29 November 2022 — Q4 Challenge: Day 45

by | Nov 29, 2022 | 2022 Writing Challenge, Writing | 4 comments

Hello, and good evening.

I hope the days have been treating you well. And yes… I am horribly behind on my updates again, but unlike every other batch of updates, I wanted to write today’s post first. I have already created the others as drafts, and I’ll circle back around to them as soon as I publish this post.

Today was–overall–a good day. No. It was an awesome day.

I did something for the first time that I was initially wary about when my friend brought up the idea way, way back when. As in pre-pandemic way, way back when.

I visited my friend’s Creative Writing class at the college (now university) where I used to work in the IT department. It was interesting going back there for the first time in… well… I’m not really sure. I know I visited the campus and walked around one birthday a few years ago, but I’m not really sure when that was. 2017, maybe? 2018?

It doesn’t really matter in the long run, honestly.

Like everything else in West Virginia, there were incremental and/or minor changes–groups moving to different offices, some personnel retiring, etc.–but overall, the place hadn’t changed.

I presented a few points that are near and dear to my heart about what I do, but I mainly answered questions. Three students carried the class with questions, and I asked my friend to pass on my email address on Thursday with the offer to read up to 30 pages of their writing if they wanted an unbiased opinion.

There’s one student in particular who seemed very keen on becoming a full-time writer, and I hope the student takes me up on my offer. I’d like to do what I can to help them achieve it… as long as it’s what they really want to do.


In terms of writing, the day has not been so great. I’m coming off of something that has made for a couple yucky days and made doing much of anything a bit of a challenge.

Daily Word Count: 894
Weekly Word Count: 894
Remaining Words to 25,000: 24,106


  1. Steve webb

    I hope you are well and know that I am looking forward to reading more of the silicon series.

    • Rob

      Hi, Steve,

      Thanks for taking the time to reach out and leave a comment.

      I am well, thank you. The last half of December was… well… it could have been better, but as they say, Life happens.

      By “silicon series,” do you mean Smilodon by chance? If so, Book 4 of that series is the next project after The Fall of Skullkeep, and I only have about five days’ worth of writing left on that before it goes to the editor. It will be titled Tempus.

      Thanks again for taking the time to say hi. I hope the days have treated you and yours well, and I offer my best wishes for the future.


  2. Dumoan Trevor Lee

    Just checking in on you to see if you are feeling better and wishing you a happy New year.

    • Rob

      Hi, Dumoan,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and check on me.

      I am doing well enough. As I wrote in another reply, the last half of December was a bit interesting. I’m eager to see what 2023 holds, and I have a few things I need to write up as a post on the site. I’ll do that fairly soon.

      Once again, thanks for taking the time to say hello. I hope the days have treated you and yours well, and I offer my best wishes for the future.



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