ROW 80 Sunday Check-In

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Today is Sunday check-in for ROW 80 – where accountability is there with the understanding that life comes first.

The past few days I have continued with baby steps -writing a bit each day and working on one pix book story to revise and edit.

I also enrolled in an online writing course through my local library and have worked on 2 lessons so far.

I participated in#pbpitch on Thursday and although I did not get any favs., it was still a chance to put myself out there.

Summer swimming starts tomorrow and I look forward to swimming at least 5 days a week.

All the best to everyone.

 

 

ROW 80 -Sunday Check-In (on Monday)

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It was a busy weekend, celebrating the wedding of a niece in Toronto. Some writing reading and writing did get done – on the drive there and back though

Otherwise, here is the progress from the past week.

Writing:
1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. YES

3. Write first draft of novella “Christmas Renewed” –worked on editing
4.. Write first draft of a chapter book –No
5. Write at least one picture book a month  –Not this past week
6. Take one online writing course and enter at least one writing contest. NO

Editing/Revising
1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love” –still working on Chap. 1 revision
2. Revise/edit several picture books No

Blogging
1. Support my ROW team 2x a week – yes

3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.No

Reading
1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week –YES
2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles –Read articles
3. Read for pleasure – oh yeah

Personal
1. Create daily –yes
2. Follow healthy habits: ~walk 3x a week and ~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day YES – lost 2 lbs. this past week

This week I plan to work on picture book revisions as well as  reviewing a pix book I took a couple of years ago.As well, I am starting a healthy challenge on June 1 for 30 days . Should be fun to be part of a group.

All the best to everyone this week

ROW 80 – Sunday Check-In

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I have been absent for a couple of weeks – and my thoughts about that absence follow:

I had hoped that taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo in April would kick start my flagging writing routine. It did for over half of the month. I wrote 2/3 of a novella I hoped to enter in a contest. But then, once again, self-doubt reared its ugly head and the writing slowed. I did not finish the novel; I did not enter the contest.

I joined this second round of ROW80 and offered to sponsor with the hope it would provide the accountability to keep writing and pursuing my goals. During the past several weeks I have done little to advance my writing goals, although I have read lots and created art.

Self-doubt is like a spiraling cancer that eats away at one’s self-esteem.

I had won a critique from a charity auction and I looked forward to some honest opinion. What I got was constructive yes, but a blow nevertheless. Added to another I had in January, it has been putting a pause on what I thought I could do – write romances. One criticism was that my voice did not come through.

Last night, at one in the morning, I decided that what was important was that I just write and to stop worrying about the end until I got there. Just finish the damn thing. Revising and editing can do wonders – but that is later.

I also need to return to my picture book writing as I have a writing retreat in July to attend and a supportive group of women I need to reconnect with. So I need to look forward, get back the control of my time and my writing once again.

This week I will write every day!

ROW 80 Sunday Check-In

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Time for the Sunday Check-in at ROW80 – the writing community that offers support and accountability. .

Here are the goals and what I’ve achieved so far:
Writing:
1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. Yes – but only minimal this week.
2. Take part in CampNaNoWriMo.- yes, altho only completed half my goal
3. Write first draft of novella `Christmas Renewed“- almost finished
4.. Write first draft of a chapter book –no – altho sent off first chapter for some feedback
5. Write at least one picture book a month Yes
6. Take one online writing course and enter at least one writing contest.No

Editing/Revising
1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love” – No
2. Revise/edit several picture books – rereading and assessing what I’ve written

Blogging
1. Support my ROW team 2x a week – only once this past week – life got in the way
2. Take part in A to Z April Challenge.-finished it yesterday
3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.Yes

Reading
1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week Yes
2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles – articles –Yes
3. Read for pleasure – yes, yes, yes! Into a series by Susan Wiggs

Personal
1. Create daily – Yes – finished the A to Z April Challenge yesterday – over 50 art tags created for the month
2. Follow healthy habits: ~walk 3x a week and ~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day Water yes, the exercise not so much.

My main goal I want to work on that week:
From May 1-7, there is a daily challenge to write a picture book a day through NAPIBOWRIWEE. One down, 6 to go!

