#ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in 10

ROW80 2019 – Round 1 – Check-in 10

Hi everyone!

On Wednesday, I was telling you about going to the doctor for my eldest and the vet for one of my dogs. My daughter is fine, just some virus, but our male dog Zoro has bone cancer and we’re looking at another 6 months with him according to the vet. On the whole, he’s fine apart from the limp that made us go to the clinic in the first place, and even that is getting better with medication. Amputation would only give him a couple of extra months, so we won’t even consider it as we prefer to have him spend his time with us as usual and quite frankly I’m afraid the stress of the operation might make things worse. As long as he’s his usual self, we’ll just keep going the way we used to, and if he gets in too much pain, we’ll discuss our options. Now the idea is sinking in but it broke our hearts all the same and it’s hard to stay the same with him.

This kind of cancer is how most Bernese Mountain Dogs die, so it’s something we knew might happen, though he’s still a bit young for that (he’s just turned 7 and it’s usually around 9). All we can do is relieve the pain and try to give him a stress-free, happy environment until the end.

On a happier note, today is the last Sunday before we get married, so we spent most of the day preparing and rehearsing stuff (well mostly our dance…). Needless to say, we had to rearrange the schedule for next weekend to make sure we can come and give the dog his medication on Sunday morning. Apart from, that everything is planned as it was supposed to.

As for writing, I had a rush of ideas this morning for Little Black Riding Hood, so I think I really need to go back to this novel next week when we’re back from our pre-honeymoon (we’re going to Ireland for a couple of days but what we really want to do one day is spend 3 weeks in Japan – the girls are still very little however, so we don’t see ourselves leaving them for so long anytime soon ; and a honeymoon with the kids isn’t really a honeymoon, so we’ll just have to bide our time).

On the publishing front, I’m quite ahead, so going back to actual writing soon seems quite possible. Out of the 6 ebooks I’ve scheduled for 2019, 2 are ready for pre-order and will be released on time, 2 others are almost ready, and the final 2 are well on their way. I’m actually working on release #5 right now! The idea is to get this done so I can really focus on writing later. For release #6 though (Cruel Fairy Tales’ second edition), the beta reading is in progress and it’s taking longer than I expected, so I’m not as certain. A good thing I scheduled that one for December…
Otherwise, I’m so ahead I decided to add #3 and #5 to this post as I’m already working on them and #4 (the poetry collection) and even #6 (Cruel Fairy Tales) have been here a while. So that’s 2 new goals for this round, which I expected to add only for Round 2.

How about you? Publishing anything this year?     

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. Self-publish short erotica (publishing goals 1/6 for 2019). Final version is on KDP, ready for February 1499%
    – Add metadata:  100% (Completed on January 9)
    – Market the book: one final extract on Wednesday and this is done.  95%
    ~ Illustrate & publish extracts: 6/6 illustrations; 5/6 sharing so 91%
    ~ Make a book trailer: (Completed January 11)  100%
    ~ Share the book trailer on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon Author Central:  (100% – completed January 21)
    ~ Write a press release:
    100% (completed January 23)
    ~ Create the website page: 
    100% (completed January 1st)
    ~ Contact the book bloggers or journalists I know of who might be interested:
    100% (completed January 26)
    ~ Compile the illustrated extracts on the blog:
    100% (Completed on January 14)
    – publish!  99% (pre-order status completed on January 13)
  2. Story Time series:
    * Goldilocks:
    – 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: 53/72 episodes ready to use in class but I plan to add some activities. On the whole, I’m up to 202/432  (47%)
    – make comprehension worksheets (two per episode) 106/144 (72%)
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (one per episode) 0/72 but I created a template & took notes of the verbs we’re going to work on for 45/72 episodes so for now 31%
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: The answer sheets for the character files are coming along, albeit slowly.
    – make flashcards: for now I use pictures from the internet and I guess I’ll work on the flashcards later as this is not urgent.
    – prepare worksheet/activities for season 1 episodes: 14.5/16 (91%)
    – rewatch episodes for Character Files answer sheets : 7/20 (35%)
    – actually create worksheets for trailers+season 1 (module 1):  1/24 (4%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    – create games for module 1
  3. #52haikus2019 challenge
    – Share blog post by email to haiku associations and so on. 100% (completed on January 25)
    – Actually do the challenge! Here’s this week’s haiku:

