Week in Review – 2013/06/10 – 2013/06/16

WRITING:

JuNoWriMo and Kiwi Writers SoCNoC.  Also tweeting word count updates using #JuNoWriMo and #SoCNoC hashtags. 

25,000 Words in 7 Days was an ambitious challenge. However, a busy schedule and a nearly wiped out exhaustion during the weekend had me fall short of my word count goal. Rather than ploughing through, I think fatigue took over–and I let it. No sense trying to squeeze crap out of a stone, right? I’m happy with the new directions my characters led me or let me lead them towards. New scenes, fresh perspectives, new twists and correlations I hadn’t thought of before. I’d say that’s a success in itself.

Word Count over the past seven days: 17,772 words

Fractured Tales Series Running Word Count: 37,638 words

–> I’m revising my work from Fractured Fairytales to Fractured Tales as it encompasses fairytales, lore, myths, legends, and other fictional characters (that are old enough for me to use without legal fallout).

WRITE YOUR NOVEL THIS SUMMER starts this Friday, June 21st and runs until September 21st. My participation will be concurrent with whatever WriMo (or variation thereof) will be running that particular month. The Fractured Tales Series continues.

READING:

I’m excited to get all blurry eyed again. My reading list for 30 Books in 90 Days is taking shape. Is it considered cheating if I read novellas or non-fic? Many of the books I’d like to read are in the high 300s. I figure, the shorter the book, the more I can dig through in ninety days. hehe I’m aiming for both quality and quantity. Hopefully I won’t discover too many overlapping challenges in the next ninety days that might compromise any reading time–already challenged due to pre-existing writing time and the priority of TKT. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post my tentative list next Sunday and see how many of those I can cross off my endless TBR list.

BLOGGING:

This round of #ROW80 is almost over but I’ve had a blast these past eighty days.

Check-ins continue this month on Kim Baccellia’s blog with the fantabulous #wipmadness community. Everyone’s working hard on their WIPs. Encouragement from our peers really keeps me going.

OTHERS:

I haven’t revisited Duolingo yet and I know I should. I’ll get on that to keep my brain muscles flexed. I have maintained my treadmill schedule while reading. Usually three times a week, I missed Friday because I went downtown for the day. Commuting with an overnight bag, (containing my laptop among other things), and walking to and from the theater counts, right?

It was nice to watch Les Mis but all that emotion after a physically and mentally draining week with writing and TKT? Let’s just say I was a lump of uselessness and didn’t get much done this weekend. Recuperation barely lasted a day because I was back with TKT earlier today and have been with them and typing with one hand the rest of the day. Dictation software only works if you’re the only voice the computer recognizes. I use my onboard mic without issues, but can’t with TKT. If I wear the headset, well, you know how that turns out. I’m just glad I can get some work done. They inspire me anyway, so all the time I spend with them is cherished, tiring or not. 🙂

Half of the month of our annual halfway mark has gone hasta la bye-bye. We’re cruising through blockbuster movie season, mid-season shows resume. I’m finding myself enjoying those more. At least, when I marathon them because live TV isn’t something I experience any longer. haha Soon, the kiddies will be back to school and the holidays will be here and… 2014 already?!

How’s your 2013 going (aside from ‘by rather quickly’)?

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#ROW80 Mid-Week Check-In 2013/06/07

WRITING:

JuNoWriMo and Kiwi Writers SoCNoC  Tweeting also using #JuNoWriMo and #SoCNoC hashtags. As expected, my daily word counts dwindled this week as opposed to the frenzied start over the weekend.

Fractured Fairytale Series Word Count: 27,167 words

I think the added pressure–ahem–motivation from the 25,000 Words in 7 Days challenge has helped me churn out the words. So far, it’s been between 8:30pm and 11:30pm, though tonight I lost an hour and gained more wrestling time with TKT. (Totally their idea, not mine. Honest. But hey, I couldn’t resist.)

READING:

See, this his how messed my eyes are. I keep checking my calender and think that this week is my break between reading challenges. It turns out that I have another week of reprieve. However, I have a few books to finish and reviewed, so I’m getting through those as well as catching up on my backlog of workshop lessons and writing reference reading. Any and all education to better hone the craft is essential in any writer’s toolkit. So, basically, I’m reading a lot of stuff. Some made up, some not. All good. 🙂

BLOGGING:

As you can see, I continue the updates with #ROW80 posts and check-ins with the awesome #wipmadness community on Kim Baccellia’s blog. On last Sunday’s Week in Review I posted my entry for FLASH MOB 2013. That should be interesting and we’ll see how it goes. There are a couple of short story submissions I’m working on but as I’ve yet to focus on them, I’m just blogging about the advent of their existence. 🙂

This month, let alone the year, is going by so fast. I hope everyone’s doing well with their goals. I can’t believe eighty days are almost up. It’s been quite the ride. I’m going to assess my current goals and start planning for the next round. I really appreciate how #ROW80 has kept me going. I anticipate the latter half of 2013 will be just as splendiferous–and equally exhausting! Happy writing/reading/blogging the rest of the week, everyone!

