Mainichi no Haiku – Extraits / Excerpts

Voici quelques extraits illustrés de Mainichi no Haiku ~ Haïkus du Quotidien. Un nouvel extrait révélé chaque lundi.

Here are some illustrated excerpts from Mainichi no Haiku ~ Everyday Haikus. A new excerpt will be revealed every Monday.

  1. Bourgeons

2. Floraisons

3. Effeuillages

4. Frémissements

5. Félineries

6. Éclats

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 6

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 6

Hi everyone!

I’m still taking things slow and indulging myself to some Netflix time on the side (I had been wanting to watch Tales of the City for ages nd they’re finally there, with a brand new exra season! =D ).

My health is still not 100% so I keep focusing on the novel. I reached a point where it was necessary to clarify the chronology so I’m also rereading what I’ve written so far so as to get things right.

The epilogue was getting too long so I’m keeping ideas for a sequel, but for now it’s still a oneshot as I’d like both books to be independantly readable.

How about you? Any change of pace 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
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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 is here.

    Voir cette publication sur Instagram

    Une publication partagée par Rui Chan (@ruichanswriting) le

  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.
    While keeping writing more scenes, I’m also rereading (and mildly editing) the beginning to adjust the chronology because it felt sometimes a bit too blurry. The writing continues on a daily basis while the chronology stuff is when I have some time off. Also, I’m keeping a 100K objective for now (mosty because some green feels good!) but might switch it to 120K soon as I feel I’m actually halfway through; it’ll be clearer when I’m done with the chronology.

    – finish first draft 62173/100,000 words (62%)
    – revise first chapters to make a clear chronology: 3/13 chapters (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: I inputted props in the app.
    – 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)

  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: Nothing.
    – 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: No news.
    – 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.
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 22/23 (96%)
    – 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
    – share the extracts: 0/6 (0%)
    – 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 some feedback on a story and sent another one to that beta reader next week.
    Send to beta-readers: 24/42 (57%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 21/42 (50%)
    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).  The contractor installed the new, bigger hot-water-tank. Now we need to add the partition wall so that they can come back and finish their job (secnd bathroom with a tub ^^)
    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.
  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. No hoovering but I did some tidying.
    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). I honestly don’t see this happening any time soon…
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    My coping mechanisms seem to get better as time goes by, which probably indicates some healing was done, and I’m glad of that.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 4

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 4

Hi everyone!

This week was kind of off for me. I did work on my goals but in a disorganised way, and got some weird feedback from reviewers, either saying they would not review a book after all, or saying they did not like it but could not say why.

And now my health is acting up again. The respite was a bit longer than usual but I’m hoping to talk with a surgeon soon. Wait and see… Right now, I just feel awfully fatigued, so I’ll keep this short.

How about you? Any strange reviews or feedback on your writing? 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
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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 is here.

  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 kept writing daily, with a couple of very good days and I completed the frame for the chronology on paper to help me in the editing process.I also made some research and fixed a major plothoe before writing too much nonsense.

    – finish first draft 54656/100,000 words (55%)
    – 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.
    – finish planning: I inputted themes in the app.
    – 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)

  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: Worked on 2 episodes.
    – 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: No news here.
    – 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 working 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 double-checked the ebook and updated my Amazon Author page and literary networks by adding the book.
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 21/23 (91%)
    – 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 made one inside cover.
    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: 13/13 chosen, 1/13 turned into covers and inserted (54%)
    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).  No news but we’re planning another day of work next week.
    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 is coming onTuesday again to install some things. 
  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. Still hoping to vacuum soon but unable to do so because of my health now.
    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). Still nothing and I’m not going to lie down on the ground while the dust problem is not completely solved…
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    Got some sleep at last. I’m a bit bummed about my health but still feeling a bit better.

#ROW80 – Round 3 – Check-in 2

ROW80 2019 – Round 3 – Check-in 2

Hi everyone!

I usually post these on Sunday mornings, Paris time, so I’m running a bit late. Today was all about fatigue adn trying to rest, but the rest of the week was OK.

