Final #ROW80 Check-in – Sunday 20 September

row80As I don’t post check-ins on Wednesdays, this is my final one for the round. My aim this round was to create good habits, which I definitely managed on the reading and writing fronts. Study and fitness fronts… not so much. The days are getting longer, though, and the weather is gradually warming up, so riding the bike shouldn’t be such a chore. I’m going to keep most of my goals as they are, and see if I can continue to develop good habits into the future. I’ve actually missed the past few check-ins due to various things going on, but here’s my progress for this past week.

  • Write one page in notebook every day

There have been a few days recently where I didn’t write. In the 80 days of the round (all right 74 at time of writing), there were 14 days when I didn’t write anything at all, plus a couple of days where I only wrote two or three lines. While there is still room for improvement, I’d call that a success!

I am going to change this goal for the next round, though. Because I was so obsessed with having something under every day’s date in my notebook, I didn’t ever want to sit down and just bash out words on the computer.  So I’ll phrase it something about “write one page in notebook or 100 words on laptop” and hopefully won’t get so het up about the notebook itself.

  • Type up the week’s writing on Sunday evenings.

I have a lot of untyped stuff to go through, particularly on my newest WIP, “Worlds Apart”.

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

I have definitely been doing this! I’m about five or six books ahead of schedule!

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

I’ve scheduled reviews for A Darker Shade of Magic and The Hollow Boy. I’m considering changing up my blogging schedule a bit, and posting reviews every Friday if I have them to post, or just letting the Friday go by if there’s nothing written at that point. When it comes to set patterns and ways of doing things, though, I vehemently dislike change. So we’ll see how long it take to persuade myself to do this.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

Haha, yeahno. Better luck next round, right?

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

This goal went not too badly. I’m happy with the work I did there.

I’ll see you all in the next week or so for Round 4!

~ Emily

#ROW80 Checkin- August 16

This week was a vast improvement from the last, I am happy to say. I’m pantsing my way through a contemporary romance set at a university, whipping through what I’m reading. Here’s a break down of my goals.

  • Write one page in notebook every day

The only day I didn’t write was Thursday. It felt much better than the week before, when I barely wrote at all.

  • Type up the week’s writing on Sunday evenings.

I am going to do that immediately after finishing this post.

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

Yes. Definitely. I finished Dust Girl and The Viper and the Urchin and am continuing Balanced on the Blade’s Edge. Persuasion is on hold because my iPod isn’t working. I also started Crewel, but I didn’t realise it was dystopian fiction, and so it wasn’t what I was expecting (I thought it was fantasy). I like for everyone to subjugated equally when I read dystopian fiction; things like the women having to be married by 18 and having to be styled and made beautiful don’t really appeal to me as much. I’m going to give it to page 100 and then decide whether to keep going.

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

I wrote and scheduled a review of Dust Girl. Also tweaked my review of Dorothy Must Die and can now hand it in for a uni assignment. So that review will now go up at a later date when the assignment has been marked. I was going to do a critical analysis of three reviews of Go Set A Watchman for this exercise, but then I realised I could do a review of anything, and suddenly the exercise became a whole lot easier.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

I rode Monday and intended to also ride Saturday. I was just about out the door when I remembered I was seeing a show last night and wouldn’t be able to finish work at five, ride/bus home, freshen up and get to the venue in time for dinner. So I had to drive.

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

We took stock of what we had in the cupboard and managed to stock ourselves up for four different recipes for under $50. I wish more grocery bills were like that! I also made apple pies. Delicious.

That’s all from me! See you all soon!

~ Emily

#ROW80 Check-in Week 5

This has been a bit of a lacklustre week, as you’ll see when I do my summary of goals. I tired myself out early on in the week, and never managed to get quite back to myself. Riding my bike all the way to work when I hadn’t ridden in about three months turned out to be a mistake. However, I am going to try again tomorrow. I’ve also done barely any uni work, and will need to get a serious wriggle on with that this week. Here are my goals in more detail:

  • Write one page in notebook every day

I didn’t do this, though I sort of have a reason. I had been writing daily, but I got to a point where I didn’t really know where I was going. And trying to just write through that wasn’t helping. I did do some brainstorming, but that resulted in ideas that really need to stew for a bit before they go down on paper. In the meantime, I did start brainstorming another story, but I wasn’t trying to force that out either. I think I probably wrote something 4/7 days all together.

  • Type up the week’s writing on Sunday evenings.

