My post features this picture because worry for my father ran its subterranean stream under my Round. My father fell on March 19th, setting into motion his final struggle. For months, he managed to keep his life close to normal, and even more important to him, to stay in his home. After a very brief decline, he passed away, in his home, on June 20th.
My father loved words and literature. The first sign that he was not well was when he did not do the crossword in the paper five days before his passing. He read to us long before common wisdom of the time said we understood him, and imbued us all with a love of reading. After he retired, I encouraged him to write about his life, and he did so. His storytelling ability was clear, and I can only hope that I inherited some of it.
Assessment of Round Two.
My major goal: Move from Victim to Author, based on Kait’s opening post here. I made some progress on this major goal, by making the time to go to a local writing group that hosted in-person sprints. I also began the process of melding my real person and my author person more closely together, by admitting my avocation to more friends and family. I also learned how to write on demand far more than I thought I could. The in-person sprints were in the evening, a time I would have sworn I could not possible write, and yet I did.
Protect Time: Schedule one hour every day. Life happens, but I must try to make writing time happen at least 4 out of 7 days. At the beginning of the Round, I was doing pretty well on this goal. I found myself having to write day-job related things, but it was writing.
Connect: With RoWers twice a week, both my assigned folks and others as possible. Until the final week of the Round, when I was caring for my father or preparing for his services in a house with no internet, I kept up with my visits.
Facebook 15 minutes every other day. More is falling down the rabbit hole. Same as above.
Twitter half hour twice a week. Also a rabbit hole. I fell off of Twitter pretty quickly, as I am not as comfortable with it as Facebook.
Hard drive to find best version of dissertation and fiction writing. I managed to get all this clean-up accomplished.
Email so that I can find things. I also managed to get through most of my email files.
Paper files, especially of craft books and notes thereon. Although I did manage to organize many paper files, I did not make it through the craft book notes. Something to carry over to Round Three.
Dissertation; yes, a long story, but the dissertation is back in play. I accomplished some organization, but nowhere near what I had hoped.
Novel; the dissertation research is the foundation of the worldview of the novel. None, sadly.
Memoir; writing the memoir is helpful to my sanity. None, sadly.
Please visit the other Rowers here to encourage and congratulate them on their progress. See you next Round, which starts July 6th.