I’ve been really regular with the writing of the novel. The rest was kind of in a gray area: I did work on most goals but less efficiently than I’m used to. I guess the plumbing work and the dust it generated on Wednesday and Thursday threw me off my game. Thank God we have wonderful friends who came and helped yesterday so that the house is starting to look a little better.

Another thing that kept me from my desk was the girls first time at the beach yesterday, so that was good. As the tide was paramount in our organization, we went for lunch and enjoyed a couple of hours on the beach as the water kept crawling up. Needless to say, the girls were delighted! We didn’t stay very long once the tide was at its peak since we don’t live too far from the coast, and ended up having a board game night at home with the aforementioned wonderful friends who happen to be two of the the girls’ godfathers and godmothers.

How about you? Any quality tim with family and/or friends 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
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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.
    Here’s this week’s haiku:

  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 kept writing regularly. ^^

    – finish first draft 43,721/100,000 words (44%)
    – 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.
    – finish planning: I started inputting characters data in the app.
    – 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)

  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) 48/144 (33%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 24/72 (33%)
    – 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 a little work and no answer sheet completed because the dust kept me away from my office on Wedenesday afternoon.
    – 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 36 is ready, currently working 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 checked for answers to the invitations I sent to reviewers but so far, no news.
    – 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. No news as I decided to give myself a one-week break on this goal.
    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 came on Wednesday and Thursday and the area where we want a new toilet and a new sink is now connected to the sewers so that the rest can finally be scheduled. That’s a big step! We’re also very happy with the contractor as he did a very clean job.
  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. I need to get rid of that dust now but my shoulder is acting up and I can’t really lift my right arm or carry heavy stuff. As I’m right-handed, that’s proving difficult and vacuum-cleaning is out of the question right now.
    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). Still nothing and I’m not going to lie down on the ground while the dust problem is not completely solved…
  4. Mental health quest: I feel more balanced so I’ll just keep track of possible downs and why I think they happen here.
    I’ve been feeling a little blue this week, probably from lack of sleep as I woke up around 5 every morning, even when I had gone to bed after midnight…

#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 20

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 20

Hi everyone!

My short story has been out for one week now and it has already generated more sales and reviews than in the 3 years the first version was distributed by a publisher… I know not all publishers are the same, but I always felt that they let the collection out in the open without actually supporting or promoting it. I’m only a person, so my communication can’t be that big, but at least what I do manage is the fruit of my own effort, and that’s always less disappointing than trusting someone with your creation and seeing them actually not care at all. And that’s not only the control freak with huge trust issues speaking here, I do feel that in most cases, authors and artists in general are left behind when they entrust a company with their « babies ». Well in France at least, I can’t really speak for other countries as I never tried traditionnal publishing abroad.

There’s actually a big protest from professionnal writers at the moment, with #payetonauteur on social network: they want to ensure writers get paid more regularly and fairly.

As far as my own experience goes, I had 2 publishing contracts. One was cancelled because the company shut down, but I had regular email and phone exchanges with the editor and they did offer to pay upfront for all works, plus royalties afterwards. The other was my first experience. It went through but I only spoke with the collection director and other writers from the collection. The editor never replied to my emails and she’s very disincarnated to me. I finally got an answers about the sales once the contract was coming to an end. She claimed she had not received my previous emails and she was working on the royalties to give us our money at long last. No news since… It’s not so much about the money itself, from what she did tell me about the sales, it’s a trivial amount, it’s really about the way we writers of the collection (13 different people) were treated. This kind of report is not the worst, far from it, and it happens with big and small publishing companies alike.

In the end, I might work with a publisher one day, but it will take a lot of consideration for me to entrust anyone with one of my texts again I guess.

