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.

31 July 2014

Scrivener Giveaway

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know that I use Scrivener, a writing app that blew my mind when I first tried it and changed the way I write for the better. If you want to know more about this, go read this post by me. And this one by Kiersi Burkhart.

And now kingsumo.com is giving away Scrivener to two lucky winners, so if you're a writer who hasn't tried/bought it yet, here is your chance to get your hands on it for free.

That is all.

27 July 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 3


This week I took on a last-minute editing job, so less time available for wandering and writing than I'd expected. Nevertheless, some good work accomplished this week.

"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.
 
Get out & about for at least 2 hrs/day - On Sunday afternoon I hung out at my favorite cafe-bar for several hours and met most of the other regulars. Monday I walked up to Sacre Coeur and took lots of photos/videos. My favorite part was lurking around in back of the basilica because it was far more tranquil there (i.e. fewer tourists). Tuesday through Friday I didn't get out more than to grab my daily cup of coffee and do some grocery shopping, but yesterday I was out and about with some of the peeps from the cafe-bar from around 2pm til 10:30pm, so that sort of made up for it. This week I don't have any editing work, so the plan is to get out for several hours at a time in the middle of the day.