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ROW80-3 checkin 7/11 - late again

Seems I keep delaying these, in the hopes I will get more accomplished before committing to where I am. But that just means the next check in is a day closer.

I came across a post in Glass Cases on editing dialogue which was quite helpful. In the same article was a link to an earlier one on Band-Aids - quick fixes for your novel. These are not really at the high level structural editing I'm trying to do now, but that means they are a welcome break, a quick fix that makes me see some real progress. Simple things, like scanning for all the 'and then' phrases. specially when at the start of a sentence. I'll use them up carefully, applying one at the start of each editing session. 

My focus was to be on editing, other blogs, and short stories. How did I do?

  • Editing - only a few pages further in the printed copy, but added another 1500 words in between. 
  • Writing - did another Flash Fiction, this one for Flash Fiction Friday. For some reason, couldn't get my comment with link to stick on the site. Oh well, was still a challenge.
  • Learning - reading blogs - keeping up well on those now
    • commenting on other posts and groups - did that after posting my story
    • podcasts - some are only once a week, so building up a bigger collection
    • reading - fiction. Started second in series by Jim Butcher, Academ's Fury. Well written, good use of description.
    • reading - non-fiction - still browsing the Grimms' tales, next of my  challenges is to re-tell a fairy tale in modern times. 
  • health - more walking, with the cooler weather and some podcasts. Ending up at the pub is not a help - trying to reduce carbs a bit. 
  • TV - still on back episodes of True Blood. Working through Season Three. So far have resisted the urge to add vampires to my stories. Closest I have is Romulus, the wolf. 

For the rest of the week, my focus:

  • editing - still try to build the early morning habit. And here I am at 11am, updating my blog, no editing yet. 
  • writing - story due Friday 
  • health - keep up the walking, try for more structure and routine. 
  • chores - as in filing - financials sorted into little piles so far.


Just for reference, my overall objectives: 

  •  Writer (7) - writing for fun, but also working to become a better writer. Writing every day, editing. Reading about writing, books and blogs, as well as networking.
    • Editing (2) - this will be a fixed early task. 2 hrs ?? 10 pages/day 
      • Due North. First pass pencil edit done. Now do online. Approx 315 double-spaced pages, starting at page 81.  
      •  Due North 2 - sequel. About 260 pages. TBD – cleanup scenes synopsis and notes, print, revise, type in.  
    •  Writing (1) - Flash Fiction stories. 2/wk, 3 hrs each, so an hour. 
    • Publishing (1/2) -nothing like rejection/acceptance to hone your skills
      • Short Stories (1/4) – Flash fiction. New, or edit existing. Take from blog while submitting. Use market survey from Flash Fiction Chronicles, aim to send in one a week. 
      •  Fairy Tale Folk (1/4)- pull them together into collection. Start with a spreadsheet – story, characters, their traits, their development, good for ongoing stories too. Edit if time. Not a high priority this round. 
  •  Learning/sharing (3 1/2) 
    • Blogs (1) - maybe too many subscriptions. Track them all for a week and rate them.
    • Facebook (1/2) - ROW80 group, Ottawa Writers, Creative Writing Circle, and NaNoWriMo Ottawa. 
    • Podcasts (1) - have set up a few, mostly on writing. Can follow these while walking or cooking.
    • Reading (1) - non-fiction, to entertain and learn. 
    • Reading (1) - fiction, to entertain and learn. 
  • Health (2 1/2) - not a lot of time, but needs to be a main item. 
    • Walking (1) - can be an evening activity too. With podcasts. Will aim for 10,000 steps.
    • Exercise/sports (1/2) -Short morning yoga session. Floor exercises? Bike? 
    • Diet – Better food, less alcohol (healthier and cheaper). 
    • Schedule - hopefully this will be healthy addition too. 
    • Friends and family (1) - just to make sure don't get stuck inside doing all these tasks
  •  Chores (2) - the boring stuff. Cleaning, laundry, shopping. And taxes.
  • TV (1)
  • Total 11.25






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