Okay technically we have until tomorrow, but I’m going to be on the road for the Evil Day Job, so I’m going to go ahead and post my #ROW80 Round 1 Achievements today. So, setting out at the start of this round my goals were:
- Write at least 20 out of 30 days. January: 28; February: 12; March (so far): 20. It works out to right at 60 writing days, so I’ll take it. February was just a struggle all the way around. I had the flu. There was some Evil Day Job stuff that derailed me. Getting the 60 days feels like a win, so yay.
- Average 1350 words per writing day. Nope. Didn’t happen. January: 1247; February: 1203; March: 907. But they are words, so I’m still happy.
- Develop at least 6 new recipes for Pots and Plots. I put out 11 this round. Almost 1 a week. I’ve got plenty in the development stage, several that are developed, photographed and written up, just waiting to go live. So for now, 1 recipe a week seems to be working pretty well.
- Finish and release my current WIP, a Wishful novella called She’s Got A Way. Didn’t happen. Why didn’t it happen? Because Liam and Riley decided that they were a FULL novel and went and completely doubled in length. :glares: But the original expected word count for the novella was in the neighborhood of 40k. As of this morning, I’m sitting at 41k on the book, so I did actually get the word count in.
- Finalize the plotting for the next WIP. I have done a variety of plotting on a variety of projects–the next Wishful novel, another series, and a novella for an anthology I dreamed up and organized back in January. So I’m good with this.
- Bonus goal: Write another Meet Cute Romance. Nope, didn’t happen. I plotted one, but it didn’t get written.
Other #ROW80 Round 1 Achievements
- I compiled and published my first cookbook, HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner: The Pinch Hitter’s Guide To Cooking Without Gluten or Dairy
- I wrote and launched a new writer’s class: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Novella Writing: Rules of Thumb, which is NOW AVAILABLE on demand from WANA International. Despite the fact that I let this one get away from me, I really DO know novella format. 😀
- I FINALLY managed (in the last two weeks) to get back into the groove on exercise.
All in all, despite all the struggling (and I DEFINITELY felt the struggle), I feel like I had a pretty productive round. How’d y’all do?
Sounds like you are in full swing again and, oh my your plate is full!! So glad to hear you are feeling better… I read one of your short stories and loved it, I’m ready for another. I have been a big fan in the cooking arena. My passion is cooking from scratch and I love your recipes!! Great work on all accounts Kait! I love reading your blogs..
You achieved a lot this round. Go you!
I think it’s always good to set goals that are just a LITTLE beyond your comfort zone. But I’m one of those people who, if I did my best, don’t stress over not reaching all my goals. If you set them too low, there’s a tendency to be lazy (not that you would ever be). I think reaching (or exceeding) some goals and coming close to others is a HUGE accomplishment for the round.
Great progress for the first round, Kait. Enjoy your trip!
Congratulations! Looks like your round was very productive. Yay for being back on track with your exercise routine. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hoping friend.
Good to hear the overall progress was good. Some months seem to have it coming, this year it was February I guess.
I’m getting here late, because February wasn’t an easy month for me, either. Like you, I accomplished things, just not all the things and all the levels I’d hoped for..
Like you, I’m more or less back on track now, after adapting. Here’s hoping the trend continues!
Congratulations on the cookbook, the on-target writing days, and the word counts that nudged pretty close to your goals. And having a novella turn into a novel isn’t such a bad thing!
Speaking of novellas, I’m drafting my first two for April CampNaNo. Wish I’d seen your course a little sooner, but I’ll be looking you up! =)