ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Wrap-up
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. ^^
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)
- #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! 😉 )
- 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%
- 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.
- 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)
- 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%)
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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%
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.
- 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%)
- 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%)
- 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%)
- 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%)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.