wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #4

It’s been a weird week.  About this time last week, I looked at the calendar–really looked at it–and realized that fall semester begins in less than five weeks.  That realization made me turn my thoughts toward work I get paid for and away from writing, the work I currently do for sheer pleasure.  Which means I haven’t been so good at meeting my goals this last week.  Here’s my goals update:

  • Goal #1 – Write 1000 words daily.  This goal is all about writing something–anything–daily so that writing is a habit and a part of my daily life.  I haven’t done so well this last week.  I didn’t write anything at all on Thursday, Friday, Monday or Tuesday.  I didn’t write on Saturday, either, but Saturdays are my one day off from writing.  I did, however, manage to meet my goal on Sunday and today.  More on this below.
  • Goal #2 – Stick to my blog post schedule.  In the last week, I met most of this goal, but not all of it (my students would be asking for partial credit at this point).  I missed my Sunday check-in post.  However, I did manage to pull together a post for last Thursday and I also posted my weekly book review.
  • Goal #3 – Complete the first draft of my WIP.  There were several days when I didn’t write, but the days when I did write I made some progress toward this goal.  Since the beginning of Round 3, I have added 21,411 words to my WIP.  Still no title, though.

Looking back on the last week, I can see that one of the reasons why I didn’t write was because my mind has just been elsewhere.  I’ve recently decided to get rid of 25% of my book collection (I’m going to talk about this in greater detail in tomorrow’s scheduled blog post) and I’ve also been doing research into minimalist lifestyles and how to possess less stuff.  Work has also been on my mind, and in the last couple of days I’ve been going to the office and getting some work tasks done to prepare for fall semester.  I had some connectivity issues with my ISP that also were a distraction.  In a nutshell, it’s been a weird week that’s included a lot of self-reflection and examination of my life.  This in turn has led to some small amount of enlightenment in that I’m realizing that I have learned a lot about myself this summer, and now I’m trying to make some changes based upon what I’ve learned.  So my mind has been more focused on that than it has been on writing.

But as I said, when I have managed to write, I’ve made good progress.  On Sunday, after three days off from my WIP, I wrote just under 3,500 words.  Today, with the help and support of Lauren Garafalo and everyone at #teamsprinty on Twitter, I wrote 1,006 words in just an hour and almost at the end of a chapter that’s been hard to get down on paper.  I feel like I’m finally back on track now.  This is all good because it tells me that I’m not bored with my project, I just haven’t been mentally present enough to concentrate on it.

The other good thing that’s happened is that Dahnya Och gave me a great tip on how to come up with ideas for future blog posts.  This has resulted in four or five ideas for future Thursday blog posts that I’m actually excited about and looking forward to writing because they all focus upon prodding me to figure out more exactly the life that I want and take make some sustainable changes on how to get there.

So yeah, it’s been a weird week, but that’s not necessarily all bad.  Hope everyone else is having a good week.  Thanks for the support and dropping by my blog!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Dahnya Och says:

    I’m so glad that I was able to help you! It makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside (seriously).

    Are you going to join August’s Camp Nano? If so, a bunch of us ROWers are requesting each other as cabin mates… should prove to be fun! Just let us know what your Nano Handle is if you want to attempt to ROW all over Camp Nano.

    In addition (boy I’m long… winded? fingered?.. today), feel free to stop by for sprints every day! It was great to have you around today!

    1. mirrorcove32 says:

      Hi! I am going to try to stop by for sprints each day, at least until school starts in the fall. I think my MWF class is at the same time as the sprint. But I’ll be there as often as I can.

      I’m not doing August CampNaNo. I did the June version instead since August is a bit hectic with school starting. But I’ll be cheering everyone on!

  2. Lauren Garafalo says:

    Weird weeks all around!! You’re doing a great job incorporating everything in to your schedule. For me, it never comes all at once. I think it takes me longer than average to adapt to a goal, so I’ve learned to just keep at it and eventually it will be easier. Hopefully with all your practice over the summer, you’ll be in good shape by the time you have to start working again!! Thanks for the shout out…we love having you for sprints 😀

    1. mirrorcove32 says:

      Thanks for the support. I’m hoping that the practice and the sprints will help me keep writing daily once fall gets here. Glad that you got the problem in your outline worked out. I created a new problem for myself this morning so we’ll see how I’m going to plot myself out of it!

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