For those turning into this round the master goals list is here. I personally format my check-ins as an after action review, then the setting of intentions/minigoals for the next checkin.
AFTER ACTION REVIEW
1) Starts on 1/11, so no news on this front.
2) Ended up critiquing 13,000 instead of the 20,000 goal. It's a lot easier to do on my computer at home, so I should schedule it more for then instead of lunch time.
3) Watched seven out of the goal of five videos on learning Japanese. Did not watch the recommended Japanese movie. (I usually only have time for one movie a week and this week it was "Crazy Rich Asians" with the SO for date night.) Also did not record myself speaking Japanese, I simply didn't make it as much of a priority. Watching the Japanese videos during lunch seems to be a solid idea, and it's easy for me to pay attention to the audio while eating. So I will continue to do that.
4) I checked in on both RWA classes. Posted an introduction on the first. The second I haven't seen an intro email with instructions yet. If I don't get that by Tuesday I'll contact them about it.
1) Did better this week. Setting up some of the morning journal the evening before helps, since my brain is slow to warm up after waking. A couple days I had enough time to clean the kitchen and empty the car, which is a huge win. I'd like more time for that in the morning, particularly now that there's ever more daylight.
2) Medium good. Lots more hot tub time. I properly filled out my journal four nights out of five nights. Didn't read as often as I should.
3) Complete. Made a new meditation and learned more about the software.
4) Packed lunch every day. I did spend my scheduled $15 at writers group, but nothing additional. Also found out that my Ibotta account is almost up to $40. Once it is I'll cash that in and add that to the savings for this quarter.
5) Complete. Actually sent out three emails. One has been responded to thus far.
6) Ahead of schedule. Almost done with book two.
7) Ahead of schedule. Finished "Think and Grow Rich" I wasn't impressed and ended up skimming a lot of it.
INTENTIONS AND MINIGOALS - Monday's are my day off, so these goals are particularly small.
1) Check for syllabus again on 1/11 and buy books as needed.
2) Crit another 10k words. Respond to all emails.
3) Watch three Dogan videos. Record myself speaking Japanese for ten minutes and review.
4) Read lesson one of the PTSD class. Figure out how to log into class two.
1) Keep trying.
2) Keep trying. Make the book reading a priority.
3) Listen to the meditations I already have and write down ways to improve them. Stretch goal of starting to work on an outline for the next one to be recorded.
4) Continue to pack lunch and play/read what I have in the house.
5) Keep up on response emails. I'm particularly early, so I don't need to worry. If they don't respond by 1/13 I'll send follow-up emails.
6) Finish next book. I'm already 150/220 on one and 70/350 on the other.
7) No progress here for the upcoming checkin.
Thanks for reading!
For those tuning into this round the master goals list is here. From what I've seen everyone formats their posts a little differently, so I'm going to do what feels natural for me; an after action review and then setting intentions/minigoals for the next checkin.
AFTER ACTION REVIEW
1) The semester doesn't start until the 14th so I took a little time to prepare. There is no syllabus up yet, so I couldn't order books. I did add the class dates into my calendar with reminders.
2) Did an initial round of 4 critiques to get into the groove. I'll need to go through them again to give them the attention they deserve, but overall a good way to get into the groove.
3) For learning Japanese I supported Dogen on Patrreon and started to watch his linguistics videos. There's about 50, so I'm intending to watch five per week for the rest of the round.
4) Successfully logged into one of my RWA classes and set up my profile. No email from the second one yet.
1) Still getting into a proper schedule after the holidays, so warming up for the day is hard. I haven't been ready to eat breakfast in the morning so I've been skipping it. (I'm not going to force myself to eat.) This morning was particularly good, with me getting up on time, getting my journal done early, and unloading the dishwasher and cleaning some of the car.
2) As with the warming up goal, it's tough to get back into the schedule after vacation. I've been very good about reading four at least ten minutes before bed. I've been pretty bad about putting my phone away at 9 o'clock though, and it has been negatively affecting my sleeping.
3) I made another meditation and it sounds pretty good! I did some research on making better ones as well which I'd like to implement soon.
4) I have no spent anything thus far this round for myself. I did just order some house supplies (a new brush for the pets and toothpaste) from Amazon. So far so good!
5) No progress yet.
6+7) Started to read "Think and Grow Rich". I'll probably keep to my self-improvement books while doing critiques because switching between reading for work and pleasure is hard.
INTENTIONS AND MINIGOALS
1) Check for syllabus again on 1/11 and buy books as needed.
2) Review the 4 stories I started the crits on and add additional comments. Crit another 20k worth of work before my blog post on 1/6.
