Jumping Into A Round of Words

My blog readers may or may not remember that once upon a time I joined A Round of Words in 80 Days. (For those who don’t know or need a refreshers, ROW80 is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life,” or something that lets you pick your own goals yet still provides an accountability group. It’s like a sustainable NaNoWriMo.)

ROW80Anyway, I joined ROW80 when it first started. It was a great idea, and I had fun with it, but the life thing became something I didn’t want to share with writing. It happens sometimes, and I didn’t have enough energy to go around so I had to pick what was most important to me. At the time, it wasn’t writing.

However, getting back to writing has always been a goal for the future, and something that was in the back of my head. I just wasn’t ready for it… until November 2012. After a hiatus of 2 years, I got back to NaNo in 2012. And I won, getting my 50K with plenty of time to spare.

And now, having reached that goal of getting back to writing, I want to find a way to work it back into my regular routine.

Now. Many people doing ROW80 have made writing a daily goal. I am not yet going to do that. Other aspects of my life are still taking up a lot of time and energy. My commute is longer than I’d like. I have a wedding to plan. And I need to get my crafting supplies down to a manageable amount so they fit in the space allotted for them. (Speaking of which, if you, dear blog reader, are someone who wants to take some Creative Memories scrapbook supplies off my hands at a cheaper-than-retail-rate, let me know. Most of the things are older items, but I’ve gone to digital scrapbooking so don’t need any of my traditional supplies any more.)

Right. I may as well just get straight to my goals for ROW 80 Round 1 2013 now. The starting date is officially tomorrow, but Sunday is going to be one of my regular blog days (see goals below) and Monday is not, so I’ll post this a day early. No harm in that.

I’m going to include more than just writing in my goals this time around. And if these goals end up being too easy, I can revise them as needed. Hopefully they won’t be too hard to meet, but if so I’ll deal with that when the time comes.

Round Of Words 2013R1 goals:

WRITING GOALS:

  1. Write (or edit, or worldbuild, or etc.) for 45 minutes on 3 weekdays per week. This will mostly be on C&F.
  2. Write (etc) for 1 hour on 1 weekend day per week. (Again, focused on C&F.)
  3. Have a submission package for T (my 2009 NaNo project) ready by the end of Round 1.

BLOGGING GOALS:

  1. Write a minimum of three posts per week. (These can be scheduled in advance if needed.)
  2. Catch up with my feed reader by the end of every Sunday.

LIFE GOALS:

  1. Post a minimum of 2 auctions to eBay per week.
  2. Hydrate better. I’m going to try starting and ending each day by drinking a large glass of water, and we’ll see how that works.

And that’s that. It’s been a while since I’ve done this kind of goal tracking, so we’ll see how it goes.

How about you? Even if you’re not in ROW80, do you have any plans or goals for the new year?

Monday Miscellany

Today I have random thoughts for you. No real reason, just that it’s what I’ve managed to come up with. And, of course, a random thoughts post means a bulleted list.

  • Spell-check doesn’t like “bulleted”.
  • I nearly typed “buttered” instead. Spell check likes that word much better.
  • Sore shoulders are no fun. Good thing there are such wonderful inventions as heat packs. They feel great on sore shoulders, especially on cold nights.
  • Cold nights also mean it’s time to change the sheets to something warmer. I don’t think it’s cold enough to need flannel sheets yet, but the jersey would be nice.
  • Only, that means more laundry. I’m swimming in laundry (some of it clean, thankfully) as it is already.
  • I have finally worked up the synopsis for my YA novel from a couple NaNo’s back into something that seems like a passable synopsis. Now I need to write the query letter, and then get up the guts to send it out into the world.
  • 12 days is not a lot of time to sew Halloween costumes. Good thing I have done theatre costumes before, and am used to sewing in not much time. Also, it’s a good thing that these are meant to be COSTUMES. Finishing details are much different on a costume than on, say, a business suit.
  • Not that I would actually attempt to sew a business suit.
  • I have cast off a few knitting projects lately. This leaves me with only (heh) 6 projects on the needles at the moment. I’m feeling shy of options when it comes to what to knit. I only have 6 things to choose from.
  • Well, technically I only have 5 projects to pick from if I want to knit something. Number six is a crochet project.
  • I am not going to cast on anything new until I have received some additional supplies, however. I have several more (un-bloggable due to being presents) projects that need supplies before I can start them. Luckily, the items should be here fairly soon.
  • And when I have a spare moment knitting-wise (aka after Christmas) I will be knitting myself some Star Trek socks.

