ROW80-3 check in 8/08 - the easy life
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ROW80-3 check in 8/12 - Misfits

I started watching this British sci-fi series. I'm part way through Season 2 already - so much for focusing on my ROW80 objectives! Damn fine series though. 

Main focus was to be to read Dracula, for my course. Long day, so will get right to where I'm at. 

  • blogs - caught up on ones I'm following. Commented on some, as well as on other stories in Flash Fiction Friday. 
  • reading - mostly fiction - Dracula, for my course. Had two copies on hold from library, came up for me and were 'in transit' since last Tuesday and still in that status. Drove over to another local library branch and got a copy. I'll see when these turn up and then find out what their metric is for this. Whether it's something like 'most copies arrive within a few days' or 'our target is for 90% to arrive within two business days'. I suspect the former. Annoying. Back to the book - finished it, pages fluttering with neon post-its. Have an idea for essay, will write tomorrow. Then start reading Frankenstein.   

Next few days - Essay due Tuesday. Start Frankenstein - maybe via Adobe Reader. Flash Fiction Friday story due Wednesday.

Just for reference, my overall objectives for this ROW (which I never expect to meet all at the same time):

  •  Writer (8) - 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 (1) - 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 (5 1/2) 
    • Blogs (1) - maybe too many subscriptions. Track them all for a week and rate them.
    • Facebook (1) - ROW80 group, Ottawa Writers, Creative Writing Circle, and NaNoWriMo Ottawa. 
    • Podcasts (.5) - have set up a few, mostly on writing. Can follow these while walking or cooking.
    • Reading (1) - non-fiction, to entertain and learn. 
    • Reading (0) - fiction, to entertain and learn (part of course now). 
    • Course –(2) Fantasy and Science Fiction. Reading, writing, critiques, videos
  • 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 13.5






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Andrea Westphal

Mike, I have to tell you - I'm so impressed with your organization skills. You accomplish a lot every week! I've really enjoyed reading your fiction and it's great that you're also doing this course.


Andrea - not sure if I get a lot done, compared to the actual list of objectives I drew up. But - it does help keep me focused and reminds me when I've let something slide for a while. Surprising how many things are involved in being a writer!

Cate Russell-Cole

Hi MIke, considering you're watching misfits instead of writing, this is probably not the time to tell you about the series "Being Human" which a friend of mine loves. Same genre. But of course, I won't tell you about that, as it's a distraction. Though, distractions can be great for recharging our energy levels and giving us new ideas. I am of course, a bad influence.

So what did you think of Dracula?

Cheers, Cate (ROW80)


Haha - that's OK Cate, already watched a few seasons of "Being Human" - both the British version and the American knock-off.
I enjoyed Dracula, and wrote my essay as a writer, a discussion on why the episolic format worked. Peer review was mixed, one loved it, two didn't seem to get it.
I'll post it online I think.

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