RoW80 Check-In: Steady as she Goes.

Well, we’ve taken a dive into May, the weather outside actually felt quite a bit like springtime for a change, and it’s time for another RoW80 Update! I have pretty “boring,” steady goals, so the update isn’t exactly exciting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. No news is good news when it comes to things like this; if I had an exciting update, it probably would mean that I’ve had to change things or that things needed to be reassessed.

Let’s take a closer look:

Goal One: Soulless. I’ve finally made it through the the murky muddled middle of Soulless, meaning it’s back to the part of the story I really love as I head toward the end of the very first edit. At this pace of about five chapters per day, I’ll be finished about half-way through next week. Then it’s time add a few things, take out a few things, manipulate a few things to fix that murky muddled middle, and then find some beta readers to give a little look-see. I’ve got the sketch for the cover finished; I just have to pick out some colors and I should be ready to start painting. I was going to do that yesterday, but I decided I was in a cooking mood instead.

Goal Two: Short Stories. “Moon Night” is driving me crazy. While I enjoy editing Soulless, “Moon Night” feels like a chore, which, for me, really indicates that I’m not too fond of it as a short story. I should probably follow my gut and pursue it as a novel instead. Still, in the meantime, I’ll keep trying to cut out a bunch more words until the end and try to find a home for it until I get a chance to expand it.

It’s time to focus on something else. I have a few short stories I’ve gotten started with my 750 Words practice, but I think I really want to pursue an idea I had yesterday after Infinite Freetime dropped a link to Baen’s fantasy adventure award. It’s an adult fantasy retelling of the Snow White & Rose Red fairy tale, and I think it’s got some potential. I’ve got a good track record with fairy tale retellings so far.

Goal Three: Madeline. If I had one wish right now, it would be for just a little more time in the day, because there never seems to be enough time to work on Madeline. I’m loving it so far, and I get a little bit done each day, but not nearly as much as I’d like. There’s a very slim chance it will be done by the end of May, but I expected that much. That’s fine, too, because I don’t know if I really wanted to submit it for the Pressgang Prize anyway.

In other news (and this I’m almost ashamed to admit), I’ve got a job interview tomorrow. I know, I know. I am still planning on writing full time, but the recent scare I had with not being able to tap into the money I had depended on (that, thankfully, has been cleared up now), I think it might not be a bad idea to have a little extra income headed my way, even with the little nest egg I’ve got. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through my life, it’s how money always seems to go quicker than you expect it to. So it’s just a little part time job (I’m hoping to get about ten hours a week) at a grocery store nearby. I’m sure it’ll also help stave off the stir-craziness I get sometimes with not having a more “traditional” job to occupy my time. Wish me luck! The extra cash will help relieve a lot of my stress…and less stress means better writing.

How’s everyone else been doing? It seems like this round has been going by in a flash, but it’s been a great round to return with. Don’t forget to check out my fellow RoWers here.

Happy writing, everyone!


  1. Good luck on the job interview. I hope it lessens the stress. And I’m right there with you when it comes to “boring” updates. But good job. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ryan. I’m trying not to be stressed out about the interview itself, since it’ll probably be a done deal and even if it isn’t, I’ll get write still, but I just can’t help it. lol

  2. Good luck with your job interview. I get where you’re coming from. I started writing full-time late last year, and while I feel blessed to be able to focus on writing, I sometimes miss having an office to get up and go to every day–and I sometimes worry about not having a steady paycheck of my own. I hope your part-time gig works out!

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