#ROW80 ~ December 6 Update

Round 4, Week 9 Update

Next Monday is my 41st birthday. I think the rest of December might be taken up by my midlife crisis. I haven’t decided yet.

Writing

Week 9:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – 4 out of 7.
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #1 ASAP – Done.
  • Rough draft of One Ahead #2 by 12/13 – Only got a small amount of writing done. Been reading newspapers of the period.

Goal for Week 10+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Rough draft of One Ahead #2 by… – Let’s say a really rough draft by the end of December.
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #3 by end of the round. – …Maybe.

TBD

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#ROW80 ~ November 29th Update

Round 4, Week 8 Update

We have entered that time of year when I want to fast-forward to January in order to have all my spreadsheets clean and clear. December is often a goal-setting time for me. My birthday is close enough to the New Year that December always seems like a good time to start starting over. Despite that want for January, I do really enjoy the Christmas season. My tree is up and, bizarre as it may seem, I’m looking forward to dipping into my holiday playlists.

Writing

Week 8:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Not doing so well…
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #1 – Wednesday, 11/25 – Finished the first scene, which is the biggest portion of what I wanted to rewrite. Haven’t finished the rest of the story.
  • Rough draft of One Ahead #2 by 12/13
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #3 by end of the round.

Goals for Week 9+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – I’ll keep trying.
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #1 ASAP
  • Rough draft of One Ahead #2 by 12/13
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #3 by end of the round.

 

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#ROW80 ~ November 22nd Update

Round 4, Week 7 Update

Writing

I’ve more or less bailed on NaNoWriMo, which is okay. I got out of it what I wanted: a couple weeks of free writing on various aspects of the One Ahead series. That said, it wasn’t a very good week. Lots of anxiety.

Time to rework my goals and head forward.

Week 7:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Still only making it about 4 days out of 7.
  • Continue averaging 1000 words a day for this week. It’s not NaNo level, but it’s more than I have been doing. – Started rewriting on One Ahead #1.
  • Reorganize my document and maybe get these stories into better shape without editing or rewriting. – Irrelevant.
  • Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #3 as needed. – Working on this. Rewrote about 800 words and added about as much additional to One Ahead #1.

Goals for Week 8+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #1 – Wednesday, 11/25
  • Rough draft of One Ahead #2 – 12/13
  • Rewrites on One Ahead #3 – End of the round.

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#ROW80 ~ November 15th Update

Round 4, Week 6 Update

Writing

Week 6:

Man, this week… It was mostly my fault.

I had a good writing day last Sunday, I wasn’t too far behind, but then I had a lazy Monday. Not a killer, I figured, I’ll make it up. Except, my computer had other plans. My boot drive has some reliability issues. It goes along fine until too many bad sectors cause a crash. Usually this is “fixed” by running a CHKDSK/repair, formatting, and reinstalling everything. Which took up a lot of time on Wednesday and Thursday. Since the fix only holds 10 months or so, Eric has ordered a new solid state drive for my computer which will necessitate a repeat of the reinstall process later in the week.

Also, we decided to change the way we’re selling and promoting the Weordan books. Queue stress freak-out since I had planned to promo Model Species next weekend. I also have to update information on those books around the web.

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  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.  – Well, I at least have a two day streak going…
  • Average 1667 per day. (Or rather 1736 if I want to make up time.) – I’m averaging 1000 a day for the month thus far. I’ve been playing with three different ideas for One Ahead stories, two of them new, so I’ve gotten what I wanted out of NaNoWriMo.
  • Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed. – Haven’t needed. There’s a detail I’m probably going to eventually change in story #1.

Goals for Week 7+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Continue averaging 1000 words a day for this week. It’s not NaNo level, but it’s more than I have been doing.
  • Reorganize my document and maybe get these stories into better shape without editing or rewriting.
  • Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed.

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#ROW80 ~ November 8th Update

Round 4, Week 5 Update

Writing

Week 5:

I’m 10K into NaNoWriMo. There’s a lot of junk so far, but maybe a morsel or two that will end up in actual books.

I have noticed that while I’m writing more, my want to read has decreased. Maybe I’m just in a post RIPX slump, or maybe I only have enough room in my life for so many words. For the moment, I’m pulling back on blogging and not sweating how many books I’m reading. So, no Nonfiction November from me.

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  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Did okay on this, I think. I haven’t entirely been paying attention.
  • Average 1667 per day. – Not quite, but can I really be disappointed after writing 10K in a week? Thursday was a brain-dead day. Most of Saturday was spent playing or watching ultimate disc. I’m a day behind the 50K schedule.
  • I’m also going to try and do any edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed. – Nothing has come up on that front.

Goals for Week 6+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Average 1667 per day. (Or rather 1736 if I want to make up time.)
  • Edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed.

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#ROW80 ~ November 1st Update

Round 4, Week 4 Update

Writing

Week 4:

Finished the first draft of One Ahead #2 (or #3, or whatever) last night. It’s only 18,750 which is lighter than I expected. I think there’s probably some aspect that still needs bolstering. I’m going to give the last two scenes a reread this morning and then turn it over to Eric.

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon. – Still not doing great here. Maybe three days out of Mon-Sat? I know I set myself up for a good day when I get something done before noon, but mornings are *hard*.
  • Finish two partial scenes. – Done.
  • Merge two other scenes. – Done.
  • Write one other scene entirely. – Done.

Goal for Week 5+:

So, I guess I am going to do some semblance of NaNoWriMo. Instead of working on a straight narrative, I’m going riff on settings, characters, and situations in One Ahead that need fleshing out. At the end of the month, I hope to have some useful morsels.

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  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 1 hour of work/500 words before noon.
  • Average 1667 per day. I also hope to get back into a better every day writing habit by the end of November.
  • I’m also going to try and do any edits/additional writing on One Ahead #1 & #2 as needed.

Complicating factors for week 5: Frisbee league finals next weekend, a short essay for History of Photography class due next week, and starting a shiny new Python class this week. I’ll probably have some website work to do this week too.

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#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…

Writing

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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