Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

Step by Step

After the last few weeks I should know better than to expect miraculous progress in anything.  I do know better, but…  well, I was really hopeful that I could pull off more now that Life had settled to a dull roar.

RSW8I didn’t make the greatest progress on my goals for either  the ROW80  or the Ready. Set. Write! challenges, but I did make progress.  I count this week as a win, as I discovered things about the way I’d approached both challenges that will help me build to a pace that will allow me to get stuff done and holds leeway for the Real World to have its input too.

My first two ROW80 goals, 1) write every day and 2) spend time in my storyworld daily,  fit perfectly with my three RSW goals for this week:

  • fully draft two main transition scenes in Courting the Swan Song
  • do read for consistency in Book 1 and 3 regarding city description and Alanii’s exposure to Wanderer people
  • add to overall world map drawing; begin map of Darshaila

So…  how’d I do on these….  RSW style:

  • How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I spent a lot more time working on the transition scenes than I wanted to, in part because I discovered that two scenes I was trying to connect had accidentally been happening at the same time and one of them needed a rewrite for continuity’s sake.  Hooray for rereading!

I didn’t get much drawing  done.  What I did do was research development of Iron Age  seaports and how streets were (or rather weren’t) often planned around the various trades and needs of the local citizenry as well as visitors.  The city I need to make is going to be larger than I’d planned.  I promise; I will post a picture of it when I’m done.

  • My goal(s) for this week
    • Transition scenes: I didn’t finish either of the two transition scenes, but have both plotted out and some fleshing done.  I also found five more that need to be written (two are very short).  So work on transitions ensues.
    • Rereading for continuity: continuing process!  It’s already helped a bunch
    • Mapmaking: having identified real-world examples, I’m into the actual drawing phase now.  Kind of embarrassed, as my drawing skills have suffered over time.
  • A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

The Hastor’s eyes were wide, innocent as a thief’s. “I didn’t say anything.”   A broad grin crossed the man’s face as he dipped his head around enough to look at his sister.

  • The biggest challenge I faced this week

Myself,  be it a desire to flump and just de-stress after the  past couple of weeks or my own inherit lack of organization… I was my own worst enemy.

I was also my own best friend however, because I did keep urging myself back on track.  Slow progress, but real progress.  I’ll take it.  😀

  • Something I love about my WIP

The Swan Song Series allows for several books, each of which deal with a particular event or person in the world’s existence, and the more I explore the lives of my characters, more rich and real the world becomes.  Though I wouldn’t be opposed to selling the series, I’m writing it for me, writing a set of stories I love, and I can sense this in the text, this passion.  I reread sections I wrote months ago and instantly find myself immersed.  It’s a happy feeling.

ROW80LogocopyTo make note of ROW80 goals that weren’t already addressed:

  •  Pushups/general fitness — one karate class, mostly flumpy, no push-ups
  • Camera time daily — missed most days
  • French and German daily 10 minutes — daily lessons/practice
  • MOOCs — none
  • ROW80 Sponsor duties — on track
  • JuNoWriMo hosted scheduled sprints plus an extra three hours of unscheduled hosting

Thanks to everyone who visited last week and welcomed me into the RSW. I’ve had fun visiting your pages, seeing all the projects you’ re doing, and the cool ways you’ve chosen to inspire yourselves. You’ve already taught me a ton about myself and my approach to writing.

For people interested in the RSW: sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Erin L. Funk) each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

For people interested in the ROW80: check out our main blog at A Round of Words in 80 Days and visit our members via this Monday’s linky here.

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