#ROW80 Round 4 – Check-in #1

This has been a pretty good week for me. Not only did I have a bit of a breakthrough on Operation: Sugarplum, but I also had a class with an award-winning Australian author. It was for the creative writing module of the uni course I’m doing this semester, “Writing in the Public Sphere”, and it was just eight of us along with this author. I’m going to do a blog post with all the stuff she talked about; I intended to have it up before this post, but that didn’t happen, so I’ll link to it in next week’s check-in.

row80Now having said all that, let’s have a look at how I went with my goals:

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

I wrote something every day except Wendesday. I made up for that today, though. I think having the weekends for making up time is a good plan. Most of this stuff was on Operation Sugarplum, though on Monday I wrote 252 words from a random prompt.

I’m also going to increase these word count aims in November, once I’ve got uni out of the way for the year.

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

I wrote and posted my review of The Amazing Adventures of Acacia Carlisle by fellow ROW80 participant, Cate Morgan. I figured something with no reviews on either Amazon or GR deserved to have a review posted this week, rather than the three I already had scheduled, which are all really popular books with plenty of reviews. So I’ve bumped those ones back a fortnight.

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

I was mostly preparing for the intensives we had on Friday and yesterday. I’ve started one of the short exercises, and I have changed my mind about which longer paper I’m going to do. But I still need to get a move on with it. I have arranged with my boss to take a day off in a couple of weeks to work on it.

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

I’ve actually written six, though I need to put them in the post tomorrow. I registered to send three new ones, then realised I had three sitting there that I had claimed in March or something. Users can still register expired postcards, so I figured I might as well send them so they stop showing up on my list as expired.

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

Erm, well, it was the wrong time of the month this week, so I just drove to work each day, because it was more comfortable. That’s not an issue this week, though, so watch me go!

If you want to find out more about A Round of Words in 80 Days (the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have  a Life), please visit the ROW80 site. You won’t regret it! That’ll do me for now. I’ll see you around your blogs!

~ Emily

Heading into the second half of the year

Today is July 1, the first day of the second half of 2014. Since finishing the edits on A More Complicated Fairytale in April, I haven’t really written anything amazingly useful, and have spent the past few days leafing through notes I’ve made on stories I’ve never completed and wondering (read: stressing about) whether I’ve only got one complete story in me and I’ll never finish another one (don’t worry, I’m 99.9% confident this is not the case, I just every now and then let that o.1% get to me… like when the only thing I’m writing is fanfiction and I’m only writing a few hundred words every few days on it).

A More Complicated Fairytale, when more work was being done on it. I had a big think about this on the weekend and as a result, I’ve decided to try to work out what I want to achieve in the next six months, and how I might go about achieving it. So, without further ado:

Ongoing Goals:

  • Not a writing goal but putting it here nonetheless: return to using My Fitness Pal as a way to track eating and hold myself accountable if I am over-indulging/encourage myself not to over-indulge.
  • In months where I’m not participating in a NaNoWriMo-type event, return to previous writing goal of two nights a week, sitting down for an hour and working on writing. I usually end up achieving more than this when I’m really into a project, but two hours a week doesn’t feel like work when I’m not on a roll.
  • Participate more fully in ROW80 again – post check-ins on Wednesdays, as well as try to visit five blogs after each check-in.


  • Camp NaNoWriMo, 500 words a day on new WIP “Unicorn Love” for a total of 15500 words by the end of the month.
  • Organise (or at least make a proper start on organising) a cover for AMCF
  • Have AMCF proofread.
  • Bribe Edy with cake (or similar) to achieve said proofreading.


  • Decide whether or not to continue with Unicorn Love depending on how July goes.
  • Brainstorm and write an outline for AMCF companion, An Eventual Happily Ever After.
  • Read over the version of AEHEA from last year’s NaNoWriMo, decide what might be kept.
  • Publish AMCF?! (I had August in mind as a publication date at the beginning of the year and if I get myself into gear, this is totally still possible)


  • Work on new version of AEHEA (and Unicorn Love if I decide to continue with that as well), following two hours/week goal.


  • Continue work on AEHEA and ULnanowrimo_logo
  • Decide what I will write for NaNoWriMo
  • Start planning NaNoWriMo.


  • NaNoWriMo madness!


  • Take a bit of a break, but don’t let up entirely.
  • Work out a better December goal closer to the time, and when some more progress has been made.
  • It feels a bit too far away for me to make any kind of goal right now.

Even though the new round doesn’t start until next week, I’m using this post as my ROW80 Goals Post for round 3 as well, since I’ve pretty much listed my goals. Hopefully I’ll see you around there as well! 🙂