#ROW80 – 2019 – Round 3 – Wrap-up

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Wrap-up

Hi everyone!

Time to assess my progress for this Round.

Overall, it has been a good round and I’m glad I keep track because it did not feel so good. Objectively recording progress is a great way of setting bad impressions aside!

Mostly, I finished the first draft for my first novel, so that’s a big win for me. I also completed the training phase for putting my courses online and can begin doing it soon.

As for the rest, no FAIL this round, so it was a good round, even if it was not perfect of course.

On a personal note, I took my first MRI yesterday. They found nothing, which is good on the one hand but means I still have to wait for a diagnosis. Next steps might include a CAT scan and/or hysteroscopy. I’ll know more when I see the surgeon again on Octobre, 7.

And back to writerly things: I’m already planning for Round 4 (I won’t take a break anyway) and I feel highly motivated for lots of projects. So see you soon. 😉

How about you? How was this Round? Are you looking forward to next Round too? Let me know in the comments (Normally, the error messages are a thing of the past, but please bear with them if they come back…). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks. PASS
    This week’s haiku was posted in the morning and I keep on track with that goal. I even added an extra haiku to my schedule for #Caturday (in French, I call that a « chaïku » but I can’t think of a good equivalent pun in English… Feel free to make suggestions! 😉 )
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go. PASS
    I’m in the middle of my 2-3 days of revisions right now; I could only spare 2 hours today after all but tomorrow is more open and I should spend all afternoon at least on this. =) I also worked on the cover and backcover summary on Sunday.

    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 4/27 chapters (15%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover. Done: I made the final version on Sunday then realized I forgot a logo and added it this morning. 100% (completed September 15)
    – write the summary for the backcover: I had a first draft and I’ve improved it on Sunday, but it can get better; I’ll probably wait until I’m closer to releasing. Hopefully, the beta-reading will help too). 75%
    – create the dedicated webpage: I drafted it with a temporary cover; I’ll get live with it by the end of the year. 60%
    – find beta-readers: I have one on board. 1/3 33%
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see… PASS
    I did what I intended to do during the Round; for a couple of days, I was toying with the idea of letting it rest since submitting is no longer a goal and I have other projects I’d like to work on which are as advanced; but my brain decided against it and kept giving me ideas for this and the fantasy saga that begins with LBRH. Also, it might still be a novella but definitely not a short story; and I feel it might even come to being a novel. 

    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I thought it would not happen until next Round, then yesterday the beginning came to me. Only 600 words out of I don’t know how many yet but that’s a start. And my estimation for the break between writing the first draft of the novel and starting this was correct too. Somewhere between 3 weeks and a month. We’ll see how it goes next time.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): UNPAUSED AT LAST! Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round. PASS
    I did not exactly unpause until this week but I worked on the world-building several times this round. I’m thinking I will work on the novel soon as I have become obsessed with it lately and having lots of new ideas for the saga.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    – Work on the world-building: I think I’m somewhere around 65% and now need to work on the details. More details came to me yesterday.
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to 2 (or 3) beta-readers: 1/15 sections (including backcover as #1 section) (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing: I actually realized I forgot an important detail to navigate the ebook, so I’ll do that today to keep the percentage right. (80%)
    Work on the cover design: I had a new idea. =) And I need to take into account that the novel might be divided into 3 volumes, which means 3 other covers…  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. PASS
    I am currently working at a good pace on this.

    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends. This will stay on hold for a while – probably all the way through Round 4 – as I am keen on finishing the other 2; but I won’t start another Story Time until I’m working on this again, and as I really need to work on Wizard and Cat by the time 2020 is here, that should give me a good push in the right direction.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: More work today and and more planned tomorrow.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 78/144 (54%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 39/72 (54%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: More work today, and more planned tomorrow and on Friday.
    – make answer sheets: 13/23 (56%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week. PASS
    I did pause for a while this summer but I’m back on track and feeling more efficient now that I know how I will implement the online part of the blended course.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. I’m keeping my one lesson a week pace for now as it seems to be working. So I should be up 2 more lessons by the time we start Round 4. ^^
    – correct and revise lessons.  (37/90) 41%
    – make vocabulary sheets (37/90) 41%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 7/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (basis for videos) (37/90) 41%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (37/90) 41%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders:  37/90 (41%)
    – Start the online course on making online course:  24/24 sections (100%) – completed September 14
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 221/221 (100%) – Completed September 12
    NEW GOALS (yes I’m a bit ahead of Round 4 here, it’s just that it’s on my mind a lot at the moment and it feels right to add these now even if they’re clearly not for this round)
    – Choose an LMS for my website
    – Make a MOOC about the writing systems in Japanese to test the various LMS (and keep offering as a freebie afterwards).
    – Upload the MOOC
    – Upload Module 1
    – Find beta-testing students for Module 1.
    – Launch Beta-version
    – Use feedback from beta-testers to improve user experience
    – Work on the pricing and paying methods
    – Launch the actual course

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July. That is a big PASS.
    This was a pretty satisfactory goal all the way through. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. PASS
    Everything is how it was supposed to be and that specific goal will be complete next Monday so you won’t be seeing it again. ^^
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 5/6 (83%)
    – make an e-press release: (Completed September 3)
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: 100%(Completed September 6)
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. PASS
    I must confess I was hoping to have the beta-reading done by now and it’s not the case, but that is not something I have too much influence on. Furthermore, I do have one beta-reader’s complete feedback and I’ll stick to the original schedule and publish in December. I also unpublished the 1st edition to avoid readers getting confused and purchasing it thinking it’s the new one.

    Send to beta-readers: 38/42 (90%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: I heard back from beta-reader #2 who came back in force with 2 stories read in 2 days and I’m currently expecting more feedback on a 3rd; beta-reader #1 thinks they should be partly through before the deadline so I’ll ask them to focus on some stories rather than other. 24/42 (57%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. Done on Sunday, as planned. (100%) completed September 15
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 6th: I’ll make it available for pre-order soon.
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP. I contacted KDP about that on Monday; their answer is unclear but I got that it’s possible to do so, just not how.
    – Make the ebook. I started working on the layout for the ebook on Sunday and most of it is ready; just a little changes here and there, and possibly some corrections if beta-readers notice a typo like today. 90%
    – Upload the ebook.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release: planned for October.
    ~ Improve the back cover text (completed September 1)
    ~ Update the website page: (completed September 5)
    ~ Market 2nd edition
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks: planned 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar: planned 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog: I’ll probably do it alongside sharing the extracts.

