Posts Tagged ‘Accomplishments’

ROW80LogocopyI’m finally back on track. Well, sort of. I’m not all the way there yet, but compared to the last few weeks, this week was FANTASTIC.

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 1/7 Only one day this week, but I wrote almost 2,000 words, finished up a chapter, and wrote a whole new short story. Yeah!
  2. Read every day. 2/7 Twice as good as last week!
  3. Exercise twice a week. 5/2 That’s right, I exercised FIVE TIMES this week. I was determined to at least hit this goal out of the park if I couldn’t do it with anything else.

Bonus Goals

  1. Rewrite chapter 1 of L1. Actually thought about it this week, but didn’t do anything with it. Yet.
  2. Keep writing W2. Yes, actually!
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. Latest Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast is out! (We talk about “Restraint” and “Raving” with a special guest who is also a listener of the show!)
  2. Latest Onceable is out! (We talk about “Manhattan” and “The Queen is Dead.”)
  3. I got my signed George Watsky CD, Cardboard Castles, in the mail this week! It’s pretty awesome. I actually did a review of it for Hypable, too!
  4. I also got my Firefly/Doctor Who mash-up shirt this week. It’s like Christmas in March!
  5. I have a friend that is diligently working on covers for my short story collection. And they’re all so beautiful I can’t decide which one I like best. I’m trying to finish up this set to get ready for self-publication soon. It might be a little while, as I want to add some more stories to it, but it WILL happen. Hurrah!

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points
  • Week 5 – 60 points
  • Week 6 – 10 points
  • Week 7 – 0 points
  • Week 8 – 5 points
  • Week 9 – 50 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words
  • Week 5 – 2,777 words
  • Week 6 – 0 words
  • Week 7 – 0 words
  • Week 8 – 0 words
  • Week 9 – 2943 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 51,999 words written since January 1, 2013

Have you guys hit any slumps this round? Have you been able to power through them yet? If so, how did you do it?

ROW80LogocopyClearly, this round was not meant to be full of productivity.

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 0/7 Nope
  2. Read every day. 1/7 One day! I read one day! Which, believe it or not, is exciting after not having touched this book in two weeks. Hoping against hope that I’ll be able to finish it soon.
  3. Exercise twice a week. 0/2 Nope.

Bonus Goals

  1. Rewrite chapter 1 of L1. Nope.
  2. Keep writing W2. Nope.
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. Things are slowly but surely coming together for SDCC. Hotels are very nearly finalized and plane tickets are set to be purchased soon. Yay!
  2. Check out the first episode of ReWatchable, where we prepare to start talking about some Firefly! Oh, and be sure to at least pop over and check out the first 30 seconds if nothing else. Wash may have a very special message for you. ;)
  3. The first episode of Book Hype is also out. This is great for avid readers and writers alike. We talk about the book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, along with some other book-related things about ourselves. The next episode is going to be an awesome one for writers to tune into, so I’ll probably be making a whole post about it when it goes live!
  4. It’s March, which means it’s one step closer to summer and one step farther away from all this GOD FORSAKEN SNOW.

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points
  • Week 5 – 60 points
  • Week 6 – 10 points
  • Week 7 – 0 points
  • Week 8 – 5 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words
  • Week 5 – 2,777 words
  • Week 6 – 0 words
  • Week 7 – 0 words
  • Week 8 – 0 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 48,256 words written since January 1, 2013

Please, for the love of my sanity, share a  funny story, article, GIF, or picture with me!

ROW80LogocopyAs the title indicates, I got nothing done this week. Again.

But, unlike last week, I’m totally fine with that. I actually got a little bit of a break on Thursday and Friday (see List of Awesome), and spent the first part of the week preparing for that.

So, in my eyes, it was well worth not getting anything done. And I also feel like I’m at a point now where I can get back into my routine. Better late than never, right?

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 0/7 Nothing for this week, though I did manage to blog three times, which is a definite win in my book.
  2. Read every day. 0/7 I’ve been too busy and too tired to read recently, but I want to get through Beautiful Creatures and into something else and SOON.
  3. Exercise twice a week. 0/2 Too busy and too distracted, but I’m definitely looking to remedy this for this week.

Bonus Goals

  1. Rewrite chapter 1 of L1. Nope.
  2. Keep writing W2. Nope.
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. I went to Philly and met up with two of my Hypable co-workers (for the first time, no less) to see a pre-screening of The Host. We also went to a book signing by Stephenie Meyer, and the two main guys (Max Irons and Jake Abel) were there as well. It was a great experience, and the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I think I enjoyed just being with two of my fellow staffers more than the movie and the signing, ha!
  2. I got some pretty fantastic news while I was away, which made those two days infinitely better. You want to know what it is? Well, do ya? Okay. …I’M GOING TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON AFTER ALL. With a little bit of finagling, Andrew (Hypable co-owner) was able to squeeze me in. I was all just like, OMG ASDFGKJBNFGH!!!1!!! To say I was excited was an understatement. MY CALIFORNIA DREAMS ARE NOT CRUSHED, YOU GUYS!!
  3. The third and final episode of Prime Asset is live! Check out C.G. Cooper’s latest creation.
  4. Christopher Stocking is putting his first book of the London Darkness series, Infernal Inventions, on sale FOR FREE. Go check it out. What have you got to lose!?
  5. Hypable is going to be at the Oscars tonight! The lucky son of a gun Jimmy Bean is going to knock it out of the park. If you’re interested, just hop onto Hypable.com tonight and check out all our coverage. It’ll knock your socks off.

