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ROW80 – Round 1 – Final Check-in

Posted: March 31, 2013 in ROW80
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ROW80LogocopyMarch is coming to a close, and so is the first round of 2013. It wasn’t a spectacular round in terms of accomplishing my goals, but I’ve been busy. Regardless, I’m still working toward the things I want to accomplish and doing some things I truly love to do.

This round has been a productive one overall, and it definitely showed me what I’m capable of. Writing 1,000 words a day is tough, but I’m going to try to carry that goal into all subsequent rounds. It definitely allows you to get some serious writing done. I’ve started a lot of projects and even finished a few of them.

Here’s to a solid round 1 and an even better round 2!

Here’s a list of my accomplishments for this first round:

-Decided to rewrite some major plot points of L1.

-Got Google Verified, which means my picture will show up next to articles I’ve written for Hypable!

-I wrote 5,000 words in one day. Considering how busy I’ve been, this is pretty amazing to me.

-Finished writing W1!

-Started writing W2!

-I decided and started implementing working at home more often. I can’t even begin to tell you how appreciative I am of my boss. It’s been such a life-saver to have more flexible hours.

-Saw Warm Bodies and LOVED it!

-Finished Divergent, The Darkest Minds, Beautiful Creatures, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

-Hypable hit 20,000 published articles, and I’ve written over 100!

-I went to Philadelphia to catch a pre-screening of The Host. I also went to a book signing with Stephenie Meyer, Jake Abel, and Max Irons. The best part, though, was meeting two of my Hypable coworkers – Mitch and Laura!

-Hypable was at the Oscars. THE OSCARS, PEOPLE.

-I AM GOING TO COMIC CON IN JULY. No, I can’t write that sentence without putting it in caps. It’s against the laws of the universe.

-Hypable started up ReWatchable and Book Hype, two new and totally awesome podcasts that I’m particularly proud to be a part of.

-I have a friend working on a cover for my short story collection. It’s going to be awesome.

-I got a signed George Watsky CD, which is kind of a dream come true.

-I got an interview with one of my favorite authors and an artist I really admire. Both of those should be going up sometime soon.

Total points earned in Round 1: 580

Total words written for this round: 57,514

Total words written since January 1, 2013: 57,514

This round really didn’t feel like anything spectacular, but looking over my list, I’m pretty happy with it! Especially considering I wrote almost 60,000 words in just a couple of months. That’s insane!

What surprised you about your final check-in/round 1 recap? Who’s going to be around for round 2?

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?

ROW80LogocopyLast year was the first year I did ROW80, and I was lucky enough to pick it up right in January and get to do all four rounds. It was definitely an eye-opening experience, and I learned a lot about what works for me and how far I can push myself.

This year I’m taking everything I learned into consideration and using it to help fuel my goals for 2013.

This past week I’ve been experimenting with some goals that I want to accomplish and trying to focus on what is really important to me as a writer. I got away from writing recently, and I need to bring that to the forefront again. That is why I’m here after all.

So, my main goals are going to be to write and read every day, as they were in the last round. Except I’m going to force myself to do both everyday – at least a paragraph. A sentence even, if that’s all I can do. But I know that once I start, it’s hard to stop. So if I can just start, I’ll get over that hump and be able to get a bunch of words down on paper.

I’m also going to start keeping track of my word count each day – no particular goals here, but just to look at how I’m doing overall. It really helped in my first round, and it’d be nice to see if I can keep up a pretty solid word count from round to round.

I’m also going to start exercising more consistently. Nothing crazy like I did a few rounds ago, just twice a week. I want to ease myself back into it. Make it fun again. I’ve already exercised several times this week just for the heck of it, which is a great feeling. It’s nice to exercise because I want to, not because I feel like I have to. I’m also going to start eating better. I need to get rid of the junk food in the house and focus on healthier foods. That’ll help just as much as trying to exercise more often.

I’d also like to work on some major projects this round. I want to finish up edits on L1 and finish writing W1. I’ve got some solid plans for both, and I know what I want to do once I get past both of those stages, so I just need to sit down and do it.

I’m going to keep the structure I had last round, because that helped tremendously. I like the idea of assigning points to everything because it helps me see how I do from week to week. I think I’m going to change up how much everything is worth, but I’ll figure that out when I do my first check in next week.

And, as always, I’m going to keep the List of Awesome. It makes for a good pick-me-up at the end of each check-in, especially when I don’t do so hot on my goals. Plus, it’s a fun way to pass along what I’ve been up to and brag about other people!

Happy ROWing everyone! Let’s make this round an awesome round!

P.S. For this week, I’ve edited once, written four times (for a total of 8,823 words), and exercised three times. Not a bad start!

So, thanks to a fellow blogger (Jenny Hansen) I was recently introduced to the concept of ROW80. This is a little community of writers who get together four times a year (via blog posts and Twitter) to accomplish their goals. The tagline is, “The writing challenge that knows you have a life.” Wait, what? …Really?

Yes!!

ROW80 is a really cool concept. Basically, all you have to do is come up with some goals – writing goals are obviously the main concern, but you can include ANY other ones you want – and write a blog post about them. You can check in one or two times a week and everyone goes around visiting and giving encouragement. (By the way, you can join pretty much anytime you want. It’s never too late. I hope that if you’re not already signed up, you get a chance to do it soon!)

Now, I’ve already told you guys about my 2012 resolutions that I am DEFINITELY going to accomplish this year. However, these are all end-goals. I need to come up with some smaller and more manageable goals to try to achieve every day. These will be my ROW80 goals.

1. Edit two chapters of my completed novel every day. (I want this done by the end of January.)

2. Do a one hour writing sprint at least three times a week, working on the WIP.

3. Exercise for half an hour every day.

4. Do at least one chapter of reading each night.

5. Blog at least three times a week, not including my ROW80 updates.

There you have it! I’ve seen some gigantic lists out there, and mine feels pretty short, but I think I’m more than capable of handling this load without getting overwhelmed. My overall goal for this ROW80 round (and this year in general) is to work consistently on several projects, with these five being my main focus.

I’ll be checking in each Sunday to give you all an update on my progress. I’m still feeling a little confused and new at this whole ROW80 thing, but I’m sure I’ll catch on soon enough. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing! Best of luck to you all.