ROW80 Week 3: On Course

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Despite some ups and downs along the way, this week came out pretty much as planned.

I didn’t make the same pace on my short story, but I still got a respectable 12 pages done. With a bit of poetry, that filled out my writing days for this week.

This story’s been an interesting experience. It ties into a lot of stuff I usually avoid thinking about — which isn’t a problem when I’m at peace, but it makes stress cut a bit deeper than usual.

All in all, though, it seems to be a positive thing. And since this is the love story I set a goal for at the beginning of the year, I can’t afford to turn aside too easily.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 1: Plans

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My main goal this week was to write a plan for my Mary-Sue research project, which I did. (See my other blog — I’ll post further updates on this there.)

However, I was so focussed on that I didn’t spend any time on creative writing (my second goal).

The research project won’t properly kick off until mid-August, so I’m increasing my creative writing goal to five days a week for the time being.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Round Three Goals

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I’m starting Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days with these goals:

  • Write creatively (not editing, not blog posts) at least one day a week.
  • This week: draft a research plan for a hobby project I’m considering (I want to measure the effects of “Mary Sue” characters, and doing it scientifically means I have to declare a plan in advance.)
  • Subsequent weeks: finalise the research plan, and start collecting data.
  • Review these goals at the beginning of August.

Having a straight writing goal was getting a bit boring and frustrating, so I want to try shifting focus for a while.

Good luck and happy writing!

To an Empty Biscuit Tin

I don’t know what suggested you to me.
You were a ship, with pennants hoisted high,
And I, a droplet drifting in the sea.
I let you lead me. Now I wonder why.

In those lost days, you did not seem remote.
“This ship,” I said, “respects the little waves —
Rolls with their motion, like a lesser boat.”
But now it seems you saw us all as slaves.

The sea, I learn, is not allowed to choose
Which way the liner steams, but in its wake
Is caught, to follow as its captain deems.
My only choice: which tyrant’s path to take.

Some ships sink, when the sea leaves them alone.
You left the sea. Your fate now is your own.

Written before I knew the outcome of the election.

ROW80 Week 10.5: Collapse

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Since finishing my second draft last week, I haven’t made any further progress; travel, the flu, and generally being sick of the story have combined to put me off doing any more.

At this point, I suspect the best thing I can do is to start working on something else. I’m going to need more roleplaying material soon, and several other ideas have been growing in the background, so I won’t be short of things to work on.

However, this does mean my goal of posting a story this round is probably a failure. It’s not been a total loss, by any means — I’ve learned a lot about editing, and I’ll very likely get back to this story at some point — but it’s still frustrating to keep missing these goals.

On the other hand, if I wasn’t failing, I wouldn’t be pushing myself hard enough.

New goal for this coming week: write five days out of seven, and find a new project to focus on.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 9: Just Enough

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This week only saw two evenings of editing, but that was just enough to finish my current draft.

I’m still not happy with the ending: currently, it switches between three scenes going on at once. It is supposed to tie several plot threads together, so maybe that’s expected — or maybe I just have to leave a few things out.

While I think about that, I’ve got some things to establish earlier in the story, so some of the key points in the ending make sense.

I may or may not have this done by the 16th, but I have got a path that can get me there.

Good luck and happy writing!