We’re on Day 45 of Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life.
My goals for this round have changed since the very beginning. I’ve made adjustments that make sense to me and that I can live with. The great thing about ROW80 is its flexibility to accommodate whatever life throws at you.
My goals for this round are simple (and will probably be the goals for next round as well):
- Increase my total word count by 500 on my WIP each day, Monday-Friday. I don’t think I’m quite doing 500, but I’m making progress. My seat-of-the-pants story is nearing the end of Chapter 1 and my unreliable narrator is fast-talking his way out of a sticky situation. But the lies he’s telling now are only going to cause him more trouble down the line. This is as it should be. My job is to make his life as difficult as possible. I expect to hit 3500-4000 words by the time I’m done with this chapter’s first draft. I’m at 3100 right now. Then I might polish it and send it in to Flogging the Quill for first-page critique.
- Get some exercise every day. Qi gong yesterday, along with meditation on the zafu and zabuton (something I’ve had for a few years but of which I am only now making regular use). Back is achy today, so I may just do shavasana with my legs up on the blankets on the yoga mat and call it a day. Shavasana is the only thing that’ll help my back.
- Participate in life with other humans. I haven’t gotten out of the house since the weekend (my spouse works while I stay at home, write, and cat-wrangle our seniors and disabled young-un), but I did chat with the neighbors briefly while I was collecting tumbleweeds in the yard. We have wonderful neighbors next door, behind, and across the street, and we all know each others’ names. Before we moved here, we didn’t know our neighbors’ names and rarely interacted with them. Here, we exchange favors and help, and occasionally surprise each other with food gifts.
Speaking of food… we baked up all the cookie dough last Sunday and snarfed them down way more often than we probably should have. We finished the last of them last night while watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (one more season to go!).
How’s your week going?