ROW80 Week 8: When Things Work

(other ROW80 participants)

This week has been tiring, but I’m happy to call it a success. I wrote five days out of seven (or it may even have been six), started to catch up on my reading goals, and got a vastly clearer understanding of my travel plans.

Except for Sunday, I started my free time each day by working on my goals. I don’t know that this got any more done than the last-minute strategy, but it has been much lower stress.

Reading

I finished Greg Egan’s The Eternal Flame this week. This series (Orthogonal) is the most science-heavy science fiction I’ve ever read — the way the quantum physics of light works in the setting is a major part of the plot.

Despite that obvious difference, I think the book has a lot in common with Agatha Christie’s work. There’s a mystery (albeit scientific), a complex social situation, and a threat that is deadly but not particularly tense.

Travel Plans

I spent a lot of time this week talking to my family (who’ve all been overseas before) about what I needed to bring to Europe. With their help, I’ve sorted out the phone issue. They also pointed out a lot of things that I was overcomplicating or trying to get too early.

As a result, I now have a much clearer idea of what I need to get done. For this week, that’s making backup copies of documents.

Good luck and happy writing!