How about you? What are your impressions on traditional publishing and self-publishing? I hope you’re well, wherever your are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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:
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 32/144 (22%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 16/72 (22%)
    – 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 worksheets are done at last! =) Now I need to focus on revisions and correction, then the answer sheets and tests.
    – make worksheets for module 1:  23/23 (100% – completed June 8)
    – make answer sheets: 0/23 (0%)
    – create tests for module 1: 1/6 (17%)
    – review each worksheet: 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 content maps and upload them
    ~ Make audio/video intros and upload them
    ~ Upload the worksheets
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Here’s this week’s haiku. ^^

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: Trying to wrap up at least one lesson per week; so far, so good.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (32/90) 36%
    – make vocabulary sheets (32/90) 36%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  30/30 (100% – completed May 19)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 2/30 (6%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – make ppt for the classes (32/90) 36%
    – make grammar and communication worksheets (32/90) 36%
    – 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%)
  4. Self-publish lesbian romance We Missed Each Other (Publishing goal 3/6 for 2019): Goal completed May 20
    revise: 100% (Completed April 14)
    illustrate extracts:  100% (completed April 4)
    share the extracts  3/3 (100% – completed May 19)
    decide whether to add an epilogue:  100% (Completed April 9)
    make an e-press release: 100% (Completed May 20)
    make the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    upload the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    publish (on June 2):  100% (completed April 19 with preorder)
  5. Poetry collection (publishing goal 4/6 for 2019):
    Make a book trailer: 100% (completed April 19)
    – Publish the illustrated excerpts: 16/23 (70%)
    – Publish (available for pre-order and automatic release on July 31)  100% (Completed on May, 2)
  6. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): DONE FOR THIS ROUND =)
    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:  100% (Completed on April 29)
    write the text for the backcover:  100% (completed April 27)
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: 100% (completed May 24)
    – plan the marketing 100% (Completed May 16)
    – 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): The beta-reading is still moving along.
    Send to beta-readers: 21/42 (50%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 17/42 (40%)
    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 as an Advent Calendar
    ~ 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 this again 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.

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign:
    x Get new windows. Planned for early August.
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). More work tomorrow and I’m hoping to vacuum the place today.
    x Get rid of what’s left of the fireplace
    now the chimney’s been removed. Done! 
    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 came this morning and his new employee confirmed he could do the necessary preparations. We got the quote immediately afterwards and should get a date in the week (the contractor was also annoyed at the other guy because he blocked the whole process: we need to start by connecting to the sewer before we can add a sink and a toilet obviously).
  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. Nothing this week.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! Some sorting done in the girls’ clothes as they both grew one size up.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest:
    Still not back to normal; I didn’t even try the abs because I can’t get motivated… I’ll try to change that by doing them tonight so wait and see…
    – Do the 10-minute Cindy Crawford warm-up daily. Since last check-in: 0/4 (0%)
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better daily too. Since last check-in : 0/4 (0%)
  4. Mental health quest: Writing about family estrangement and such, plus a lesbian romance for positive balance.
    At least stopping the hormonal treatment has left me more balanced with my emotions. But yesterday I had a sudden headache which stopped me in my uninterrupted streak of writing daily for more than two weeks. I’m better now and I’ll try to compensate by writing twice more today at least.

#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 18

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 18

Hi everyone!

My health was on a roller coaster all week so I had to readjust my goals on a daily basis. I can now officially say my treatment stopped working. As there were unpleasant secondary effects, there’s really no more point taking it anymore and I’m back where I started. In the end, surgery will probably be the only solution… which means 3 to 4 weeks off work apparently, so not sure when I can afford to do that but my guess is shortly before Christmas as there are at least two weeks when things slow down. I also need to think about insurance because the French system (great by the way) is changing and everyone will automatically be transfered to the central system on January 1st. Not sre the transition is the best time to have the operation…

Thankfully, I was able to work on my goals on most days despite not feeling 100%. I’m only glad I was able to do a lot in the April while I was feeling really good or my Round would be very different.

Also today is the official release date for my short story « We Missed Each Other » in French! I contacted more bloggers in case they’re interested in reviewing the book and I’ll share about the release in the coming weeks, especially as it’s Pride Month.