3) Watch five Dogen videos. Watch recommended Japanese movie once. Record myself speaking Japanese and listen for intonation, then record again. Recording time should total 15 minutes.
4) Check in on both classes before my blog post on 1/6. (To be checked on the 6th at some point, not earlier.)
1) Keep trying. Perhaps try to have additional breakfast options.
2) Keep trying. Consider autolocking my phone at 9PM, or something.
3) Make one more meditation. Implement at least one of the ideas I researched.
4) Continue to pack lunch and play/read what I have in the house.
5) Send email to two librarians before 5PM Friday (1/4)
6+7) Finish "Think and Grow Rich" by 1/8. (150/230pgs by next check in 1/6)
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Here's too a lovely new year.
Trying something new this year with ROW 80. It's a community that started with friends setting personal writing challenges which take into account the trials and tribulations of a normal life. It started as "a round of words" but from what I can tell it's grown into a wonderful and supportive goal setting and accountability community.
For those in the ROW 80 community, welcome! I'm Shannon, an engineer and chemist, NaNo ML, with a lovely SO and a couple furbabies. I work a good 42 hours a week in the lab and work goals won't be on here, so these might be shorter than some. Probably. I still do a cray cray amount of stuff anyways.
Without further ado, my goals for the first 80 days.
1) Finish my most recent degree. This will roll over into Round 2, but it would be silly not to have it on here. I'm two classes away, I intend to get an A, hand in all of my assignments on time, and call into my classes twice a week. One of the classes is creative writing, so whatever the class requests of me is my writing for this round.
2) Help publish another anthology. This round will involve choosing the pieces, sending out the appropriate acceptance/rejections emails, doing initial editing on those which were chosen, sending out contracts, and sending the revised pieces to the official editor. This will be picked up again in Round 3.
3) Learning Japanese and getting ready for my Japan trip. I've tried a number of different apps throughout the years and have been slowly getting better. This time I'm kicking it up a notch, the goal is to understand simple anime and manga without a translation. The method is to a) obtain a Japanese penpal who I can call once a week through Google Hangouts or Skype so that I can get used to conversing in Japanese. b) Support Dogen on Patreon and watch all of his linguistics videos. c) order new luggage when I find a set I like that's on sale. d) send in the money for the airplane tickets etc.
4) RWA Classes. I was going to keep this to three big goals, but I found out today that there are two classes during the month of Jan that honestly sound made for me and the novel I just finished. These aren't graded, so the goal is to finish the class with an action list of ways to make my life better and my novel more accurate. (That novel was already slated for revision in Round 2. I suspect that once the classes are done mid Feb that'll give me some time to do additional research with the resources obtained from the class before doing said revision.)
I'll add more specific deadlines as I get more details. (I don't have a class schedule yet and I don't know how many linguistic videos there are until I support Dogen, etc.)
1) Warm up to the day. 5 days a week; Wake up at 6AM. Cook myself A HOT breakfast. Morning journal. A quick walk, or shoveling, or active housework.
2) Cool down to bedtime. 5 days a week; Evening journal. Hot tub/Shower. Brush teeth. Read a physical book for at least 15 minutes before bed.
3) Make audio meditations for my goals and listen to them in the car 5 days a week. I'm still learning the software, so I'm sure there will be some revisions as I learn. The goal is to have 8-20minute meditations that sound professional by the end of the round. I'll post at least one on my website to share.
4) Save an extra $1,500 to put towards my student loans.
5) Schedule two workshops with local libraries. One of my bigger goals next round will be putting together the material for the workshop. Right now I want to get a room and officially on the library calendar.
6) Read one book a week. This is an ever goal, because I think it's a good one.
7) Read a one self-improvement book a month. On the top of the list are Think and Grow Rich, The Success Principles, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
I think that's most of them, if not I'll add them as I go. Thanks for reading!
I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. I'm done with the editing for now, and back to short stories until NaNoWriMo happens. I hope you enjoy!
Slowly the hairs on her neck stood up. The smell became sickening like overdone perfume. As she continued a body came into view, lying on the ground at the base of a tree. Abigail's heart pounded in her chest as she approached the man's remains. He was large, clothes covered in dirt, resin, blood, and cuts. On his forehead was a tattoo, which seemed out of place. She couldn't stop herself from taking a step forward to read it, only to realize it was the word "gluttony" branded into his skin.
Her cell tumbled to the ground as she doubled over and vomited. Abigail picked up the phone and with shaky fingers and unlocked the screen.
"9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
I'd say I'm sorry for the lack of updates, but that's just how it is. Life has really gotten in the way of writing for the last couple months. In fact the amount that I did get done has been kinda impressive, all things considered.