  4. Compile #52haikus2018 (Publishing goal 2/6 for 2019)
    – reorganize the haikus by season: 100% (completed on January 5)
    – compile them into an ebook: 100% (completed on January 26)
    look for a title:  100% (Completed on January 6)
    – make a cover:  100% (completed on January 6)
    – share/publish the ebook: Ready to go live on March 21.   99% (pre_order status completed on January 30)
    – create the on-demand paper version: I’ve decided to do that later, along with other paper versions for other ebooks. So this will disappear next check-in, so that this goal is done and I can move on to the next publishing goal.  10%
    – Make a book trailer: I’ve got the ideas, just need to get to work. 10%
    – Select extracts to share (again, as they already are on Instagram): I’ve decided to choose 5 and for now I’ve narrowed it down to the 7 most popular on Instagram. But as I would also like the extracts to represent the whole collection, I need one from each of the 5 sections to give some balance.
    – Compile these extracts on the blog
    – Create e-press release
  5. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: Used my dedicated slot quite efficiently to correct lesson 7. Still need to make the vocabulary sheet and homework pack for this one, though.
    – correct and revise lessons. (7/90) 8%
    – make review sessions: (1/3) 38%
    – make evaluations (1/3) 33%
    – make ppt for the classes (31/90) 34%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (30/90) 33%
    – make vocabulary sheets (6/90) 7%
  6. Self-publish lesbian romance We Missed Each Other (Publishing goal 3/6 for 2019): this was actually published 3 years ago as part of the LGBT collection Love Goes By Two. As the publisher never gave me or other writers an answer to emails asking about the sales and the contract was for 3 years, I’m going to re-publish the short story myself, thus ending my experence with traditional publishing. I’m much happier self-publishing in the end. =D
    – revise: I’ve already reread and made some notes, so 40%
    – select extracts
    – illustrate extracts
    – share the extracts
    – send to beta-readers to see if they like the open ending
    – decide whether to add an epilogue: I’ve mostly read reviews indicating I had nailed the open ending, so for now I’m leaning towards not adding anything, but what I’m not 100% sure yet.
    – plan the marketing
    – make a book trailer
    – make an e-press release
    – make the ebook
    – upload the ebook
    – publish (on June 2)
  7. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019): I reread it and decided a beta-reading was not necessary as these poems are so old I probably won’t change them anyway.
    – Complete meta-data: (98%)
    – Plan marketing:25%
    – Make a book trailer: I have some sort of storyboard. 10%
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts:0/23 (0%)
    – Make the ebook
    – Upload the ebook
    – Publish (on July 31)
  8. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): This is actualy quite an old collection as some of the haikus date back to the year I started writing this form. I collected these a while back so I might as well publish them too. But first, I need to get reacquainte with them.
    – revise & edit 25/78 (32%)
    – reorganize: for now, I’ve taken the erotic haikus out as they fit better in another collection (that will have to wait until 2020 now)
    – translate to English (I’m planning a joint release in both languages): 25/78 (32%)
    – choose illustrations for each haiku: 17/78 (21%)
    – add the illustrations to the file: 0/78 (0%)
    – work on the layout
    – make the ebook
    – make a book trailer
    – upload the ebook
    – make an e-press release
    – publish
  9. Cruel Fairy Tales – second, enriched edition (publishing goal 6/6 for 2019): I guess now I’ll wait until the wedding is done to shake my beta readers a little. =)
    Send to beta-readers : 4/13 (31%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 5/39 (13%)
    Include more illustrations:  (0%)
    Finish new cover:  (100%) – Completed January, 6.
    Publish second edition planned for December 2019
    – 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
    ~ 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
  10. Little Black Riding Hood (LBRH): on hiatus for now (but lots of new ideas this morning, so is it really on pause?)
    – 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/submit it!
    Market the book.

