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ROW80-3 check in 9/16 - the creator

That would be a small 'c' creator, no illusions of godliness here. Specifically, a creator of stories. Start with an idea, twist, character, setting, phrase, then use knowledge and skills with language and the writing process to create a story - a story that entertains, amuses, challenges, befuddles - whatever. I like this new term better than being 'just' a writer.

So -this week I created another Flash Fiction, for Terrible Minds. We had to randomly choose from a list of sub-genre's, items to include, and a theme/motif/conflict. I had Dystopian, Hotel Bar, and a Ticking Clock. Had fun with this one, and blended in some political commentary and an old movie.

Got my essay back from my course - marks so-so - oh well. Saturday was spent an this year's House of Paint hip-hop festival. I've been volunteering and enjoying this since the first one in 2003. Gets bigger and better every year, challenge will be to find the 'right' size and keep it like that.

Over the next few days have to finish reading Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and do an essay on it, get back to sorting out all my old Flash Fiction stories, finish editing my Folk Festival photos, edit the House of Paint ones, and practice trombone.  Plus the usual groceries, laundry, finances, etc.

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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Julie Glover

You've got a lot going on! Best wishes writing every day. I love Ray Bradbury, so I hope you're enjoying his novel.

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