Make-it Monday – October Plans

It’s a new month, so some goal tweaking and other changes are in store.

1. Reducing Facebook use: The app has been sucking up too much of my time, so I’ve disabled it on my phone. I’m keeping messenger, but I’ll only use Facebook sparingly going forward.

2. The Page & The Magician: I’m targeting the end of this month to have my edits complete on it.

3. Movie logging: I’m moving away from keeping an album on Facebook related to my movie watching and switching to Letterboxd. I was using Letterboxd earlier this year and stopped for no real reason. I think it’ll generally be less maintenance and I can connect it to Facebook anyway.

4. NaNoWriMo Prep: I’ll also be taking some time to get ready for National Novel Writing Month. I plan to add as many words as possible to The Blood Waitress Club in November.

That’s it for now. I’m hoping some allergy medicine kicks in soon as I’ve got an allergic rash that’s making it hard to fall asleep. I hope you’re having a better night than I am.

R~

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Thoughtful Thursday – Group Work

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There are times I really abhor group work.

Today is such a day.

Why?

Here’s the list of things we have to do that are worth marks:

A 10-Minute Play
A 7-10 Page treatment for our original TV episode for an existing TV show
A rewrite of an objective document for a term project
A presentation that is also a term project
A short film 1-pager
A revised 1-pager for a feature film
An outline for the feature film
Probably an outline for the short film
Act 1 of the TV episode
More steps for the feature film
Actually writing the feature film
Actually writing the short film
Acts 2 and 3 for the TV episode
A script for a PSA
Comedy show skits to help raise money for our pitching trip
Catching up on reading so that the assignments are done properly

But hey guys, let’s spend a bunch of hours filming something that probably doesn’t have marks attached to it. Clearly it’s a high priority because we would’ve been doing it if the strike wasn’t a thing. Also, don’t worry about the fact that the entire giant list of things will be due as soon as the strike is over. Or that you’ll have other things like quizzes on top of that to do.

I may be a little cranky today.

Sorry.

As a former project planner and manager, I truly struggle with patience when it comes to prioritization skills or lack thereof.

Generally, I can rip through writing things quick enough, but every once in awhile, there’s that project that is inexplicably difficult. The short film seems to be that for me right now. I can see it playing in my head, but as I put it down on paper, it doesn’t seem to convey what I want to convey. Some of it comes from my own brief experience living through it and I’m unsure if it’s something other people will be moved by. Part of me also just wants it done, so I can focus on the next important thing.

I also haven’t been sleeping well since the strike and have been desperately trying to catch up on this.

That’s life I guess?

Not really. In reality, lots of people will either flat out tell you that your low priority stuff isn’t getting done anytime soon or they’ll say they accept it and “forget” about it.

I can certainly see why our teachers refuse to read things that aren’t assigned projects.

Anyway, I’m going to try and finish this short film 1-pager before covering my naked ass and heading to the bus.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Merry Monday – October Long Weekend

It’s a long weekend here in Canada and I’m thankful for it. I’ve been able to get a few assignments done and do some house cleaning. I’ve also been able to watch the rest of Daredevil and relax despite having caught the class cold. A Kleenex box has been my closest friend this weekend. 
I made a nice turkey leg dinner yesterday complete with gravy, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, wine, and veggies. I didn’t bother with potatoes as I didn’t want to go through the effort of peeling and such. I also thought I had enough carbs on my plate. Dessert was Daiya strawberry cheesecake with fresh strawberries and coconut whipped cream. It was yummy. I need to fix the stuffing today as it’s a little dry. 

Today I’m thinking about my goals. As I get closer to having my home in the state I want it, I can fit in other things. I have a study place for reading. After I put away my air conditioner, I’ll have a place to practice martial arts and yoga in my living room as I’ve returned to a layout focused on relaxing rather than working in there. I’ll be cleaning up my writing nook in the near future as it’s now cool enough to use it. 

I still have a drawer to fix in my kitchen and I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but I did just think of an option using my wooden TV tray rather than my dining table to work on it outside rather than making a mess inside with the shavings from the planing I have left to do. 

