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I started out the second half of last week pretty strong, but did not do too much over the weekend. Then, Sunday night was woken up by a little girl who could barely draw a full breath. Stupid croup. Gave her the medicine we have for when this happens, and she came into our bed for the rest of the night. She went back to sleep, but I didn’t have such an easy time of it. Was reminded of why we’re not a co-sleeping family. I just cannot sleep with a kid in the bed. Definitely when I’m getting smacked in the face, kicked in the stomach, and nearly pushed off the bed. We definitely all sleep better in our own beds. But, at least she felt better the next morning(and even wanted to go to school even though I was going to let her sleep in). I did not have much motivation to get anything done though, so it was a pretty laid back day for me.

  • Read through Chapter 10 of Guarding the Heart, marking sections to be added/cut/changed.

I made it through here on Monday(about the only thing I did get done that day). And I got through Chapter 11 and 12 on Tuesday. I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the month and then will start making the changes I’ve marked.

  • Be through step 6 of the snowflake method for Slow Revenge

I made it through step 5 on Tuesday. I really enjoy writing the back story pieces even if a lot of it won’t make it into the actual novel. It still helps me get into the characters’ heads. And while writing the antagonist’s back story, I started to feel a little bit of sympathy for her. Just a little bit, but at least there’s more to her than just being an evil bad guy. I am planning on starting step 6 today, but have not gotten to it yet.

  • Write at least 1 more flash fiction piece

I wrote a short piece(only about 350 words) Tuesday morning for L.S. Engler’s closing line challenge. Was kind of a spin off from the piece I wrote last week. The same situation, just starting a little earlier than that one and in a first person POV.

  • Keep up to date with my blog

Got my Random Thursday and Family Friday posts up. Didn’t do a Knitting Monday post, but did get back on track with Short Tuesday

  • Reply to comments on the blog

I got caught up on comments on Thursday then slacked off on this. Got caught up again on Tuesday.

  • Read and finish exercises for Chapter 13 of Plot & Structure

I read this chapter on Saturday but didn’t really do the exercises. I did think about where most of my problems with my finished first draft are. And after reading through the first 1/3 of it, I’d have to say the biggest problem is head hopping. That’s something I’m going to have to pay a little more attention to as I go forward. And I read through chapter 14.

  • Be at least 75% through Committed.

I finished this over the weekend. I did have a few problems with it, just felt like too much was being explained to me. A couple parts where I felt pulled out of the story. But, overall I did like it. I started reading Yseult, by Ruth Nestvold over the weekend and am about 20% through it so far.

Goals for next check-in:

  • Read through Chapter 22 of Guarding the Heart and mark sections to be changed(added to/cut/reworked)
  • Be through the steps of Snowflake Method
  • Start figuring out timeline for Slow Revenge and planning scenes
  • Write at least 1 more flash fiction piece
  • Keep up to date with blog
  • Keep up with replying to blog comments
  • Finish reading Plot & Structure
  • Be 50% through Yseult

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: ROWing Over the Bumps" (9)

  1. I reply to comments as much as I can, but it’s getting to the point where I’m having a hard time of it, you know? I guess that’s good that people are trying to start up conversations, but I totally get falling behind. πŸ™‚

    Someone else wrote on their blog that they were reading Yseult but i can’t remember where I read it now.

  2. You’re making great progress, Fallon. You seem to be such an organized writer. πŸ™‚

    You know, if I don’t do anything else, I always respond to blog comments as soon as I can. Even if I can’t visit other blogs when I’m really busy, I make sure I take care of my own blog. I don’t know why this is so important to me, but it’s first priority. I guess I figure if someone cares enough to comment on my lowly blog, I should have the courtesy to respond. Is that weird? I know a lot of authors don’t respond anymore.

    • Thanks, Lauralynn! I do tend to be organized with my writing even though you would not guess it by looking around my house(especially my work space!). πŸ™‚

      I kind of feel the same way about the commenting. I don’t get a whole lot of comments, and I’m really okay with that, but I like to at least let people know I appreciate them stopping by. I know I sometimes have trouble commenting on other blogs, and that’s my own social anxiety issue. But, it always feels good to me when I get a response to my comment, so I try to reciprocate that.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I like how you set your goals each check in. I know this round I have some goals that I think will last me the majority of the round – but I might try this method next time…

    • Thanks for stopping by. I have my main goals that I set at the beginning of the round. Then, for each check-in, I have them broken up into smaller goals. I find it’s easier that way for me to measure how well I’ve done at meeting them.

  4. Fallon, you’re so stinkin’ organized. I envy LOL. I usually organize for the sake of veering off course πŸ˜€ You’re doing wonderfully with everything that’s on your plate. Keep it up, and have a fantastic rest of the week. See you at sprint time!!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! I think making lists and schedules is about the only way I get things done. Otherwise I just get sidetracked and end up wasting the time I have. πŸ˜€

  5. I’m with Ruthie on the way you do your goals, Fallon. I think you’re right. It does allow you to focus on the little details that make the whole process work.

    Co-sleeping! Oh, I am so with you on that…. My Boodle likes to curl up for hugs when he’s sick, and well… You know how it is, you want to be as comforting as possible. But kids wiggle. Worse than the husband, kids are all over the place. You have my sympathies, both for the sick-kid mommy-worries and the loss of sleep. Been there and know too well how it feels.

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