#ROW80 – 2019 – Round 4 – Goals

ROW80 2019 – Round 4 – Goals

Hi everyone!

Here we go for a fourth and final goal this year. This makes me realize how close to the end of the year we are now!

As a result, I’ve been feeling a kind of rush since I realized Round 3 was coming to an end. I was like « And I thought all this would be done this year! » so I wanted to push through and try to make that real. Work-related things, mostly, did not move as fast as I wanted them to; but the training paid off and I feel my objective of teaching blended courses in 2020 might still be realistic. Maybe I won’t sell any classes this way until September 2020 or even later, but I think I might beta-test with friends and former or current students. We’ll see.

Anyway, I just hope Fall and days getting shorter won’t get in the way. I also hope my health can improve for good at some point. For now I’m thinking I should make it clear with my customers I’m working shorter hours both for family and health reasons. Sometimes I just feel tired of everyone assuming I’m in perfect shape while I’m actually not so well, and still awaiting a diagnosis (and, hopefully, a solution too…)

But for now, I’m in a good place, with lots of projects (Hubby and I wonder whether one day we’ll be old and done with all those big projects or if it’s just in us to do that… Hubby pointed out it would be sad to not have projects anymore; I just meant no big projects, only the kind that don’t equal with stress, like travelling…)
Unlike Round 3, where I always felt I did not have the energy, I feel I can do it. Let’s hope it will turn out to be true. I also continued working during the ROW80 break, so some goals have progressed since the end of ROWnd 3. =D

It’s been a long time since I had such a long list (please bear with me, I’m hoping to reduce it as I go) and I think it’s just a reflection of my level of motivation right now. Lots of things are just there because I’m in planning mode for next year already. I like having them in sight (literally!) and thinking about them. I think it makes me more efficient when I do start working on them.

How about you? Are you feeling that end-of-year rush? How are your levels of motivations as Fall settles? Let me know in the comments ; and feel free to share your own goal post if you have one!  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 & poetry)

  1. #52haikus2019 challenge and #chaïku: I will continue to post one haiku a week on social networks. I will also compile them and the extras into a collection to be released in 2020. Besides, I will post a weekly cat haiku too.
    – post a weekly haiku: I kept it up during the break.
    – post a weekly « chaïku » on « Caturday »: also kept it up during the ROW80 break.
    – compile the #52haikus2019 into a collection for 2020. I’ll start that in December, after Cruel Fairy Tales is actually released, unless I see a chance to begin earlier (probably not, considering all the other things I want to get done first…); plus this is not the first released I’m planning for next year, so I have to take that into account.
  2. My first novel: I will start the beta-reading process. I will start planning the marketing.
    edit revised draft: I’ll order the proof-version and do that based on the feedback from beta-readers too.
    write the summary for the backcover: 75% I’m not entirely satisfied with the one I have; it’ll do for announcing the book but maybe I can still improve it before realeasing. So I guess this will be after the beta-reading and final editions after all.
    create the dedicated webpage: 60%
    ask potential beta-readers whether they’re on board1/4 (25%)
    order proof copies: I find it easier to read this way so I’ll be kind to my beta-readers and do the same for them.
    give beta-readers their proof copy
    plan the marketing
  3. New novella Into the Boudoir: I will continue writing the story and hopefully finish the first draft. By the end of Round 3, I had half a mind to drop this for now and focus only on Little Black Riding Hood but then I knew how to begin. So I’ll try writing this first while planning the saga around LBRH more precisely.
    continue writing: 1,482/??? words and 0.8/19 chapters ; I’ll decide how to assess once I’m done with a couple of chapters.
    complete first draft
  4. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): Depending on how well I do with the novella and other goals, I may write again; but mostly, I will work on the world building and plan the saga further. I get the feeling I need to finish other projects (especially oneshots) to be able to engage fully in this. So basically, I’ll keep working on this while wrapping up other projects until I can really focus. The idea is to not get disconnected from this story and make sure the saga is going somewhere before actually writing the first volume.
    – 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 75% and now need to work on the details.
    Plan the saga as a whole: It will be made of 6 cycles. Each will be a long novel that will first be published as 3 volumes then compiled (like a boxset but with only one book). I have the basic plotline for each but I’d like to have a more detailed plan to avoid plotholes. The first cycle is pretty much ready, cycle 2 is quite detailed but the rest is still a bit too rough to my taste. Not sure whether I should do it all in advance or as I’m writing the first cycle. I usually prefer the first option but I feel I might have more ideas for the sequels while writing the first book.
    Resume writing: 30.5/105 chapters  (29%)
    Reread and edit: 0/105 chapters (0%)
    Restart the beta-reading process once the book is actually finished
    Work on the cover designs: I need 3 covers for the 3 volumes and then another one for the « boxset » edition.
    Plan the marketing
    Make a book trailer
    Publish it!
    Market the book.
  5. Set my next writing goals: because I like to plan ahead and know roughly where I’m going. For now, I’ll list the project I’d like to work on once I’m ready to start something new. Beware, this is only the tip of the iceberg…
    By the end of the round, I will have set and planned what to write and when to write it for 2020.
    Erotica SF series (short stories or novella): I’ve had more ideas about it so I’d like to get down to business soon.
    De mieux en mieux (English title: Better and Better): the sequel to my first novel. I started planning it as I finished writing the original novel. I might just plan some more next year as part of it is supposed to happen years after the first story. We’ll see.
    An erotic novel I planned completely last summer: I honestly thought I would start writing it this year.
    These are the 3 projects I can realistically start writing soon.