    ~ Make a book trailer: 100% (completed September 9)
    ~ Upload and share book teaser. Uploading is done and sharing is planned! (50%)
    ~ Upload and share book trailer. Upload to Youtube is planned. 25%

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.
Considering this was not part of my original goals for the Round and I wanted to add them for Round 4, it’s quite a big PASS.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with. PASS
    – Translation (first draft): 8/8 (100%) Completed September 5
    – Revised translation: I did the automated spelling check and will re-read soon. 2/8 (25%)
    – Final translation: 2/8 (25%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically). PASS
    – Translation (first draft): I try to work on this every other day at least. 220/632 sections (34%)
    – Revised translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August. PASS
    We did schedule everything.
    x Get new windows. Planned for October now.
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
     Not so urgent, we’ll keep that for later.
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes.
    x Insulate the wall in the family room where a fireplace used to be.
    This is fast and the cost is low so it should be soon.
    x Insulate the unused fireplace in the office.
    A bit trickier but we can at least do something temporary with what we have in the meantime.
    x Take a look at the radiator on the third floor.
    It never got warm last winter and that room has virtually no insulation so that it was like a fridge. We use it for storage for now but it’s supposed to be Hubby’s office and also a guest room so there’s much to do.
    x Change and move the thermostat.
    The one we have is pretty basic (you decide on the temperature, period) so we’d like one with programmes instead. It’s also in the kitchen so we’ll move it to the family room.
    x Rebuild the wall between the family room and the garage.
    It’s basically threatening to collapse and it’s making the room colder than it should be so we’re going to replace that ASAP.
  2. Unpacking & decluttering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and decluttering during the summer. PASS
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting!
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). PASS because some progress is being made though the MRI did not give any conclusive results.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here. PASS despite lots of ups and downs; the MRI made me realize I had gone a long way through: I used to be terrified of hospitals but it went well despite me going alone and I just meditated all the way through the noise of the exam.

Mais au fait, Rui Chan, kezako?

D’où vient le pseudo Rui Chan ?

Autoportrait de ruichan en geisha
Rui Chan, autoportrait en geisha

Bon, je pense que vous avez pour la plupart déduit dès le départ que j’utilisais un nom de plume et non mon vrai nom pour publier.

Mais cela ne vous dit pas d’où sort cet étrange pseudonyme asiatique. Peut-être que vous ne vous êtes jamais posé la question et que ça vous est parfaitement égal d’ailleurs, mais suite à de nombreux écorchages à l’oral, j’ai voulu vous en parler un peu.

Métissage?

Pour ceux qui me savent métisse et se disent que je dois être franco-japonaise, je vous arrête tout de suite, ce n’est pas le cas. Mon métissage est franco-français d’ailleurs puisque je suis d’origines picardo-normandes et guadeloupéenne. (faudra que je test le colombo à la crème…)

Ma passion pour le Japon en revanche est bien ancrée ; si je croyais à la métempsychose, je me dirais que j’ai dû être japonaise dans une autre vie tellement certaines choses ont de sens pour moi (par rapport à ma culture occidentale j’entends.)
Si vous voulez un exemple, je trouve complètement normal de me doucher avant un bain plutôt que de baigner dans mon jus… D’ailleurs ça se ressent peut-être dans certains passage de Sources de plaisir

Bon ok, mais alors ?

Mais pour en revenir à nos moutons, j’ai tout simplement choisi ce pseudo quand j’ai commencé à officier sur la toile vers 2000. Il s’agit du prénom de mon personnage préféré de Cat’s Eye (et premier crush), Rui Kisugi, la pulpeuse soeur aînée.
J’avais ajouté le -chan à l’époque car c’est un suffixe affectif en japonais, et du coup cela s’écrivait en un seul mot : ruichan, parfois rui-chan (et tout en minuscules, oui).

De ruichan à Rui Chan

En 2018, quand je me suis repenchée sur l’édition de mes oeuvres, j’ai envisagé la séparation en deux mots. Une éditrice me proposant un contrat m’a confirmé qu’elle trouvait cela plus adéquat et j’ai commencé la transition. Comme je suis diffusée sur Amazon, ça a été simple pour les ebooks. Les livres brochés en revanche offrent moins de souplesse… Mais avec le temps, la version en un mot fait place à mon nom de plume définitif.
Et pour la petite anecdote, un an plus tard, je me suis mariée et mon nom d’épouse commence justement par Chan. ^^ Eh ouais, ça ne s’invente pas !

Super ruichan à la rescousse by Kiriel

OK c’est bien mignon, mais ça se dit comment en fait ?

Evidemment, au fil des années, ce pseudonyme a été employé de diverses manières et, en dehors des cercles japonisants ou anglophones, j’ai souvent eu le droit à sa lecture littérale à la française…
Donc si, comme une majorité de personnes, vous n’y connaissez rien en prononciation du japonais, sachez que le R est entre le R et le L français, que la transcription CH se dit TCH (comme en anglais vu que c’est un système créé par un américain) et qu’il n’y a pas de nasales pour AN (comme dans la majorité des autres langues que je connais pour ma part…).
Et grâce à Madeline sur Twitter, je me suis rendue compte que j’avais omis le U qui est entre le U français et le OU, mais plutôt OU quand-même, juste moins marqué.
Bref, ça se dit (approximativement bien sûr) LOUIS TCHANE.

Alors, combien d’entre vous le disaient correctement ? Vous aviez peut-être deviné en partie d’ailleurs (plutôt le Chan ou le Rui d’ailleurs?). N’hésitez pas à me laisser vos commentaires sur la manière dont vous l’auriez dit ou les 1001 manières dont votre propre nom a été écorché.

#ROW80 – 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 22

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 22

Hi everyone!

Last check-in before wrapping up! I hope things are going well for you. As you’ll see, I’m back in the race and moving forward with several projects.