ROW 80 Sunday Check-In

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Today is the Sunday Check-In for ROW80 – the writing community that offers support and accountability.
Each Sunday I will highlight the goals I want to work on that week, after sharing my progress over the past week.

Writing:
1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. YES
2. Take part in CampNaNoWriMo. Yes – I am halfway to my goal of 30,000 words.
3. Write first draft of novella `Christmas Renewed” – 1 more chapter written
4. Write first draft of a chapter book  No
5. Write at least one picture book a month  One for the month – but no more this past week, altho have gotten more ideas
6. Take one online writing course and enter at least one writing contest. No – but several contests coming up in May

Editing/Revising
1. Revise/edit “Catching Love” –still working on it
2. Revise/edit several picture books  No

Blogging
1. Support my ROW team 2x a week Yes
2. Take part in A to Z April Challenge. Yes – almost finished
3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts. Yes

Reading
1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week Yes
2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles  Have read several articles
3. Read for pleasure – Lots!

Personal
1. Create daily –yes
2. Follow healthy habits: ~walk 3x a week and ~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day – have not been good the past few days. Need to get back on track

This week, my main goals are:
1. Concentrate on finishing my novella and editing it.
2. Get back on track with healthy routines
3. Catch up on reading “Second Sight” as I have a review to do next week.

Sunday Check-In ROW 80

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Today is the Sunday Check-in for ROW80 – the writing community that offers support , encouragement and accountability, but always with the realization that we all have lives that come first.

Each Sunday I will comment on the status of my goals so far and highlight the goals I want to work on that week.

Writing:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. Yes
  2. Take part in CampNaNoWriMo. Yes
  3. Write first draft of novella `Christmas Renewed“ Have completed 4 chapters so far

4.. Write first draft of  a chapter book Did some more research

  1. Write at least one picture book a month Yes, got a 1st sloppy draft done
  2. Take one online writing course and enter at least one writing contest.No – but there are several I am working towards

 

Editing/Revising

  1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love” – reread a critique I had done and trying to totally rework Chap. 1 – brainstormed ideas but so far not inspired
  2. Revise/edit several picture books – No

 

Blogging

  1. Support my ROW team 2x a week – Yes
  2. Take part in A to Z April Challenge. Yes
  3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts. Yes (along with my other blog)

 

 

Reading 

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week Yes
  2. Read 2 books on writing as well as articles Read articles. Started a book by Terry Brooks on writing
  3. Read for pleasure Most definitely yes!

 

Personal

  1. Create daily Yes
  2. Follow healthy habits: ~walk 3x a week   and  ~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day Did manage 3 days of walking on the treadmill.

 

 

This week I will continue to work on my novella, as I am working towards entering it in an anthology contest. I hope to revise at least 2 picturebook ms as I have a retreat in July and need to have at least 4 ready for it.

I will create art tags for the A to Z Challenge every day and hope to walk 20 minutes a day for at least 4 times.

Sunday ROW80 Check-In

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A little bit late to the check-in – but getting the task done at least!

 

Round 1 of ROW80 has just begun so I have not made much progress on my goals so far.

Writing:

I have written daily – altho most has been journaling, blog posts or small pieces. (#1, 9)

I am working with one of my critique partners and will soon work with my pix book group.(#10)

This week my goal is to get into a more consistent routine, with writing daily. I have several projects I need to organize and focus on.

Reading:

With reading, I have read a book a day at the least (#3) (I have a page for books read and the challenges I am taking part in above.)

Art:

I have created art most days and taken part in several challenges.

Follow Healthy habits

I have been gluten and milk free since my birthday last week with no cheating. I have even lost 2 pounds.(#3)  I hope to add exercise this week.(#1)

Here’s a bit of inspiration I created last week for an art challenge (52 cards). This is my over-riding goal for the year.

 

 

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ROW 80 Sunday Check-In

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Each Sunday and Wednesday the ROW 80 community posts their progress from the preceding week. This, really helps us focus on our writing and what goals we want to achieve. The ROW80 community is such a supportive one.

