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Reality Game – Day 18

Bottom line, I’m probably not going to make my original goal of finishing this novel by the end of the month. But I’ve not given up. Work, writer’s club, my weekly SpecFaith blog, Infidelity blog and discussion participation, left me little time. Not to mention all the little “must get done” tasks like fixing a flat, special church services, getting the car registered, etc. You know the drill. Then there is simply a lack of energy issues at times too.

That said, I have made some progress. One positive is I saw my neurologist last Monday, and she upped my dose. That has made typing a little easier and speedier. Not as fast as I was before Parkinson’s set in, but faster and with less mistakes than I have been of late.

Last week I put in another 456 words on the novel. Until tonight, that is all I’d done on it since 9/4. I was up late last night writing a blog post for my infidelity blog, around 1000 words. Realized the subject was too big, so labeled it part 1. Planning on part 2 this coming week.

So last night I hit the sack around 5:30 am, and woke up at 7 am. We headed off to church. Came home shortly after 2 pm. Then went back to sleep after checking email and responding to one message from my infidelity group. Woke up around 7 pm. Relaxed. Watched some videos on YouTube while my youngest son (20) finished up dinner. We ate while watching the latest Dr. Who episode and an episode of Star Trek TNG from season 3. Then my wife and I pulled it together, and went grocery shopping by 10:30 pm. Returned home shortly after midnight, then put groceries away, made sure trash was out, put her cleaning supplies back in the van (she gets up early on Mondays to clean a car dealership’s office before it opens). Once we settled down, she went to bed around 1:30 or 1:45. Don’t recall which.

That is all a pretty normal Sunday for me. Sometimes I get more sleep on Saturday night than an hour and a half, but rarely a whole lot. If I get in three hours, I’m doing good. I catch upĀ  during my extended Sunday afternoon nap.

So after checking on the infidelity forum and responding to a couple of people, I returned to the kitchen to clean the griddle and my smoothie cup. Stocked up on raw cashews and prunes, then retired to my computer to see if I could get in some writing while my meds were in full bloom.

Started on that around 3:30 and wrote until around 5 am. During that time, got in 687 words. Crazy. I remember getting in that many during a 30 minute timed writing challenge during Nano in previous years. Now it takes me three times as long. Even with the upped meds and making it easier to type, it isn’t back to normal. I’ll just keep writing anyway.

So now I’m taking time to write this blog, then I’ll head off to bed to wake up around noon. Monday night I’ll need to write my SpecFaith blog post, which usually takes most of the night as well. It usually ends up being close to 1000 words. I’ll keep plugging away at this novel until it is done.


Day 1: 444 words
Day 14: 456 words
Day 18: 687 words


Novel total: 3358 words

About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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2 Responses to Reality Game – Day 18

  1. Lisa Godfrees says:

    Rick – have you looked into one of those programs that you can talk instead of type? I have some friends that have used Dragon and liked it.

    Otherwise, keep your chin up. A 1000 word blog is still 1000 words. :)

    • R. L. Copple says:

      Yes, I have it. Used it a bit last year. Slow going with that too. Now that I’m on a Linux computer, it means firing up the Win 7 computer if I want to use it though.

      I think I’d have to spend some time with it to get good using it. Plus I need to be in another room besides our bedroom while the wife is trying to sleep to use it. But at some point, that will likely be my only option. Though as my speech goes wacky, Dragon may not be able to help either. Then my wife will have to transcribe. lol.

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