How about you? Any releases lately? Or maybe coming soon? I hope you’re well, wherever your are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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:
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 28/144 (19%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 14/72 (19%)
    – 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:  19/23 (83%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    – review each worksheet and make the corresponding answer sheet: 0/23 (0%)
    – 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 content maps and upload them
    ~ Make audio/video intros and upload them
    ~ Upload the worksheets
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Here’s this week’s haiku. ^^

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: Most of the templating for module 2 is done and so I’m revising lessons again.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (31/90) 34%
    – make vocabulary sheets (31/90) 34%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  30/30 (100% – completed May 19)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 1/30 (3%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – 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: 143/221 (65%)
  4. Self-publish lesbian romance We Missed Each Other (Publishing goal 3/6 for 2019): Actually released today!  Goal completed May 20
    revise: 100% (Completed April 14)
    illustrate extracts:  100% (completed April 4)
    share the extracts  3/3 (100% – completed May 19)
    decide whether to add an epilogue:  100% (Completed April 9)
    make an e-press release: 100% (Completed May 20)
    make the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    upload the ebook: 100% (completed April 14)
    publish (on June 2): was available for pre-order and automatically released today as planned 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: 15/23 (65%)
    – Publish (available for pre-order and automatic release on July 31)  100% (Completed on May, 2)
  6. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): DONE FOR THIS ROUND =)
    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:  100% (Completed on April 29)
    write the text for the backcover:  100% (completed April 27)
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: 100% (completed May 24)
    – plan the marketing 100% (Completed May 16)
    – 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): More feedback this week and more stories sent to beta-readers.
    Send to beta-readers: 20/42 (48%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 16/42 (38%)
    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: I should get high resolution versions later today to get started. 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 as an Advent Calendar
    ~ 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 this again 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.

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign:
    x Get new windows. Planned for early August.
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). Today and tomorrow are dedicated to this mostly.
    x Get rid of what’s left of the fireplace
    now the chimney’s been removed. Also planned today unless there’s no time, the parental suite still being the priority.
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too). Still waiting for a date; the contractor should drop by onTuesday.
  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. Not much, just a little sorting here and there.
    x to go Mari Kondo with my clothes and finally sort all this fabric! A few more things in the « to sort » pile…
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest:
    As I said at the start of this post, it’s a roller coaster ride… As a result, no working out recently.
    – Do the 10-minute Cindy Crawford warm-up daily. Since last check-in: 0/4 (0%)
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better daily too. Since last check-in : 0/4 (0%)
  4. Mental health quest: Writing about family estrangement and such, plus a lesbian romance for positive balance.
    Still too tired to tackle family estrangement but some scenes or words from the lesbian romance I’m writing echo how I feel.
    As for the lesbian romance itself, I had a good writing session on Thursday morning and went over 20,000 words. Now I’m over 21,000 and hoping to get more time to write during the summer.

#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 15-16

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 15-16

Hi everyone!

I skipped Wednesday’s post again as there was simply no time after I got caught up with heavy, unpleasant paperwork that took forever and kept me from most of my goals too.

This week had started well enough though. Then on Thursday my health played a little trick on me and things ended up in a trough.  Well I did manage to work but could not focus on the weekly plan and just went with the flow instead. Better than nothing but I have mitigated feelings about it all.

I hope you’re well, wherever your are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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:
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 24/144 (17%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 12/72 (17%)
    – 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:  17/23 (74%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    – 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 content maps and upload them
    ~ Make audio/video intros and upload them
    ~ Upload the worksheets
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Here’s a special Mother’s Day haiku (it’s today in France). ^^