But quite frankly, things could be smoother if it wasn’t for a mitigated start of school for our eldest.

Two weeks into the school year has meant quite a few changes for her. She was very excited about going to school and on the whole she seems to enjoy it but the start was a bit complicated.

Here in France, we can put the kids to school as early as 2 provided they are potty-trained, but we decided to wait until our girls were 3. Turns out school is now compulsory for children aged 3 or more in France. That’s the new thing this year. So potty-trained or not, they go. It means that the teachers have more kids in diapers and they are not necessarily equipped or prepared for that. (That’s the French Education system for you: always changing legislation and then realizing once it’s too late that it means providing the staff with new required things…)

Our daughter is well advanced on lots of things except potty-training. For some reason, she even resisted it this summer, so we let her breathe. Of course, the school staff is anxious to have her use the toilets so we feel they’ve been pressuring her a bit: she who usually sleeps through 10 to 11 hours has been waking up at night crying, often to ask for a change of diaper and some time on the pot. As much as we understand how hard it is for the staff, we had to make an appointment with the head teacher to make it clear things have to be done in a more positive way (one staff member told our girl she should not go number 2 in the diaper anymore right in front of us on day 1…).

I don’t know if this sounds like old news to you or if it comes as a shock, but here it’s kind of 50/50 when it comes to positive reinforcement. They all say they do it but in fact sometimes they only think they do…

Another problem at school is that our daughter has a very strong temper and sometimes vents her frustration accordingly… And when she does not sleep well, she’s really difficult (like most kids I guess). We’re working on this with her, trying to get her to understand why this is not the best way, but we also know our lifestyle has meant a lot of stress on us these past few years and this is probably connected… The big difference is that we only have 2 kids to manage, and the nanny only has 4. In a class of almost 20 kids, it must prove more difficult.

So tomorrow, we’re meeting with the teacher to try and keep communication open before any actual damage is done. Overall, I feel things are improving, especially since I went to the first PTA meeting: first I could see the teacher was really about positive reinforcement and she was open to discussion. Then her assistant (the one who kinda banned our daughter from pooping in her diaper…) softened as she got to know our girl a little better. Maybe the fact that we actually care about these issues was reassuring to them.

This reflected on our girl’s behavior too. On Friday, for once, I was told it had been perfect. The fact that they also point the good things is quite reassuring.

Other than that, the school is nice, with a varied, multicultural community. That means a lot to me because I’m mixed but, as I’m estranged from both my black and my white family, it’s not that obvious to the girls. They do have aunties and uncles from Madagascar and Laos, so diversity is at home, but until recently our town was really white and kinda of known for having some racists too (30% of voters… that’s more than the national average). So unlike those 30%, I feel so much happier now that I see people from various ethnic groups around.

How about you? How is education and parenting going in your area of the world? And how multicultural is your neighborhood? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message if you get one, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard either way.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted on Wednesday.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go. I’ve scheduled 2 days this coming week for editing and making sure there are no plotholes or incoherences. =)
    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover.
    – write the summary for the backcover
    – create the dedicated webpage
    – find beta-readers
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I’ll keep that for next round after all, as was the original plan.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    – Work on the world-building: I think I’m somewhere around 60% and now need to work on the details.
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to 2 (or 3) beta-readers: 1/15 sections (including backcover as #1 section) (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. I’ll be trying to wrap up at least the worksheets because I need to start working on a new story now my students get older…
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends. This will stay on hold at least until the end of Round 3.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: I did not get a chance to work on this on Thursday after all.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 72/144 (50%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 36/72 (50%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: More answers sheets are ready; I’m planning to work on this again on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
    – make answer sheets: 12/23 (52%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. I started working on the lessons again yesterday. =) I also will post this course online first; the idea is to get ready to release (at least a beta) in 2020, starting with Module 1 in the first quarter. So besides preparing the material for online teaching, I’ll start working on the technical aspects too.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (37/90) 41%
    – make vocabulary sheets (37/90) 41%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 7/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (basis for videos) (37/90) 41%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (37/90) 41%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders:  37/90 (41%)
    – Start the online course on making online course: Once I was done with Conquering the Content, I moved on to this. It’s the perfect complement as it gives great tips and insights on the technical aspects; I’m happy to report I now feel ready to share online courses once they’re ready to use (so Module 1 of Hanashimashou should arrive in 2020; I’ll schedule things later). This also boosted my motivation to work on the lessons; as a result, I wrapped it up in only 2 days (having read the book made some part pretty easy and allowed me to go through it all quickly). 24/24 sections (100%) – completed September 14
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: Turns out I had done most of the activities and the final chapters was more about proofreading and getting feedback, then continuously improve and maintain the courses. So I’m done. =) 221/221 (100%) – Completed September 12
    NEW GOALS (yes I’m a bit ahead of Round 4 here, it’s just that it’s on my mind a lot at the moment and it feels right to add these now even if they’re clearly not for this round)
    – Choose an LMS for my website
    – Make a MOOC about the writing systems in Japanese to test the various LMS (and keep offering as a freebie afterwards).
    – Upload the MOOC
    – Upload Module 1
    – Find beta-testing students for Module 1.
    – Launch Beta-version
    – Use feedback from beta-testers to improve user experience
    – Work on the pricing and paying methods
    – Launch the actual course

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Still going according to plan. ^^
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 4/6 (67%)
    – make an e-press release: (Completed September 3)
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: 100%(Completed September 6)
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. I’ll have to wrap up the beta-reading process soon; as there has been no negative feedback at all, I can only hope that it reflects the whole collection because I’m not sure #1 will get down to business in time and #3 has stopped getting back to me after months of regularity (they’re doing it as a favor so it’s OK, I’ll just plan even more ahead next time, one year seemed like it was quite enough but in the end it was a bit too short).
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. Today was the deadline I set for this because I thought the beta-reading process would be over… I’ll double-check with the one beta-reader that has gone through the whole collection and see where it goes. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 6th
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    – Make the ebook. 60%
    – Upload the ebook.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text (completed September 1)
    ~ Update the website page: (completed September 5)
    ~ Market 2nd edition
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer: 100% (completed September 9)
    ~ Upload and share book teaser. Uploading is done and sharing is planned! (50%)
    ~ Upload and share book trailer. It’s uploaded on one platform. 25%

