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#ROW80 ~ October 21st Update

Round 4, Week 2.5 Update

Just a quick update post, mostly to help me keep my head in the game.

Writing

Goals for Week 3+:

My goal is to have a first draft by the end of the month. This is what I have left:

  • Seven scenes. Three of them are already over halfway done. – Finished an “in-progress” and wrote a second scene. I also planned a change that eliminated one scene, but will lead to some rewriting. 4/7 left.
  • Add new element, especially to the first few scenes.
  • Timeline clean-up. I probably need to rearrange a few scenes and I need to make sure things are happening on the right day. Mostly done. Everything is in the right order.
  • 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. – Monday & Tuesday – Not a lot of writing before noon, but  editing/organizing. Today, I’ve gotten 25 mins in so far.
  • Make a better list of further story ideas. – Started this.

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#ROW80 ~ October 18th Update

Round 4, Week 2 Update

Writing

Week 2:

Ended up wanting/needing to do some research last week to set some details. I’m writing stories set in 1915 Omaha and, wonderfully, there are newspapers from the era available online. I came across an interesting news story that I want to incorporate into One Ahead #2. Also, since the weather event I need takes place later in the year than I wanted, this will actually probably be One Ahead #3.

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, sit down and write for at least an hour before noon. – Total fail after Mon/Tues.
  • By EoD Wednesday – Finish edits. – Did this!
  • Thursday/Friday: Finish up what scenes I can. Have Eric read on Friday/weekend if he’s available. – Behind on this since I spent a couple days on research.
  • Finish updating reference document. – Done! Now to keep it up as I write.
  • Not necessarily this week: I was/have been confused about the marital status of one character. He was probably still on his first wife in 1915. Need to change that in One Ahead #1 and in current. – Actually, I still don’t know about June’s wives… I’m back to thinking that his second wife is the better choice. I don’t have any good sources for one way or the other so I’m going to make a judgement call.

Goals for Week 3+:

My goal is to have a first draft of One Ahead #3 by the end of the month and I think that’s still doable. What do I have left?

  • Seven scenes. Three of them are already over halfway done.
  • Add new element, especially to the first few scenes.
  • Timeline clean-up. I probably need to rearrange a few scenes and I need to make sure things are happening on the right day.
  • Note clean-up.

My two measurable goals:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, 500 words before noon.
  • Make a better list of further story ideas.

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#ROW80 ~ October 14th Update

Round 4, Week 1.5 Update

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,

~Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”

A quick Wednesday update: I had big plans for Sunday. My haywire immune system had a totally different, non-compatible plan. It happens.

Writing

Goals for Week 2+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, sit down and write for at least an hour before noon. – A-okay for Mon. & Tues..
  • Sunday: I have the story pretty blocked out. I’m going to go back and add place-holders for scenes I haven’t written. The problem with some of these scenes is that they’re conveyance of information type scenes and I haven’t come up with good ways of writing them. I hope to add 1.6-2K by the end of today (Sunday).Yeah, this didn’t happen on Sunday. On Monday, I added the scenes place-holders, updated the reference doc, and wrote 1200 words. I like Mondays. Tuesday, while finishing the scene I started on Monday, I realized I’d done something bone-headed in my plot and started fixing that and a couple other things. 600 words for the day.
  • By EoD Wednesday – Finish edits.
  • Thursday/Friday Monday/Tuesday: Finish up what scenes I can. Have Eric read on Friday/weekend if he’s available.
  • Finish updating reference document. – Done! Now to keep it up as I write.
  • Not necessarily this week: I was/have been confused about the marital status of one character. He was probably still on his first wife in 1915. Need to change that in One Ahead #1 and in current.

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#ROW80 ~ October 11th Update

Round 4, Week 1 Update

Not my most engaged or motivated week ever. I wasn’t feeling too spiffy on Tues/Wed. My writer brain was AFK so I worked on my Python class instead. From Thursday on, I lost myself in the hole that is EverQuest2. So easy to goof-off when the writing is hard but the fun is easy.

