#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 7

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 7

Hi everyone!

Wednesday crept in on me this week, mostly because Tuesday was a busy and in-between day as I worked in the morning and early afternoon, then had an appointment with our wedding photographer to show us the album’s preview, and finally headed to the zoo with hubby and the girls.

I still managed to write some 600 words as one of my students was late.

Monday was better as we focused on the house in the morning and had more time to ourselves in the afternoon (and of course we watched the latest GoT episode…).

Most of my students were a bit off yesterday, as the Easter Monday is a bank holiday in France, so it was like Monday for them. For me though, it was just my regular Sunday-Monday weekend, so I did not see the difference. Plus we don’t celebrate Easter…

Yet we did have our first egg hunt for the girls. Our eldest was really excited and a parangon of cuteness with her litte basket. Her sister just wanted to explore the yard of course, but she did manage to find one egg. Once she did, she would not let go. We gave her a piece of the chocolate afterwards but she did not seem to like it.

How about you? Any Easter celebrations or anecdotes? Let me know in the comments. 

Color code
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 blue is for comments on my progress since I last checked in.
Hope you’ll enjoy these rainbow posts. 😉

Writing goals

  1. Story Time series (teaching guides):
    * 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: some work planned for tomorrow.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 14/144 (10%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 7/72 (10%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: one more worksheet finished today.
    – make worksheets for module 1:  12/24 (50%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Stay tuned for this week’s haiku on Saturday.
  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    – correct and revise lessons.  (17/90) 19%
    – make vocabulary sheets (17/90) 19%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  15/30 (50%)
    – make ppt for the classes (31/90) 34%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (30/90) 33%
    – 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: 128/221 (57%)
  4. Self-publish lesbian romance We Missed Each Other (Publishing goal 3/6 for 2019):
    revise: 100% (Completed April 14)
    illustrate extracts:  100% (completed April 4)
    – share the extracts (planned for May) 0/3 (0%)
    decide whether to add an epilogue:  100% (Completed April 9)
    – make an e-press release: planned for mid-May (along with the contest results).
    make the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    upload the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    publish (on June 2): available for pre-order and will automatically be release on June 2nd 100% (completed April 19)
  5. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019):
    Make a book trailer: 100% (completed April 19)
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 11/23 (48%)
    – Publish (on July 31) I uploaded the files and just need to set the publishing date and make the book available for pre-order in due time. 95%
  6. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019):
    revise & edit: 87/87 (100%) Completed April 14
    reorganize:  100% (Completed April 4)
    add haikus that fit the collection: 100% (Completed April 14)
    choose illustrations for each haiku: 87/87 (100%) Completed April 4
    add the translations: 87/87 (100%) Completed April 14
    add the illustrations to the file: 87/87 (100%) Completed April 14
    work on the layout100% (completed April 14)
    – select extracts
    – write the text for the backcover: some general ideas put on paper. 5%
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: storyboard is made 10%
    – upload the ebook
    – make an e-press release
    – publish (on October 6)
  7. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019):
    Send to beta-readers: 10/42 (24%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 8/42 (19%)
    Reorganize the collection: I’m not satisfied with the order now that there are more stories. I’ll do that after the beta-reading, so that I can ask for my beta-readers’ opinions. (0%)
    Include more illustrations: I’m thinking each story might get its own cover inside the book. Which means I need 14 illustrations. 0/14 (0%)
    Publish second edition planned for December 1st
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version
    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:
    ~ Write a press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers I know of that might be interested
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog

    ~ Make a book trailer
    ~ Market 2nd edition
  8. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus but I hope to start writing again this month. 
    – 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.

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign:
    x Get new windows. The paperwork is done (we live close to a gothic collegial church and other heritage sites so any changes to the facade have to be approved) and the city officer told us the commission should meet soon. The maximum wait is two months anyway, so hopefully we’ll get good news by the end of the month.
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). We had to cancel Monday’s work because we were too tired to get anything decent done. We’ll work on this during our coming long weekend instead.
    x Get rid of what’s left of the fireplace
    now the chimney’s been removed. Soon I guess, though we couldn’t tell exactly how soon…
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too). The contractors came and we got all quotes, so now we only need to plan with them to get started.
  2. Unpacking & declustering:
    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. A little more done.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I’d say half of my wardrobe is sorted (well basic sorting: keep it or put it in a box, then I’ll sort the box when I’m done: some stuff I’ll keep in store in the hope I can wear them again if I get back to a lower weight, other I’ll just donate, some I might keep for when the girls are older).
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest:
    So far, the new treatment is proving efficient. (Last time I posted and left this sentence unfinished for some reason… ^^; )
  4. Mental health quest: A couple more scenes added, it’s all very raw for the moment but it also needs to simmer I guess. The raw writing feels good though.
    The lesbian romance is also coming along well and is unsurprisingly more enjoyable to write. As this will probably end up being my first novel, I’m aiming at 80,000 words, but if chapter 1 is any indication, it should be somewhere between 100,000 and 150.000 in the end. Well the first draft at least, I might expand or cut things when I edit.

4 réponses sur “#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 7”

  1. We don’t celebrate Easter either, and I’m embarrassed to say I almost forgot Sunday was Easter! I have many fond memories of Easter egg hunts as a kid, though. It’s just not a tradition that has carried with me into adulthood.

    Have a great week! 🙂

    1. To me, it’s always been about the chocolate… Growing up, I found I still liked chocolate but not as much as when I was a kid, so Easter was rather an excuse to treat myself to my favorite Belgian chocolate. Aha.

      You have a great week too Denise! =)

  2. Since Easter weekend fell around April 20th (420) this year, our long weekend celebration was quite « green » 😉
    Recreational Cannabis is now legal in Canada, so our festivities weren’t as scandalous as that would suggest.
    I had to do something to celebrate since I’m diabetic, chocolate is a no-go for me… so 😉
    Hope you are well.

    1. I had no idea Canada had legalized cannabis. I’m not a user but I think it’s the best way to ensure less crime and better quality stuff for those who do use.

      And I can see how Easter and diabetis aren’t best friend… ^^;
      Hope you’re well too!

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