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with.
    – Translation (first draft): 8/8 (100%) Completed September 5
    – Revised translation: 2/8 (25%)
    – Final translation: 2/8 (25%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically). I worked on this daily but sporadically during the week; the idea was to not let a day pass without translating at least a section but also allow myself to do just that when it was clearly all I could do.
    – Translation (first draft): 184/632 sections (29%)
    – Revised translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for October now. We called the contractor to confirm the date and now it’s mid-October; thankfully, the weather is not turning too cold just yet.
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The contractor was supposed to come on Thursday to install the AC; we could not get in touch with him and his assistant was not helpful… In the end, Hubby got a technician on the phone yesterday who checked the schedule and said that they were coming this week’s Thursday after all and that considering the number of people coming, it was also to install the bathroom. 
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
     Not so urgent, we’ll keep that for later.
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes.
    x Insulate the wall in the family room where a fireplace used to be.
    This is fast and the cost is low so it should be soon. We thought we would do it tomorrow but since they’re coming to install the bathroom, we need to see to other things first.
    x Insulate the unused fireplace in the office.
    A bit trickier but we can at least do something temporary with what we have in the meantime.
    x Take a look at the radiator on the third floor.
    It never got warm last winter and that room has virtually no insulation so that it was like a fridge. We use it for storage for now but it’s supposed to be Hubby’s office and also a guest room so there’s much to do.
    x Change and move the thermostat.
    The one we have is pretty basic (you decide on the temperature, period) so we’d like one with programmes instead. It’s also in the kitchen so we’ll move it to the family room. The new one is here: today we set it up and tomorrow we put it where we want it to be.
    x Rebuild the wall between the family room and the garage.
    It’s basically threatening to collapse and it’s making the room colder than it should be so we’re going to replace that ASAP.
  2. Unpacking & decluttering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and decluttering during the summer. I’ll consider this done for now and will probably leave that aside during the winter, except for the occasional unpacking if we manage to get that parental suite done.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Considering it done for now.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! Also considering it done for now.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). Getting mentally ready for the MRI onTuesday.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Feeling better on the whole.

#ROW80 – 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 21

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 21

Hi everyone!

I’ve been experimenting with i Movie to make a new sort of book trailer. The result is more like a teaser to me, so I’ve also made a more classic trailer the way I used to. Hubby always sees lots of things I could do but he’s much better with video editing than I am and quite frankly I don’t mind the little amateur touch of my videos.

At the moment, I’m also starting to plan things dedicated to writing on Mondays and Tuesdays. Ideally, I’d like these two days to be for writing only while my regular job is centered Wednesday through Saturday. We’ll see where that goes; I’m hoping it will be settled by the time baby girl #2 starts school next September.

On the regular job’s front, I really want to move forward with my online teaching projects as I feel this is the future for me. I will keep doing face-to-face classes too but they come and go in my area whereas online classes can happen all the time and from everywhere!

Hopefully when this is all set, I can divide my week differently and allot even more time to writing. I hope I can one day work 3 days on writing, 3 days teaching and keep Sunday off. I don’t think I will ever only write full-time as I really love teaching and being an entrepreneur. ^^

For now, I’ll just try and come back to my scheduled routine: I turn my non-teaching time into « Pomodoro » time (from the Pomodoro technique) and use it to work on my goals (mostly work-related). Each week, I enter these into my calendar and decide ahead what I’m going to work on. I usually stick to it, but I stopped during the summer as I wanted more freedom. Being back at work and school will probably mean I can stick to it again. We’ll see how things are by the end of the round.

How about you? Do you have that sort of long-term plan? What is it and how do you see writing in it all? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted in the morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go. I’ve scheduled 2 days next week for editing and making sure there are no plotholes or incoherences. =)
    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover.
    – write the summary for the backcover
    – create the dedicated webpage
    – find beta-readers
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I’ll keep that for next round after all, as was the original plan.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round. I did work a little on world-building, mostly by checking my existing notes and completing them with just a few ideas; I love the notebook I’m using and will input all the data that is elsewhere (apps, other notebooks, etc) in it too.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    – Work on the world-building: I think I’m somewhere around 60% and now need to work on the details. I took my notebook on Sunday evening and rediscovered some things but, yes, I have the main elements in place.
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to 2 (or 3) beta-readers: 1/15 sections (including backcover as #1 section) (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. I’ll be trying to wrap up at least the worksheets because I need to start working on a new story now my students get older…
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends. This will stay on hold at least until the end of Round 3.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: I planned to work on this today and tomorrow; today’s session is done which means 9 more worksheets.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 72/144 (50%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 36/72 (50%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: I’m planning to work on this today, tomorrow and on Friday; I’d like to finish the answer sheet ASAP to move on to content maps and learning guides, so today I focused on this.
    – make answer sheets: 11/23 (48%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. I’ll start working on the lessons again on Saturday. =)
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (basis for videos) (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: done! (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders: I made the missing homework pack and uploaded it, which means all that is ready is online.  36/90 (40%)
    NEW GOAL: Start the online course on making online course: I need to find some 12 hours for that; not sure it can happen during this round, but that’s ok. 0/24 sections (0%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: Started reading again. ^^ 149/221 (67%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Still going according to plan, with a new extract shared on Monday, which means it’s all green now. ^^
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 4/6 (67%)
    – make an e-press release: (Completed September 3)
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: 100%(Completed September 6)
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. I did work on the book trailer on Sunday, as I had planned; as I said at the start of this post, I ended up making a teaser and a trailer while experimenting a new tool. I’ll include that in the marketing plan.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text (completed September 1)
    ~ Update the website page: done! (completed September 5)
    ~ Market 2nd edition
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer: done. (completed September 9)
    ~ Upload and share book teaser.
    ~ Upload and share book trailer. It’s uploaded on one platform. 25%

