ROW80

See my post HERE for background info

My goals for the first round are as follows:

  1. Write an average of ~500 words / day (only counts for existing WIPs*)
  2. Complete first edit of My Fair Vampire
  3. Participate in AW’s Flash Fiction Challenge at least 3x / month
  4. Blog at least 4x / week (1-FFC, 2 & 3-80 days status, 4-Other)
  5. Enter 1 writing contest / month

Progress Reports Week 1:

Goal 1:  500 words / day*

  • 1/3/11 = 526 (S)
  • 1/4/11 = 635 (S)
  • 1/5/11 = 618 (S)
  • 1/6/11 = 217 (S) + 315 (E) = 532
  • 1/7/11 = 866 (E)
  • 1/8/11 = 1229 (E)
  • End Week 1—————————-

  • 1/9/11 = 2610 (A)
  • 1/10/11=530 (E)
  • 1/11/11=512 (E)
  • 1/12/11=508 (E) <<—-I had to gut these out.
  • 1/13/11=680 (A)
  • 1/14/11=500+ (A)
  • 1/15/11=638 (E)
  • End Week 2—————————-

  • 1/16/11=1880 (A)
  • 1/17/11=1048 (S)
  • 1/18/11=554 (S)
  • 1/19/11=111 (E)
  • 1/20/11=288 (S)
  • 1/21/11=436 (E)
  • 1/22/11=975 (E)
  • End Week 3—————————-

  • 1/23/11=3030 (A)
  • 1/24/11=560 (E)
  • 1/25/11=1004 (E)
  • 1/26/11=760 (E)
  • 1/27/11=785 (E)
  • 1/28/11=509 (E)
  • 1/29/11=187 (A)
  • End Week 4—————————-

  • 1/30/11=1123 (A)
  • 1/31/11=1311 (A)
  • 2/1/11=235 (S)
  • 2/2/11=583 (S)
  • 2/3/11=57 (E) <<–no, the zero didn’t accidentally fall to the line below. I watched a movie with the  family & it wasn’t flowing anyways.
  • 2/4/11=0 <<–see above
  • 2/5/11=3100 (A)
  • End Week 5—————————-

  • 2/6/11=578 (E)
  • 2/7/11=516 (A)
  • 2/8/11=1700 (A)
  • 2/9/11=0
  • 2/10/11=0
  • 2/11/11=537 (A)
  • 2/12/11=668 (A)
  • End Week 6—————————-

  • 2/13/11=824 (S)
  • 2/14/11=0
  • 2/15/11=859 (E)
  • 2/16/11=0 (computer crashed–worked on short story for contest instead)
  • 2/17/11=0 (computer still down)
  • 2/18/11=0 (data recovery)
  • 2/19/11=0 (computer crashed again)
  • End Week 7—————————-

  • 2/20/11=500 (A)
  • 2/21/11=1955 (A)
  • 2/22/11=691 (E)
  • 2/23/11=0
  • 2/24/11=407 (E)
  • 2/25/11=139 (E)
  • 2/26/11=1782 (A)
  • End Week 8—————————-

  • 2/27/11=1012 (A)
  • 2/28/11=679 (A)
  • 3/1/11=735 (A)
  • 3/2/11=0
  • 3/3/11=0
  • 3/4/11=net 0 due to adds and deletes (S)
  • 3/5/11=1541 (E)
  • End Week 9—————————-

  • 3/6/11=797 (A)
  • 3/7/11=342 (E)
  • 3/8/11=0
  • 3/9/11=402 (E)
  • 3/10/11=709 (E)
  • 3/11/11=0
  • 3/12/11=1630 (A)
  • End Week 10—————————-

  • 3/13/11=682 (A)
  • 3/14/11=640 (A)
  • 3/15/11=123 (A)
  • 3/16/11=135 (A)
  • 3/17/11=636 (E)
  • 3/18/11=267 (A)
  • 3/19/11=0
  • End Week 11—————————-

  • 3/20/11=0
  • 3/21/11=753 (E)
  • 3/22/11=481 (E)
  • 3/23/11=531 (E)
*(S) =Sins of Our Mothers; (E)=Ellen’s Story (no title yet); (A)=Short story anthology

