Rowing Into Calmer Waters

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photo courtesy of; via Google Images (CC)

Hi everyone!

Well, things have finally reached a moment of calm. This is not to say that “life is slow,” but that the mania of the past two months (or longer) has relaxed a bit. Perhaps the eye of the hurricane?

I’ve had a pretty fantastic week. Some parts I can’t talk about but the parts I can I’ll be happy to share with all of you. Those that have known me for awhile have heard my personal saying: “Only the moment seems eternal and in a moment, everything will change.” The moment I was in was an eternity and now, well, a great deal has changed (or is in change) for the better. Always fun to see one’s own saying in action.

On to the goals…

1) Write 2000 words of new fiction between Thursday and Sunday. Word Count: 2003. Just made it on this one. I was able to take a look back at the story (“Ben”) and make a few fixes, re-plot a few twists, add some muscle to Ben’s personality (he was a bit “anemic,” IYKWIM), and generally get my mind set back on the story I want to tell, in the way I want to tell it. However, this means a major revision of the cluttered 3-draft story is required. Adjusting this goal for the coming week to concentrate on the makeover: Read through, analyze, and recompile all “Ben” material and be ready to start draft #4 by next Sunday.

2) Meet all college deadlines with my best work. My semester officially concluded around 11 a.m. Thursday. English 101: A. Business 101: A, top of class, and–highest final exam score in my prof’s 25 years of teaching. I think I did okay. *smile* Goal Successfully Met.

3) Spend 15-30 minutes a day, up to 3 hours a week, writing or editing blog posts. Ship (publish) when ready. Returning this goal now that the semester is over. Goal starts right now, in fact, with the writing of this post.

4) Draft & polish the first article belonging to “Project 2,” between Thursday and Saturday. This one did not happen as I opted to concentrate on issues I found in “Ben” instead. However, it is now a new week and a new opportunity to shine. Draft & polish the first article belonging to “Project 2.”

Overall, I’m beyond pleased with the way the week turned out. Even though the semester is over, I have plenty to do (like digging through a pile of email), and plan to use the break to get as much done as possible.

How was your week? Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWers, it may be the best visit many of us get this week.

Peaceful Journeys!

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. “Only the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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22 Responses to Rowing Into Calmer Waters

  1. Fantastic!! Congrats on the awesome score in your class and nailing that goal. Good luck with the goals this week!

  2. Shah Wharton says:

    Cuddles and congrats. There was an air of serenity in this post which I’m taking with me. Stay positive, it’s infectious. 🙂

    Shah X

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Interestingly, in my English class we had to come up with one to two word descriptions of each other after a couple of weeks and the class decided I was tranquil and serene. Glad it shows. Thanks, Shah!

  3. Great job on the college stuff, and now for some writing fun!! Have a great week, Gene!

  4. Sounds like you have had a lot going on, but you have been making good progress on your goals. I think that we all have seasons where our writing waxes and wanes. Take advantage of the seasons of production!

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Indeed! I plan on staying as productive during my college off-season as I was during it. Only now I’ll be able to focus on writing and family, both very good things. Thanks for the support. 🙂

  5. Reetta Raitanen says:

    Congrats on acing your college classes and meeting your word count. The story of Ben sounds interesting and I can’t wait to hear more about it when it’s ready.

  6. Cate Russell-Cole says:

    Wishing you another calm, cruisy week and congrats for surviving that semester.

  7. E.K. Carmel says:

    Congratulations with finishing your course on such a high note and good luck with your continued writing and revising!

  8. Marcia says:

    I admire your ability to deal with a ton of pressure and still come out on top! Amazing week for you, Gene! Wishing every week works out so well for you.

  9. Well done during a week in the pressure cooker, Gene! Enjoy the glow of accomplishment, then the time with the writing and the family.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      It is nice to be able to relax with my ladies and work on unraveling the mess this story became over three drafts. Doesn’t feel like work, just a breath of fresh air on a nice summer day. Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂

  10. Gloria Weber says:

    Good job on getting A’s for all your hard work in your courses. Way to go on the final! As for my week, I’m fighting to make it a successful one. My eyes are set on the future and something I am looking forward to “attending.”

  11. shanjeniah says:


    A breath of fresh air on a nice summer day was just what this post was, for me. I love hearing about weeks where things roll smoothly on….as a counterbalance to other times of churning waters.

    Enjoy the breathing, the family time, the revising, and the more relaxed air. Oh, and all of the good news – what you can talk about and what you can’t.

    May there be much joy in your life over the rest of this week, and beyond! =)

  12. Pingback: Peace Amidst Chaos: ROW80 Update, August 7, 2013 | shanjeniah

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