#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 1

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 1

Hi everyone!

It’s been a week since I posted my goals, so I’ve got things to report even if we’ve only been in this round for two days.

On the whole, I’ve been able to work on most goals efficiently so it’s a good start.

My greatest achievement this week was writing over 4,000 words yesterday and finally getting the two girls from my LGBT (it’s not really lesbian only after all) romance together!

Now that we’re in the summer break period, I’m hoping to get more time to myself, mostly for house goals, but also t finish writing that novel hopefully!

How about you? What was your greatest achievemnt 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
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.
    Saturday’s haiku is ready.
  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 went into the zone yesterday and added some 4,000 words, so not bad. ^^

    – finish first draft 40484/100,000 words (40%)
    – revise first draft (grammar/spelling/global layout)
    – edit first draft (coherence check/cuts/improvements)
    – improve the cover. Here is the first version, all comments/suggestions are welcome. =)

  3. New novella or short story for submission: I will plan the elements of the story to start writing during Round 4.
    – finish planning: I created the project in Novelist (my great planning and writing app) and started adding some basics.
    – start writing
  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)

  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: new worksheets here. =)
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 46/144 (32%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 23/72 (32%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: Just one answer sheet here, because I mostly plan to work on it on Fridays and Saturdays.
    – 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: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ 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%)
    ~ 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: Lesson 35 is ready, currently working on lesson 36.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (35/90) 39%
    – make vocabulary sheets (35/90) 39%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 5/30 (17%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (35/90) 39%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (35/90) 39%
    – 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 uploaded the e-press release and contacted poetry reviewers to invite them to take a look.
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 20/23 (87%)
    – 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. ^^
    – upload the ebook
    – make an e-press release
    – 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 got news from one beta reader who needs some exra time because he also has a life but knowing him he will catch up as soon as he can.
    Send to beta-readers: 23/42 (55%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 20/42 (48%)
    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: Still waiting for the high-resolution pics (the artist is also a busy mom with a busy life, so no biggy, I know she’ll send them eventually) 13/13 chosen, 0/13 turned into covers and inserted (50%)
    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:
    ~ Write a press release
    ~ Improve the back cover text
    ~ Update the website page
    ~ Contact the book bloggers I know of that might be interested
    ~ Share extracts through December as an Advent Calendar
    ~ 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 ceiling’s done for now (of course it’s still pretty raw as decoration will come last).
    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 contractor called yesterday evening to ask whether he could send his employee today so progress made.
  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 contractor is working next to my office and making tons of dst, so for now, I’ll just do some damage control.
    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: 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…).
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better (daily). Nope…
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Nothing to report, which is the general idea. For this particular goal, no news is good news. =)

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