30 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 8

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

The ROW80 tag line is particularly appropriate for me this week because it was my last week in Vienna and I basically chose to ignore my writing in favor of getting out and experiencing more of the city. Made me wonder why I didn't do it earlier.

As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress this week on August's goals is as follows.

Finish Work on first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. 
After last week's conversation with my good friend who helped me realize I was being crazy-cakes about my production schedule, this goal has been revised. And evidently I took the October deadline as license to completely take a break from my writing this week. Hmm. So yeah, I didn't do anything on this goal this week, and I seriously doubt I'll do much (if anything) next week because I'll be busy driving all over the state of Oregon. So I guess I get a two-week vacation from writing. But back to it on Sept. 8!!

25 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 7


"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress this week on August's goals is as follows.

Finish first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. I'm fairly pleased with the progress I made on the WIP last week; I worked on it for a minimum of 2 hrs/day, Monday through Friday. That said, it's become crystal clear that I need to adjust my expectations around when I'm going to get this sucker done.

I had a good conversation with a friend tonight via Skype in which she helped me realize that I'm being insane. When I think about being a full-time author (which is the eventual goal), I think writing 3-4 books a year seems like a really decent goal. But I'm impatient: I want to build my pseudonym's platform so I can start selling books and move to full-time author status sooner rather than later. So my plan for this year was to write and publish 3 books under pseudonym whilst continuing the editing work and coaching work...oh yeah, and working on some short stories and poems under my own name. What?!?

17 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 6

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."
 
As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress on this month's goals is as follows.

Finish first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. I did make some progress on the WIP this week. *struggles to not say "but..."* A lot of the work I've been doing lately is more passive than active, meaning it's not so much about actually getting new words in the Scrivener file...though there's been a bit of that, too. I've read several other romance novels over the past couple of weeks, have done some character exploration, and have had some exciting epiphanies about certain plot points in the WIP. *runs away before she can say "but..."*

10 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 5

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

I've been in Vienna for a week now. The 15+ hours of travel on Sunday and then starting my German course on Monday kind of took it out of me, but I've been slowly adjusting to the new environment...and to the fact that it's even harder to get things done here because I don't speak the language. But somehow I'm hobbling along and even managing to get some writing done!

August - Vienna:

03 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 4

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

This was my last week in Paris. Tomorrow (I'm writing this on Saturday night) I'll be on trains all day traveling to Vienna, where I'll be taking a month-long intensive German course (part of my lifelong goal to learn to speak seven languages fluently before I die). As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time, so with the shift in location comes a shift in my ROW80 goals. Today's post includes a final check-in on my July goals and an update to my August goals as appropriate.

July - Paris
  • Get out & about for at least 2 hrs/day. This was mostly accomplished during my month in Paris. At the very least I got out for an hour a day for a coffee. Fact is, I had a lot of work this month, and that, coupled with a strong desire to sleep lots, made it difficult to get out as much as I'd planned. That said, I did explore this neighborhood quite a lot, braved the crowds to see the Bastille Day fireworks, went to Sacre Coeur, saw the Arc de Triomphe (again) and the Champs-Élysées (again), visited a Paris Plage (man-made beach along a canal), and hung out with the locals at my favorite cafe-bar. Not bad.
  • Improve my French. Yes! This happened! =*D Although my French is not by any means good, I'm more fluent than I was when I got here, and talking with my cafe-bar peeps helped a lot. Come to think of it, if I'd spent that time exploring Paris instead of hanging out at the cafe-bar, my French would not be as good, so maybe it worked out for the best.
  • Finish first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. Um, no. Good thing nobody's waiting on me to have this done! Gonna have to pick this up next month.
  • Two blog posts per week - 1 here, 1 on my travel blog. Yes! In fact I exceeded the goal most weeks.