Rewrite the Scene
The Ghost in the Machine

ROW80-3 check in 9/19 - done already

The end of another Round of Words. Yay! I mean, yay it was fun and a good way to focus, but also yay it's done and we get some time off. Sort of. We don't have to track our objectives but all that stuff still has to get done somehow -right? Getting to be a habit for me.

I finished reading Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles for my course, and sent in my essay. Got others back to assess, one looks like it's copied from book descriptions in Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Others are average. I also finished editing my Ottawa Folk Festival pics and FTP'd them in - worked over 6 hours last night. Was back to the House of Paint and Tech walls too, Sunday and Tuesday here in Ottawa. Sorted through more of my Flash Fiction stories, so will have all in a word doc I can send to my "editors" - as in friends and family

Did another Flash Fiction too - Rewrite the Scene of a classic movie. I picked one from 2001.

So - rest of week - assess course's essays on Martian Chronicles. Start next book, Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness. Write flash for Friday. Lots (as in 291) of new photos  to sort through. Trombone practice. 

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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Ruth Nestvold

Congrats on working of so many stories! I think short stories are a great way to learn the craft. Keep up the good work and good luck next round!

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