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with.
    – Translation (first draft): 8/8 (100%) Completed September 5
    – Revised translation: 2/8 (25%)
    – Final translation: 2/8 (25%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically). I started translating on Sunday as planned; if I can keep this up, I should be done by the end of the Round.
    – Translation (first draft): 167/632 sections (26%)
    – Revised translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for October now. We called the contractor to confirm the date and now it’s mid-October; thankfully, the weather is not turning too cold just yet.
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The future bathroom is ready for the contractor to come tomorrow but they can’t say whether they’re coming or not… We’ll work some more on it afterwards, but we also want to focus on insulating and making the heating system more efficient before the winter so I’ll add some things here.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
     Not so urgent, we’ll keep that for later.
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Done on Monday.
    x Insulate the wall in the family room where a fireplace used to be.
    This is fast and the cost is low so it should be soon. Maybe next Monday.
    x Insulate the unused fireplace in the office.
    A bit trickier but we can at least do something temporary with what we have in the meantime.
    x Take a look at the radiator on the third floor.
    It never got warm last winter and that room has virtually no insulation so that it was like a fridge. We use it for storage for now but it’s supposed to be Hubby’s office and also a guest room so there’s much to do.
    x Change and move the thermostat.
    The one we have is pretty basic (you decide on the temperature, period) so we’d like one with programmes instead. It’s also in the kitchen so we’ll move it to the family room. I ordered a new one today and we’re hoping to install it on Monday.
    x Rebuild the wall between the family room and the garage.
    It’s basically threatening to collapse and it’s making the room colder than it should be so we’re going to replace that ASAP.
  2. Unpacking & decluttering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and decluttering during the summer. I’ll consider this done for now and will probably leave that aside during the winter, except for the occasional unpacking if we manage to get that parental suite done.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Considering it done for now.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! Also considering it done for now.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). I went for a blood test on Monday and the MRI is next Tuesday.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Still feeling down for no reason too often to my taste and hoping I can drop the hormones sooner rather than later.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 20

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 20

Hi everyone!

The end of the week was exhausting as I had to combine getting our eldest to and from school with work.

Then, on Saturday morning, I was awoken at 3.30 because of an electro festival that 7 kms away from our home! I originally thought some neighbors were having an indoor party as it seemed close and muffled. Turns out it was that outdoor festival and some famous DJs turned the volume up when their turn came. Everybody complained about it (I can’t imagine how it was for the people of the village where it took place) and last night was better. We did hear it a little when we went to bed and then again a little before 6, but if we had our double-glazing windows, we probably wouldn’t have heard.

The crazy thing is that we live near the city center where there was a WWII celebration last evening and we did not hear that except for the fireworks…

How about you? Any crazy events near home? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted on Wednesday morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go. I’m starting to look at the printed version with interest. =)
    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover.
    – write the summary for the backcover
    – create the dedicated webpage
    – find beta-readers
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I think I’ll wait some more; right now translating feels right and editing is alluring, while writing is not, so I’ll just listen to myself on this one.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round. I’d like to work on more world-building during Round 4, so I’ll add that goal now.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    NEW GOAL: Work on the world-building: I think I’m somewhere around 60% and now need to work on the details.
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. I’ll be trying to wrap up at least the worksheets because I need to start working on a new story now my students get older…
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends. This will stay on hold until the end of Round 3.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: I met my daily goal and made 9 worksheets on Thursday.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 66/144 (46%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 33/72 (46%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: I was supposed to work on this yesterday but failed to because I was tired.
    – make answer sheets: 7/23 (30%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. Still working on the online environment, not the actual lessons. I’ll complete the book with an online course about making online courses. =)
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (basis for videos) (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: done! (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders: Up to date with the existing plans and packs but one as I realized I did not make the homework pack for some reason.  35/90 (39%)
    NEW GOAL: Start the online course on making online course: I need to find some 12 hours for that; not sure it can happen during this round, but that’s ok. 0/24 sections (0%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Still going according to plan. ^^
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 3/6 (50%)
    – make an e-press release: (Completed September 3)
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: done! 100%(Completed September 6)
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. I’m supposed to work on the book trailer today.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text (completed September 1)
    ~ Update the website page: done! (completed September 5)
    ~ Market 2nd edition
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer: maybe today.
    ~ Upload and share book trailer.

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with. As I translated, I remembered 2 of the stories had already been revised twice and were in their final state. =)
    – Translation (first draft): 8/8 (100%) Completed September 5
    – Revised translation: 2/8 (25%)
    – Final translation: 2/8 (25%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically). Next on my list! I though I would start it this week but in the end it was too much.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays… We’ll call the contractor soon to confirm the date.
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The future bathroom is ready for the contractor to come on September 12. We’ll call tomorrow to confirm the date.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Tomorrow, normally.
  2. Unpacking & decluttering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and decluttering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Right now Hubby needs to be in the office a lot so for now this is done for now.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! No news this time either; we need to find time to reoarganize the storage room while we take a break on the renovations we do ourselves.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). Still finding it hard to sleep… Last night was ok though.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Having to walk more to get my eldest to and from school is helping but I do wish I could sleep a bit better.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 19

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 19

Hi everyone!

Having our eldest in school is the small revolution we’re experiencing in our lives right now.

For a year now, she’s been longing to go, but as the D-Day came closer, she started saying she did not want to go, that she wanted to stay with her baby sister and so on…

In the end, she enjoys school very much (no big surprise there). Her little sister however is also wondering what’s going on. On the first day, the four of us went together and baby girl clearly liked the classroom too so for a second we thought it would have been great to have them start school together. But then she would not have had us and her nanny to ourselves like her sister before she was born, so it’s still for the best (plus she’s barely 2…)

Because this week is unchartered territory, I gave myself a freestyle schedule which consists of doing whatever I prefer doing first and not hesitating to postpone task to the next day. It’s been working so far, especially as school means extra last minute paperwork (we wish they were better at communication but know that won’t change).

Switching to translating goals rather than writing or editing is also proving good in these times of change: I can chunk a text down to sentences and work for a few minutes of hours depending on what the day has in store for me. I’ll stick to that for now.

On the financial side, we can pay for the gas in 7 installments which is a great relief. We still need to keep a closer look on how we spend but it’s better than having a huge gap in our bank account. It even allows me to keep the Macbook after all, which is great of course. And today we sold the « old » car, so that sure helps as Hubby was waiting for this to get equipment for his business project.

