After a week of Q4: Well…

Last week, I set myself four goals for the rest of the year.

Here’s how I’ve gone so far:

  • Score 19 Mary Sue comics (estimated 1 a week). I scored about one-and-a-half comics; but it turns out I only have 11 weeks left of the year, so I need to pick up the pace.
  • Work on my programing project: no progress.
  • Write a couple of things a week: I wrote one.
  • Check in each Monday: check!

Rather than the programming I’d planned, I spent the weekend reading The Rook. It’s a book with a slightly different take on the amnesiac protagonist, but what I really liked about it was the way O’Malley uses little side-stories to fill out the details of the world.

Good luck and happy writing!

Goals for Q4 2016

A Round of Words in 80 Days is moving to Facebook.

While I’ll probably rejoin the rest of the ROW80 community eventually, I’m probably going to sit out this round: I’m not quite ready to link this blog with my real identity, and this is a good opportunity to focus on the programming goals I’ve been neglecting.

In light of this, these are my goals for the remainder of 2016:

  • Finish collecting data for my Mary Sue project. I’ve got 19 comics still to score, so I’ll need to do a bit more than one a week.
  • (Programming) Add editing of doors to Aeldardin Rooms. I estimate six weekends to do this; I’ll pick another programming goal if I finish early.
  • Write at least a couple of things a week (sonnets, short stories, or blocks of scenes).
  • Keep posting progress updates here each Monday.

Good luck and happy writing!

The Bitter Cycle

What’s sad? What’s wrong? What’s broken in the world?
Whisper these questions, and the people cry:
“No shoe without a leak, no wing not furled!
The rain has come, and nothing is left dry.”

A salty rain, that slakes no thirsts, nor fields?
From whence the wind that blows so cursed a cloud?

“From lands still further East,” the East Wind yields,
“In distant seas, my weather-fields are ploughed.”

These ancient atolls grow the Earth’s own wool,
Spun from the foam of seas that should be sweet.
But west-bound tides, the briny currents pull
From shores beyond the East, where two paths meet:

West-flowing rivers drain the flood of tears,
Which sea and sky return to haunt our years.

ROW80 Round 3 Summary

(other ROW80 participants)

I spent most of last week walking, and a little bit of time on Mary-Sue data collection. I also finished a couple of poems in preparation for a writing-group meeting, but the meeting itself ended up being cancelled.

So much for the week. How has this round turned out?

My main goal was the Mary-Sue research project, which proved a bit bigger than expected. I’m about half-way through this: data collection is nearly 60% done, but I still have to analyse it and write up the result.

Actual writing wasn’t a huge focus, but I did draft one full story, which I’ll have to get back to at some point. I’m also slowly building up a queue of poems again.

And I’ve walked an awful lot of steps this month — apparently, the length of the Suez Canal. My legs are certainly feeling that!

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 11: Reverse Psychology

(other ROW80 participants)

I said last week that I was going to do less walking. That lasted until about Friday, then I decided I was going to do much more than my goal (in order to average out at 10,000 steps/day for the month).

Fortunately, walking is very conducive to writing poetry, so I met my writing goal by writing three sonnets.

The only goal that really lost out is the Mary Sue stuff, which has slowed almost to a crawl. But with the end of this round coming up, and my walking goal ending on the 30th, I should be able to focus on it again soon.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 10: Precarious

(other ROW80 participants)

I wrote around a thousand words this week: a sonnet, a few pages of a new story, and a piece of roleplaying background.

I also went to the local writing group — but since most of us hadn’t written much, things were slow. Rather than let it peter out again, I’m making it a goal to write at least 500 words (or another sonnet) before the end of this ROW80 round.

That may mean sacrificing walking. I’ve been getting about 5 or 6 thousand steps a day so far (out of 10,000), and this flu is neither going away nor getting worse. I could push harder, but I don’t want to risk shifting that balance.

Fortunately, cosy evenings inside are a good opportunity for writing. :-)

Progress on my other two goals was slow, but steady: French (6 of 7 days) and Mary-Sue scoring (one short comic scored, and another started).

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 9: Busier

(other ROW80 participants)

This week, things have only become busier.

I was aiming to do Mary-Sue work (about two hours a day), studying French online (maybe 15 minutes daily), and about 500 words of writing. Then something broke at work (costing a few hours, but a lot of stress), and I joined a charity walking thing (aiming for 10,000 steps per day, or equivalent exercise).

Then I got sick. This ‘flu hasn’t hit me hard, yet, but I know a fair few people were abed for a couple of days.

On the other hand, I did pretty much finish my part of the writers’-group story, and I did score one comic for Mary Sues: The Glass Scientists, a Jekyll and Hyde story with a good balance between dark and cosy — and a bit too much author commentary to read all at once (which is why it took me so long to score).

For this week, my first goal is to recover from this ‘flu — one way or or the other. After that, the goals above still stand, although I suspect I’ll only get one of walking and Mary-Sue work done each day.

Good luck and happy writing!