End of Round 3

It’s the first day of Fall! I’m laughing inside because it’s 85* at 9am.

More importantly it is the last day of  Row80 Round 3. Sigh. This was not my best round, but I kept at it making bits of headway. Therefore, I call it a success. Let’s break it down.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. This time, they were dropped because my life is crazy and I don’t have time for it.

The Ugly first.

 

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes. Not much this week. I’m in a holding pattern. I did work on this sporadically, but it was never consistent and that’s why it’s marked red. Consistency  is my biggest issue, with everything.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  nope. again consistency.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    nope. I have worked on it this week. Rereading it I found it full of passive voice, so it needs more work than I thought. I don’t think it will make it to the Sept. 30 deadline. It might, but I doubt it.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water. I have worked through the first 3 sets (first 7 chapters). I want to finish the first 10 by October 5. Doubtful.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.
    Nope. I worked on it a little,but not enough. I have high hopes for this being my NaNo project.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope. again consistency. I started a new prompt this week about a secret door. 🙂

The Bad

Now for the goals that were dropped. All because my life with teenagers is chaos. It’s hard to do these when you aren’t home.

  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wish list for the kitchen.

The Good

Finally, things I actually accomplished. I feel like I’m cheating because several of these are things I do regardless. But it does make me feel good to mark them off.

  • Stay on top of Critique group.
  • Read 4 books a month.
    According to Goodreads I finished my 4th book for September.
  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

The Take Away

I have consistency issues. Keeping on track and not getting distracted by things like Netflix. I like schedules and do better on a schedule than without one. Yet, I’ve had difficulty setting one up that covers everything I need to do in a day. Row80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. I try to remember that when life jumps in and changes everything. Focusing on small accomplishments help to stay focused and not worry about totally bombing on one goal. I finished 2 short stories and submitted them for publication. That in itself is reason to say Round 3 was a success.

Some writers are very good at staying focused and writing/editing during the day. They treat it like a job and accomplish so much more than I do. I try not to think about them. They don’t have my life. It’s like when you sit in church and see this perfect little family always smiling and happy. After you’ve spent the morning fighting with your teen over appropriate hem lines and not sleeping because your husband snores.

It doesn’t work. That other family has problems, they’re just better at looking good in public. Her husband could be a psychopath and she’s living in fear of the neighbors finding out.

Point is we are all different with various levels of chaos. We have to find the path that works best for us and accept that there are times when your greatest accomplishment for the week is getting out of bed. I salute all the participants of round 3 Row80 for showing up and working hard.

How did you do for round 3?

-CK

 

 

Glow-in-the-Dark

I am knee deep in party prep for Daughter #1. She’s turning 14! I’m not ready for this. To top it off she just bought her first pair of wedge ankle boots. She’s already 5’7 and because of her height has had no interest in high heels. Since wedges are flat on the bottom, she was willing to give them a try. She loves them and towers over me. Her costume is Sherlock from the BBC, the boots will work great for that.

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Cgirl’s party is a black cat-themed costume party. We have a black cat 🙂 You would think it would be easy to find party supplies with a black cat. Nope. Everything has pumpkins, witches, and skulls. We added glow-in-the-dark. I’m amazed at what we can find that glows-in-the-dark- table cloths, food containers, paper cut-outs, everything glows. I have a serious love for anything that glows. I have nail polish and socks that glows in the dark. It’s awesome.

Sweeties Uncle Sam costume is almost finished, only the blue jacket is left. I found a star spangled fascinator at the costume shop, glad I don’t have to make that. Now, I just have to finish the Buttercup costume. I cut the paper pattern pieces out yesterday. Looks a bit tricky, more fitted than I really wanted. I will have pictures of all of us together. Promise.

On with Row80:

Only 5 days left. Time to get to work. Hop over to the Row80 blog and spread the encouragement as we rush through the last few days.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. This time, they were dropped because my life is crazy right now and I don’t have time for it.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes. Not much this week. I’m in a holding pattern.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  nope. 1/2.
  • Stay on top of Critique group.  All caught up. I didn’t finish until last night. Critique group meets tomorrow.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest. The deadline is Sept. 30. I need to look over it a bit more.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water Goal: 5,000 edited words a week. Set1 (chapters 1-3) completed   Set 2 (chapters 4-5) completed   set 3 (chapters 6-7)  reread the chapters 1-5 I want the first 10 chapters finished by October 5. I’ve looked through all the notes and needed edits for set 3, now I need to complete them. Today, I will work on formatting set 3. I’m still working on set 3.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wish list for the kitchen.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.  Goal – have a full plot before the end of this round. This has stalled. I did decide to combine two story ideas into one.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope!
  • Read 4 books a month.
    2
    /4- I finished reading Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer. I am now reading Golden Malicious by Sheila Connolly. I’m enjoying it, I’ve never read this author before.

Below are the goals completed so far for round 3.

Completed Goals:

  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

It looks like I haven’t made much progress, but what I have accomplished took time. And I’ve been really busy with my teenagers active life.

How did your week shape up?

-CK

Home Stretch

We are in the home stretch of #Row80, only 1 week to go. Time to line up the wandering cats and strap in for one final push. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’ve been busy the last few days. Not too busy to binge-watch season 5 of Call the Midwife. Thankfully, the BBC has much shorter seasons than the US. I will admit to crying during every episode this season. I love it.