I hope things keep turning this way.

How about you? Any big or small revolution(s) in your lives lately? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted in the morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go.
    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover.
    – write the summary for the backcover
    – create the dedicated webpage
    – find beta-readers
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I actually tried last week but only came up with an unsatisfactory sentence and the feeling I did not want to write just yet.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. I’ll be trying to wrap up at least the worksheets because I need to start working on a new story now my students get older…
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: I will probably make some more worksheets tomorrow.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 60/144 (42%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 30/72 (42%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: A new answer sheet done and some copy/pasting to help me make the rest faster.
    – make answer sheets: 7/23 (30%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. Still working on the online environment, not the actual lessons.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: done! (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders: doing this little by little 12/90 (13%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Still going according to plan. ^^
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 3/6 (50%)
    – make an e-press release: done! (Completed September 3)
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: planned on Friday
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. On Sunday, I decided to un-publish the first edition at some point in October to make the 2nd edition available for pre-order.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text: done! (completed September 1)
    ~ Update the website page:
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with. Not only did I finish translating the first text on Sunday, I also translated 3 more. Then I worked on another (a longer one) from Monday to today and it’s done too.
    – Translation (first draft): 6/8 (75%)
    – Revised translation: 0/8 (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/8 (0%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically).
    – Translation (first draft): 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays…
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The future bathroom is ready for the contractor to come on September 12.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Did not happen on Monday after all as the person helping Hubby did not feel well.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. With the new organisation, it seems easier to keep the place clean. I’ve also found myself archiving and tidying some papers once in a while. Still a lot to do, especially as there are still some unpacked boxes, but it’s coming along.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! No news this time.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). Still finding it hard to sleep…
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    A bit better but it still feels very fragile. I just hate the hormones and what they do to me but there’s no way around for now. It’s good the MRI is soon so that we can explore again.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 18

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 18

Hi everyone!

Last time, I was telling you about the new Macbook Air we ordered. It arrived on Thursday and I’m pretty satisfied with it so far, though I haven’t spent that much time on it.

The thing is, I don’t want to get too attached because we had a bad surprise on the financial side (including a huge invoice for gas heating because we never got a chance to insulate before winter last year) and I might have to return it after all. We’re giving ourselves a couple of days to look into it and see whether it’s a good idea (as my PC is showing more and more signs of weakness, it might prove worse to return the Macbook and end up having to get another PC in a hurry…).

In the end, we felt lcky when we found that deal but have been feeling unlucky ever since. Hubby even suggested the universe was teling us we shouldn’t have bought a new « toy » but as my PC keeps acting up, I don’t feel the same way. We should be able to improve the financial situation tomorrow as we can reach out to the gas and electricity company to pay in installments.

As for writing, I found I did not feel like editing my novel after all, and I didn’t want to start writing the novella either, so I’ll try working on translations insead. I wanted to keep these goals for Round 4, but here they are!

Tomorrow is our eldest’s first day of school, so I guess I’ll be talking about this next time.

How about you? Are you feeling lucky or unlucky at the moment? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted on Wednesday.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go.
    After checking in on Wednesday, I finished my typo check and printed the novel to edit at some point; next I’ll just add the notes and more layout stuff such as italics for foreign words and the like but I feel I need a break from the story, even if it’s ony a short one.

    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 27/27 chapters (100% – completed August 28)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/minor improvements/reorganizing): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit revised draft
    – improve the cover.
    – write the summary for the backcover
    – create the dedicated webpage
    – find beta-readers
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I will do this only when I’m done with the first draft of the novel. As I also prefer taking a break between two first drafts, we’re probably talking about mid-September now.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round. I’ll be trying to wrap up at least the worksheets because I need to start working on a new story now my students get older…
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: UNPAUSED: I started working on the worksheets again.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 60/144 (42%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 30/72 (42%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: Working on the answer sheets and creating the online classroom environment.
    – make answer sheets: 6/23 (26%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. UNPAUSED but I’m mostly working on the online environment, not the actual lessons.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – create the course and its folders: done! (100% – completed on August 30)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders: doing this little by little 12/90 (13%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Both ebook and paperback are ready and I just have to hit publish on the right day. So now all that is left is the marketing I’ve already planned.
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: done! 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 2/6 (34%)
    – make an e-press release: planned in September
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: planned in September
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. The beta-reading did not go as planned last weekend; I might have to go on and publish with only 2 beta-readers.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, which is in its final third, let’s say I want to finish translating Rumples.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): This is my shortest and most popular work on Kindle. It has 8 texts (flash fiction and poetry) so it’s not too scary to begin with. I started translating the first story yesterday and I’m hoping to finish it today.
    – Translation (first draft): 0.5/8 (6.25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/8 (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/8 (0%)
  2. The Dragon’s Secret (English to French): This is a public domain book I’ve set to translate when I considered translating as a career. I’ve left t alone for a while but never gave it up.
    – Re-read the translation I made a couple of years ago. 0/4.75 chapters (0%)
    – Translation (first draft): 4.75/19 chapters (25%)
    – Revised translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/19 chapters (0%)
  3. Very Hot Springs (English version of Sources de plaisir): This is the short erotica I published in February after 3 years without a release. I will use my translation software’sdivision into sections (they’re the sentences basically).
    – Translation (first draft): 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/685 sections (0%)
  4. We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): This is a short lesbian romance that first was released traditionally and I’ve re-published independantly this year. It has 10 chapters.
    – Translation (first draft): 0/10 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays…
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The future bathroom is ready for the contractor to come on September 12.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Planned tomorrow after all.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Not only did I vacuum the place, we also rearranged the furniture so that Hubby can fit in his new project (he wants to have his own business too and starts a new training tomorrow.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! The bags are donated, now we need to store what we decided to keep.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). I’ve been stressed for over a week now and bad luck in various fields does not help. I need to take beta-blockers to keep my heart at a normal pace on a daily basis, sometimes twice a day. The treatment is working but it’s also taking its tow as hormones always end up making me depressed…
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    See the above…

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 17

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 17

Hi everyone!

