First, the results.
- Write 2,500 words/week. I ended up with 24,914 WIP words, a 1,430-word short story, and several blog posts. In three of the weeks, I didn’t write a word, though. I can write with noise and movement around, and I never have writer’s block; the problem in those unproductive weeks was my lack of energy.More about that below.
- Outline of CRIMSON. Great progress here. Only one major plot point to be resolved.
- Re-write career plan. I did well on Bob Mayer’s online course until halfway. Then life got in the way. I’m determined to complete it offline, though.
Social Media goals:
- Blog schedule: 1-2 posts/week, plus ROW80 updates on Sundays. I reached this goal almost every week! I managed to keep them short, except for two or three of them (including this one) that called for longer texts.
- Create a stash of blog topics and blog posts. One blog post ahead of schedule.
- Support fellow writers. Many blogs read, commented, liked, shared. Many authors RT’d, shared, voted for, and promoted. I did my best here. I just checked my blog comments spreadsheet: 292 comments in this period. Not bad.
- Exercise at least 4 times a week (at least 2 runs and 2 workouts). I was doing really well, but stopped running recently. Got a couple of pounds. I’ll sign-up for a half-marathon as an incentive to get back on track.
- Study/Research at least 2 hours/week. After a bad start, I really gained some ground here. Happy with the results so far.
- Read books every day I read only three books.
Assessment: This was my first time participating in ROW80, and I loved it. Keeping track of words, workouts, and blog comments allowed me to assess my progress and fine-tune the goals. The support from friends of the blog was invaluable–my accomplishments are a direct result of your incentive. Thank you all!
What can be improved: I have always kept a log of my word count, so I know I can be more prolific with the same alloted time. I identified two main issues. The first is my lack of energy on some days. Maybe a better diet and a more disciplined exercise regimen will help. The second one is randomization. Working at the same time on the WIP, social media, research, blog posts, exercise, house chores, errands, and other time-consuming activities is not effective. The solution is to compartmentalize at least some of these tasks. I could reserve nights for blog hopping, Sundays for post writing, early mornings for workouts, and so on. I’ll try to create a (realistic)schedule.
Thank you all for your support!
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And now, the non-ROW80 update. During those 80 days, I did a few fun things:
I took two trapeze lessons. I went to the second one on Sunday, and I got to fly! There’s no video of the catch, but a video of the practice and a (bad) picture of the catch.
I took Wonder Wife to see The Fray at the Paramount. I love that theatre.
The dude even sang in the middle of the audience. Classy move.
I also went to John Green’s launch of “The Fault in Our Stars.” The line went around the mall. Got my copy signed and watched John and Hank Green’s performance. Nerdfighters are awesome!
They even have a tour bus!
Lovely gifts–both trees–from my son and from Wonder Wife. One is a stone tree:
Wonder Wife gave me a bamboo tree.
The best part: it wasn’t a special occasion! Don’t you love getting gifts “just because”?
What about you? How has your 2012 been so far?