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points
  • Week 5 – 60 points
  • Week 6 – 10 points
  • Week 7 – 0 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words
  • Week 5 – 2,777 words
  • Week 6 – 0 words
  • Week 7 – 0 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 48,256 words written since January 1, 2013

Did you get any good news this week? Share!

ROW80LogocopyThis week was just…blah.

I didn’t get anything done, except a whole lot of editing on other people’s stories. Productive, I guess, but not for my own personal goals.

I didn’t even blog once this week. Le sigh.

Oh, and my California dreams have been crushed. No San Diego Comic Con for me this year. *lip quiver*

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 0/7 Writing? What’s writing? Do I even remember what my story is about at this point?
  2. Read every day. 1/7 Still reading Beautiful Creatures, but I haven’t picked it up since Tuesday.
  3. Exercise twice a week. 1/2 After feeling like someone took a baseball bat to my legs last week, I finally got around to exercising…once.

Bonus Goals

  1. Rewrite chapter 1 of L1. Nope.
  2. Keep writing W2. Nope.
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

I really wanted to forgo even putting up a list of awesome this week, but that’s not how I roll. Seeing as this post is already pretty depressing to look at, I figured I should try to do something to infuse it with my usual positivity.

  1. Next week I’m travelling to Philly to meet up with a couple of my fellow Hypable staffers. We’re going to see a pre-screening of The Host and go to a book signing with Stephenie Meyer. The two male leads will also be there to sign posters.
  2. I’ve been podcasting like crazy. Last night we talked about none other than Firefly. Yeah, epic awesomeness coming to Hypable soon.
  3. One of my friends picked up a copy of Forest of the Forsaken after I recommended it, and she liked it a lot! So don’t just take my word for it. ;) (And this week I promise I’ll do up the post about it I said I would do last week.)

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points
  • Week 5 – 60 points
  • Week 6 – 10 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words
  • Week 5 – 2,777 words
  • Week 6 – 0 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 48,256 words written since January 1, 2013

How do you pick yourself back up after a week of getting absolutely nothing done?

ROW80LogocopyThis week was just another one of those weeks where I had to put the stuff I want to do on the backburner in order to get the stuff I NEED to do done. Productivity was slow on some fronts, but I managed to keep up on others.

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 2/7 Not too happy with this, but by the time I got everything else done, I was ready to collapse into bed. Hopefully next week will be better for writing. I’m closing in on the final section of the book – I estimate I have about 10-15K words left – so hopefully I’ll be finishing this project up soon.
  2. Read every day. 5/7 I didn’t read every day this week, but I got A LOT of reading done regardless. I’m still reading Beautiful Creatures, but I had to put it on hold so I could jump into The Darkest Minds in order to record a podcast for Hypable. I ended up getting it done in about four days – whew! It was really good, and I’ll link to the podcast when it goes live, if you guys are interested in our review of it.
  3. Exercise twice a week. 3/2 I’ve been watching a lot of awesome music videos with some killer dance moves in them lately, so I’ve been all pumped to play my Just Dance games. Only, come Friday I was knocked back on my butt with…something. I’m not sure what it was, but my legs felt like someone ran them over with a truck. Feeling much better now though!

Bonus Goals

  1. Rewrite chapter 1 of L1. I didn’t even get a chance to open this document this week, even though I’ve been itching to dive back into it. I hope I can get around to it this week.
  2. Keep writing W2. Going well!
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope. :(

List of Awesome

  1. I wrote a really fun column for Hypable for National Love Your Robot Day (February 7) about my favorite and most loveable robots. Check it out!
  2. As mentioned up above, Hypable is starting up a book podcast. There are five of us on there, and it’s such a fun crew. Really great opinions and discussion, and a lot of silliness and laughter. I hope you guys tune in when we start recording regularly!
  3. Remember last week when I told you I had an awesome book come across my desk for me to edit? It’s live on Amazon now! It’s called Forest of the Foresaken. It’s an amazing read, so please check out the link. You can see my review of it there, too. I’m also going to throw up a post about it on Wednesday, trying to explain in more detail why I think it’s worth your time. So check back!
  4. One of the authors I edit for has some fun zombie stuff in the works. More on that later, but if you want to check it out right away, go visit his Affliction Z Facebook page!
  5. Hypable hit 20,000 published articles this week! And I’ve already written over 100! It’s not a lot in comparison, but considering I was initially brought on as a copyeditor, I’m quite proud of that number. :)

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points
  • Week 5 – 60 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words
  • Week 5 – 2,777 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 48,256 words written since January 1, 2013

Do you guys usually give self-pubs a chance, or do you steer clear of them?

