This week, I read the anthology Steampunk!, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. It’s been a while since I read a proper short-story collection, and it reminded me just how much impact a short story can have.
My short story last week was partly inspired by it, but this week I wrote sonnets instead; nonetheless, I still managed to write three days out of these last four.
I’ve also done the computer setup I wanted to do before I left, although I haven’t got all the paperwork printed out yet.
On paper, I’m pretty close to my goals: I read six books in the 12 weeks or so of the round, wrote five or six days most weeks, and got most of my travel preparations done ahead of time.
However, I don’t feel very satisfied with my progress.
With the Europe trip, that’s probably just because I’m not actually there yet. I did just discover an issue with my luggage, but I’ve still got a week to sort that out.
More generally, I think I’m still getting used to some new patterns in my life.
I’ve started running a roleplaying game, and have been generally more social. That’s mainly a good thing, but I think I will need to adjust my writing habits if I want to get back to the progress I had in earlier rounds.
To that end, I’ll keep trying to form a work-on-goals-first pattern; I’m may also need to consciously set aside time for social events, so they don’t mess up my plans by appearing unexpectedly.
I may also need to pick some more ambitious long-term goals, whether Conkers or something else. :-)
Good luck and happy writing!