My Midweek ROW80 update comes with a stern note to self: BICFOK!!
In case you don’t know what that means, it stands for:
Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard!
Out of my ROW80 Goals, the blogging is currently going best, even though I should be focusing on my studies.
I REALLY need to get some serious writing done, especially for my university degree.
But first things first:
I’m actually achieving my Blogging Goals for ROW80. As of Monday, I have set up a new Blogpost Schedule for Study. Read. Write. which will make it easier for me to publish regularly and focus my writing on important updates and articles.
Mondays: Study Tips
Tuesdays: Character Inspiration (Photo Prompts)
Wednesdays: ROW80 / General Update & Story Prompt
Thursdays: Setting Inspiration (Photo Prompts)
Fridays: Life Hacks / College Life Tips
Saturdays: Weekend Coffee Share
Sundays: ROW80 Update / General Update
The Character, Story an Setting Prompts, as well as most Life Hacks, are pictures I can preload and schedule for publication. The only thing left for me to do is find and credit the source/copyright holder.
I’m hoping to build quite a collection of useful writing prompts you all can use for your stories, novels and poems. I’ll do my best to vary characters and settings to give you a good selection to choose from.
The Study Tips require a bit of writing and research, but most are fairly easy to put together as well. That will leave me with only the ROW80 updates and Weekend Coffee Shares to write on the actual day.
I will try to spend every second Sunday scheduling posts for the next two weeks so I know I’ll have blog content to go up. This way I can write articles, general updates, reviews etc. when I have the time for them and won’t spend my evenings scouring the internet for something to blog about. I’m also updating my agenda to include “Schedule 2 weeks of blogposts” every other Sunday so I won’t forget.
Studies are not going too well. I’m reading the texts but I can’t concentrate on the information. Work has come in the way again as well. On Monday, I had to look after my gran until lunchtime. I usually only work until lunchtime, so I had to make up my hours later and stay longer still because it was our deadline day. My granddad had to go to hospital because he fell and cut his head open, so I got an early call to go to my gran’s house. We had breakfast together but while I made coffee, gran buttered the bread – and didn’t notice it had gone mouldy, so I bit into it and got food poisoning (I managed to throw hers away before she could take a bite).
I actually tried to study at the office, mainly because the desks are much wider (read: I can spread out stuff). The printer is also much quicker and there’s an actual desktop computer, while I normally just use a laptop. It’s also warmer in the office than my flat.
However, I couldn’t concentrate there either. As soon as I had sat down to work, my mother started to clean around me and brought out the vacuum cleaner. So I did the dishes (so nobody can say I didn’t help) and fled.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get a GP appointment next week, as the fatigue and lack of concentration as well as a few other symptoms, are starting to concern me and can’t be explained by SAD alone anymore. If it’s just the case of increasing vitamins etc. that’s fine, but I’d like to know just to be sure.
Yesterday I had a lovely Skype chat with a friend of mine for three hours. It felt good to talk and laugh with her, but due to her currently being in China, it’s sometimes hard to schedule in time for a chat.
She doesn’t have a blog, so she won’t be doing the official version, but she’s been wanting to start writing and I’ve convinced her to start today and do the remainder of the ROW80 Round. She’ll send me her updates and I’ll send her mine so we can hold each other accountable.
My writing is going pretty well. I’ve published my first X-Files Review over at Emily Ecrivaine Reviews where I’ve now to my own X-Files Reviews Page. It’s a bit weird to review a show I grew up with and that is over 20 years old, but at the same time it’s great to have an excuse to spend and evening or two watching one of my favourite shows again.
As for my stories, it’s mainly one WIP at the moment, which I add to at night. I missed Monday’s chapter, but all in all it is going well. I only do one chapter of around 500 words at a time, and it’s great to jump around in the plot. I’m totally pantsying it, no previous plot outline except for the general idea that two of my protagonists were rumoured to have been near the site of a bomb blast. The short chapters allow me to change point of view, leave on cliff-hangers to switch to the action across the way or even skip back or ahead in time. It’s quite fun, especially because when I sit down with my notebook and pen I have no idea where my story will be at by the time I’m done.
I do enjoy the writing journey, though.
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