I got a rust proof shower caddy the other day to get things organized in there. I might need to extend a piece of my shower head to make it perfect, but it’s a lot better and should be easier to keep things clean. 

I almost always have a bag of stuff I’m getting rid of. The more I remove, the better I feel as it’s letting me focus on the things that are actually important to me like writing, music, and martial arts.

As for writing, I’m enjoying much of my coursework. It’s making it hard to have time to edit my novel, but I’m starting to find the groove and I’m confident I’ll be rolling on that soon too. 

My sewing area is a mess. Since both my sewing area and my writing nook are part of my bedroom, my bedroom is a mess right now. Once I conquer the main living areas, I’ll be tackling the rest of my bedroom. 

As usual in my life, I’ve got no shortage of things to do. I’m finding even if I have only 15 minutes to work on cleaning, it makes me feel better and it’s something I can have control over in this often crazy and scary world. 


So officially for ROW80 Round 4:

  1. School: This is my primary focus in life right now and most of my school work is writing. I’m aiming for 80-90 in all classes. I know that’s not easy, but I don’t just want to just pass like I did in many other post-secondary programs. I need to do better on readings and teach myself Adobe Premiere to meet this goal.
  2. Martial Arts: Practice at least once per week at home because school is making it difficult to make it to Tuesday evening classes. The space for this is almost clear. I can do the majority of the katas except for number 10 likely. The HEMA club will let me do some Iaido so that gives me another place to practice and get ready for grading on December 2nd.
  3. Home: Get the main living areas clean and stay on top of my dishes. Once that’s clean, get the rest clean. Get back into my writing nook this month. Get the last kitchen drawer fixed. Do at least 15 minutes a day that isn’t regular maintenance chores.
  4. Novel: Get at least a quarter of the way through editing the book before Christmas. This means get to at least chapter 6.
  5. Social: Make time for old and new friends where possible.
  6. Fitness: Do yoga at least twice a week to strengthen my core without hurting my neck. Do 10 minutes with the posture wedge each day to improve my neck issue. Do thoracic resistance band exercises daily to also help get rid of my neck problem.
  7. Stress: Make time for something fun each week to manage stress. Perhaps pick one Xbox game to play.

I’ve got lots to do despite this runny nose. I’ll start with some reading for class and then move my air conditioner into storage. 

Guid cheerio the nou,

R~

ROW80 – 2016 Round 3

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I haven’t forgotten you, ROW80. I just got too busy writing.

Goals for Round 3

  • Write a 10,000-word mystery story for a collection I was invited to participate in. Deadline: August 1st
  • Monday & Thursday blog posts for My Trending Stories. Monday and Friday posts on this blog.
  • Post one love poem each day for the month of July.
  • Add more to the novel after the results for the Half the World contest are announced.
  • Look for an agent?
  • Work on learning French daily
  • Practice guitar daily
  • Build the other garden cages to combat the squirrels so I’ll have things to harvest eventually.

I’m not sure how long Round 3 is, so I’m guessing this is sufficient because it’s also summer.

Ciao,
R~

NaNoWriMo 2015

Well I’ve been doing terrible at National Novel Writing Month this year. Why? Life has been busy.

At the end of October, from the 30th to November 1, there was Can-Con. I successfully pitched my novel to one of the publishers, then spent two days touching up my manuscript before submitting it. I had gotten some outside feedback at Can-Con and wanted to apply it. So that took me to November 4th as a start date. Then I had to spend some time ensuring I had food to eat at the Iaido seminar on the 7th. The 6th and 8th were partially lost to travel. I didn’t get much writing done in the first week.

In week two when I could get some time to write, I was facing the challenges of full-time work, writing course, plus social life. I was also facing a challenge of, “Man, it’s been so long since I looked at this manuscript. What’s it about again?” Also, I had updated my Scrivener to the newest version and it moved some of the text files around, so I had to reorganize and read to figure out what I had already written and what needed to happen in the story.

Week three had me facing a bladder/urinary tract infection. The antibiotics quickly cleared that up, but not without other issues. I was nauseous, lightheaded, dizzy, light sensitive, sinus headache, fevered/chilled… It was fantastic.

