ROW80 Goals: Round 3, 2015

A Round of Words in 80 Days -- ROW80

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

This is my seventh round of the challenge, and I’m joining the other participants by stating my goals for the next 80 days:


Firstly, I’m aiming to write at least five days each week, and to draft or edit two short stories in that time. In the long term, I’d like to post the occasional short story on this blog.

Secondly, I plan to read a book every two weeks.

I’m also in the process of buying a house. My next step at the moment is to get a proper inspection of the building, which I’m hoping to do in the next couple of weeks.

Good luck and happy writing!

Where the Night Wind Blows

Once I was mighty, in my home of old.
In cloak of night, I wrapped my mortal frame,
Strode forth intending deeds of daring bold,
And gladly took Ill Omen for my name.

On less than ash and air, I learned to feast,
And went to walk atop a mountain wall;
But in that lonely land, my strength decreased.
I loosely held my cloak, then let it fall.

Beneath, there stood a creature of no name,
That shivered in this high and airy place;
That found no comfort in its wisps of fame,
But longed for laughter and a kind embrace.

ROW80 Summary — Round 2, 2015

(other ROW80 participants)

I didn’t quite finish my editing by the end of the round; but it’s done now, and I’ve asked a couple of people to beta-read the story.

My check-ins weren’t as detailed as usual, so I’m not sure how much writing I did. There was plenty of editing, certainly; and I read five books, and drafted five short stories.

A lot of the time, I felt like I was going round in circles; but this new story is nearer to being usable than the last one, so I must have learned something. :-)

Next round should be interesting. A few things are changing at work, and I’m still looking at buying a house.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 11: For Now

(other ROW80 participants)

With the end of the round approaching, I’m wondering what happened to the goal I set six months ago (edit and post a short story).

My progress this week was good — five writing days, including two new short stories — but I still don’t have anything ready to post here.

As such, I’m adjusting my goal slightly: I’ll aim to spend two evenings this week editing one of the stories I have, and then ask the opinion of some friends when I see them on Friday.

Good luck and happy writing!

Of Fairyland

Here all is beautiful: the trees, the air,
The earth, and sky one shining style share.
No bush would dare bring forth a blemished rose,
And even mud and dirt are neat and fair.

Each one who lives within own beauty rare:
Each stance and motion is a perfect pose.
Though age is theirs, no marks of time they bear,
Nor bend they with the weight of mortal care.

In edifices brilliant and insane,
They feast; and councils hold; and feast again.
For all their perfect fare is empty light —
A pale token of the life they feign.

Taste not their wine and fruit, or else remain,
Forever severed from the true and plain.

ROW80 Week 10: Catching Up

(other participants)

My goals will probably stay the same for a while longer. I only got four days of writing in this week, but I could definitely have done more — and I did draft two short bits of fiction.

I’m also catching up with my reading. This week I read Oath of Gold, by Elizabeth Moon; and The Gone-Away World, by Nick Harkaway.

Those are two very different books, but they both used POV to manipulate the reader’s assumptions. By choosing a viewpoint character, they imply that character is around to notice things — and that other characters aren’t.

Good luck and happy writing!