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: I did so well with module 1 that I was hesitating between 2 options: stay on track and continue revising the lessons for the other 2 modules OR keep focusing on module 1 and start something new regarding the online content. I chose the former because there’s a sense of routine in the process which I appreciate at the moment. This means I’m also going to create content maps and so on so as to be able to put the whole course online rather than just module 1. So for now, I’m back to templating for modules 2 and 3.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (30/90) 33%
    – make vocabulary sheets (30/90) 33%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  30/30 (100% – completed May 19)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 2 : 0/30 (0%)
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 3 : 0/30 (0%)
    – 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: 143/221 (65%)
  4. Self-publish lesbian romance We Missed Each Other (Publishing goal 3/6 for 2019): ALL SET NOW! =) Goal completed May 20
    revise: 100% (Completed April 14)
    illustrate extracts:  100% (completed April 4)
    – share the extracts  3/3 (100% – completed May 19)
    decide whether to add an epilogue:  100% (Completed April 9)
    – make an e-press release: Done! 100% (Completed May 20)
    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: 14/23 (61%)
    – Publish (available for pre-order and automatic release on July 31)  100% (Completed on May, 2)
  6. Everyday Haikus (Publishing goal 5/6 for 2019): DONE FOR THIS ROUND =)
    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:  100% (Completed on April 29)
    write the text for the backcover:  100% (completed April 27)
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: All done! =) 100% (completed May 24)
    – plan the marketing 100% (Completed May 16)
    – 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): All 3 beta-readers are back in the race, so to speak. =)
    Send to beta-readers: 17/42 (40%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 13/42 (31%)
    Reorganize the collection:  (45%)
    Include more illustrations: Talked with the artist and she’s on board. We agreed on which illustration to use for each tale so yay! 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
    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 as an Advent Calendar
    ~ 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 this again 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.

Personal goals

  1. House renovation & redesign:
    x Get new windows. Planned for early August.
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). Hubby hurt his back a little so this week wasn’t great for the shopping. He’s hoping to do it tomorrow.
    x Get rid of what’s left of the fireplace
    now the chimney’s been removed. As the remnant of the firepace is the reason hubby hurt his back in the first place, I’m gessing he’ll take the first opportunity to tear it down…
    x Get started on the plumbing work
    (to install new toilets and a new sink which implies a lot of digging and connecting too). Still waiting for a date.
  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. I finally worked on this this week and made some decisions to reorganize my cupboards and desktop (the multimedia space was not convenient as it was).
    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 suffered from a little relapse this week, despite the treatment, so the fitness was not as regular as I originally intended…
    – Do the 10-minute Cindy Crawford warm-up daily. This week: 2/7 (28%)
    – Work on fixing the diastasis recti better daily too. This week : 3/7 (43%)
  4. Mental health quest: Writing about family estrangement and such, plus a lesbian romance for positive balance.
    I’m finally sleeping better if not longer.
    Still not feeling well enough to tackle my text about family estrangement.
    The lesbian romance is over 17,000 words now.

#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 12

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 12

Hi everyone!

I thought I was doing OK, maintaining a daily writing routine and working on my other goals despite the sadness. Then I had a meltdown on Thursday. I just couldn’t do anything anymore. And of course that’s when a client decided to call me to haggle… Nevermind, I gave her a free hour though she had no claim to it to pacify her and be left alone.

And it’s not only Zoro’s death as our eldest has been particularly difficult for bedtime lately and has kept trying the limits and climbing into her little sister’s bed. It soon became exhausting but I never anticipated it could affect me to the point of actually stopping me this way.

She also gave us a fright on Wednesday night by falling from her sister’s bed as she was climbing out. I had nightmares all night and barely slept, so this also accounts for the breakdown on Thursday.

So on Friday, I focused on my work and tried to give myself a rest with a longer lunch break, including a nap to recover from the previous nights’ insomnia. At least it helped me sleep a little better afterwards.

Miraculously my motivation for some of my goals was intact so there is still some progress down there, mostly because I won’t let myself go. I’ve done depression and won’t go down there again if I can help it. That’s why I recalibrated and only worked on the goals that really motivated me a lot. I’ll keep doing so until I feel up to the task of tackling the more problematic goals again.