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The 48 Hour Book Challenge – Hour 12 Report

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Progress report as we near the eleventh hour (on the clock, but twelve hours since I began):

Hours Read: 7.75 hours

Blogged: 1.00 hour

Written:  4.00 hours (early start for JuNoWriMo and Kiwi Writers SocNoC in anticipation of today’s events)

DOUBLE VISION by F.T. Bradley is a quick read. And I’m reading as quick as I can with one eye on the 19 month-old, the other on the 3 1/2 year-old… wait. I only have the two. Eyes, that is. The kids are so speedy, they blur past me sometimes. Yeah, so I appreciated the fast pace and short chapters. I barely got through one when I’d have to put the book down to help one of them with something. I have no problem shunning my own daily sustenance (and I’ve done that before when I did back-to-back writing sprints). I suppose it would be a faux pas in my Godmother/Aunt duties if I neglected to feed and care for The Keysmashing Tots (TKT) throughout the day.

Two things I’ve learned so far:

1) I really like this book.

2) I really need to take a speedreading course. When I see #48HBC updates, I’m in awe. People are nearing double digits on their books today alone. Others are reading in excess of 100 pages in under an hour or like our fearless leader–TWENTY books today? Please teach me the Ninjaness of it all.

Tomorrow I am sans TKT. I shall forge ahead and actually try and make a dent in my TBR list. Come on, Tonette, you barely gave it a ding!

That said, I did finish other books, as well, that were not a part of my line-up. All progress is good, yes? 🙂

I shall continue through the night and into the wee hours. I can cram a boatload before having to return to my beloved TKT Sunday.

#ROW80 Mid-Week Check-In 2013/06/05

WRITING:

JuNoWriMo and Kiwi Writers SoCNoC  Tweeting also using #JuNoWriMo and #SoCNoC hashtags. As expected, my daily word counts dwindled this week as opposed to the frenzied start over the weekend.

Fractured Fairytale Series Word Count: 12,909 words

I realized I never set a word count goal this time around. I think I’ll just leave it at 50K and just focus on the production rather than the deficit from a quota.

READING:

DREAMLANDER by the fabulous K.M. Weiland and KILL ME SOFTLY by Sarah Cross. I happily discovered that the 30 Books in 90 Days Challenge officially starts on June 23rd so it takes some pressure off. I haven’t start any other book yet but will probably do so tomorrow or Friday. These two books are exquisitely different but I love the description and how relatable the characters are. More books to come, but so far, I don’t have to pile on the numbers just yet.

The 48 Hour Book Challenge is June 7th to 9th. I’m reading DOUBLE VISION by the equally fabulous F.T. Bradley for sure, but will see what other middle grade marvels I can add to the list.

BLOGGING:

Updates galore on #ROW80 posts and check-ins with the awesome #wipmadness community on Kim Baccellia’s blog. It’s always good to see progress… and also the checklist of what has yet to be accomplished. (Read: When you sometimes forget what with all the simultaneous tasks, that deadlines are creeping up.) Yay for accountability!

Hope everyone had a lovely first June Humpday!

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Week in Review – 2013/05/27 – 2013/06/02

WRITING:

JuNoWriMo and Kiwi Writers SoCNoC are off to a good start. I’ve been posting word count updates on Twitter using the #JuNoWriMo and #SoCNoC hashtags. Great people chugging along doing sprints and giving each other support.

Fractured Fairytale Series Word Count: 6,752 words

READING:

I’m enjoying DREAMLANDER by the fabulous K.M. Weiland. It’s a testament as to why I keep going back to her writing blog and podcasts. As I know my word counts might suffer this week (though I love the Keysmashing Tots and I don’t consider it a loss), I’ll comb through my TBR list to find a second book to read so I can hack into as many books as I can for the 30 Books in 90 Days Challenge.

BLOGGING:

I believe I’m all caught up on my blog comments. WordPress ate my initial round. Aside from today’s #ROW80 post, I’ll be checking in with the lovely #wipmadness community tomorrow on Kim Baccellia’s blog.

It’s June, people. We’re past the halfway mark, the Mid-Point of the story that is 2013, if you will. Let’s make it a good one!

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