ROW80 ~ Sunday Update, 7/31: Quirks

Update

Sometimes, you need to figure out what works and go with it, no matter how quirky it might seem.

Example #1: I like Mondays and get a lot done on Mondays. I have a tendency to reorganize on Sunday and come into Monday with optimism provided by a chronological breakpoint and a clean slate. For me, Monday is like having a New Year’s Day that happens every week. Tuesday, in contrast, sucks. Maybe it’s because I’ve worn myself out on Monday. Maybe it’s that there’s no way Tuesday can live up the epic Monday I had. After “failing” Tuesday, the week often goes downhill. Jokingly, Eric suggested that maybe I should have a two day week: rebrand every other day as Sunday followed by another Monday. So, instead of Tuesday, it’s Sunday. Instead of Wednesday, it’s Monday. I haven’t quite decided to go that far, but I have decided to go with a six day week, with a lowered time goal on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It worked this week. We’ll see how it goes next week.

Example #2: I finished the second rewrite/editing iteration of Horrid Haunting and I started on the third iteration. It’s probably the most I’ve ever rewritten in a week. A key ingredient to getting this done was my background noise. I can’t work in silence, but picking the right noise can be tricky. Sometimes, it’s music. Sometimes, it’s ambient sounds. And sometimes, it’s a TV show or movie. This week it was Sherlock. Now, the problem with Sherlock is that it’s 10 episodes, about 15 hours in total. That wasn’t enough to get me through the week. When I hit the end I of “The Abominable Bride,” I spent about 15 minutes trying to decide what I wanted to watch/listen to next. Again, Eric provided the answer: if Sherlock is what’s working, use Sherlock. So, I’m half way through series two for the second time this week.

The past week’s progress is in blue.

Goals

Writing

One Ahead series
  • Rename files in a manner that makes sense.
  • Gather notes and make a timeline of planned stories.
  • Reread first One Ahead story. Decide on a subtitle.
  • Sorrowful Seamstress  – another iteration (goal added)
  • Horrid Haunting
    • Decide on subtitle for second story.
    • 2nd Iteration Finished Ch. 4 – end
    • Organization Session (goal added)
    • 3rd Iteration (goal added) – started
    • Edit pass
  • Draft third story.

Publishing

Website
  • Change the header to be a SSI. Improve accessibility and validate.
    • update front page
    • update subpages
  • Website metrics?
  • Fix /images  /img
  • Update “Other Works” page.
  • Should I set up a One Ahead page? Cart before horse?
  • Change blog links to drive traffic to website.

Personal Growth

Courses at Code Academy:
  • Finish Python .
  • Learn SQL – four sections.  2/4
  • SQL: Table Transformation – four sections
  • SQL: Analyzing Business Metrics – two sections

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6 thoughts on “ROW80 ~ Sunday Update, 7/31: Quirks

  1. Nice progress!

    I find the Monday thing interesting. See, I’m the opposite. I HATE Mondays. I usually do pretty well on the weekend, and I have a day job, so I go through a kind of depression every Sunday.

    I love that you’re reframing it as a New Year’s Day. That is SO COOL. I need to start thinking like that!

  2. Good progress! I prefer writing to silence, but I like the idea of having music or something in the background. Maybe some ambient sounds, like bird songs or something. That might work well for me. I would be so distracted by Sherlock. Love that show!

    It really helps to find the writing schedule that works best for you, and understanding what days/times work best is part of that. I’ve probably doubled my word count in the last couple months by writing at night instead of during the day. Now, even on weekends, I find myself ready to work after hubby goes to bed.

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