#ROW80 Check-in – October 18, 2015

I was really proud of myself on Monday; I finally managed to create a spreadsheet that tracked all the aspects of my writing that I wanted it to. It’s all nice and colour-coded and adds things up for me and I love it. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to track editing, but I’ll cross that bridge when I next have to edit something. It’ll probably be a time spent/pages edited type set-up.

This is a fairly quick check-in from me tonight. I’ve left it a bit late and now I’m just wanting to go to bed. Here are my goals for the week:

  • Write at least one page in notebook or 100 words on the laptop every week day. Consolidate this on the weekends.

Yes! I did this every week day, as well as yesterday! I know this because of aforementioned shiny spreadsheet. I think not obsessing over writing in my notebook every day like I did last round has made all the difference. I am happy to just type up one day’s writing and then do the next day’s on the computer, which is actually much easier than handwriting every day and then having ten pages or so to type up on the weekend.

  • Write one book review a week and queue them up on the blog.

I nearly didn’t finish anything to review this week, but I got through Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth faster than expected and have scheduled a review of that. Also, Kate Forsyth followed me on Twitter. That was cool. I also found out that she is running a writing course at Oxford in the middle of next year, and man, I want to go. Oxford is a long way away, though.

I’m now most of the way through Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell so I should be able to write its review this coming week.

  • Spend one evening and one weekend afternoon on uni work.

Probably. Or something. I definitely spent a couple of hours yesterday. I intended to do some more tonight, but then I was feeling sick because I ate way too much deep-fried stuff at a friend’s birthday lunch so I ended up lying in bed for an hour or so hoping it would all go away (which, thankfully, it did). I realised that I basically have 2900 words due in the next three weeks. Which sounds kind of big, but should be fine once I actually settle down to working on it properly. I’ve teed up with my boss to take the day off on October 28, so that’ll also be helpful.

  • Send three Postcrossing cards per week/maintain maximum total cards travelling.

I’ve actually got four ready to send tomorrow. I’ll send three this week and then it will be a case of registering to send a new one whenever these ones are received.

  • Ride bike to work or walk into the city after work at least three times a week.

I rode my bike on Monday and walked on Friday. I also walked for about an hour today. There is the issue that between various things at work and on the weekend, I undid any weight-loss/fitness benefits this exercise would have given me. But oh well. The thought was there.

I’ve got a fairly busy week ahead, as my mum is in town. Even though she’s coming with a friend and not staying with me, I’m still ferrying them around a bit tomorrow and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday, I have the first class in a five-week astronomy course. I’m really looking forward to that! And Thursday is choir, as usual. So apart from writing, I’m probably not going to get a whole lot done before Friday at the earliest.

Time for me to head off now! I’ll catch you later!

~ Emily


3 thoughts on “#ROW80 Check-in – October 18, 2015

  1. Tammy J Rizzo says:

    Postcrossing sounds cool! Thanks for the heads-up about it. 🙂 As for your goals, I can see you’re really working on them. That’s just great! Keep on with the good work; you’ll get there! YAY YOU! Okay, that’s enough – I’m worn out now.

    Best of luck going forward on your goals!


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