Nope. I had the laziest day today. Though I did redo my AMCF manuscript into the CreateSpace template (accidentally lost the old one when I had to get my laptop reformatted recently)

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

This I did manage. Though I’m thinking of dropping Throne of Glass; it’s just not impressing me much. I read some spoilery reviews and I don’t think it’s going to improve. I also started The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean and it is great so far! I was intending to finish my library books first, but the silly people in charge of the short play festival I was performing in yesterday decided that not only did the wings have to be in blue light, but also the dressing rooms (despite the fact that the dressing rooms are far enough up the corridor from the stage that the lights aren’t going to distract the audience). Which meant we were basically in the dark. So I started reading this on my phone.

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

Nope.

  • Spend Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoons working on assignments.

I didn’t spent as much time as I should have, but I have completed one of the two 800-word papers I have due in August. This week I need to make a damned good start on the 3000 word paper I have due on the 31st.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

I rode on Monday, and was then saddle-sore until Thursday. On Friday the fog was really thick in the morning, and I currently don’t have a light on my bike, so I didn’t risk it. But once is better than nothing, right? I’m going to try again tomorrow, and see if I can manage it more than once this week.

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

This was an off-week for this. However, we have worked out half of the things we’re going to get on pay day this week. So that’s it for me. Hopefully I’ll get a good night’s sleep tonight, and have a far more productive week this week. I’ll catch you all soon! ~ Emily

#ROW80 Check-in: Week 4

Is it week 4? I think it is. Something like that. Leaving the heading that way now. For those who I have no idea what I’m on about, click to learn more about ROW80, the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

I returned from my weekend birthday retreat feeling both relaxed and very sore (that’s what massages AND bush walking will do to you), and back to the humdrum of every day life. Though I did get my hair cut (see Instagram widget in the sidebar)! And work was kind of interesting/weird on Friday, when we had to pack up our entire office in preparation of them moving all our stuff to our new workspace over the weekend. I think I strained my wrist, but I’ll be all right. For the most part, I did pretty well on my goals. Even though I missed last week’s check-in, I’m just going to focus on the last week in my check-in, because otherwise it’ll get confusing. And I’ve forgotten the week before last anyway.

  • Write one page in my notebook every day

I missed a day! For the first time since the beginning of the round. And it was Wednesday, too, the day when I was home, but off work, and had absolutely nothing better to do with my time.

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However, I am sure I can cope with missing one day out of the last 28.

(Incidentally, it was hilarious how many Supernatural gifs like this one came up when I searched “crying gif”).

  • Type up stuff in notebook on Sunday afternoons

Well… eh. I haven’t done it yet, because I spent today brainstorming, and may be scrapping a character. Most of what I wrote this week was that character’s introduction, but now that I’ve redeveloped a lot of Grace and Frederick’s back story, I’m not really sure that this other character will really fit in. There is one particular plot detail that was specific to her, but I’m thinking I may actually be able to transfer it to Grace. I’m not going to force it, though. I’m thinking I’m going to spend the next week writing more on this back story, possibly from both Frederick and Grace’s POV. There’s a lot going on with Frederick in the main plot that harks back to things he did a long time ago, and I need to really solidify that.

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

I read so much on my retreat it makes up for the couple of days I didn’t read during the week. I finished Dorothy Must Die while I was away and For Darkness Shows the Stars on Friday night. Wasn’t too fussed on Dorothy Must Die, but For Darkness… was lovely. GoodReads informs me I am currently two books ahead of schedule.

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

I wrote two yesterday, and started another one.

  • Spend Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoons working on assignments.

I tried to spend Friday night at the library, but due to my sore wrist, could only do so much. I have now completed 50% of one course’s work, and need to decide what I’m going to write my essay on for the other 50%. There are also two 10% exercises for my second course due during August. I think I’ve decided on how to approach the first one. Also, I think I might change the wording of this goal, since I do actually try to spread my uni work over every night of the week.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

On my retreat I did two ninety minute bush walks, a fitball class and attempted archery. This is why I was so sore by the time I got home. Soreness extended for the rest of the week. Today was the first day I didn’t wake up with aching arms.

However! I finally got my bike tyre fixed! I can start riding again. The mornings have been pretty cold, but I’m actually quite looking forward to getting back on the bike. By the time I get to work, I’ve woken up properly, and then I have a shower and I’m ready to start the day.

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

I didn’t really get a chance to do this as I only got home the day before payday. I bought a pie-maker, and we made pies yesterday! Vegetable curry ones. Delicious! I’m also going through the soup in the freezer, so I’ve had to buy fewer groceries.

checklistSo! How to go about this week:

Monday: check for emails from lecturer regarding essay topic and respond based on what she says; decide on article to examine for Writing Exercise #1; comment on at least 5 ROW80 blogs.

Tuesday: begin and preferably complete Writing Exercise #1

Wednesday: sport and Wednesday blog post

Thursday: brainstorm essay topic (adapt this if I am not yet decided on topic) and make a list of potential resources; finish For Darkness Shows The Stars review.

