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!

ROW80 Week 9: Rearrangement

(other ROW80 participants)

There isn’t much to report this week.

I only wrote four days out of seven, including a couple of narrative pieces, but nothing that was precisely a short story. While I have been reading, I haven’t finished anything else.

Due to some other things in my life at the moment, I may need to change how I measure my progress. The amount of writing shouldn’t have to change, but it might be spread across fewer days.

Nothing’s changing yet; I should have a better idea what I’m doing after this coming week.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 8: Progress

(other ROW80 participants)

I’ve finally finished the book I was reading — My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin. Unlike some 19th-century authors, Franklin includes a lot of useful details about daily life; it’s really helped my understanding of the period.

There are also plenty of things that haven’t changed — I kept having to put the book down because it hit a bit too close to home.

Writing-wise, my progress wasn’t great: only four days of writing, and no short story. I’m hoping to get off to a better start this week.

Good luck and happy writing!