I’ve been thinking about switching back to my old Macbook while saving for a new one n the coming years because the keyboard is way more comfortable (a real plus for writing) AND my laptop’s keyboard is starting to miss a couple of letters when I type too lightly or too fast…

Then Hubby found an incredible deal for a brand new Macbook Air from a major French retailer (a 350€ discount!). As it was both our birthdays around this weekend (mine on Friday, his on Monday), we discussed and decided to go for it.

As this is a tool mostly for writing and it’s not my primary job, I was really touched when he suggested it (I wish my writing could pay for the Macbook but it doesn’t…). He’s always been supportive but this is way beyond!

Last week, I also told you my PC had given me a blue screen for no reason, so I’ve been saving data I don’t want to lose just in case… Yesterday, the built-in wi-fi stopped working for some reason. I have an ethernet plug in my office so no biggie, but the laptop has suddenly become less portable. So this is like the universe telling me we were right to get a new one. =) (Thank you universe! I prefer this way than having to replace it in a rush without being prepared. ^^)

Anyway, it should arrive tomorrow, I guess I’ll have more to tell about it next check-in. ^^

How about you? Any planned/unplanned change of writing tools in the recent past or near future? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted this morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go.
    Typos are checked, so I’m ready to switch from tablet to PC/Macbook for the grammar and speling automatic check and working on the global layout.

    – finish first draft:  (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/improvements): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – improve the cover.
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I will do this only when I’m done with the first draft of the novel. As I also prefer taking a break between two first drafts, we’re probably talking about mid-September now.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time starting now and through September)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round.
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: UNPAUSED: I started working on the worksheets again.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 54/144 (37.5%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 26/72 (36%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: Working on the answer sheets and creating the online classroom environment.
    – make answer sheets: 6/23 (26%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 23/23 (100% – completed August 27)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Both ebook and paperback are ready and I just have to hit publish on the right day. So now all that is left is the marketing I’ve already planned.
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: done! 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 2/6 (34%)
    – make an e-press release: planned in September
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: planned in September
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. The beta-reading did not go as planned last weekend; I might have to go on and publish with only 2 beta-readers.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays…
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  The future bathroom is ready for the contractor to come.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Planned in a fortnight.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Still no vacuum cleaning…
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! No news, the bags are still in the way but ready to go.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). I had some days without the headaches, which is an improvement. I made all the necessary appointments for the MRI (the ones beofre and the ones after), so I’ll have more news at the beginning of October.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Having my best friend around helped me overcome my disappointment from Saturday.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 16

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 16

Hi everyone!

The big news here is definitely that the first draft of my first novel is done! There were times when I doubted I would make it in time because the words did not come to me as easily, but in the end, I finished well within the optimistic forecast I had made.

The funny thing is that we now share a birthday as I wrote the final scene on my birthday on Friday. ^^

Now it’s time for a short break in writing per se while I make the first corrections (checking for typos then basic stuff that Word can detect and global layout).

Yesterday was also a quick back-to-work day with only 3 hours before being on a weekend again. Tuesday will be 2 hours only (I’m trying to give myself a transition time) and then I will alternate between regular and light days for a couple of weeks.

I also need to work on the nanny’s and baby-sitter’s contract as our first-born is starting school next week, which might mean some last-minute shopping somehow (though I won’t be stressed over preschool…).

And my checklist for the week is pretty long as I’m going back to work while finishing the month (acounting and so on…). So just come corrections sounds good for now, especially as I’m still unpausing some goals after my vacation.

How about you? Are you in a rush a the moment? Why is it so or why not? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted on Wednesday morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go.
    First draft is done! Woohoo!

    – finish first draft: The final word count before typo check is 99,534 words so I’m also happy with my early estimations (100% – Completed August 23)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (typos/grammar/spelling/global layout): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/improvements): 0/27 chapters (0%)
    – improve the cover.
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I will do this only when I’m done with the first draft of the novel. As I also prefer taking a break between two first drafts, we’re probably talking about mid-September now.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round.
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: ON HOLD.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 52/144 (36%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 26/72 (36%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: UNPAUSED. Nothing big but as I’m saving, I started preparing the upload space.
    – make answer sheets: 5/23 (22%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. As I’ll soon be working on this again, I’ll add some goals for later (this is going to be a really looong-term goal!)
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Both ebook and paperback are ready and I just have to hit publish on the right day. So now all that is left is the marketing I’ve already planned.
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file: done! 100% (Completed August 24)
    – share the extracts: 1/6 (17%)
    – make an e-press release: planned in September
    – upload the book trailer on Youtube: done! 100% (Completed August 25)
    – share the book trailer on social media: planned in September
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. Beta-readers #1 has now got all the texts except one.
    Send to beta-readers: 36/42 (86%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers once they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays…
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  Some shopping done in prevision of Monday to come.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Soon.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. Somehow I haven’t vacuumed yet…
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! No news, the bags are still in the way but ready to go.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). The headaches got the best of me on the morning of my birthday but Hubby tended to me so that I could have an almost normal afternoon as long as I kept my sunglasses on, even insde the house. On the plus side, I got an earlier appointment for the MRI so I’ll be able to see the doctor again sooner than I expected and hopeflly we can move on to the next step and I won’t have to keep taking these pills much longer.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Going back to work yesterday was weird as I still felt like I was on vacation only the night before… I also had some issues with someone who shook t what little trust I had left in them and kinda ruined my birthday weekend…

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 15

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 15

Hi everyone!

Right before checking in last Sunday, my PC gave me a blue screen instead of getting out of sleep mode, so I decided it was high time to do back-ups. Turns out I hadn’t done that in a while, with all the moving and unpacking and houseworks…

First step is uploading things to the cloud, then I’ll also make extra copies on a harddrive (as soon as I find it… but I’m supposed to clean and tidy my office so that should help).

