#ROW80 Update: D-Day Edition

Happy D-Day! Time for another exciting ROW80 update.

Writing: Had a good week. Between things I wrote as exercises and things I wrote as the beginnings of blog posts, I more than covered the two pages a day. I had a morning where I started with something I wrote for 750 Words (108 days straight as of this morning!) and rewrote it from a different perspective. It was good practice and maybe I can turn it into something later. You never know.

Now, as I mentioned, I started several blog posts. So, John, where are they? Well, every time I started one, I discovered that it required a lot more research, and the more research it needed, the more I realized, “hey, this isn’t a blog post, this is an essay!” Not that they’re mutually exclusive, but these deserve a longer treatment. I have some shorter subjects that would be appropriate as blog posts. As they say, watch this space for further developments.

Oh, and if all that weren’t enough, I’ve also come up with an idea for a story that I’m sure I can stretch out to 50,000 words. Melanie Macek, over at Feather Pens, Tartan Dreams, told her readers about Camp NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month in June and August. She’s doing a novel this month. I’m going to shoot for August. That’s in the next session of ROW80, of course.

Reading: I found K. M. Weiland’s book on outlining, Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, on Amazon, and would have bought it, except that I already had. (Remember what I said about the backlog on my Kindle?) I read that this past week. I highly recommend it. I’m a reformed “pantser,” so I’m reading as many books on plotting and outlining as I can get my grubby little fingers on.

I recently started following the blog of the lovely and talented Jessica Chapman, who recently recommended the book Divergent by Veronica Roth. Hearing that it was similar to The Hunger Games piqued my curiosity, and reading that it is set in a dystopian Chicago sealed the deal for me. I’m halfway through it, and so far, I enjoy it a lot. I lived in Chicago during the first half of my life, so I can see the specific locations she talks about. I like that.

Other: Weight is holding steady, as far as I can tell. Did some dictation with Dragon, and I’m learning that it doesn’t play too well with text editors other than TextWrangler, TextEdit, and its own. It seemed to work well enough with Pages, but has trouble finding words when I work in Firefox, as I am right now.

And, that’s all for this week. How was yours?

The Three Franks!

Thought you’d like to see a picture of me from almost fifty years ago:

The Three Franks

From left to right: My brother Kip (six at the time), my Mom’s aunt Cash, yours truly (age nine), my aunt and godmother Jill, and my brother Jim (age seven). This was Easter, as witnessed by the winter clothing, in front of our apartment building in Chicago. That was the year Mom dressed us in fedoras and trench coats, like three little Frank Sinatras.

Sorry the picture is blurry. Mom wanted to make sure that we were all in the picture, so she stood halfway down the block to take it. She got much more background than she had bargained for; this picture is cropped from the original.

#ROW80 Update: A quick one!

I’m using Dragon Dictate to write this. If I did nothing else, I would consider it a good week just for that. But I did more than that.


– Tuesday was the 100th straight day I did my morning pages/750 words.

– Did some editing and modification to the memoir piece, but did no other writing.

– Made two short posts to the blog. I’m aiming for longer posts on the non-ROW80 days. I might get to that this week.


– Finished Dinty Moore’s book and two by Lee Goldberg, Watch Me Die and McGrave.


– Mary noticed that I’m looking thinner. That’s a good sign. Did not have the best week healthwise. I’ll spare you the details.

– Rebuilding my Dictate profile (yet again) has cleared up many of the problems I had. I figured out how to edit documents that I had originally typed with Dictate.

I’m working hard to keep things short. Can you tell?

How was your week?