ROW80-3 check in 9/09 - Fading

ROW80-3 check in 9/02 - Long Weekend?

One feature (?) of being formerly retired and now self-employed (this writer thing) is that every day is a work day - or a holiday. My choice. Apparently this is a long weekend for some, so I have to check when the stores are open. In the meantime, I've been plugging along on my course. This week we did several books by H. G. Wells: The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Country of the Blind, The Star, and The Invisible Man. Now I have to pick out something interesting from one or all of them and do a 270-320 word essay on it.

Focus was to be on my course and another Flash Fiction.

  • As mentioned, reading done and essay underway now.
  • Read Princess of Mars for a sci-fi book club on Sunday. We also had a big batch of chili. One of the members is moving soon, so is in the process of cleaning out freezer and cupboards. 
  • Did do a short story, for Terrible Minds, featuring my Fairy Tale Folk again.
  • Reviewed another 5 of my completed short stories - meaning I copy into a word doc, check to see if anyone has plagiarized (nope) and add details to a spreadsheet. Next step will be to find an editor. I have about 20 Fairy Tale Folk stories to be reviewed individually and as a collection, perhaps a novella. And another 40 standalone stories, some fantasy, some sci-fi, some just fiction. A lot to ask friends to do, so I may use the services of Scribophile. They give you 'karma' points for critiquing others, which then entitles you to be critiqued in return. Will take time to review the 'how to critique' section, and do the actual critiques, but will also make m a better writer I hope.
  • Caught up on various blogs too, as was almost a week behind. Definitely needs to be a daily task.
  • Misc - been playing some more on PC and iPad with Evernote, as a tool for writing and also collecting various notes and ideas and links

Next focus - my H. G. Wells essay, and another story for Wednesday. And the course videos - there are 6-8 that the prof does for each unit. Mostly helpful.


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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Marla Rose Brady

Congratulations!! I nomiated you for the "One Lovely Blog Award" put on by Very Novel. Nominate 15 other people for a blog too. :-)

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