Midweek ROW80 Check-in

The ROW80 host blog posted today “Okay we’re a bit over a week in.  I know I’m already making revisions to my goals.  Are you?”.

Why, yes! Yes, I am.

It’s not so much that my goals have changed from the beginning, it’s that I didn’t really set out ALL of my writing related goals in my original post for ROW80. So, today, I’m taking the opportunity to set that little bit straight.

Aside from adding 30,000 words to my story (to which I’ve added 1200 words so far this week) here are my other goals:

  1. Social Media: I have removed myself almost entirely from my personal Facebook account and have turned my focus towards my Facebook Page and Twitter. There are two separate goals within that move. One is that spending personal time on Facebook because a huge time suck. I’m not the kind of person that can just go on, read a couple of things and leave. No sir. If I’m on, I’m on for a while. So I’ve essentially released a lot more time for writing into my day by ignoring my friends…eh hem…I mean, not getting engaged in all the things going on in Facebook. Happily I have other methods of socializing with my friends. The second part is that by focusing on my Facebook page and Twitter, I’m starting to connect more with other writers. BUT also…my Facebook page and Twitter are a main carrier for my Blog posts. In working this more synchronised fashion, I feel that I am more effective and staying more focused.
  2. Blog: I’ve always wanted my blog to be a bit more than it was. I worried that it was too diverse but, in many ways, this is kind of the charm of my blog. It encompasses anything and everything. I have,however, narrowed down the topics on which I’d like to focus and write. I even made myself a calendar. The topics still give me enough creative wiggle room, but I also know where I need to focus every day.calendar
  3. Writers Groups/Activities: I will continue to attend the monthly sessions of my SciFi/Fantasy writers group, the Ottawa Science Fiction Society’s dinners, and I’m hoping to start attending the Chiaroscuro Reading Series as often as possible. I’m also volunteering for an event that is being organised for next summer called Prose in the Park. It’s something new to Ottawa – kind of like Art in the Park for books. Really looking forward to that.
  4. Reading: Between reading for pleasure and reading for the purpose of critiquing, I’ve got a lot of reading to do. I’m not a particularly fast reader but when critiquing for someone, I’m very thorough. Right now, for pleasure, I’m reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen which is so far just delightful and for critique, I’m reading part of a draft of the final book in the Eye of Zul Saga by Ken Byars – who happens to be a very talented and prolific writer in my SciFi/Fantasy writers group. It’s always exciting to read my friends and colleagues new works!

I think that about covers it. Honestly, I think that should keep me quite busy for the next 80 days! What do you think?

Until next time, keep busy and stay out of trouble (well, mostly). 🙂


6 thoughts on “Midweek ROW80 Check-in

  1. Facebook is a tremendous time suck. I know it disturbs my inner peace as well. I’ve been known to take vacations from it. I gave it up for Lent last year, and was stunned at how much extra time I had. I do understand needing it to advertise your blog; I do the same thing (like you, I post to my blog daily). I’m not quite at the “author page” stage yet, though.

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    1. Hi John. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, it’s a kind of damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation with social media. I guess just trying to find an equilibrium is the key. I’m not at the author page yet either…but we’ll get there! 🙂 Good luck!


  2. Lately I find Facebook is full of memes I saw months ago and posts about things I don’t care about like football, so it’s easier to spend less time on it for me, but there are definitely times where I get lost. I’m using Pomodoros, which are 25-minute periods of focused work with sorry breaks in between of usually 5 minutes. During that 5 minutes you reward yourself by doing something you enjoy like reading a little bit of a book, dancing, writing in a journal, etc. I’m finding them really good and I’m getting so much done. I also find checking certain areas on Facebook a way to reduce time. I use favorites so I can check my dojo’s page, our writing group page, and events to plan my time and see who has a birthday happening. The good posts will return on the feed and I don’t mind missing the less good or the already seen posts. Good status update on your blog. Maybe my next check in will be more goal oriented.

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    1. Thanks, Raeanne. It feels good to find some sort of order any way we can. Without a job right now, I find the open hours of the day almost overwhelming. I can whittle them away doing nothing…like Facebook…or I can set goals and feel good after I’ve completed them each day. The second option seems more productive. 🙂 I do check in to the writing group on fb occasionally…don’t want to miss anything there, but that’s it. Best of luck with your goals.

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