Somehow I was able to write 1,019 words on one of the days despite how ill I felt? That’s the only day I’ve written over 1000 words.

So as we head into week four, I have 5555 new words written on Scion. I have martial arts tonight, food allergy treatment tomorrow, and physio on Friday.

There are only a couple martial arts classes left before grading. It’s likely best I spend my free time on that if I want to pass it.

On the upside, the writing course is done and I received interesting and helpful feedback from the other students on several of my stories.

I’ve been terrible at ROW80 for this round. I’m posting a day early, because.

Next month should be a little better for getting my writing in. Not that I’m going to stop working on Scion. I’ll just stop feeling bad about not being up to Nano word count. And when I’m stuck, I’ll work on edits for The Blood Waitress Club. Whichever one is ready first will be my next pitch.

Goals for the Rest of the Round

Scion: 250 words/day

The Blood Waitress Club: 1 chapter/week

Ciao,
R~

Midweek Check-in

I’m still muddling through Chapter 17. With how long this one is taking me, I’m a little worried I won’t meet my editing goal. I’m aiming to finish the second draft by July 31st. Nine days with six chapters to finish…

With this current chapter, I’m aiming to prevent the tension from the earlier battle to be released completely. I want people to know the story isn’t ending yet. Some of the best is yet to come.

I’m also trying not to start every sentence with She or The. I’m feeling like I got lazy with my writing somewhere. I’ll have to scour through the whole book to fix that. I think I can send it out to beta readers regardless though. I’m wanting them to look at the bigger things beyond word choice. I can fix wording in the third revision.

It’s passed my bedtime.

Ciao
R~

ROW 80 Round 3 Goal Setting

Alright. I wasn’t great at much last round. At least I didn’t feel like I did nearly as well as round 1.

But editing is going a little more smoothly now. I think I’m getting the hang of it. I also think my later chapters fit better in the story in general than my beginning ones, which had a lot of backstory and not enough actual story in them.

What’s my plan for this round?

1. The Page & The Magician:

a) Finish editing my book. I had 26 chapters, but now 23. I recently completed 4 chapters in a single day. Woohoo! I’ve just completed the edit on chapter 14, so I’m over halfway. My word count is currently 64,908 words. It’s inching up to where it should be for the genre. I must be a weird writer to be increasing word count as she edits…

b) Line up beta readers.

3. First Draft: While waiting for feedback from the beta readers, work on either The Blood Waitress Club, or Scion.

4. Guitar: Continue learning to play. A new session starts this weekend, though I’ll start the following weekend as I have an Iaido seminar to attend.

5. Panel: Prepare for the panel I’m part of in October. More to come on that closer to the time.

6. Writers Collective: Do whatever my writing group needs me to do as part of the writers collective we’re trying to establish.

7. Purge: Go through my sewing related things as I don’t see myself doing more than repairs for the foreseeable decade.

8. Exercises: Continue doing the exercises needed to fix my neck issue. Also strengthen my core.

9. Enjoy summer.

10. Record Collection: I’ve gone a little hipster. I own a turntable now. I have a severe lack of adult records. My collection includes Bjork Vulnicura, Saturday Night Fever, Road Runner Jr. Walker, Bon Jovi (45s), Beach Boys (45), and The Wizard of Oz. I also have a 45 of New Kids on the Block (I’ll Be Loving You Forever). After that it’s pretty much all things like Puff the Magic Dragon and Sesame Street.I’d like to slowly increase my collection of adult records. There is something different about listening to vinyl. I find it relaxing.

11. Self-care: This includes eating habits, sleeping habits, household chores, and meditation. All of these things need to be done more regularly. I’m not generally a terrible eater, but So Delicious ice cream has been on sale lately and it’s quite warm outside. A home that isn’t cluttered leads to a better mindset. I’ve started eating kimchi and I wasn’t sure how that would go. I have a yeast sensitivity, so fermented food is generally a no. I haven’t noticed any positive or negative results yet. Meditating more frequently should help me reduce road rage and calm my emotions, which have been a little overactive lately and this has been messing with my sleep. Contrary to Magic Mike XXL (which I enjoyed immensely), not everyone who meditates also believes in things like Reiki.

Ciao,
R~