#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

#ROW80 Round 4 – Goals post

row80Today signals the beginning of the new round of A Round of Words in 80 Days. The last few weeks I have been writing words, but I have not been feeling them. I’m not excited about what I’m writing. In fact, this has extended to a few facets of my life, recently, but I’m trying taking steps to inspire myself again. The weather is warming up over here now, and I want to try to spend more time outdoors. Especially over the next month or so, because after that, it’ll be too hot.

I currently have three WIPs on the go. The first, Lessons Learned, is the one with the characters of Grace and Frederick, and set in a historic town in country Australia. You can read some excerpts from it here. In its current state, it sits at about 6000 words so far. Then there’s Operation Sugarplum, which is sitting at 5k. The third is Worlds Apart, which I’ve shared from a couple of times, but I’ve probably only written a couple of thousand words on it, as it’s mostly still in the planning stages. And it’s still mostly all handwritten at this point.

My aim for this round of ROW80 is to finish Operation Sugarplum and make significant progress on Lessons Learned. No, I don’t exactly have a definition for “significant” in this context yet. I’m going to work on Operation Sugarplum first, so I’ve got some time to figure it out.

I also decided I’m not going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Or maybe any year. I logged into the site earlier to look at the forums, and they have added a feature to the profile page called “Lifetime Achievement: Total NaNo Word Count”. Mine is 190,652. That’s nearly 200k words that I have not really done anything with since the months when they were written. I think perhaps Camp NaNo is my thing, if anything, with the option to select what you’re writing and how much. Writing 50k in a month makes too much work down the track. For me, anyway.

So with all that in mind, here are my goals for the round. As usual, I’ve added an exercise goal in as well.

  • Write at least one page in notebook or 100 words on the laptop every week day. Consolidate this on the weekends.
  • Write one book review a week and queue them up on the blog.
  • Spend one evening and one weekend afternoon on uni work. I only have a couple of short exercises still to write, but I need to start the research for the 3000 word paper due November 6.
  • Return comments on this blog and visit the blogs of those who visit me each week.
  • Send three Postcrossing cards per week/maintain maximum total cards travelling.
  • Ride bike to work or walk into the city after work at least three times a week.

I think that ought to keep me busy.

If you are unfamiliar with A Round of Words in 80 Days, you can read more about it here. Its tag line is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life” and it is immensely helpful! I’m going to head off because there are a few more things I need to get organised to get back to work tomorrow (we’ve had a long weekend). I’ll catch you all during the round!

~ Emily