This week, my other MOOC starts, Photography: A Victorian Sensation. And Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is on Saturday. How much I participate will depend on how much work I get done this week.

Writing

Week 1:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, I pledge to sit down and write for at least an hour before noon. — Three days out of seven, but Tuesday was pretty weak.
  • 5K on One Ahead #2. — I am at 2,045 right now (Sunday morning).
  • Update reference document. And update the Abbott Family document. — Updated family document and started work on ref document.

Goals for Week 2+:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, sit down and write for at least an hour before noon.
  • Sunday: I have the story pretty blocked out. I’m going to go back and add place-holders for scenes I haven’t written. The problem with some of these scenes is that they’re conveyance of information type scenes and I haven’t come up with good ways of writing them. I hope to add 1.6-2K by the end of today (Sunday).
  • Monday/Tuesday: Finish up what scenes I can. Have Eric read on Tuesday/Wednesday.
  • Finish updating reference document.
  • Not necessarily this week: I was/have been confused about the marital status of one character. He was probably still on his first wife in 1915. Need to change that in One Ahead #1 and in current.

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#ROW80 ~ Round 4 Goals

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Goals for Round 4

Writing

As of late, I’m pretty bad at setting measurable goals. Last round, I decided to set my goals on a weekly basis, keeping in mind what I’d like to have done at the end of the round. That worked pretty well. I’ve also rediscovered that I kind of like the stress that comes from procrastinating. Weekly goals allow for that, somewhat. I’m also going to stick with checking-in mostly on Sundays. Monday is the beginning of my work week. I just don’t have much to say by Wednesday.

Currently, I’m working on a series of short historical mysteries (20K word count range), series titled “One Ahead.” The main character is David Abbott, a magician who really did live in Omaha, NE at the beginning of the 20th century. Aside from being an accomplished magician, he was a debunker of fraudulent mediumistic practices.

My Big Writing Goals for Round 4:

  • Publish One Ahead #1 – It’s currently in Eric’s editing queue.
  • Finish a good draft of One Ahead #2 – I’m already at the 10K mark. I’d like to have a first draft done by the end of the month.
  • I have no plan to participate in NaNoWriMo. Unless it’s a super crazy plan like writing a magic-related flash fiction piece a day… Or, I might make a concerted effort in November to finish the collection of David Abbott’s Open Court articles that I was putting together. But no formal NaNo.
  • Start One Ahead #3

Goals for this week: [Edit 10/05, 10:56]

  • 5K on One Ahead #2. That will put the novella at 15K and nearing the end of the first draft. I’m probably going to need to confer with Eric this week or at the beginning of the next week.
  • Update reference document. And update the Abbott Family document.
The Publishing End

Eric and I have recently moved our titles primarily to KDP Select. I have a couple of promos scheduled for the future, and there are always peripheral social media things that need doing.

My Big Publishing Goal for Round 4:

  • Keep engaged, keep things going. I’m an introvert and this promo stuff is not my jam. It takes effort.

Goal for this week: Do the usual check-ins. Start setting up the spiritualism/seance fiction list over on Riffle (this being a *very* peripheral activity).

Exercise

In the past, I haven’t set goals too far afield from writing, but I need to work on my activity level. I like to eat and I’d like to not have to buy new jeans in the near future.

Totally Measurable Exercise Goal for Round 4:

  • Get some sort of cardio (30+ mins) three times a week.

Ideally, at least two of those will be my game of choice: ultimate frisbee. Now that the weather is back to reasonable, I’ll probably do some running. I’ll go work out at the community center if my knees/back aren’t feeling very bouncy.
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That’s it. No reading goals. No blogging goals. In general, the other thing I worked on last round was trying to do…less. While I want to sign up for ALL THE FUN THINGS, I don’t have the energy. And as much as I pretend that I have obligations to read or blog or flit around the internet, the only  thing that really matters is getting the writing done. So maybe, I do need one really measurable writing goal:

  • Write First. Five days out of seven, I pledge to sit down and write for at least an hour before noon.

Writerly Writer Between Rounds, Sept. 27th

We’re currently between rounds in the Round of Words in 80 Days challenge. If you’re a writer-type and you want a very flexible “challenge,” now is the perfect time to check out RoW80!