 

This is sleet, not snow.

This is sleet, not snow.

We’ve had a tease of cool weather the last few mornings. Even a nice breeze once or twice during the day. Fall may actually be on its way. I’m so excited. Most people will tell you the deep south doesn’t have real seasons- just blazing hot and not as hot. That’s true. Very few trees turn to shades of yellow and orange, mostly just brown. And that could be a result of drought as much as cooler weather.

 

My niece is taking a vacation to Canada, she was happy to let me know it has already snowed there. Lucky her. I bet she can build a white snowman, as opposed to the dirt rippled ones we have the joy of making every 8 to 10 years. She’s even going snowboarding. Yes, I’m a tad envious. I wonder if she can box snow and mail it to me. That would be fun.

Our current temperature range is 78* to 90*. I’m dreaming of snow, but I’d be happy with fall. Sigh! I have a can of fake snow. Don’t ask. I’m tempted to mix it up and spread it over the front yard. Maybe use it as a Halloween decoration. On with the goals. Remember to visit the other participants and leave an encouraging word. Row80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. This time, they were dropped because my life is crazy right now and I don’t have time for it.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes. I sent out a ton of emails for promotion opportunities. I hope to participate more on Twitter this week. I enjoy twitter, much more than Facebook. You can find me @CKRich2
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  Yes. 1/2.
  • Stay on top of Critique group.  I need to read 3 this week. 1/3 for the week.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest. The deadline is Sept. 30. I need to look over it a bit more.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water.  Goal: 5,000 edited words a week. Set1 (chapters 1-3) completed   Set 2 (chapters 4-5) completed   set 3 (chapters 6-7)  reread the chapters 1-5 I want the first 10 chapters finished by October 5. I’ve looked through all the notes and needed edits for set 3, now I need to complete them. Today, I will work on formatting set 3. It’s a mess.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wish list for the kitchen.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.  Goal – have a full plot before the end of this round. This has stalled. I did decide to combine two story ideas into one.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope!
  • Read 4 books a month.
    1/4- I am currently reading Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer. I’m still reading it. Not sure why it’s taking so long. Oh yeah, Call the Midwife.

Below are the goals completed so far for round 3.

Completed Goals:

  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

I have made steady progress, even if it doesn’t look it. Like someone just mentioned, edits and revision (done well) takes time. I’m going to go with that 🙂 If you will excuse me I have to do something with all this gray hair.

How is the start of your week?

-CK

Nor’Easter

Last night I was watching The Finest Hours. I love a good disaster movie, goes back to watching Poseidon Adventure as a little tyke. Heck, I love a bad disaster flick. I haven’t watched all of The Finest Hours yet. As I watched last night I was distracted.  Not by Chris Pine, although he is a cutie, but by the storm.

I understand hurricanes, tornados, and even tsunami’s. I can visualize a blizzard. But a Nor’easter makes no sense to me. First off, it happens in winter. Really, winter is so calm here. Actually, it’s quite pleasant. No overbearing heat and humidity and only a month or so of actual cold weather. I love winter. From the movie, it looks like a Nor’easter is a cross between a tropical storm and a blizzard. That’s just crazy. I don’t want any part of that. On with Row80.

There are only 11 days to go with this round of #row80. Time to buckle down.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. This time, they were dropped because my life is crazy right now and I don’t have time for it.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes. I send out a ton of emails for promotion opportunities. I hope to participate more on Twitter this week. I enjoy twitter, much more than Facebook. You can find me @CKRich2
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  Yes. 2/2.
  • Stay on top of Critique group.  I need to read 3 this week. 3/6. Thanks to swim practice I am on top of this for the moment. I still hate the 30-minute drive.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest. The deadline is Sept. 30. I need to look over it a bit more.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water.  Goal: 5,000 edited words a week. I’m not on track for the week but I have made progress. It’s taken longer than a week to edit 5,000 words. I may need to expand the time allowed.  Set1 (chapters 1-3) completed   Set 2 (chapters 4-5) completed  Before I move on to set 3 (chapters 6-7) I want to reread the chapters and move a few things around. Still need to do this. I want the first 10 chapters finished by October 5.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Cgirl made a batch of Lime-Blackberry Cupcakes with minimal interference help from me. They were surprisingly good. The combination seemed odd to me, but they were tasty.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wish list for the kitchen.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.  Goal – have a full plot before the end of this round. This has stalled. I did decide to combine two story ideas into one.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope!
  • Read 4 books a month.
    1/4- I finished Escape Route by GA VanDruff. It’s so funny. I loved it. I am currently reading Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer. She is one of my all-time favorite writers. Her books are funny and drip Southern. It’s not a traditional cozy in that there’s a ghost. I highly recommend all of her books. If you don’t read cozies give her a try or Laura Resnick. Totally different styles but equally awesome.

Below are the goals completed so far for round 3.

Completed Goals:

  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

Before I typed out my progress I was feeling better about my goals, now I want chocolate. I am working through my goals and continuing to make progress. That’s what really matters– right? I’m also making progress on my Halloween list, more on that in a different post.

How was your week?

-CK