Sunday, June 28, 2015

ROW80: Last post for Round Two

Round 2 for ROW80 has come to an end. A few goals were accomplished:

  • Finished first edit for Mothers Don't Die (65,000 words) and recruited 2 beta readers.
  • Found a narrator for the audio book for Standing Stones through ACX. Now waiting for first 'draft' of recording.
  • Tabled Rivers of Stone (this was a hard decision, but July and August = research trip to support this project). 
  • Wrote a poem a day (April's A-to-Z Blogging Challenge) on my writing blog
  • Experimented with a second promo (discount) for Standing Stones through EReadeerNewsToday.
  • Participated in ROW80 as sponsor and made goal of reading x5 each week. Didn't always post my check-in on time, though.
  • Surprisingly made a start on the memoir project (and taught a workshop).
What I didn't complete makes a longer list. Is it useful to say what I didn't do? I agree with Denise Young that when our writing routine gets knocked to pieces, for whatever reason, we can struggle to return, measuring success sometimes in very little achievements. 

Should I even sign up for Round 3 that begins July 6? We'll be on the road for 6 weeks in Canada (hopefully cooler than the 104 posted today), but I already know that setting goals in the categories of WRITING, COMMUNITY, MARKETING, CRAFT, and OTHER (exercise, quilting), will keep me focused.

And I want those goals in front of me -- that commitment to writing keeps me focused and able to support others.  I'm in. 

How about you?

Detail from fountain, Edinburgh (Camp 2009)

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a busy last 80 days, Beth! But it does seem you achieved a lot, too, and I love your perspective on the routine getting knocked off track. Any achievement, as small as it may be, is still huge. Bravo!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Thank you, Guilie, as always for your words of encouragement. And so we go, day by day, sometimes slower, but the process of setting goals itself creates momentum.

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  2. I'm glad my post struck a chord with you, Beth. I'm still working on finding better ways to make my routine more resilient, so it's easier to pick up where I left off if I have a hiatus for some reason.

    You accomplished a lot this round. Enjoy your travels, and hope to see you next round!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Despite the fact I will be haphazardly posting during those six weeks of travel, setting goals for Round 3 still gives me focus. So I will be checking in when I can . . . and visiting your blog as well. Make it a good round 3.

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