Writing Goals (work-related courses)

  1. Online courses (originally under each separate course but that was not very efficient): I will get ready to go live for 2020 (at least for beta-testers). Mostly, I will explore LMS options and hopefully choose one that works for me.
    Test various LMS: a Learning Management System is basically a software that allows you to share your courses. First, I need to list the ones that look like good fits (on WordPress only as I decided against using an external LMS) and then to test them with Hubby as beta-student.
    Choose the LMS that’s right for me.
    Make a welcoming MOOC on how to learn languages: it should be the first online but it might not be and that’s ok.
    Make a MOOC on writing in Japanese.
    Convert my placement tests for English and French into online tests.
    Upload/convert Hanashimashou – Module 1 for beta-testing
    Upload/convert RWBY – Season 1 for beta-testing
  2. Story Time series (teaching guides): I will continue working on RWBY and Bat & Friends regularly, aiming at uploading all module 1 of RWBY and finishing worksheets for B&F this Round. I will try to define a global curriculum for the series so that other teacher know in which order I think it’s best to use these. That will help me decide on which guides to work first.
    * Goldilocks: on hiatus till I’m done with RWBY (season 1) and Bat & Friends. I will hopefully unpause this in 2019…
    – 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 FriendsI will aim at finishing at least the worksheets and mini-books in November. Then I will move on to the content maps and the tests.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 96/144 (67%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 48/72 (67%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – make the content maps. 0/73 (0%)
    – Make audio/video intros/guides in English and French: 0/146 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBYI will wrap-up the documents for online teaching and keep the teaching guide for later. Step 1 is the content maps.
    – make answer sheets: 19/23 (82%)
    – create the online environment:
    ~ Create the content maps and upload them: 0/24 (0%)
    ~ Make audio/video intros/guides in English and French: 0/48 (0%)
    ~ Upload the answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides: 0/24 (0%)
    – Write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
    * Wizard and Cat: I will try and start thinking about this for my younger teen students.
    * Mrs Kelly’s Class: I will adapt and formalize the way I’m using this for beginners.
  3. Japanese coursebooks: I will keep working on at least one lesson a week.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (38/90) 42%
    – make vocabulary sheets (38/90) 42%
    – 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 : 8/30 (27%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (basis for videos) (38/90) 42%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (38/90) 42%
    – 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%)
    – upload plans and homework packs to classroom folders:  37/90 (41%)

Publishing Goals

  1. Mainichi no Haiku ~ Everyday Haikus: All that is left is to hit publish on the paperback version on the due date (October 6), so that goal is pretty much done.
    I will publish this on October 6.
  2. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I will publish on December 6, even if I don’t get all the feedback I expected from beta-readers.
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 2 beta readers are done and they have issues with the same story so I asked the third to focus on that one; if that’s the only one they have time to review, it will be a big help to have their 3 views to improve it. 29/42 (69%)
    Publish second edition planned for December 6th
    – Also publish an on-demand paper version:
    ~ in black and white: the preparations are made and it seems it will be automatically linked to the ebook and color edition.
    ~ in colors: almost ready to go live too.

