Third Time’s a Charm. [Another RoW80 post]

Here I am, making my third post in a row about (…err…) RoW. And that’s okay. It isn’t as though I haven’t had anything else to talk about. In fact, there’s a whole list of things I want to talk about, including five books that I’ve finished in the last month or so. I’ve had plenty of time, but it hasn’t been the right kind of time. One of the biggest pitfalls of shift work is that my schedule changes week to week, and, despite that, I am a creature of habit, and I get most of my work done in the morning, so when I’ve had opening shifts like the past few days, everything gets thrown off and I don’t get a lot done. I’m trying to work on that by squeezing in some night working, which is only effective when my boyfriend is working so I have some quiet and no distractions. Luckily, last night was one such night, so I was able to type this out, and today is a closing shift, so I have my morning to get it posted and hopefully visit some of my fellow RoWers (which your shold do, too).

So, let’s have a look at how my goals shaped up last week and how they look going into this one.

Monthly Goal: Finish Fearless by the end of April. I had the day off yesterday, which was lovely, especially since I got a lot of work done on the last book of The Slayer Saga. I’m still a little bit behind, but the story is progressing nicely, and things are about to get real, real good.

Weekly Goal: Read one book per week; write one new story per week.

As I mentioned in the last post, my weekly book was taken care of in finishing The Old Man and the Sea. I’ve been completely devouring Flowers for Algernon, so I’m definitely on track to finish it by the end of the week at the latest. It’s so incredible and absorbing; I’m shocked and a little sad that I didn’t even know anything about this book until fairly recently. It’s phenominal so far, and I’m bracing myself for all the feels, as I’m already getting plenty of bouts of feels not even 100 pages in yet.

I also whipped up a bit of flash fiction last night about a celebration gone wrong at a bar. Not sure what I’ll do with it once I’ve got it typed up, but we’ll see.

Daily(ish): At least one story submitted per non-work day.

Social media is being dropped as a goal, just because it’s something I do pretty regularly; I don’t think it’s necessary to force myself to do it. The stories, though, they definitely stick. I’m pretty sure I have my usual count of three days off this week (I tend to just look at my schedule a week at a time, because it is so varied). Tomorrow is one of them, so I’m going to find a home for the new story mentioned above. “Blue” and “The Alley” have recently come back to me rejected, so I’ll likely send them out, plus I’ve got heavy revisions to give to story I wrote for The First Line that didn’t make their cut. I’ve also got a splatterpunk horror piece that’s been awaiting an ending, so maybe I should pull that out of the files, too.

How’s everyone else doing out there? I’m hoping I can get a non-RoW post out here soon enough; I know I’ve got an interview that should surface before too long, and, as I mentioned, I’ve finished about five books that I’ve yet to speak on (and you know I’ve got more than enough things to say about them, too!). Plus various other sundries and things of interest. It’s just a matter of figuring how to fit the writing of those posts into my schedule just right. Which ain’t easy lately, but it’s at least gaining some semblance of traction finally.

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