take a handful of hours seem to be lasting forever?

Life, as usual, has been pretty interesting. I’ve been bad at managing my time (nothing new there), a little brain-dead about work, and incredibly, horribly, magnificently distracted by something that I kind of want to bubble and shout about but I’m holding myself back in the event that things do not go the way I’m feeling they will on that particular venture. All these things have been mingling and marinating into a great big feast of unproductiveness, but today is the day this should all change. I actively took three days off with the intention of using them to go back to Michigan to visit with my family, who I hadn’t seen since Christmas, but, as frequent readers of the blog know, I managed to get four days off earlier this month and used those to go to Michigan instead, and it ended up being incredibly serendipitous. By the time, the schedule had already been made for this week (a freak turn of events at my job, trust me), so now I have three days off, and I hope to use them to write, write, write, write, and then write some more.

And clean up our nasty ass kitchen.

Anyway, you’re not here to read about my nasty ass kitchen. You’re here to read about my writing, so let’s take a moment and see how I’m restructuring my Round of Words in 80 Days goals for the next three days:

Serpent in a Cage: I haven’t been able to touch the old golden WIP very much in the past few days, but if I consider that I started on page 100 at the start of the month, I should be reaching page 125 by the end of the day. Twenty five pages in three days is not impossible, but it is unlikely, so I’m just going to keep plodding along and get as close as I can.

The Unknown Scourge: Most of my writing attention has been going to this one, since this is my monthly new novel, and it’s easiest to keep track of the page count on it. I’m on page 13 right now, so my goal is to get to page 25 by the end of the day. 12 pages. Should be interesting to see how close I’m able to get!

Battarack Girls: I’ve also been plugging away at Battarack Girls, sticking with a word count rather than a page count since I’m working on this one on the computer rather than a notebook. I’ve got about 10,000 words right now; I should be at 37,500 words. So it’s going to be a lot of type, type, type, type these next few days!

The 100 Books Project: A few books are getting close to being finished, plus I can read books on my Kindle again! Somehow, the reading goals never seem to suffer much. There’s apparently always time for reading!

First Lines: The August 1st deadline for the next First Line magazine is quickly approaching, so I’m hoping to finish the draft of my submission for it by the end of these next three days, if not completely have it ready and sent by then. The problem is that I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with it, but submitting something and then perhaps altering it later if need be when it gets rejected is better than nothing at all. And then it’s on to thinking about the next one. I just love the concept of this magazine so much, I want to be a part of it!

So, that’s about it, I think. These next few days are going to be like a little mini-writer-workshop for me, when I’m not being distracted by the “Big Damn Event” (BDE) over at Fandom High. Hopefully, I’ll get to check in on a few of my fellow RoWers (you can find them here), too! Either way, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a really good group of days in front of me right now.

Happy Writing!


  1. I love the following quotes from your post: incredibly, horribly, magnificently distracted . . . bubble and shout . . . mingling and marinating . . . And sh, don’t tell, but I also like the reference to your nasty ass kitchen. (I have one of those too.) At any rate, enjoy your mini writer’s workshop. TTFN

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