ROW80-3 check in 9/02 - Long Weekend?
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ROW80-3 check in 9/09 - Fading

I've been fading on my commitment to my writing objectives, and today am physically fading. I had a cold starting up last week, and volunteered Thursday to Sunday at the Ottawa Folk Festival - photo crew. Had a long shift Saturday, in rain. Poncho and shorts and t-shirt was warm enough at noon, as it was about 24C. By the time I left  at 9 pm a violent thunderstorm system had dropped that to 13. I didn't even get the good shots I'd stayed  late for!

Have more to say I'm sure but between this cold and the cough medicine most of my braincells are asleep. The coffee is keeping maybe a dozen of them active, but that's not really enough to stay focused very long. They are like little hyper active kids, eager to do something, but easily distracted. Plus, today the landlord is refinishing the banisters in the stairwell of my apartment - the droning sound is enough to rattle my filings. I have reading and writing to do for my course, due tomorrow, so will head up to the coffee shop I guess and cough over everyone there.

Progress over the last week? Not much. Oh well.

Target for this week? Mainly to rid of cold.Taking vitamin C for it but not really a proven cure out there, mainly anecdotal evidence. Plenty of rest, fluids, wait it out. Also have the mentioned essay for tomorrow, on Princess of Mars, and some short stories I think. Oh - and watch the latest Doctor Who episode.

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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