#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 14

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 14

Hi everyone!

This week’s been as mitigated as the weather… First of all, the rain has at least two bad impacts: the girls can’t go out too much and we still get water in the family room <hen it’s really heavy…

As for writing, I’ve managed to keep my pace, which is a start, but I was hoping to write more than usual actually. I find it’s roughly every other day, so I try to alternate between days with more housework and days with more writing. It’s really frustrating as I’m about 90% through and I really want to finish the first draft soon, but at the same time, I’m doing my best right now.

Maybe it’s the final sprint that’s not my forte, but that sounds a bit premature as I still have 5 whole chapters to write, plus one to wrap-up…

How about you? Do you get that feelng when you’re close to the end of something? 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.
    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.
    Still writing daily, with an extra push on Monday but I’m hoping to dedicate a couple of days to this if I can.

    – finish first draft 88,584/100,000 words (88.5%)
    – 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.
  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) (These will stay on hold until late August)

  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: ON HOLD.
    – 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: 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%
    – 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. ^^ Back on tracks: I created the KDP projects (French and US versions); the sharing of extracts will start tomorrow.
    – upload the ebook
    – share the extracts: planned August through September. 0/6 (0%)
    – 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. Trying to schedule something new with beta-reader #1 as they are now really behind the others (one is almost done and the other is about 80% through); also considering publishing with only 2 beta-readings if need be.
    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
    ~ 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 scheduled tomorrow.
    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.
    To be planned soon.
  2. Unpacking & declustering: I will try and spend more time cleaning and declustering during the summer. At long last, clothes sorting has moved forward. ^^
    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. Planned for the start of the week after all as our guest postponed her arrival.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! I finally did some sorting! It’s not completely done but I have 4 bags of clothes for donation, 1 box for storing clothes I want to keep (still hoping to lose that weight some day), half a box of ‘baby souvenirs’ we’d like to pass on to the girls should they decide to have kids, and most of the linen is where it’s supposed to be.
    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 getting mild headaches which are part of why I don’t write so much. Overall feeling physically better but mentally unbalanced, which seems to be the effect hormones have on me…
    – 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.
    Hubby said I was really on edge yesterday and the day before but to me it was just the continuation of something older…

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