Personal goals

  1. Wedding planning
    Most of the preparations are done but listing what’s left can help me feel more relaxed so here goes: (I’ll just cross out things as they’re done)
    x Appointments
    make an appointment with the photographer to organize the day
    make an appointment witht the DJ to organize the party
    x Preparations for D Day
    – make a list of the games and animations we want for the DJ
    find the hard drive where our karaoke are stored
    – choose the karaoke we want for the wedding: I did but my fiancé still needs to choose his favorite.
    get my dress back from the seamstress
    confirm the drinks now we have the definite number of people attending
    list the late grocery shopping we’ll need
    – take care of that grocery shopping
    test the vegetable dish (tomorrow if things go according to plan)
    test the potato dish: done and it was great so the menu is finalized at last.
    – take care of the bedding arrangements for the girls
    entrust the best man with the rings (plus a small decoration job as he’s an artist)
    confirm the accomodation arrangements for the guests who aren’t local
    make a decision on the seating arrangements
    – get the decorations and cloth we booke/ordered
    – prepare our outfits and accessories + the girls’ too
    confirm the photobooth with the deposit
    find our funny accessories for the photobooth (we have lots of wigs and other cosplay stuff somewhere in boxes…)
    x Preparations for the honeymoon
    find our suitcase in the attic
    get traveling-size toothpaste etc
    – pack
    book a taxi from the airport
    – find the charger for our camera’s battery (well technically just the cord…)
    x Other
    Change handbag
    Get some waterproof make-up remover
  2. House renovation & redesign
    No list here, as it would be endless… I’ll just talk about what’s in progress and what’s done. Not much news since we usually do this on Sundays and Mondays but the electrician did drop by to fix our internet cable problem.
    x Nothing planned this week, obviously.

12 réponses sur “#ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in 10”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. It breaks my heart, as I’m sure it does yours. My dog just turned 12 and is starting to slow down. I can’t imagine life without him.

    Best wishes with the writing and with all the books coming out this year!

  2. Congrats on all the publishing and completing books! I hope to publish 2 books this year, but my publisher is planning to wait on the one I just finished until I’m done with the next (sequel), and who knows how that will go with the move.

    Sorry to read about your dog – we lost a Rottweiler in that way a few years ago. His was much more advanced, so we had to make the choice about amputation right then. We had him put down. He was not quite 7. Enjoy the time you have with Zoro!

    On a happier note, hope the wedding is wonderful!

    1. Thanks Jennette. Amputation is out of the question but at least the medication is efficient and does alleviate his pain enough for him to lead a normal life, limp aside. If pain comes back and becomes unbearable to the point he’s only a shadow of himself, we know we’ll choose to give him the injection. It will be hard but, if it comes to that, it’s the merciful thing to do. Part of me still wishes he can just go in his sleep without suffering.

  3. I am so sorry. I have lost two of my fur babies in the past few years. It is never easy, but the love we shared with them we carry with us forever.

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! That is fantastic. And you have so many lovely books on the horizon this year too. Congrats on that as well! Yay!

    Sending you love and light as you hold your fur baby close.

  4. Je regrette about your dog. 🙁 I will keep you and him in my prayers.

    Awesome work on everything! And good luck with your wedding! For both of mine, that last week was crazy but cool because the wedding was almost there. And then it feels like a whirlwind! Savor everything.:)

    1. Thanks Erin.

      This last week is cooler indeed as most of the preparations are done and we’re just tying loose ends. As for the whirlwind, I’ll just have to wait and see. =)

  5. Holy moly you’ve been busy! So sorry to hear about your dog, and particularly at such a young age. Sending good thoughts for him and the wedding.

    By the way the Japanese movie I’ve been watching is called Rent a Cat, or Rent a Neko. I’m not sure there’s any more plot than a woman renting out cats so far, but it’s delivering on the title at least.

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