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ROW80-4 -29/10/17 -Is it November Yet?

I'm still in Toronto, and it certainly feels like November. Aug-tober has faded - no more shorts days. We've no frost or snow yet, but the skies are all cloudy and grey, with a damp breeze blowing up from the lake and right through my bones. I'll be scheduling winter tire installation when I get back home this week, and I'll start wearing my winter jacket. 

I'm getting in lots of writerly things while visiting. November and NaNoWriMo is fast approaching, and I still have work to do on my outline. I like to have the main scenes blocked out, as far as where they are and what they will cover. Then as I write I fill them in, add others that occur to me, and shuffle them around as need be.  

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Writerly Stuff and a Special

I'm visiting my girlfriend in Toronto, but still getting a lot done. She's fine with me doing my writerly stuff as she reads the paper or work on dinner or does her own writing. She often sleeps in late, or naps, too, so I get more done here than at home. I'm writing, outlining, learning about writing, marketing, etc. No distractions from video games or Netflix or my local.

I've been moving along well with my outline for this year's NaNoWriMo. I'm still wavering on what my protagonist's real goal is, but that will settle down I'm sure.

I've been following a pre-release copy of a podcast on ebooks, too. It's quite interesting - more on that later once it's released. I do prefer listening to podcasts via a player with a 'faster' option, as I can listen a lot faster than the reader is talking. 

Edit - here's the link

And finally, I've a special on my two ebooks - 50% off until November 1st. More details here.  

ROW80-4 -25/10/17 -Just a Hobby?

It annoys me when someone refers to my writing as a hobby. The Merriam-Webster definition is "a pursuit outside one's regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation". In my case, I retired from my regular occupation a decade ago, and filled my days with various activities. Including staring into space. I'd written a bit in high school, but since then hadn't done more than test plans and some user documentation at work. I see a hobby as something very casual, but for many it can become a passion. Even an obsession. Every day I am doing something writerly - be it writing, editing, planning a story, perusing various writer's blog, or reading fiction with a writer's eye. I have long-term goals, short-term objectives, and occasionally even make money at this. So I suppose it has become my regular occupation.

Yet I don't see it as a job. I'm not someone that writes every day, because I have to, because I'm driven to it. Some people like that image for themselves - not for me. I think it's the idea of setting aside a big block of time, every day. Maybe that's not needed, though. I read an interesting blog post today,  6 Simple Tips to Create Daily Writing Habits. The author suggests when trying to create a habit, setting the bar low enough so that you can always meet it. Don't aim for 2 hours every day, from 9-11 am, in the desk by the window, on your pc. Try for 10 minutes a day. You might write more, but that's the target. Sure, aim for the morning, but be satisfied whenever it fits in. Maybe even scribbled in a notebook at the doctor's. Or on the train, on the way to meet your sweetie.

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ROW80-4 -22/10/17 -Ahead of schedule?

Since I usually do these posts a day late- yes, I am early. I commented on several other ROW'ers, so was motivated to get at it. [Edit - I had a much longer post, then hit the wrong key and lost most of it. So this will be it.]

We've had a couple of summery days again, with the temperature in the 20's, mostly sunny weather, and only light breezes. Not especially suited to sit inside and work, as every warm day of the fall seems like such a gift. I'm off to Toronto for a week on Tuesday and it looks to be cooler but still okay. As in no frost at night, no snow flurries. I'm looking forward to the fall display of leaves during my train trip. 

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