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A Round Of Words In 80 Days progress report - February 2011

View progress throughout January 2011 here.


Wednesday, 16th February 2011

Check in 13

It's check in 13. My lucky number. After burning out on Sunday night, I figured that between writing, studying and the day job I'm working a 7 day week. So I've eased off my schedule temporarily. I gave myself Tuesday night off and did absolutely nothing.

The current plan is to work on Shroud weekday evenings until Saturday, switch over to studying during the weekend and hopefully finish the section 2 exercises so I've got next week to tackle the poetry I need for the assignment. I've still got some rewrites to do from the previous assignment but I'll tackle the remainder of those once assignment 2 is out of the way. I'm not expecting to be working on Shroud next week.

Once the 1st draft of Shroud is complete, I may change to studying full time and get through the planning stages of my other novella ideas until I finish my course and then rewrite Shroud when my schedule's not so intensive.

Shroud itself currently stands at 7500 words and I'm nearing the middle. I expect that I'll be climaxing and wrapping up at 15000. My target was 30k but I'm not too concerned about the short fall as it's severely underwritten, lots of fleshing out and developing to be done. Thanks to everyone at row80 for getting me this far.

Daily word count goal : 100 -500
Sunday: 885
Mon: 406
Tues: 0 I took time out

Completed to do items since last check in:

• Do exercise 5 13/2/11
Study The Art Of Poetry every day done for 13/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death 13/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death 14/2/11
Read a section of the book I'm currently reading 14/2/11
Read a section of the book I'm currently reading 15/2/11

Read a section of the book I'm currently reading 16/2/11

 


Sunday, 13th February 2011

Check in 12

Keep rolling towards the check in everyone. My progress is baby steps at the moment. Last week went from bad to worse after my commute time hit the 2 hour mark (should be around 50mins) one way. I wasn't happy. TCI is complaining that Shrouds getting all the attention, I can't remember the last time I looked at that wip.

Studying is still fits and starts, reading poetry aloud with a power saw for background music isn't happening although I'm finally tackling the rewrites from assignment 1. Got about 4 left to go and wasn't as painful as I thought.

Completed items since last check in:

Read a section of the book I'm currently reading done for 10/2/11
Read a section of the book I'm currently reading done for 11/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death 11/2/11
Study The Art Of Poetry every day done for 12/2/11

• Rewrite Sight incorporating feedback and title 12/2/11
• Evaluate rewritten version of Sight 12/2/11

Daily word count on Shroud since last check in:
Wed: 0
Thu: 0
Fri: 131
Sat: 140

 


Wednesday. 9th February 2011

Check in 11

The days seem to be going faster than I can keep up with at the moment and despite my out of office plans I still didn't put a dent in my studies, was informed too late to rearrange anything that I had to be out of the house on Monday even though they knew I had plans at home. So generally feeling like I'm starting to fight a losing battle again and wishing I could just pack up and take off somewhere far away from this city.

So I did nothing on Monday, had to force myself to work on Shroud last night although I'm up to chapter 6 now and did sort out the missing surnames for my characters. I have no idea what I'll achieve tonight, just call me little miss demotivated. Going to have to start pulling some late nighters if I'm going to get my assignment done by the end of the month.

Completed tasks from the to do list:

Study The Art Of Poetry every day Done for 6/2/11
Read and critique one poem from The Staying Alive poetry anthologyDone for 6/2/11
• Finish section 1 exercises 6/2/11
• Give Protagonist and her mother a surname 6/2/11
• Give protagonists supporting character a surname 6/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death Done for 6/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death
Done for 8/2/11

Read a section of the book I'm currently reading done for 9/2/11

Hope everyone's having a better week

 


Sunday 6th February 2011

Check In 10

I seem to have finally found my stride. I'm aiming for 100-500 words a day on Shroud Of Death and I'm finally at the point in the story where things start to get really exciting. Bring on the horror.

I've also finally caved in and started a to do list, knowing how much would be on there I was reluctant to set it all down on paper. The full to do list can be viewed by viewing the links at the top of the blog. I will just report completed tasks in my check in posts otherwise my posts will get too long and scrolly-downy.

Being off work on Friday meant I had a mega productive day even though I had to make a lot of behind the scenes changes to the website. It's turning into a constant work in progress.

I spent most of Saturday preparing the email and online version of Dark Metre. I had teething problems particularly as I had to set the whole online version up by scratch. Now the templates done it should be easier to keep updated in the future. After only getting about two hours sleep due to the wind that's been howling about for the last few days I only managed a token effort on my studying but did manage to get some words down on Shroud.

Daily word count for Shroud between 100-500
Wednesday: 102
Thursday: 0
Friday: 505
Saturday: 324

I also managed to fill in one of the worksheets from The Nighttime Novelist for TCI

Completed tasks:
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death - Done for 4/2/11
Finish addressing assignment 1 feedback Completed 4/2/11
First worksheet from The Nighttime Novelist filled in for TCI 4/2/11
Read a section of the book I'm currently reading 4/2/11
TItle Touch 5/2/11
Study The Art Of Poetry every day Done for 5/2/11
Write between 100 - 500 words a day on Shroud Of Death Done for 5/2/11

 

Hope everyone is having a great ROW80

 


Wednesday, 2nd February 2011

Check In 9

Wow, February already. One month down and congratulations to everyone for still going.

In recent days I've come to the conclusion that 100 words a day isn't enough productivity and I'd be a lot happier and gelling more with the story if I could hit 500 a day. After realising I needed to change gears after my last check in with regards to my studies they went out the window. I also remembered I have a ton of course work stuff to do before I can get to the stage of writing the poems and Shroud is proving stubborn and won't be put down.

The days are getting brighter and I seem to have more time on my hands so I am now going to be studying daily and working on Shroud daily (well, nightly actually.) One day I might get to a happy point where I'm not switching and changing my mind so much but that's just me.

After tomorrow I will have 4 whole days to play some serious catch up on my course and Shroud. I also sat down and wrote out the following To Do list and seeing all those tasks means no more slacking for at least a month.

View the To Do List here

I feel slightly relieved that 365and me's list is/was longer than mine and I don't have kids to worry about. I may delete the general to do's or I may keep them for reference in case I do find a moment where I can work on them. I may do a round up of January type post tomorrow.

I've also noticed that if I keep reading I keep writing so lunch breaks are designated my reading period.
I've added 591 words to Shroud since my last check in.

Anyway, onwards and onwards.

 
     
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