Wednesday’s ROW80 check-in was to close to have made much progress so I chose to wait til Sunday’s check-in. I still don’t feel as though I have made much progress but have worked on several projects.

My goals are listed here for this round and in bold is the progress from the past week.

Writing/revising:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. As I am working on my blog wvery day I am writing some but not 500 every day.
  2. Take part in NaNoWriMo in November and write 50,000 words. Have started planning for this.
  3. Take part in PiBoIdMo in November and come up with at least 30 pix book ideas.

4.. Write first draft of  chapter book or middle grade novel. No

  1. Write at least one picture book a month  No
  2. Take online writing course and enter at least one writing contest.Will be starting a new course tomorrow.
  3. Revise at least one novel. Still working on one novel.
  4. Take part in online study group of “Writing Irresistible Kidlit”. Yes

Blogging

  1. Take part in #31 Days of Writing on my art blog in October.Yes – have blogged every day.
  2. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts. Yes- but on my art blog.

Reading

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week Yes
  2. Read 3 books on writing as well as articles  Have read several articles.
  3. Read something for pleasure Yes – every day! This has been a joy indeed.

Personal

  1. Create daily -Yes
  2. Take part in AEDM in November.
  3. Follow healthy habits:     ~walk 3x a week once   ~eat gluten/dairy free yes to dairy-free

~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day – drinking more water for sure

Here’s a closing quote by Ray Bradbury on writing I have placed by my computer:

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Sunday Check-In ROW 80

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Time for Sunday check-in at Row 80 – the writing challenge that recognizes we all have lives but still want and need to write.

My goals are listed here for this round and in bold is the progress from the past week.

Writing:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. Yes
  2. Write first draft of MG novel “Jack’s Summer” –No
  3. Write first draft of  chapter book “Hazel” –No
  4. Write at least one picture book a month –yes for the month, but revising now
  5. Take 2 online writing courses and enter at least one writing contest. –working on “Idea to Plot” through RWA
  6. Outline two other novels –No

 

Editing/Revising

  1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love” –Working on first three chapters
  2. Revise/edit “Love Has No Age” –No – will put forward to next round

 

Blogging

  1. Support my ROW team 2x a week –yes
  2. Take part in A to Z challenge – Yes – finished
  3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.- Yes

 

Reading (

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week – Yes
  2. Read 3 books on writing as well as articles –read several articles
  3. Read something for pleasure – read 1 novel this past week

Not sure if I’ve shared this – but lately writing has been more like bleeding!

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Sunday Check-In ROW 80

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Time for Sunday check-in at Row 80 – the writing challenge that recognizes we all have lives but still want and need to write.

My goals are listed here for this round and in bold is the progress from the past week.

Writing:

  1. Write daily – at least 500 words daily. Yes
  2. Write first draft of MG novel “Jack’s Summer” –worked on more research and plotting
  3. Write first draft of  chapter book “Hazel” –No
  4. Write at least one picture book a month Yes – wrote 2 in the past 2 days!
  5. Take 2 online writing courses and enter at least one writing contest. – will start a new course tomorrow through RWA
  6. Outline two other novels –Not yet – instead had ideas for 2 other novels

 

Editing/Revising

  1. Revise/edit “ Catching Love” –No; received an excellent critique I won for this novel and will use it to revise further
  2. Revise/edit “Love Has No Age” –No

 

Blogging

  1. Support my ROW team 2x a week – yes
  2. Take part in A to Z challenge – Yes
  3. Write at least 2 other posts weekly besides ROW80 posts.- Yes

 Reading (I am adding this section this week as reading has been my saviour over the past few weeks!)

  1. Read several picture books for study purpose each week – Yes
  2. Read 3 books on writing as well as articles –read several articles
  3. Read something for pleasure – read 1 novel this past week and have started 2 others

 

Personal

  1. Create daily – yes
  2. Complete 2 online art courses. – hope to do more in May
  3. Follow healthy habits:

~walk 3x a week – No

~eat gluten/dairy free – yes to dairy

~drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day – up to 4-5 glasses

Had to include this quote I created for the A to Z Challenge – yes we can achieve – we just have to dream and believe!

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