Star Trek Socks

  • I kinda suspect I will get orders from family members for a pair or two of these.
  • There was something else I was going to add to this list, but I got distracted by adding the picture and the Ravelry link, and so I do not remember what I was going to say. I hate it when I do that.
  • In the event I remember, I will add to this list with the rest of my miscellaneous thoughts. In the meantime, however, have a great Monday!

June Is Busting Out All Over!

. . . because I’m a theatre geek, I couldn’t resist the song title for today’s post, even if it has nothing to do with the post itself. Except that it’s now June, which means June goals instead of May ones.

Before I get to the new goals, though, a quick note on the old ones. During May, I was supposed to be participating in Joely Sue’s MayNoWriMo, a kind of choose-your-own-adventure of an accountability group. (No set goal common to the group, just a way to hold yourself accountable to your own choice of goal.) I didn’t do so hot on my goal. Here’s my comment on Joely’s wrap-up post:

Heh. As for me, I didn’t meet many of my goals for the month, and none of the ones for MayNoWriMo. But I’ve also been learning about me and what drives me, and that’s a positive thing. I think I needed to recharge my batteries, and I’m still working on finding a sustainable level of productivity. But there’s one thing this month and our challenge has proven to me: there’s a support group there, ready to help me out as soon as I’m ready for them. Thanks for heading this up!

You know what, though? Learning about oneself is an important part of this whole writing process. I’m glad to have done it. It’s just annoying that it happens at a point in time when I had something else planned. Ah well. Best laid plans, right?

Now: a wrap-up of May’s goals:

1. Finish the full-novel beta review I have outstanding for an OWG friend. – due 5/5/10

Done!

2. Finish the beta review of Kelley Armstrong’s THE GATHERING. – due 5/15/10

Done!

3. Re-read my first-ever-novel in preparation for re-working it. – due 5/15/10

Done! (And bits of it are actually not bad writing, too!)

4. Write 25K words of planning and language creating for E1. This is a MayNoWriMo goal. – due 5/31/10

Not done. So very not done.

5. Post book reviews on the last 4 Tuesdays in May. – due weekly on Tuesdays

Sometimes done. We’ll count it, even though I wanted to do more of them than I actually did.

6. Work on the T sub package (query, synopsis, etc). – due 5/25/10

Not done.

And a look at June’s:

1.  T sub package. For real this time.

1a. Write T synopsis. – due 6/12/10

1b. Write T query letter. – due 6/19/10

1c. Start submitting T. – due 6/30/10

2. Weekly book reviews, to be posted on Tuesdays (except this week, which will be moved to Thursday due to the goalpost being on Tuesday).

3. Write 250 words a day on something story-related. This can be actual fiction, or the worldbuilding and language creation that goes with it.

4. Create working plot & story arc for E1. Ideally plan out a basic trilogy arc to go with it. – due 6/15/10

5. Post something for critique in the OWG. – due 6/6/10

6. Do (at least) 2 reviews in the OWG. – due 6/30/10

And now, the part you’ve all been waiting for, the CONTEST WINNERS!

Being a gamer, I used polyhedral dice to determine the winners. Same difference as a random number generator, but more hands-on.  🙂

  • Elfshadow goes to Sommer!
  • Ecstasy Unveiled goes to Saranissa (aka livelovebebelieve)!
  • Dear Sir, I’m Yours goes to Jeanette!

Winners, I will e-mail you for info on how to get you your books. Congrats, and thank you for playing everyone!

Keepin’ Up The Goalposts

Just a quickie post today… but don’t forget to enter my blog contest, going on through the end of the month! For an extra chance to enter today, leave me a comment with suggestions for how to actually FOLLOW UP on goals you make… Any tips you have that I might be able to implement in my own life would be appreciated! Sometimes the motivation is just lacking, you know?

