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Friday, January 30, 2015

Milestones and Markers

My dearest Blogger friends,

Hello and welcome, once again, to the High Cost of this Low Living.

If I didn't love the title of my blog so much I might be apt to change it.  You see while it is still high cost, it isn't quite so low as one would gather from the title.
Contrarily, it is rather good living but nonetheless the title remains.

Today marked a milestone in my writing career.  My new book topped the 20,000-word mark.  Dialing in at 20,067 words.  1/3 of the way to a full novel length.
I am averaging 1500-2000 words every time I sit down with a few longer bursts of 3-4 thousand.
Not bad me thinks.  I only started 27 days ago.  At this rate, I will be finished by April.

I am excited, yet pessimistic.  (It's in my nature)  I really don't expect much to come of it, yet still I write.  Practice makes good!  Most would say perfect but is there such a thing as a perfect book?
Some would say yes, and most would cite the Bible, which is obscene, but all books end.  All good books leave you wanting more, but none are perfect.

My only desire is to find a handful of people who will love it for what it is and it will spark dreams of their own adventure.

Fame and fortune?  Oh, man wouldn't that be nice.  I don't live in pipe dreams though.  There are things that we dream of as kids.  Being a professional athlete, Fireman, Doctor, Nurse or Chef.

I dreamt of being a writer.  A published one.  How amazing would that be?  Can you imagine walking through a store and seeing your book on a shelf?

Well, we can all dream, right?

So back to reality.

I finished the painting in the writing room today.
I took down my huge dry erase board and painted the wall behind it.  I had previously purchased wooden trim to surround the dry erase board, but I forgot that they sell the sheets of melamine oversize to accommodate for chips in the edges during handling.  The trim would be an inch too short.  I took the entire sheet of melamine into the garage and shaved two inches of each side and two inches off the length.

After I secured it to the wall I cut and installed the trim around the edges.  It gives it a nice finished look.  Momma is bringing me home some wood paste to fill in the nail holes and polish off the mitered corners.  Then I will stain it to match my writing desk.  A nice maple.

I took a little video to show off the room.  It isn't much, but I hope you like it.


  1. Awesome writing studio! You will certainly find it hard to leave such a comfy space. Enjoy it.
    Remember: A dream becomes a goal when action it taken to achieve it - you've done just that.

    Cheers, Jenny at PearsonReport

    1. Thank you, JP.
      I've always wanted my own little space to collaborate with my mind.

  2. Looks like a nice room to write in! Very cozy! Sounds like you are doing great with your writing! I think it would be neat to see something you wrote published in a bookstore. It would be a great achievement; good luck with it!


    1. Thanks, Betty.
      It would be an awesome feat for sure. For now I will just work on getting the thing written!

  3. Absolutely love it. Looks like a great place to write. You did a fantastic job. I believe you will publish the book, even if just for yourself. That is a great goal.

    1. Thanks, Barb.
      I plan on making some shelves for more books. Thinking I might just carve them from a big Maple tree with my chainsaw. Go all rustic on them!

  4. I love prying into other peoples' houses. Such a tidy office you have. Mine should be so neat. I wish you well in your writing dream. You can do it!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks, Arlee.
      Some say I have a bit of an OCD tendency. I just like things where they belong is all.
      The dream becomes reality when we act on it.

  5. Wow, that's awesome. I wish I had a writing room. I'm sitting here in my living room, wrecking my back by sitting on the couch with my laptop all day long.

    And nothing's stopping that dream from becoming reality, so utilize that writing room and keep pounding out those words.

    1. Thanks, B & B.
      I was doing the same thing, laptop and the couch, but it was taking a serious toll on my neck and back.
      This room had given me extra incentive to write because it is such a nice place for me to relax in. When I need a break I can plop into that oversized chair and open up a book or take a nap.

  6. 20,000 words is a great milestone! Congratulations.


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