ROW80LogocopyHappy February! Can’t believe January is over already, but it’s nice to look back and see how well we all did in the first month of the first round of ROW80 for 2013. Here’s to hoping February is even better than that!

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 7/7 I’m feeling much better now that I’m back on track with this goal. I wrote all seven days and actually managed to get in 5 days of editing as well. I finally feel like I’m moving forward with L1, and I just got over a major hurdle in W2. I’m about halfway done now, and I think the rest of the story is going to be much easier to write than the first half. Exciting!
  2. Read every day. 7/7 I finished Divergent and LOVED it. I’m onto Beautiful Creatures now, and I’m enjoying that quite a bit too. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it, but if it keeps going the way it is, I think I’ll end up liking it. I’m only about 150 pages into it right now, though.
  3. Exercise twice a week. 2/2 I barely squeezed this goal in this week, but I did get it done. I just didn’t feel like exercising, blah. But when I did finally just go and do it, it felt good!

Bonus Goals

  1. Finish edits on chapters five and six of L1. I’m scraping this goal because, guess what? I’m starting over! Well, not completely. But I decided to rewrite some of the mythology of the story. It was too generic, too mainstream. I wanted to do something a bit more unique, and I came up with a cool idea that actually fits perfectly in with the rest of the story. I finished up my spreadsheet that’ll help me to see the different plot points and conflicts in each chapter. Now that’s done, I’m going through each chapter and rearranging information to reflect this new version. So, the next goal is to rewrite chapter 1 of L1. Luckily these won’t be complete rewrites, and some chapters won’t even have to be touched. I just need to make sure all the details line up.
  2. Keep writing W2. Still working on this, and it’s going great! I wrote an outline for the story (which is a first), and I know exactly where I’m going and how I’m getting there. Now it’s just a matter of finding time to sit down and do the writing.
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope. :(

List of Awesome

  1. I’m seeing Warm Bodies today! Yay, zombies!!!
  2. I worked on a new column for Hypable that will go up on Thursday. I just need to finish formatting it, and then it’ll be done. It’s super cute!
  3. I’m a freelance copyeditor in my spare time (ha!), and I tend to get a whole mix of stuff to edit. Most of the time it’s…not so good. But an AMAZING book came across my desk this week, and WHOA. I totally got sucked into it. I’m only halfway done, but I can’t wait to finish it. That’s such a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the things I’m used to getting.

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points
  • Week 4 – 90 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words
  • Week 4 – 9,310 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 45,479 words written since January 1, 2013

What kind of hobbies do you guys have other than writing?

ROW80LogocopyAh, well. I tried.

Life got in the way this week, big time. I’ve been getting slammed with copyediting gigs, which is both a blessing and a right pain in the butt. But I’m not complaining. No, definitely not complaining.

Okay. Maybe I’m complaining.

But just a little! I’ve been super busy with it, which means I’ve had no time to write. That’s the only thing I’m complaining about. But I did get some words in this week, and that’s definitely better than nothing.

On to the breakdown…

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 4/7 I didn’t get in any editing, and I didn’t get much writing in either. Hopefully next week is a lot calmer and I’m able to focus on that again.
  2. Read every day. 1/7 Despite the fact that I’m loving Divergent right now, I only picked it up once this week. Usually by the time I’m about to fall into bed, I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!
  3. Exercise twice a week. 3/2 I’m still doing great with this goal, and having fun with it too. I’m actually looking forward to exercising again!

Bonus Goals

  1. Finish edits on chapters five and six of L1. Nope.
  2. Keep writing W2. I had too many ideas to just go back and edit W1 even though it was a mess, so I decided to just keep writing in W2 while they were fresh in my mind. I still have to come up with a main plot line, but I’ve got the beginning all figured out. It’s going well so far, and I’m almost up to the point where I need to figure out what the major conflict of the story is. That would be an important thing to know, wouldn’t it? ;)
  3. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. I’m slowly trying to transition myself into working at home more and more often. I’m extremely lucky that I have a very understanding boss who is willing to allow me to do this so I can have more flexible hours. We’re still working out the details, but I’m hoping this will allow me to meet my deadlines a bit faster when I have a lot of them, like I did this week.
  2. This is something cool that I’ve never had happen to me before. This article on Examiner.com (a site that is about 10x bigger than us) referenced a news piece I wrote about Teen Wolf for Hypable, and actually quoted something I said about one of the characters! I may have done a happy dance when I saw it…
  3. C.G. Cooper’s second episode of the third book, Prime Asset, in the Corps Justice series is now live!
  4. Warm Bodies hits theatres on FRIDAY. I’m going to see it next weekend, and I am so excited!!

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 95 points
  • Week 2 – 100 points
  • Week 3 – 50 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 8,284 words
  • Week 2 – 13,697 words
  • Week 3 – 5,365 words

That brings my total words for the year up to: 36,169 words written since January 1, 2013

Anyone else going to see Warm Bodies when it comes out?