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#ROW80 Final Check-in

So here we are at the end of the round! It went by so fast! Yikes!

I think I did very well, despite having issues with fatigue. That really screwed me up for awhile, but I am feeling much better so that’s good.

Here’s the rundown. Goals for the round were:

~Finish revision of Pirouette for submission to publisher (currently on page 203 of 243, but don’t let that fool you. I have a few plot holes to fill.) ~DONE! Still waiting to hear back, so fingers crossed!
~Write synopsis (first time doing that!) ~DONE! And got some very valuable feedback and knowledge for next time.
~Submit to publisher by 1/31 ~DONE! Submitted 1/25
~Finish Fireborn first draft (Reaper Girl novella, 19k of 25k currently) ~DONE! Finished at 23k.
~Make progress on Covenant, secondary WIP ~DONE! It is up to 18k now.
~Log in planner goals + to dos every day/every month (trying something new!) ~DONE for the most part. Struggled with remembering to write everything down b/c I do most of my planning in my head. Toward the end of this round, I managed to fill in at least two weeks in a row.
~Physical activity: 15 mins 3x a week (anything that gets me moving counts!) ~HIT OR MISS HERE. Mostly done, at least twice, but some weeks were tough getting it in.
~After Pirouette revision is finished, 8 minutes of focused writing per day on a first draft of my choice (another new thing).~MOSTLY DONE, except that I struggled with exhaustion issues toward the end of this round. I added at least 5k to Covenant, so I call that a win.
~Develop test roll of b&w film ~NOT DONE. I am almost ready! I am waiting for a specific chemical to be delivered (I had to special order it). But once I get it, it’s developing time!

Other notable accomplishments:

~Added drinking 1 glass of water per day to my routine
~Added walking to my routine, weather and health permitting
~Started inputting Survivor re-outline to Scrivener
~New idea for horror novel, Elysium
~About to start experimenting with plotting
~Ever Touched up to 54k
~Got darkroom ready to go for developing/printing

That’s it! Very happy with my progress and I will see you in Round 2!

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8 thoughts on “#ROW80 Final Check-in”

  1. Congrats! You were much more successful than I was Round 1, but I learned a lot doing this…all the way through…for real…for the first time. Is this your first ROW80?

    I hope Round 2, should you accept the mission, is as productive and successful. *thumbs up*
    Diana

  2. Thank you, Diana! I’m glad you learned a lot! That’s great! This is actually — I think — my second full year doing ROW80.

    I’m definitely in for round 2. I hope it is successful and productive for you too!

  3. I want to steal your idea of writing for 10 minutes on any project (other than the main one). That’s such a good way to multi-task without having other projects displace the main one. I’ve never really been able to balance more than one project, so we’ll see.

    Re logging in planner goals, I use a Word file that I set up called Daily Work to track each day’s goals and notes. A table lets me see my progress by the week (and makes it easier to report in for ROW80). Each month, I start over, a kind of journal with weekly tables and another section for the month’s goals. Don’t know if this is clear or if something like this would help you, but starting the day by looking at goals and then tracking progress in some way that’s easy for you to use consistently will help!

    Good luck with Scrivener. I loved the program but I like to put images into my drafts, so it didn’t work for me. Congrats on making all those deadlines — and writing all those words!

  4. Thanks, Beth! That’s an interesting way to do planning. I may give that a whirl.

    As for the 10 minutes thing, I tend to get more fatigued mentally when doing both WIPs in an evening. But it is totally worth it b/c I can still make steady progress on both.

  5. I can’t wait to see the photos from all the darkroom/developing stuff you’re doing. I think that is such an amazing, awesome, and HARD art to do–and I admire you greatly for having that drive, passion and creativity. I’d be a nervous wreck with the chemicals and how to actually take pics in the first place! (I do a horrible job, even on my phone! LOL) But I will enjoy looking at your work, I’m sure! 😀

    I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better. You did a phenonmenal job with your goals. And thank you so much for the kind words and visits you made to my blog, and around the ROW to others. You were and are a great support to the ROW80 community! Can’t wait to see what you decide to tackle next round, and to cheer you on with whatever those goals are. Have a great weekend and Happy writing!

  6. Hi Kat! Thank you for your kind words. This is a great community and I am so glad I joined!

    When I first started darkroom photography, I screwed up a lot! I learned it in school, but over time I got better, and I began helping other students with theirs. It’s been a passion of mine for such a long time, and I am finally able to get back to it. I’m a firm believer that anyone can do it – it just takes lots of practice. 🙂 What are you having trouble with exactly? Maybe I can help!

    I’m glad I’m feeling better, too! Fatigue is really tough to work through sometimes. I am very happy with my progress and can’t wait for round 2!

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