Daily Archives: October 25, 2015

#ROW80 ~ October 25th Update

Round 4, Week 3 Update

I used to have no problem writing 5K words a week. I used to have no problem sticking to my diet or keeping my apartment reasonably neat. In the last 5? years, not so much. Not sure what happened to the other me…


Week 3:

  • Seven scenes. Three of them are already over halfway done. – Not much progress since Wednesday.
  • Add new element, especially to the first few scenes. – Done, more or less. I’m still reading through, but the majority of the changes to early scenes have been made.
  • Timeline clean-up. I probably need to rearrange a few scenes and I need to make sure things are happening on the right day. I thought I was done, but I need to re-juggle a scene or two.
  • Note clean-up. Done. Until I leave myself more notes.

My two measurable goals:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Did it on Mon. & Tues. and then fell off the wagon.
  • Make a better list of further story ideas. – Done, such as it is.

Goals for Week 4:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Finish two partial scenes.
  • Merge two other scenes.
  • Write one other scene entirely.

Still optimistic that I’ll have this draft done by Saturday.

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Deal Me In, Week 43 ~ “The Fix”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“The Fix” by Thomas H. Cook

Card picked: Five of Diamonds

From: Murder on the Ropes, ed. Otto Penzler

Thoughts: When journalist Jack Burke spots Vinnie Teague on a crosstown bus, he decides to find out what happened when the “Shameful Shamrock” Teague took his career-ending dive.

Nearing the end of this anthology, I find that there hasn’t been a wide array of crimes associated with boxing in these stories. The whys and hows of taking a dive have been pretty prominent. This story is one of the shortest in the anthology and it contains one of the best characters. Vinnie Teague isn’t what he seems and neither was his poorly wrought boxing performance. Usually, a dive is meant to look like, well, not a dive. Teague went down after being grazed by washed-up Douggie Burns in a fight that should have been an easy KO. For Burke, it is one of the most perplexing things he’s ever seen in sports.

About the Author: I wasn’t familiar with Thomas H. Cook. It has also become obvious from this anthology how few thrillers I’ve read. If the writing prowess shown in this short story is any indication of his novel writing abilities, I just might become a fan of Thomas H. Cook.