The Sadness of Spring
ROW80-2 -03/04 -First Check-in

ROW80-2 -Objectives -2019

Well, here we are, the second ROW of the year and an opportunity to reflect and readjust.  I did start the year with an extensive set of objectives, Some were met, some not quite, some complete misses. 

My long-term goals remain the same:

  • to become a better writer
  • to grow my community of online followers
  • to maintain my health - mental and physical

Objectives (writerly and an 'other' section):

  • Write - Because I do enjoy it. I'll set a new and very modest target of 1h/day, early in the day. 
    • Write new material - one draft Flash Fiction a week. 
    • Edit existing material - to send in for publication - see below. 
    • Work on my next novel
  • Write better - Read about how to write, and get constructive feedback.
    • My main source of writing info is a series of writerly blogs. Objective  -stay current. 
    • Continue with setting Flash Fiction prompts. Good for challenge, practice, and feedback. Objective - set a challenge a week. 
  • Publish/market  - We publish partially for the glory and bags of money, but also for the feedback and increased marketability. 
    • I have many FF written already, here. I'll re-examine them, and send off one a week to some publishers.
  • Read with purpose
    • Objective - read and review a book a week. 


  • Better health
    • It's spring now. Set Fitbit target to 3500 steps a day. Objective - 5 times a week.
    • Set sleep target to 7.5 hours, starting at midnight. Objective - 5 times a week.  
  • Stay social - That's a given, what with walking about, visits to local cafes and bars, and all my grandkids being in Ottawa. 
    • Again, limits for some of this. No more than three pub visits a week. 
  • Have fun - Gaming, Netflix - both indoors. Outdoors? I had this objective last year for casual fun, like Netflix and video games. But now gaming, and Twitch streaming, has grown to several hours a day, at various times, for various durations. Sometimes I have viewers to chat with, sometimes not.
    • Set up a regular schedule (try again!)
    • Use Map My Walk to track my exercise, and show in Google Earth for me.  
  • Chores - I added this to capture bigger jobs.


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Patty Archer

Great goals, Mike! Spring is a good time to get outside, and I always find something to inspire me there. Today I saw an impromptu dog party outside the ice cream store! There is a poem in there somewhere 😊


Great goals. I especially like the Health-related one. I, too, have to start working toward becoming healthier, and our goals are very similar.

Good luck with your goals for this Round, and especially getting healthier.

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