Last midweek check-in of ROW80

I made it by the hair of my nostrils, damn painful I might add. This is my last check-in for Round Three of ROW80: A ROW80LogocopyRound of words in 80 days. Hello Round Four of ROW80. I’m not sure if I would prep before NaNoWriMo 2015. I found out that this October is the month of preparing before November’s mad dash.

There’s not much to brag about my writing. Still in its snail pace mode. However I pulled up several of my old WIP that I had recovered from my old USB thumb drive, more than a year ago. Not to mention that my work in progress fell into the cracks of this Round. I think I might work on one of those, depending on how things rolls.

On a quick note, I downloaded an ebook from Kindle; The Cure, a horror novel by JG Faherty. I’m half way through, I will read it later on. After finishing that ebook, I would go back to my damn reading list.

Speaking of which, I wonder if I should use a male name for a female character. Naming female characters with masculine names had been used in literature, TV shows and movies.

All rightie, a bit of info about Tea bloss.

All rightie. I decided to follow Bill’s suggestion, and indulge in giving a quick answer in regards to tea bloss.  Well here’s it goes.

One of the ingredients for Tea bloss is Labrador Tea, Here’s the link to the Wikipedia article.   The best time to gather Labrador Tea is during Fall and early winter. That’s when it won’t taste bitter when making tea bloss.

The way my late grandmothers and my father make tea bloss. After he brews tea bags along with Labrador Tea. In bowl he prepares, flour and water to make watery consistency, he adds some sugar and finally some goose lard or regular lard. Pours the freshly brewed tea in bowl and mixes it. Allow to cool a bit before drinking. Otherwise drinking when its piping hot, which I had done several times. Cue the two second heart burn.

There are two ways in making tea bloss. One is the former, of which I described earlier, some use milk and sugar in theirs. While someone who is lactose intolerant or vegan he or she uses soy milk. Drinking tea bloss helps stave off hunger. Since I don’t have lard or goose lard, I will just use Olive oil. Crisco lard or tender flake. When I brew some tea bloss. Besides I never use milk in my tea bloss.

Oh yeah, another thing, Labrador Tea leaves are sometimes steeped when making tea. Frank loves steeped Labrador Tea, stating that it tastes better than cup of Green Tea.

My late Mid-Week check-in, damn I’m slow.

row80logocopyThis is my late Mid-Week check-in for September 16, 2015. And I am cutting it a little damn close. My blog has been neglected. Not to mention that I got sucker punched by my own muse. It’s almost the end of round Three with September 24and Round Four is just around the corner. The start of October fourth. Shoot I would have get back on the saddle and not fall off again.

The Internet is being twitchy, in what I like to call the five minute connection. After that the Internet is out cold, sporadically. It seems that my local Hydro aka electric/utilities provider is late with my Hydro Bill. On some news, I purchased a bag of Labrador Tea from my sister. I will use it to brew tea bloss.

All right lets get right to the business at hand. Well there’s not to much to report that my writing progress. Snail mode. My mind had hit the wall, no writing since two weeks.

I have been thinking about the female characters and one of the male characters. The Main Character is sixteen. I think he’s a bit young. Then there’s the female character.  I have been thinking that she’s a dark character.

I will have to concentrate on one WIP at the moment.

The upside, a few days ago, I finished reading Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. My current reading list, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Dreamcatcher, and the Stand by Stephen King.

late check in, row80 oh boy

ROW80LogocopyThis is my late check-in for August 30th of 2015. My it seems that this current round three is coming to a close, with the fourth round of ROW80 is at hand. I have been neglecting my blog. My mind is brimming with things, especially with several of my scribblings.

I don’t have much to report. It seems switching back and forth between different WIP didn’t go as planned. In fact my mind and writing had stalled.

For some time, I had been thinking in writing one of my drafts in a somewhat gritty realism aka showing negative aspects of something that people would rather ignore. With gritty realism, I would have to tread carefully. Going along the lines of politically incorrectness, and in a age of extreme thin-skinned, narcissistic schmucks.

After hitting the wall, I needed to take a step back and regroup. I decided to watch Mortal Kombat Legacy web series to defrag my mind. Well season one of the web series. After watching episode six, something clicked.

Anyways a character that is too strong or too damn powerful, would leave plot holes. For example, if you make a character too powerful, why the hell he or she didn’t take over the world, or reduce half of the world to cinder.

Speaking of which, as for the main protagonist, a sixteen year old boy, obviously I have been thinking of placing him in danger. That would go into my notes. But too much overshadowing would ruin a story.

The upside I have been catching up on my reading.

Late check in, day late, duh- dum


All right, this is my day late check for Round three of ROW80. I must admit that I didn’t reach my goal of July Camp NaNOWRiMo. But its still early in the game. I decided to let my WIP rest a bit and work on something else.

I did a quick research, to get some thinking out of the way. For some odd reason, thoughts keep popping in to my head.

In ancient Roman times, women didn’t serve in the military. Granted that women in higher strata of Roman society were in the game of manipulation and plotting. I highly doubt that there are female gladiator fighters. But Rome is an interesting place.

Anyways on to my other WIP, where there are deadly female characters. In that current WIP that I’m working on. I think it’s safe to say that there are a sprinkle of themes of revenge, old grudges, hatred going on. Not to mention a few things going on.

