I’ve been a bad girl. I mean a really bad girl. I haven’t been writing or keeping up with my other ROW80 goals, which includes reading one fiction book and one writing craft book.
With 11 days left of ROW80 (and 13 days until Christmas, because Christmas Eve counts to me) this is what I got:
Goal #1: Write 50,000 words towards my WIP in this round. So far I’ve written 32,800. I think last round I was closer to 42,000 mark at this point, which just goes to show I’m way behind.
Goal #2: Write 3 blog posts per week. Hmmm. I’ve been doing about 2 posts per week, but during the summer and in October I was rockin 4 blog posts per week. The problem I have is that my main blog topics are (a) travel and (b) book reviews, which I have to say take up a lot of time. You gotta travel, then think about what you saw, write about it creatively and then upload all the photos into WordPress. With book reviews, you have to read the whole book, make some notes and write a cohesive review with a short summary of the plot. These take a lot of time. I need to think of a weekly topic that I can blog about that takes less time to write about. (I still have posts coming about Ireland and Paris).
Goal #3: My goal was to read one writing craft book, and I’ve read two in this round, which makes me feel a bit better. I have two more on the shelf waiting to be read and I just purchased four more writing-related books. (Oppsie – a little pre-christmas present to myself….told you I was bad).
I hope my fellow ROWers and Santa will forgive me for being a bad girl and slacking big time. I will hitting up with #row80, #NaNoSlackMo and #wordmongering hashtags to sprint as much as I can this week. It might be a little busy with Christmas parties, some final christmas shopping and packing to go home for the holidays, BUT I will try my hardest to get some writing in.
On a positive note, I’ve gotten past the never ending “hump” in my WIP and I’ve made it to the point I’ve wanted to be writing about for a long time. I’m also going to have the house to myself for the majority of the week leading up to Christmas, so if I’m not distracted by my the HUGE list of movies I want to watch, my adorable dog that I miss so much and frolicking in the snow, I just might get some writing done during that time.
And no, I won’t be writing during the 13 hours I will be in the airplane. I fully plan on sleeping, eating the airplane food and watching the latest movie releases. Nor will I be writing during my time in the airports during the stopovers. So I won’t be surprised if I find coal in my stocking this year.
In light of a news article I saw this week:
“Things are not looking good for Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. Arctic ice loss this year was the second largest on record, with more open sea and thinner ice cover overall.
The melt this year opened up a viable “Northwest Passage”, a long-sought ice-free navigable route across the north of Canada, according to the latest data delivered by Nasa (the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, based at the University of Colorado.” (source)
Maybe if I offer Santa a residence in my parents’ snowy backyard he’ll scratch my name off his naughty list?
How’s everyone else doing on the writing front? Anyone else going to be on Twitter trying to get the word counts up between Christmas shopping?