ROW80 Week 7: Limitations

(Other ROW80 participants)

This has been a week for reconsidering things.

The roleplaying group was on again this week, and the preparation I originally did for it has now run out. That wouldn’t have been a problem if I’d done more in the meantime; but as things were, I ended up pushing myself to stay up late each night to finish it.

After Tammy J Rizzo suggested I should reconsider my goals, I realised I wasn’t going to have anything ready. That got me to make alternate plans, and took a lot of the stress off.

In the meantime, though, my other goals fell behind.

On the travel front, I started researching phone options, and got a travel card half-organised. While I didn’t finish anything, I’m still making progress; even if I have to do some things (like get a coat) after I arrive in Europe, I should manage to have everything sorted out.

I did actually manage to write six days, mainly because I count the roleplaying stuff towards that goal.

Reading didn’t do so well. Partly, this is because I realised I should be focussing on library books, and saving the book I’d bought to take on the Europe trip; but it didn’t help that I’d been resting on my laurels a bit for the past two weeks.

I think the underlying problem is that I’m not pacing myself properly — even on a daily scale, if I’d started writing as soon as I got home rather than playing video games for most of the evening, I probably could have got more done with less stress.

As an extra six-days-out-of-seven goal in the coming week, I’m aiming to make progress on my goals before I start playing computer games or browsing the web.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 6: Piecemeal

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This week has been one of bits and pieces. My cousin was visiting over the weekend, and I spent a lot of time out at family- and work-related events.

I think I wrote six days out of seven, but my records are a bit confused; in any case, it was definitely a substantial amount.

My main travel progress was booking accommodation near the airport for before/after I go to Europe; I did some other planning as well, but nothing very substantial.

This is actually getting to be a problem, since I now have seven things on my to-do list, and only five weeks left. To make up for that, I’m aiming to do two travel things this week — decide how to set up my phone for Europe, and sort out how I’ll be carrying money.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 5: Keystone

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Travel Preparation

My travel and accomodation is booked! Well, mostly booked — I still need to organise staying near the airport when I leave and come back, but that should be much simpler than the international bookings.

This also puts me in a position to tick off a lot of other things that were waiting for the itinerary, so hopefully this will be a week with lots of progress.

Other Goals

Reading wasn’t a priority this week, since I’m ahead on it.

I did get my six days of writing done, though; some days it was in very short pieces, but that’s partly because I had a lot of non-writing projects catch my interest.

Good luck and happy writing!

Edit: I got a bit lost navigating the new WordPress interface, which is why this post is a week late.

Of Innocence

Upon the ground, the snow sits neat and white;
No hole nor stain has marked the morning's page.
The clouds have fled and all the fields are bright.
For truth revealed, the storm has set the stage.

Till noon it stays untouched, then doors unlock
And, dressed for law, the jury leave the court.
Their break's too brief; the case is fiercely fought.
A murder suspect waits within the dock.

For months the case runs on, until each side
Is out of speeches. Only facts remain:
She swore to kill a man who must have died,
And on her knife's his blood. Her hope's in vain.

No body found. But till the thaw, no doubt.
Then bullet-ridden bones from snow rose out...

ROW80 Week 4: Apace

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Travel Preparation

My aim this week was to finish off the things I needed appointments for. I did make a serious start on that, but the only one I’ve actually done so far is the doctors’ appointment.

This may have been superfluous for a trip to Europe; all I ended up getting was a flu shot. Still, it’s one more thing off the list.

Reading (a book every two weeks)

I read Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher (her books page is out of date, but I imagine she’ll add it eventually). I didn’t plan to read the book — just picked it up in the library, and was hooked by the first few pages.

I’m not quite sure how that happened. Obviously the mystery of what terrible thing Zoe has done was a big part of it, but I think it must have taken more than that to get me so enthralled, so quickly.

Something to aspire to :-).

Writing (six days a week)

For once, I actually managed this; I’ve done six snippets of writing, including one-and-a-half sonnets.

This wasn’t a week of grand achievements, but that’s not what I’m aiming for this round.

Good luck and happy writing!

Temporary

By hand of righteous knight who roved the fen
When far from home I strove to earn renown,
My purpose unfulfilled, I was struck down.
Within this tomb, I rest to rise again.

Who would disturb my shade must dare my path:
To learn in lands remote my natal speech,
Assault the laws arcane until they breach;
Earn, and endure, doom and aftermath.

When I can act again, I take this oath:
To serve one hundred years of solemn aid,
And trustworthy — if trust I see repaid —
And at the end, to leave unharmed us both.

Who would with evil heart this offer claim
I shall destroy. I've had enough of blame.

ROW80 Week 3: Afterwards

(Other ROW80 participants)

Partly because I was away, I haven’t made quite the progress I would have liked this week.

Write every day: While I got plenty of writing done at the conference, I didn’t keep up the pace once I got home; in the end, I only wrote five days out of seven.

Travel preparation: I did some more research, and made a start on making backup copies of all the documents I’ll need, but didn’t really finish anything.

However, most of the things I still have to do are appointments, which shouldn’t be difficult to get done now I’m back home.

Read a book every two weeks: I finished reading Prophecy’s Ruin, by Sam Bowring.

I wouldn’t say it was perfect — the miltary scenes, in particular, don’t quite ring true — but the premise kept me reading anyway. The symmetry of good and evil in fantasy is something that’s always intrigued me.

Good luck and happy writing!