    ~ Make an e-press release

    ~ Contact the book bloggers who might be interested: 1 already.
    ~ 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

    ~ Upload and share book teaser. (50%)
    ~ Upload and share book trailer.  25%

  3. Set my publishing goals for 2020. I will decide when to release the books that are planned. I will also announce these dates on the blog and share that on social media. Finally, I will start listing subgoals here and work on some of them (I’ll then turn them into actual goals in the list).
    I was so sure there would not be another year with 6 different releases, but I now realize I did not count the English editions… which means more releases than I anticipated. I still need to plan lots of things but here are the planned releases (yes, 7 of them if it all goes well – I’ll decide that during the Round too):
    Impolite Pleasures ~ Erotic Haikus (French-English): I’m aiming at a release around Valentine’s Day so I’ve started working on this already; normally it should become a goal of its own during the round.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated pages (French and English)
    ~ Find illustrations for the haikus.
    ~ Choose and illustrate excerpts.
    ~ Share excerpts on social media. (in the course of January)
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback.
    ~ Make a book teaser.
    Drop by Drop (#52haikus2019 collection) (French-English): I think I’ll stick to a release on the first day of Spring like I did for With the Flow. This should also become a goal of its own by the end of this year or the start of the next.
    ~ Compile into a word processor document.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated page.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback
    ~ Make a book trailer
    Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…): May or June seem nice.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated page
    ~ Set a release date.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback
    ~ Make a book trailer (English and French)
    ~ Choose excerpts and illustrate.
    Very Hot Spring (English version of Sources de plaisir): July or August, depending on the novel and Rumples too.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated page.
    ~ Set a release date.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback.
    ~ Translate the book trailer to English.
    ~ Make the illustrated excerpts.
    De surprise en surprise (my first novel, French only; English title: Curiouser and Curiouser): I’m hoping to release in the summer, which is adequate as it’s an important season for the story and it’s also when most of it was written. Plus that would allow me to join Amazon’s « Plumes Francophones » contest.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated page.
    ~ Set a release date.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback.
    ~ Make a book trailer.
    Rotten, 2nd edition (French only for now): ideally in October to market around Halloween.
    ~ Improve backcover text.
    ~ Update dedicated page.
    ~ Set a release date.
    ~ Unpublish first edition.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback.
    We Missed Each Other (English version of Nous nous sommes manquées…): Probably in November.
    ~ Go live with the dedicated page.
    ~ Set a release date.
    ~ Build the ebook.
    ~ Build the paperback.
    ~ Translate the book trailer to English.
    ~ Make the illustrated excerpts.
    So, 2 bilingual editions, 3 English ones and 2 French ones, that seems quite balanced.

Translating goals

My general goal here is to finish translating my work to English by the end of the year. So for this round, I’d like to be done with at least first drafts for Very Hot Springs and We Missed Each Other.

  1. Rumples (English version of Si je vous ai froissée…):
    – Revised translation: 2/8 (25%)
    – Final translation: 2/8 (25%)
  2. 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%)
  3. 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’s division into sections to assess progress (they’re the sentences basically). I’ll need to adapt for step 2 and 3, as I won’t be using the same software, but we’ll see.
    – Revised translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/632 sections (0%)
  4. 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 chpaters (0%)
    – Revised translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
    – Final translation: 0/10 chapters (0%)
  5. Set my next translating goals for 2020: Just like for publishing, I need to prioritize and plan. Here are the next books I’d like to translate next year:
    Cruel Fairy Tales
    Curiouser and Curiouser
    So unsurprisingly, the rest of the books I have realeased or will release soon in French. I have to confess that the novel might take quite long…
    Since it worked pretty well this year, I think I’ll focus on writing for at least the first semester, then go back to translating once my writing goals are reached.

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign: We will work to improve our finances then focus on insulation. We might be entitled to some financial support from the state for that so we need to look into that too.
    x Check the governmental helps and whether they apply.
    x Get new windows.
    Planned for October, 15.
    x Keep working on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom).  
    x Add walls and a door to the new toilets.
     Not so urgent, we’ll keep that for later.
    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 – and of course it turned into an oven during the summer… 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 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.
    x Bury the water evacuation pipe that’s in the yard.
    x Finish the electricity in the garage.
  2. Unpacking & decluttering: I will just try and unpack things as other rooms get ready. We will also sell or donate baby stuff and other things we don’t use anymore.
    Here my short-term goals are:
    x Decide what to sell, donate or keep in the storage room.
    x Put what we’re selling on the French equivalent of Craigslist.
    x Donate the rest ASAP.
    x Reorganize the storing room (so far it’s been « as is »: we arrive and put things where we can…)
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest: With Fall and Winter coming, I think I’ll just focus on the medical stuff. Hopefully, this will get better and I can worry about working out again. So for now:
    – See the surgeon again on October 7 and define goals accordingly.
    One thing that I will discuss with her is that, despite this treatment being stronger than the previous one, it only kept the symptoms at bay for 48 days (which had lasted 44 days and this one has been worse on side effects so I don’t see the point anymore…)
  4. Mental health quest: Once again, I’ll just record things for further reference.

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