Going off topic for a bit, my other WIP wants to pop up and say write me. It’s going to be tricky in which one to write. Well I have to flip a coin.

All right back to my WIP. In regards to the female character, well one of them. I will have to write it realistically. Women have lighter bone structure than men. For a woman to survive a fight, she would have to cheat. A fair fight would be her disadvantage.

Sunday check-in, ROW80 and Camp NaNo

ROW80Logocopy This my Sunday Check-in for Round Three and July Camp NaNo. The end of first week ROW80. And day twelve of Camp NaNoWriMo. Well there’s not much to report. My writing had slowed to a trickle. Yesterday, I had hit a mental wall, knocking me out flat on my ass. My muse had gone off somewhere. The upside my Untitled Speculative Fiction is looking a bit respectable. The beginning chapter and other scenes are slowly being sorted and filled in. From a quick glance at my WIP, all ready there would be deleted scene(s), after this Camp NaNo is done. But for now, more time on writing. Less mentally dickering around. Speaking of which, one of the main characters, the brunette was originally from Russia. Well, in the notes department. I had change that. Checkout what other ROW80ers are up  

Goals and late ROW80 check in.

ROW80LogocopyAll right, I decided to merge goals for round three of ROW80 with my check in for ROW80. Its going to be somewhat longer post than my usual post.

It’s day eight of July Camp NaNoWriMo. My word count is a bit sparse. I have been slacking off in the writing department. On some quick news I installed several fonts. Courier Prime Sans, Cousine and Tonis. Unfortunately Courier Prime and Courier Prime Sans are not available in Google Drive.

1. Merge ROW80 with July Camp NaNo on first leg.

2. Continue with my ole speculative fiction WIP (work in progress)

3. Edit and stitch in the text.

4. after the end of July work on either of several WIPs.

5. probably rotating one WIP every month, until the end of round three. Less confusion.

That concludes my goal, as the old saying things have a way of sprouting, when you least expect them.

And now my ROW80 check in. I have been checking online for some information. The writing is slow, but coming along nicely. I am still debating on what to do with the male to female character. Somewhat at a loss. Deleted character, or keep her in the WIP.  Despite what people may think, I tend to cringe on things.

I did a quick research, male to female transsexuals tend to be overly feminine.

I revisited the first chapter and several sequences. I first copied and pasted the text unto LO. And started working on it. Then I pasted the text to the scrivener document, five minutes before midnight eastern time. Since its Camp NaNoWriMo, writing is going to be a dizzying experience. The good news, the flow is starting to look smooth. Though the first chapter and other snippets are still unfinished. I’m going to trust the process and let the damn thing finish itself.

After completing the editing and the stitching I will switch back to writing on the scrivener document processor.

other participants of ROW80 round three

My late ROW80 final check-in

This is my another late check in for Round Two of ROW80. I must admit, I didn’t get anything much done in this round, goal-wise. It’s been an interesting ride that I intend continue.

However I will attend July Camp NaNoWriMo. I have a serious need to write, complete my WIP. I’m still debating which WIP to write. I think sometimes its best to go back to basics.

One some news, my laptop seemed to restart when it suddenly shutdown abruptly. Fortunately I didn’t lose anything.

The upside, my Kobo Touch had arrived. But I am still working on it after I had hit a snag, when processing content stalled. Had to reset to default factory settings three times. Updating the firmware via USB cable is a pain. Not to mention the sluggish internet connection. Third time the charm.

As soon as I get that damn ebook reader working the way it supposed to. The sooner that I can read a modest collection of DRM-free epub and mobi ebooks.

I purchased four used books available at the rummage sale held by a teacher.

midweek checkin ROW80 day late.

This is my day late Check in for June 17, 2015. Round two of ROW80 is almost over. Hello Round three, and July Camp NaNoWriMo.

However I am not satisfied with the prologue of my stagnate and current WIP. Even though, its a YA. I ran it through my ProWritingAid online editor for overused words and for other things. Sure enough, it showed up the overused words. I will have to go back to the prologue and rework on it afterwards.

No new words came, I think my mind had entered the empty phase. Possible loose screws, or the cuckoo clock noises chirping away inside of my noggin.

As for my other WIP, they’re moodily sitting around, being neglected. I will have to get to work on them pronto.

On the other news, the external hard drive I ordered from on June ninth had arrived six days ago, give or take.

mid-week ROW80 check in, Uh-Huh

All right, this is my ROW80 check of June 10, 2015. It’s almost end of the Round two. I would like to apologize for being absent. To be honest I didn’t finish my goals. My mind seemed to hit a brick wall. I didn’t finish April NaNoWriMo. My writings are somewhat sparse.

It has been interesting spring, cold days, moody weather, snow flakes falling in first week of June, then disappeared in the same morning. Thankfully no flood via ice jam down the river in this past May.

I decided in taking some time to do some light research. Naturally the information online is limited, especially Wikipedia the diet Pepsi of information. Ergo requires a little more digging.

However I have to be careful where I go online. The sites are filled with with dangers such as Trojans, worms, viruses, ransomwares and other nasties that would infect my computer. The techie schmucks are more craftier than ever.