So no question again this time, I feel like I only have half a brain.
I hope you’re well, wherever your are. ^^

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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:
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 22/144 (15%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 11/72 (15%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: One of the goals that motivate me the most at the moment.
    – make worksheets for module 1:  16/23 (69%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    NEW GOAL: 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 content maps and upload them
    ~ Make audio/video intros and upload them
    ~ Upload the worksheets
    ~ Make and upload the learning guides
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Here’s this week’s haiku. ^^

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou: Yet another goal that highly motivates me right now.
    – correct and revise lessons.  (27/90) 30%
    – make vocabulary sheets (27/90) 30%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  27/30 (90%)
    – 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: 141/221 (64%)
  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  2/3 (67%)
    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: 13/23 (56%)
    – Publish (available for pre-order and automatic release on July 31)  100% (Completed on May, 2)
  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:  100% (Completed on April 29)
    write the text for the backcover:  100% (completed April 27)
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: All the elements are in place, now I need to time and animate. 60%
    – plan the marketing
    – 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): After our talk with beta-reader #1, I sent an overall view of the collection to help her organize her time better. The idea came as I read about learning types in Conquering the Content. I took the Felder & Soloman test and found out mre about the various types. I’m pretty balanced, but mostly global, which is fitting as a teacher I guess. My beta-reader is a teacher too so I made the suggestion and she loved it.
    Send to beta-readers: 12/42 (28%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 11/42 (26%)
    Reorganize the collection:  (45%)
    Include more illustrations: I’m thinking each story might get its own cover inside the book. Which means I need 13 illustrations. 0/13 (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. We had an appointment with the window guy on Friday and now have a estimated date for starting the replacement: early August. It’s later than we hoped but well into the summer which is a good season for doing this, so no biggie. Anyway now that winter’s passed, we don’t care so much.
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). We really need to get down to business and do the  required shopping…
    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). We called the contractors again to get a date but no reply so far.
  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:
    My back kept nagging me all week so not much exercise done. And eating was not healthy either, I’m afraid…
    I’m also a bit concerned about my treatment. It has the efficacy I was promised in terms of physical results, but I fear the hormones in it exacerbate mood swings and low spirits as I had a similar issue when I was on the pill (I don’t do well with hormones…). For now, I’ll just try and keep track of my moods while I’m taking it and check with the doctor again at the appointed time in July.
  4. Mental health quest: Writing about family estrangement and such.
    Since I’m not feelng 100%, I’v decided not to expore family estrangement for a while.
    I’ll try and keep writing the lesbian romance, though I’m reaching a part about grief and need more time to tackle that too.

#ROW80 – Round 2 – Check-in 10

ROW80 2019 – Round 2 – Check-in 10

Hi everyone!

I had a good week but it ended sadly.

As I explained last time, I dedicated Thursday to working on my goals and now I’m in a long weekend again. No free Thursday along the bank holiday on Wednesday this time, but my morning class did get cancelled and my afternoon classes are from home, so I still should be able to get things done.

Last Thursday was good in the end, despite a difficult morning for some reason. But the afternoon proved efficient and I was able to meet my weekly goals then, and even add some extra work.

Bye Zoro, and thanks for all the love. <3

That kinda saved the week because yesterday we had to make a difficult decision and put down Zoro,  our male dog. I did try to focus on work to keep my mind off it but of course I was less efficient as my heart was not in it.
We’ve known that day was coming since early February, yet we were hoping we coud have a little more time with him. We did not take any photos recently, because he wasn’t really himself anymore and it would just be sad to see it this way again, so the photo on the right is from a couple of years ago.

Now we’re hoping Raven, the female, doesn’t get depressed, as they’ve never been apart since she was 2 months old and he was 4 months old… Normally they love spending the day outside, though she was always a bit more keen on getting inside so we’ll try and keep her more with us from now on, so that she’s not alone outside too much. Of course the cats are there too, but that’s a bit different for her.

The vet that came yesterday suggested taking a young one for her to educate and feel less lonely, but quite frankly we’re not ready. We never intended to have two dogs in the first place, but we could not bring ourselves to rescue one and leave the other when we rescued them from their first owner. If she gets really down, we may revisit the idea, but not anytime soon.

