#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 8

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 8

Hi everyone!

The end of the week was like the weather: mitigated.

Objectively, I met my weekly goals and even made a little extra progress. Yet the general feeling was blah.

It’s one of those week where checking in is extra important as it makes me see how much I actually did when I felt I did not work enough. Go figure. For that reason I’m thankful for ROW80 because measuring things in a more objective way helps me see the bigger picture and in the end I feel better once I realize it was only an impression.

How about you? Do you sometimes realize while looking back and assessing objectively that your week/month/year(/whatever period you evaluate) was better than you felt it was? 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: one more episode improved
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 16/144 (11%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 7/72 (11%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY:
    – 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: Here’s this week’s haiku (only in English this time as the picture was too wide so I had to divide it in two posts):

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: one more lesson revised and ready for uploading.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (18/90) 20%
    – make vocabulary sheets (18/90) 20%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  18/30 (60%)
    – 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 released 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: Done! 100% (completed April 27)
    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: 11/42 (24%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 9/42 (21%)
    Reorganize the collection: I started thinking about it again yesterday and I know where half of the stories will go. The eginning and end of the colection are pretty clear to me, the core is still a bit hazy but we’ll get there eventually. I’ll also ask my beta-readers for their opinion once they’re done reading th stories(45%)
    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). Some work started yesterday and more to come this week.
    x Get rid of what’s left of the fireplace
    now the chimney’s been removed. 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.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric!
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest:
    I feel I need to exercise but can’t make a regular habit of it… I normally prefer working out in the living room but for now it’s a mess and the floor is in need of some serious work, which is far from being the most urgent matter in the house. So I use our bedroom but the space is all wrong ad even a simple yoga session is uncomfortable. Hopefully when the parental suite is ready, I can use that space…
  4. Mental health quest: A complicated week with a lot of questioning. I guess that’s part of the process but it felt like regressing somehow…
    As a result, I was less regular in writing, both my personal stuff and the lesbian romance and skipped Thursday entirely. But the overall weekly result is actualy good.

2 réponses sur “#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 8”

  1. Oh, yeah. The weekly check-in helps a lot with seeing progress when I didn’t think there was much. It also helps with seeing progress NOT being made because my priorities skewed toward busyness rather than genuine productivity.

    Congrats on all that flashy green!

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