Goal 2:  Edit My Fair Vampire

  • 1/3/11 = 3 chapters
  • 1/5/11 = 2 chapters
  • 1/6/11 = 1 chapter
  • 1/7/11 = 1 chapter
  • End Week 1—————————-

  • 1/11/11 = 2 chapters
  • 1/12/11 = 1 chapter
  • End Week 2—————————-

  • 1/20/11=2 chapters and some gutting
  • End Week 3—————————-

  • 1/24/11=2 chapters
  • 1/26/11=2 chapters
  • 1/27/11=1 chapter
  • 1/28/11=4.5 chapters
  • End Week 4—————————-

  • 1/31/11=1.5 chapters
  • 2/1/11= 2.5 chapters (and “The End”…now to make edits in computer file)
  • 2/2/11=26 chapter edits xferred to file
  • 2/3/11=3 chapter edits xferred to file
  • End Week 5—————————-

  • 2/7/11=5 chapter edits xferred to file
  • 2/8/11=FINISHED and sent off to 2 beta readers!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2/9/11=Sent to 3rd beta reader
  • 2/11/11=Sent to 4th beta reader (non-writer)
  • End Week 6—————————-

  • Waiting on betas
  • One beta manuscript received back, edits reviewed.
  • End Week 7—————————-

  • Second beta done, awaiting her written comments
  • End Week 8—————————-

  • Waiting on other betas
  • End Week 9—————————-

  • Edited The PURE love scenes to lower heat
  • End Week 10—————————-

  • Found a beta reader from NM for my NM set novel!
  • Rec’d and rev’d 2nd beta reader comments and formulated next edits
  • Rec’d and rev’d 3rd beta reader comments
  • End Week 11—————————-

Goal 3:  Flash Fiction 3x / Month (Sunday night challenges)

Month 1–

  • 1/2/11 = yes
  • 1/9/11 = yes
  • 1/16/11=no
  • 1/23/11 = yes
  • 1/30/11 = yes

Month 2–

  • 2/6/11 = yes
  • 2/13/11=yes
  • 2/20/11=no
  • 2/27/11=yes

Month 3–

  • 3/6/11=yes
  • 3/13/11=yes, sort of
  • 3/20/11=yes

Goal 4:  Blogging 4x/week:

  • 1/3/11 = AW Flash Fiction
  • 1/4/11 = Published short story link
  • 1/5/11 = ROW80 progress report
  • 1/6/11 = Blog chain humorous piece
  • End Week 1—————————-

  • 1/09/11 = ROW80 progress report
  • 1/10/11 = AW Flash Fiction
  • 1/12/11 = ROW80 progress report
  • 1/15/11 = Post about all my WIPs
  • End Week 2—————————-

  • 1/16/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 1/17/11=Guest Blog post for Aheila
  • 1/17/11=On Critiquing and Being Critiqued
  • 1/19/11= ROW80 progress report
  • 1/22/11=A Word With You Press contest rejects
  • End Week 3—————————-

  • 1/23/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 1/24/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 1/26/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 1/27/11=The Devil Makes Coffee
  • End Week 4—————————-

  • 1/30/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 1/31/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 2/2/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/5/11=Art of Divine Intervention
  • End Week 5—————————-

  • 2/6/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/7/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 2/8/11=And Thar She Goes
  • 2/9/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/10/11=AW Blog Chain
  • End Week 6—————————-

  • 2/13/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/14/11= AW Flash Fiction
  • 2/16/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/19/11=Publishing announcement of my contest entry
  • End Week 7—————————-

  • 2/20/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/22/11=Blog Twit
  • 2/23/11=ROW80 progress report
  • No Fourth Post…wah…
  • End Week 8—————————-

  • 2/27/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 2/28/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 3/2/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/5/11=Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • End Week 9—————————-

  • 3/6/11=A Word With You Press contest entry
  • 3/6/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/7/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 3/10/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/11/11=”Sold!”
  • End Week 10—————————-