The first night is passed, and she seems OK with the new organization. As I work more and more from home, we can avoid leaving her alone too long. And today my mother-in-law is bringing Lenny, her own Bernie, to play with her. He kind of was the alpha as he’s younger and our Zoro was always the subdued one (even with his girl Raven…) so there were sometimes tensions with the 3 of them (both ours were sterilized but Lenny is not and courted Raven a lot, seeing Zoro as a rival I suppose). So lately, with Zoro’s cancer, Lenny did not visit. Hopefully today they can play together and she’ll feel even better.

So no question this time, sorry. I hope you’re having a better weekend than we are. In any case, have a nice week ahead!

Color code
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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: more work on this on Thursday.
    – make grammar & vocabulary worksheets (2 per episode) 20/144 (14%) 
    – adapt the mini-books: 10/72 (14%)
    – make tests 0/18 (0%)
    – write the lesson plans. 11/72 episodes (15%)
    – review and edit the guide. (0%)
    – publish on Kindle. (0%)
    * RWBY: more worksheets this week.
    – make worksheets for module 1:  14/24 (58%)
    – create tests for module 1: 0/6 (0%)
    – write the teaching guide: 0/24 (0%)
  2. #52haikus2019 challenge: Here’s this week’s haiku. ^^

  3. Japanese coursebooks:
    Hanashimashou:
    – correct and revise lessons.  (21/90) 23%
    – make vocabulary sheets (21/90) 23%
    – make review sessions: (4.5/12) 37.5%
    – make oral evaluations: (4/12) 33%
    – create content maps for each lesson in module 1 :  20/30 (67%)
    – 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 (starts Today!) 1/3 (33%)
    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: 12/23 (52%)
    – Publish (on July 31) The publishng date is set: July, 31. 100% (Completed on May, 2)
  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:  100% (Completed on April 29)
    write the text for the backcover:  100% (completed April 27)
    make the ebook100% (completed April 14)
    – make a book trailer: I created the backgrounds, chose the music and added the tablet version of the cover. 25%
    – plan the marketing
    – 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): I was supposed to plan the beta-reading with the beta-reader that checks the grammar and spelling yesterday but postponed it when it became clear Zoro would not make it through the day.
    Send to beta-readers: 11/42 (24%)
    Use beta-readers’ feedback: 9/42 (21%)
    Reorganize the collection:  (45%)
    Include more illustrations: I’m thinking each story might get its own cover inside the book. Which means I need 13 illustrations. 0/13 (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: My husband’s family has been very helpful and this weekend again they came to the rescue (helping both on the work itself and looking after the girls to give us opportunities to move around the house more freely).
    x Get new windows. We finally got a positive ruling from City Hall. There are some restrictions for the facade so that it looks the same, but nothing too difficult. We called our window guy and things are finally moving forward! =)
    x Get started on the parental suite upstairs
    (ceiling, walls, floor and adding the bathroom). Morepreparation work for the ceiling, the ground and the walls today.
    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! i reorganized the bedroom linen for now, which makes the wardrobe more organized too.
    Anything else will have to wait until we’ve done more work in the house.
  3. Health quest:
    Still struggling with regularity in just stretching every morning and anything else (such as yoga or abs…) are a no go.
  4. Mental health quest: I had quite a few nightmares recently, which indicates I’m probably a bit stressed or anxious, though I can’t pinpoint why… (in retrospect, I might have felt our dog was getting worse.)
    One of the bad dreams included my sister-in-law dying in a car crash on the night when she visited us, so the feelings were really overwhelming. The dream continued with its own logic and I found myself going to the funeral and then meeting wih my late half-sister, whose death I learnt after she was gone 9 months so it may not have completely sunk in…
    As for the lesbian romance, it’s going so well it should soon become a goal of its own. For now, though, I’d like to wait for the next round as my current pace is good and, most-importantly, stress-free.

#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
red=0-9%
1025%
2645%
4660%
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.