The Helpful Partner
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ROW80-3 03/07/19 Babysitting?

My grandson is here days this week, but as he's 11 I suppose it's not really babysitting. It's more like hanging out.  We're doing a bit of gardening together, which he discovered he likes, and he's also streaming on my Twitch link for a bit every afternoon. He's big on video games, of course. 

As far as writerly things, I sort of kept going on writing end editing since the last Round ended. I did yet another Flash Fiction, gave away copies, and did some editing. Here's my update, with italics for updates:


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 other):

  • Write - Because I enjoy it.
    • Write new material - one draft Flash Fiction a week. Done last Friday. My story is The Helpful Partner. Hope you like Shirley. 
    • Edit existing material - to send in for publication. 2h/d. I've selected one of my stories, The Ghost in the Machine. 1-2 hours/day. I did a read-through, so now I'm looking at each scene, to see what's in it, and why. 
  • 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.  Oops, I'm about a week behind. Need to grab an hour for this.
    • Write regularly - set a FF challenge a week.  Yup, did that last Friday. The challenge is based on a piece of paper found in an old bureau. 
    • Other - I finished MasterClass on Storytelling, by Neil Gaiman. Objective is to finish the workbooks. Nothing.
  • Publish/market  - We publish partially for the glory and bags of money, but also for the feedback and increased marketability. 
    • Amazon Marketing Services Campaigns on KDP -Some sales. Tweak once a week, trying stuff.  Duly tweaked. Some sales. 
    • New technique - give away print copies of Flash Fiction Stories. Still doing this, mostly at my local. Good feedback.
    • Send in one story a week to a publication. Not this week, but my last story is a possibility.
  • Read with purpose
    • Objective - read and review a book a week. Two good ones out on my table now.
  • Health
    • Fitbit target Objective - 7 day average 3500.  At 2100 - hot days keep me in.
    • Set sleep target to 7.5 hours, starting at midnight. Less hours, but bedtime improving, as have to get up by 7. 
  • Stay social - That's a given, what with walking about, visits to local cafes and bars, and all my grandkids being in Ottawa. Regular social things and this week, visiting grandkids.
  • Have fun - Gaming, Netflix - both indoors. Outdoors?
    • Netflix/Amazon - <2h/d? Grey's Anatomy is fascinating, especially as a writer.
    • Gaming - 8:30-10:30 schedule.   More like 8-10. 
    • Vacation - Do at least mini-trips. Thinking.
  • Chores - I added this to capture bigger jobs, like gardening. Yes, gardening with grandson!


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Shannon Yseult

A week with the grandkid sounds lovely~ The goals are good, sounds like you're doing a lot of tweeking to make them work for you more, I love seeing that!

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