Friday: Visit at least half of the WIPpet Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts. Return comments on my own Wednesday post.

Saturday: will be taken up with a short play festival I’m taking part in.

Sunday: Essay work.

That’s it from me for tonight, check back tomorrow for Mirth and Music Monday!

~ Emily

#ROW80 Check-in 19/07/2015

row80It’s been a bit of an odd week; I had some personal stuff crop up that I wasn’t expecting, and that affected me more than it seemed it would at first. I ended up taking Thursday off work, which threw off my routine a bit, but I still made my daily goals on that day.

  • Write one page in my notebook every day

I did this, and I think it was multiple pages every day except for Thursday and Saturday, when I didn’t realise I hadn’t done any writing until 9:30 at night.

  • Type up stuff in notebook on Sunday afternoons

I just finished! And learned that for all the pages I wrote, it only added about 1500 words to my file. But the regular writing habit is what I’m aiming for this round, and so far I’m doing that.

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

Haven’t had any reading time today, but have read every other day. And probably for more than half an hour, too, since I read on the bus to work, and then on both my tea breaks. I write on the lunch break, though.

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

I started one, but then I lost it. I’ll have to try to write two this week.

  • Spend Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoons working on assignments.

Yesterday was the only day, though I completed another 10% of my winter course work, which takes me up to 30%. There are two work sheets and the final essay to go. However, I realised that second semester starts this week, and the course I am enrolled in has things due while the winter course is still going (curse this overlap!). So I’m going to have to really get motivated this week. If I wasn’t writing this so late, I’d write a to do list for each day in this post, like I was doing in first semester, but I think I’ll leave that for tomorrow.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

I did two lots of Zumba this week. And ate enough junk to cancel it all out, to be honest. Still need to find a time on a weekend to get my bike into the shop. The problem is that it won’t fit in the back of my car, so I will have to take it in on the bus.

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

I did this, though… I got home from uni yesterday to my partner informing me that our fridge had died… thankfully, we had only been to the farmer’s market so far, and the fresh stuff was okay out of the fridge. We did have to run out and buy a new one and pay the extra $10 for Sunday delivery, and then we had to wait for the few hours until we could turn it on, then another few hours before we could put stuff in it, so the rest of the groceries only got done tonight. Foolishly, we thought to measure the width of our old one, but not the depth, so this one sticks out past the edge of the alcove a bit, but hey, it’s a working fridge! We’re just lucky Edy’s tax refund came through when it did, or I would have had to raid my savings, and I wouldn’t have been able to that until tomorrow.

I’m probably going to miss next Sunday’s check-in, unless I do it early. It’s my birthday, so I’m treating myself to a stay at a wellness retreat, where I intend to entirely cut myself off from the outside world for three days. I will be enjoying a facial on one day, a massage on another, bush walks, bike rides, a heated pool, a gym and a silent room with an open fire, where I will be doing lots of reading and writing each evening… I mean… I’ll be working really hard and it’ll be awful and you have no reason to be jealous whatsoever. 😛

Anyway, it’s now 9:45, so I should finish this up so I still have some time to read for a while before bed. Until next time!

~ Emily

#ROW80 Round 3 Goal-setting

row80I fell off the Round 2 bandwagon about halfway through the round. I was so busy with uni work and rehearsals that I didn’t really have time for blogging, and since I also wasn’t writing anything of note during this time, there didn’t seem much point. However, I don’t plan on auditioning for anything else until September(ish), so that does give me some time to get back on track for a while. As such, here are my goals for round 3:

  • Write one page in my notebook every day, be it brainstorming, prose, whatever. Even if I were to write on every line of each page, this would probably only equate to 150 words at most, but I’m setting tiny goals deliberately.
  • Type up stuff in notebook on Sunday afternoons
  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.
  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post.
  • Spend Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoons working on assignments. (Amend slightly if aforementioned audition is successful and I need to work around rehearsals)
  • Ride bike to work at least three days a week, or if it’s too foggy in the morning, walk from work into the city after work. Yes, it’s cold. Stop being a wuss. Rug up.
  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day. This is something I’ve had grand intentions to do for months, so maybe having it on here will encourage me.

I’m posting my goals separate to my usual Monday post, but after this week, I will post Mirth and Music Monday and a ROW80 check-in in the same post (I’ll schedule it for early Monday morning here, which will still be Sunday in a lot of places). Then I’ll have WIPpet Wednesday and WWW Wednesday on, well, Wednesdays. It was going to be getting a bit crowded if I also did a ROW80 check-in there like I have in the past.

I’m going to head off now and make my other post for tonight, and I’ll see you all around the blogosphere.

~ Emily