1. Finish the full-novel beta review I have outstanding for an OWG friend. – due 5/5/10

Done!

2. Finish the beta review of Kelley Armstrong’s THE GATHERING. – due 5/15/10

Done!

3. Re-read my first-ever-novel in preparation for re-working it. – due 5/15/10

Not done. Working on it, though. Started counts for something.

4. Write 25K words of planning and language creating for E1. This is a MayNoWriMo goal. – due 5/31/10

Heh. Not done.

5. Post book reviews on the last 4 Tuesdays in May. – due weekly on Tuesdays

Scheduling a post for this Tues right after I schedule this one. Trying to get back on track.

6. Work on the T sub package (query, synopsis, etc). – due 5/25/10

Also not done. Not likely it will be done by the due date.

Mid-May Goalpost

Here’s a quickie post for today with my progress on my goals. Don’t forget to see Friday’s post for my current contest!

1. Finish the full-novel beta review I have outstanding for an OWG friend. – due 5/5/10

Done!

2. Finish the beta review of Kelley Armstrong’s THE GATHERING. – due 5/15/10

Done!

3. Re-read my first-ever-novel in preparation for re-working it. – due 5/15/10

Not done. I’ll do this in the coming week, I think.

4. Write 25K words of planning and language creating for E1. This is a MayNoWriMo goal. – due 5/31/10

Also not done. I’ve started thinking about it, but have not really done much yet.

5. Post book reviews on the last 4 Tuesdays in May. – due weekly on Tuesdays

Um. Not done. I’ll do this as I’m able to focus on it again.

6. Work on the T sub package (query, synopsis, etc). – due 5/25/10

Also not done. Might be done by the due date, might not.

May Goalpost

Ah, don’t we all love (hate) events that change schedules? Mine is so messed up these days I don’t even know what day it is…

And not knowing what day it is tends to be bad for blog posts. I will try to get a book review posted next Tuesday, but I don’t have one written (and am not going to) this week. I have still been reading, so I’ll still easily make my goal of 52 books read this year, but reviews will have to wait until next week (hopefully) to get back to something resembling a regular schedule.

In the meantime, however, here are my May goals:

1. Finish the full-novel beta review I have outstanding for an OWG friend. — due 5/5/10

2. Finish the beta review of Kelley Armstrong’s THE GATHERING. — due 5/15/10

3. Re-read my first-ever-novel in preparation for re-working it. — due 5/15/10

(Note: this was originally code-named E1, then I switched it to FEN for First-Ever-Novel, and now I’m swapping it back to E1. Because my head hasn’t adjusted to the new code-name, so why bother changing something that already works?)

4. Write 25K words of planning and language creating for E1. This is a MayNoWriMo goal. — due 5/31/10

5. Post book reviews on the last 4 Tuesdays in May. — due weekly on Tuesdays

6. Work on the T sub package (query, synopsis, etc). — due 5/25/10

Goal Posts, 4/27 Edition

1. Quick polish SPN & send to Betas due date 4/5/10

Done! Though the “quick polish” was exceptionally quick. Embarrassingly quick, even.

2. Send T to 5 sub ops – due date 4/30/10

Not done yet. Show has opened, but SPN still has priority. After that, it will probably be May before I touch T again.

3. Revise SPN and submit to Samhain contest – due date 4/30/10

Working on it! Though I have decided that there needs to be some pretty major revision. We’ll see how much gets done in time to submit. I am currently highly suspicious that it will get done in time. Energy is… well, gone. Between opening the show and the “I think I’m sick” that always seems to follow Hell Week, I have barely touched my writing these past few weeks.

4. Get “Into the Woods” ready to perform – due date 4/23/10

Done! Even if it did eclipse EVERYTHING else on my to-do list…

5. Finish 2 or more OWG critiques — due date 4/30/10

Not done yet. Not even thought about yet, sadly.

6. Write a book review a week for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge  due weekly by Tuesday

Not done, for once. I read a book this week, but have no energy for the review. Ah well.