Of course some things were saved more regularly, especially when it comes to writing. Funny enough, the work stuff was left out more… What does that say about me? XD

How about you? What makes you realize it’s time to massively back up? Let me know in the comments (please bear with the error message, I do get and approve the comments on my dashboard.). I hope you’re well, wherever you are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
Over 60%, I use various shades of green, 100% being this flashy green.
Purple is for projects that are currently on hiatus: dark purple means there’s still a lot to do while mauve is for projects that are well advanced.
Finally royal blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in. And sky blue is for stating my objective for the round within each goal at the beginning of each Round, then to assess my overall progress at the end.
Also, by the end of each round, I’ll give myself a PASS or a FAIL for each goal.
I hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals (fiction)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks.
    This week’s haiku was posted this morning.
  2. Writing my first novel: I will write on a daily basis, aiming at finishing the first draft this summer, ideally by mid-August. I’m aiming at some 100-120K words but I might readjust this as I go.
    I’m almost there and hoping to wrap up tomorrow. =)

    – finish first draft 95,349/100,000 words (95%)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 13/13 chapters (100% – completed July 23)
    – revise first draft (grammar/spelling/global layout)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/improvements)
    – improve the cover.
  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4. I’m thinking more and more I will not submit, though I’m thankful for the inspiration. I don’t feel like working under the pressure of a deadline. If I meet it all the same, we’ll see…
    – finish planning:  100% (Completed July 30)
    – start writing: I will do this only when I’m done with the first draft of the novel. As I also prefer taking a break between two first drafts, we’re probably talking about mid-September now.
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing this again next round. Depending on how well I do with the other goals, I will reread the beginning to get reacquainted with the plot and start writing again this round or next round.
    – Write the intro: I decided to actually do that after the story is written. 20%
    Finish writing: 30/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Send to beta-readers: 1/15 (7%)
    Get their feedback and use it. 1/30 (3%)
    Prepare the ebook for self-publishing (80%)
    Work on the cover design:  15%
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.

Writing Goals (work-related) (Unpausing these one at a time)

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at finishing module 1 of RWBY this Round.
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends.
    – review and edit the guide:  6/15 parts (27%)
    – compile the worksheets separately:  40/71 (56%)
    – compile the games separately: 6/20 (30%)
    – publish the flashcards, games (2 collections) and worksheets : 0/4 (0%)
    – publish the guide on Kindle (and maybe other platforms?)
    – submit it too
    * Bat and Friends: ON HOLD.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 52/144 (36%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 26/72 (36%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: UNPAUSED. Nothing big but as I’m saving, I started preparing the upload space.
    – make answer sheets: 5/23 (22%)
    – create the online environment once I’m done with the worksheets. I decided this was more urgent than the guide as I use it with students who could benefit from having the material online. This goal will have several sub-tasks. Here are the first ones:
    ~ Create the folders for each lesson on the drive: 24/24 (100% – completed August 20)
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides and upload them; I actualy need to make a French version too, in case some students need them: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the worksheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. Japanese coursebooks: I will work on at least one lesson a week.
    Hanashimashou: Still holding on lesson 37. As I’ll soon be working on this again, I’ll add some goals for later (this is going to be a really looong-term goal!)
    – correct and revise lessons.  (36/90) 40%
    – make vocabulary sheets (36/90) 40%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 6/30 (20%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (36/90) 40%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (36/90) 40%
    – add extra university-oriented activities for students: 0/48 (0%)
    – add extra workplace-oriented activities: 0/50 (0%)
    – add extra video activities: 0/100 (0%)
    – Use Conquering the Content to turn module 1 into an online course: I’ll just evaluate this in term of how far I’ve got into the ebook: 143/221 (65%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I will complete that goal in July.
    I’ll still market the book but that goal is completed. =)

    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 23/23 (100% – completed July 24)
    – make an e-press release: Done! (100% – completed June 29)
  2. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): I will prepare the e-book and e-press release in August or September to be ready to release at the start of Round 4. I think I’ll keep this goal for August, when I’m done with the previous one. ^^ Nothing as I’m focusing on saving what’s on the PC, including the files for my books.
    – upload the ebook: 100% (completed August 19)
    – upload paperback file
    – share the extracts: 1/6 (17%)
    – make an e-press release: planned in September
    – publish (on October 6)
  3. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will try to get my beta-readers to finish their part this summer; I will also try to get the illustrations from the artist ASAP. Once that’s done, I’ll redefine my objectives. Tomorrow is the start of the new schedule with beta-reader #1 so there should be some news soon.
    Send to beta-readers: 26/42 (62%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 22/42 (52%)
    Reorganize the collection: The beta-reading process is helping and I think I’ve got the order I want, but I’ll still discuss it with my beta-readers nce they’re done reading the content. (80%)
    Include more illustrations: 13/13 chosen, 13/13 turned into covers and inserted (100%) Goal completed on July 16.
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version: I decided to print two versions of books with illustrations from now on – 1 in color (a deluxe version if you will), 1 in black&white, because the color version is usually too expensive to my taste. I will do so for my other books, as soon as I figure how to link the color and black&white versions together on KDP.
    Plan the marketing: besides publishing extracts on social networks, I’ll get in touch with blogs and so on to talk about the book in the coming months. Which means I also need to:
    ~ Make an e-press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ Share the content’s sneakpeaks 0/13 (0%)
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar 0/25 (0%)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will try planning with all the contractors before August.
    x Get new windows. Planned for September due to bank delays…
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  Some work done on Monday and some more planned next Monday.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too).
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
    To be planned...
    x Redirect some pipes before the window guy comes. Discussed on Monday.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x to clean and organize my office so that I feel better and more efficient when I work in it. The cleaning is almost (just hoovering left) done and the organizing is on its way.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! Now these bags and boxes are ready, we need to get them out of the house! Baby clothes we are giving to one of Hubby’s coworker are waiting for her to drop by. The bags we donate just need us to get t the donation center which is so close it’s ridiculous we haven’t been there yet… As for the boxes of things we keep, it will take some time as the third floor is not open for business as it is. We’ll just keep them as much out of the way as we can for now.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: Forget about Cindy Crawford, I’ll just try soft abs for diastasis recti on a daily basis while waiting for surgery (though I first need to confirm this with the doctor this month…). The headaches are receding, so that’s good. Apart from that, the treatment seems efficient.
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). I set this aside.
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Still feeling a bit unbalanced and dreading going back to work and its complications…