Make a Wish
The Chase

ROW80-3 28/07/2019 Not Too Hot, Really

I'm in Toronto at my girlfriend's place for a week. It has occasionally got up to '26 feels like 32' in the day, but she has a small AC, and we open windows overnight to catch the cool breeze up from the lake. So, not really that bad when I look at some of the weather reports from Europe. Where I understand air conditioners are not that common. Sounds really brutal. So I've been spending my mornings out on her front porch, with a coffee and laptop. And sometimes the landlady's dog for company - she's pretty quiet.

I did get some writing done, for my latest FF. Plus some editing. And some people-watching at the local coffee cafe.


  • Write - Because I enjoy it.
    • Write new material - one Flash Fiction a week.
      • Did another one for last Friday, with a birthday theme. Story is Make a Wish.   
    • Edit existing material - to send in for publication. 2h/d. I've selected one of my stories, The Ghost in the Machine.  Okay. I looked at this on the train down, as well while sitting outside one morning. I am making progress. It's a fun story. 
  • Write better - Read about how to write, and get constructive feedback.
    • Series of writerly blogs. Objective  -stay current.  Yup. 
    • Write regularly - set a FF challenge a week.  Yup, challenge this time is about HEAT. With a random location and object. 
    • Other - Still need to do workbooks for MasterClass on Storytelling, by Neil Gaiman. It might help my editing. And the James Patterson one looks intriguing. 
  • Publish/market  
    • Amazon Marketing Services Campaigns on KDP -Some sales, but suggested bids keep going up. I've cut all the bids to a tenth of former value, and decreased dynamic pricing percentages just to calm it down. YTD I've spent $168 for $56 sales.Profits much less. 
    • 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. Nope.
  • Read with purpose
    • Objective - read and review a book a week. Some waiting at home.
  • Health
    • Fitbit step Objective - 7 day average 3500.  Average is 3000, but varies a lot. 
    • Set sleep target to 7 (was 7.5) hours, starting at midnight. 7 hours, 5/7 days. Bedtime 5/7 days. Usually up 7/8.  
  • Stay social - That's a given, what with walking about, visits to local cafes and bars, and all my grandkids being in Ottawa. At my girlfriend's place and talking to siblings to set up a lunch. And beers at a local, and coffee at a cafe.  
  • Have fun - Gaming, Netflix - both indoors. Outdoors?
    • Netflix/Amazon -  Still lots of Grey's Anatomy, and some Black's Books. 
    • Gaming - 8:30-10:30 schedule.  Yes, off and on for my trucking. But have a new game, Elite Dangerous. Very steep learning curve. 
    • Vacation - Do at least mini-trips. Thinking.
  • Chores - I added this to capture bigger jobs, like gardening. Nope.


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