I'm not going to go over the last couple months, simply because I don't want to. I'm in the mood to look forward, so let talk about some goals.
1) Get ready for November - This means plotting. Every day. At least one thing, one scene, one relevant piece of info that either goes into the book or builds the book. I'm going to have an epistolary this time around, and I know the vague plot, but I don't know who the characters are yet. That's the next step.
2) Posting more - particularly here, Twitter, and Instagram.
3) Reading more - I've been doing pretty well, but they aren't getting the time that they deserve either. A good writer reads. This needs to be a focus.
And that's it.
What about editing? I'm just not feeling it. My creative juices are flowing, I need something new to focus on, stuff to get excited about.
What are your goals?
I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. I finished National Novel Writing Month in November, this is the last month I'm working on it. After that there will be something new!
"We need money to get supplies to fix the ship, so I'm working as a delivery person."
"This whole city is falling apart and you're worried about being a delivery person to save yourself."
"Well when you put it like that."
"We're going to go look at the things that are collapsing and see if there's a way to fix them."
"Maybe we can get the town to land safely. That'll make it easy for us to get home."
"The whole place would collapse as it settled on the hill. Do you think of these things?"
"Not really, that's your job."
I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. I finished National Novel Writing Month in November, so you'll be seeing parts from that for the next couple of months as I expand and edit the rough draft.
"Oh my goodness Romeo is that you?"
Antonio swore under his breath. He had finally gotten off of the roof and through a window into a hallway of the castle and there's the first person he had heard in thirty minutes.
"Oh it's been so long, you probably don't recognize me. I'm Sue, I'm sure our lady will be excited to hear that you finally passed serving school." She walked around him for a moment. "And let me say, other than the normal traveling dirt you're looking quite dapper." Sue nodded in approval.
Molly burst into the barn, "I saw the circus tents from my house!"
Her leg brace made a distinct clinking sound on the stone floor. She knew it was early, but she hadn't actually expected the place to be empty. Walking through to the second barn she threw the door open as dramatically as the first. There didn't seem to be anyone here either.
"Lorenzo?" She said looking up at the loft. No movement or anything.
"Well then, I'll just go by myself."
Sitting at a desk all day is a fact of life for a writer. We spend hours in front of a computer typing away with only our fingers moving and our minds working. But what about the rest of the body? Will the long hours of writing turn our bodies unfit?
It doesn’t have to. The key to staying healthy while writing is to stick to a fitness regime. I know some will groan about this, but if you set a plan and follow it, the end results will be a win-win. Staying fit, and no weight gain.
Since hours are spent stationary, try taking a short walk before starting to write. If you have a treadmill, even better. A 15 minute walk in the morning will keep the muscles tone and get the creative juices flowing. It’s been cold lately, and I’ve been struggling with this. I don’t have a treadmill and don’t want to drive to a gym. It’s too much trouble, and valuable writing time is wasted traveling back and forth to workout. So during the cold winter months, I’ve been exercising along with Leslie Sanson on YouTube. It’s a 20 minute walk-along I can do in my living room. But spring is here, and the weather is warming. I’m going to get my sneakers on, put my ear buds in, and enjoy a walk outside while listening to a book. It’s striking two things off my ‘to do’ list.
Another way to keep the pounds at bay, try having healthy snacks in the house. We all know that while writing, a cup of coffee or tea with a nibble is needed. Instead of a donut or cookie, have cut veggies and hummus. And if you need something sweet, there is fruit: grapes, oranges, and apples.
One thing I want to change is the way I sit at my desk. I was surfing Amazon and stumbled on fitness balls. What a great way to sit and still get some exercise. The ball forces you to sit up. There’s no chair back to lean on, and you’re constantly making small adjustments trying to keep your balance. This will help tone your core muscles. While balancing on the fitness ball, try rolling back and forth. The movement will give you a small workout, and improve your posture.
I’m not a health care provider, I’m a writer. So what works for one person, may not work for someone else. Before starting any exercise program, always consult your doctor. At my last annual physical, my GP told me to try to do more exercise to tone and lose a few pounds. Well, I’m trying. I haven’t been too successful lately, but I’m going to step it up with exercise and tweak my diet.
I like to thank Shannon for inviting me to guest post today. I have enjoyed my visit. And don’t forget to check up on me in a few months to see how I’m doing. I’ll be posting my progress on my blog, Healthy Living on the Cheap. I’m counting on you to keep me on my game.
Leslie Sanson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SSYX8sIOmM
Healthy Living on the Cheap Blog https://healthylivingonthecheap.wordpress.com/
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