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Updates & Goals

Writing

Wrote 3633 so far this week on “One Ahead #2”. That’s shy of my 5000 goal for the week, but the number of notes I’ve been leaving as I write are stacking up and I think it’s time to do a quick revision of the first 6200 words.

My plan is to finish the rewrite/revision by tomorrow and top out the week with a manuscript of 10K.

The Publishing End

All is well-ish in publishing land. The Martian Engineer’s Notebook, Volume #2 is free this weekend on Amazon and it’s had a good amount of downloads. We’ve also had a few sales of Vol. 1 and some page reads of other works.

Goal for the week: Decide on what we’re promo-ing during October and submit Luck for Hire for our first paid ad.

Classes

Already in my last week of Intro to HTML. There’s a short quiz and a final project due this week. The final project is a simple webpage built to spec. My only worry is that the spec will not be communicated clearly enough. It’s back to work in Python for Data Structures; quizzes and assignments galore.

Blogging

My blogging plan fell off the bottom of my to-do list last week, but that’s okay. I finished reading The Great Failure by Natalie Goldberg, but I really didn’t feel like blogging about it. I caught-up with Deal Me In too, but the story was pretty “eh.” Haven’t finished the Deadlands book yet.

Upcoming:

  • Tuesday: Review of Psycho
  • Friday: Peril on the Screen update
  • Saturday: Deal Me In
  • Sunday: ROW80 Round 4 Goals

#ROW80 ~ Sept. 20th Update & Round 3 Wrap-Up

Update & Goals

Writing

Finished a cleanup pass on “One Ahead #1” on Wednesday/Thursday, and got to work on “One Ahead #2.” I decided on Thursday that I wanted to get 2500 words done on it by the end of today. Four days, 2500 words. Not a problem! Unfortunately, I was a bit brain-fogged Friday and Saturday. As of right now, I have 1500 done, but am in good position to write another 1000 today. As long as I stay focused…

Goal for the coming week: 5000 more on “One Ahead #2”

The Publishing End

Moved three of our books to KDP Select. Two are suffering from price change lag, but I’m sure they’ll catch up. Discovered what was behind Lucinda‘s download spike using a service called Mention. It seems that a couple free ebook site listed it. Alas, Mention is too pricey for me to continue to use after the trial is up.

Goal for the week: Keep an eye on the prices on our KDP Select books and get things started regarding what promo channels we’re going to use. Next Saturday: Promo for The Martian Engineer’s Notebook, Volume #2. It’ll be free next weekend if you’d like to pick up some info about the science in The Martian.

Classes

Week Two of “Python Data Structures” involves installing Python on my computer, which I did during the first class. No assignment, but I’ll probably review since I’m rusty at doing things from the command line. Week Two of “Intro to HTML” has a quiz of 29 questions.

Blogging
  • Monday: “The Cask of Amontillado” review
  • Tuesday: Motherless Child review
  • Friday: Peril on the Screen #2 – Peril in SPAAACE!
  • Saturday: Deal Me In – “The Trial Horse” by Clark Howard <– Brain fog prevents reading too! Might get it done today.
  • Sunday: ROW#80 post

Upcoming:

  • Monday: “The Fall of the House of Usher” review.
  • Tuesday: A review of something I haven’t finished yet! Or, if I’m lame, my Deal Me In catch-up.
  • Friday: Review of Deadlands: Ghostwalkers
  • Saturday: Deal Me In
  • Sunday: Some sort of writing update post.

Round 3 Wrap-Up

Round 3 is nearly over! Since I don’t usually post on Wednesdays, I’ll wrap today.

On the writing/publishing front, it’s been a quiet, but rocky summer. Eric’s been writing a lot. I’ve been drifting along. My pie-in-the-sky goal was to get “One Ahead #1” published. We’re close. I survived our July travels and “One Ahead #1” is in the can.  We had just added Eric’s Martain Engineer series to KDP Select back in July and obviously we’re happy enough with what’s going on to add other titles.

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