  • 3/13/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/14/11=AW Flash Fiction
  • 3/16/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/19/11=New Look (of my blog)
  • End Week 11—————————-

  • 3/20/11=My contest entry is up
  • 3/20/11=ROW80 progress report
  • 3/20/11=”Show Me The Voice” contest
  • 3/22/11=AW Flash Fiction

Goal 5:  One Writing Contest / Month

Jan–

  • NPRs 3 minute write contest, round 6, began 1/7/11.  I always enter this contest, so January is now covered since due date is 1/23/11.
  • 1/13/11:  Wrote 386 words of 600 word entry (1st draft)
  • 1/15/11:  Scrapped draft #1 and wrote new 600 word entry based on same plot, now out  for critiques.
  • 1/21/11:  Wrote ten 50-word short stories for the final round of a drabble competition.
  • 1/22/11:  NPR piece SUBMITTED!! A Word With You Press Round 2 SUBMITTED!!
  • 1/24/11:  Nathan Bransford’s blog contest (1st paragraph of WIP)

Feb–

  • 1/28/11:  Wrote 500+ words for A Word With You Press’s Feb contest.
  • 1/30/11:  Adapted another short story for same contest mentioned above and posted both for critique
  • 2/1/11:  Discovered I missed the Erma Bombeck writing contest…by a day! Wah!!!!
  • 2/10/11:  SUBMITTED! and found another one to enter before monthend.
  • 2/12/11:  Found an anthology to submit to with due date in March, so there’s my March contest!
  • 2/13/11:  SUBMITTED! to Univ of Maine’s Ultra Short competition
  • 2/14/11:  Wrote 1045 word start to ocean-themed short story to submit to Electrik Milk Bath Press, due date is 3-31-11 “or until full”, whatever that means.
  • 2/16/11:  539 words of ocean-themed short story
  • 2/19/11:  Wrote remaining 3300 words to ocean-themed short story
  • 2/20/11 – 2/26/11:  Lots of editing of ocean-themed short, almost ready to submit.  Feedback’s been better than I expected.  Yay!

Mar–

  • 3/4/11:  SUBMITTED Clockwork Nessie for anthology
  • 3/5/11:  Decided to submit one of my short stories from another pen name.  If accepted, I’ll write another for the analogy.  If rejected, back in the anthology it goes.
  • 3/6/11:  SUBMITTED erotica short for anthology!
  • 3/11/11:  Erotica short SOLD!! to Pill Hill Press
  • 3/17/11:  Wrote and SUBMITTED flash for A Word With You Press Mar/Apr contest

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15 thoughts on “ROW80

    • Thank you! Good luck with your goals too. The contest part is the easiest goal cause there’s so many out there. The 500 words / day average will be the toughest…she says as she takes yet another break after her 396th word.

    • Some I find on writing forums like Absolute Write or Scribophile, some in literary agents’ blogs, some other writers’ blogs, some on the Publishing Weekly blog. NPR runs a 3 minute story contest about once a quarter. Erma Bombeck has an annual contest. Harlequin (Mills & Boon) has frequent contests. There’s also a blog out there (Ask Wendy) that compiles contests from many sources. I have writer friends who send me links to contests. As I type this, I currently have 3 contests that I’m entered into that will announce results soon. I’m not talking big bucks, usually just a free book or a gift card or just recognition alone.

  1. That’s a lot of goals you’re juggling and you’re doing great. I’m actually getting tired reading everything you’re trying to do. Or inspired. Maybe both. I’m sure rambling like I’m tired. I should go before this gets ugly.

  2. You are still doing fantastic work wise, and I love how you’re keeping track of your weeks. Keep up the awesome work, Claire! Please let me know if you come up with any cool tricks for using Dragon. Can’t wait to see how you do next week.

    • Thanks, Dawn! I need to get my butt in gear with Dragon but I’ve filed away a few tricks from co-workers. But that’s for work. It will be interesting to see how I translate it to writing. I had to laugh at a tweet I saw on your blog about when is safest to dictate certain, ahem, parts of a manuscript. I had wondered about that. LOL

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