Sunday, 22 July 2012

ROW80 22nd July 2012

Another week down, another week when I have met all my weekly goals! Hooray!

My goals are:
1) Until 1st August Spend 30 minutes at least a day on preparing for my new WIP.
2) Think of a name for CampNaNo project!
3) Two ROW80 check-ins a week no matter how short but sweet they are.
4) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge (or as much as I can!).
5) Review one book a month.

This is my second ROW80 check-in and I have read two books this week so I am catching up with where I should be in terms of my 100 books in a year challenge. I have now read 51 books and enjoyed a train journey today finishing an Adele Parks book. I still haven't reviewed a book but there is plenty of time for this to happen in July.

Now my 30 minutes a day since Wednesday have been hard to fit in at times but I have done it. On Thursday I read an article on a real-life matchmaker that Lauren brought to my attention and then spent time reading some of the Larry Brooks articles about NaNo. They can be found here. They are so helpful and as I was out on Friday from 8am till Midnight (end of term celebrations!) I caught up with Friday's 30 minutes by reading Larry's posts for an hour on my phone yesterday whilst on a train journey.

Today I have started doing what Larry suggests to optimise scenes by taking each scene you have plotted and working out what the scene needs to accomplish and how you will accomplish this. I have done this for scenes 1 to 14 and will continue with this tomorrow. As Lauren pointed out there are only 9 days till CampNaNo starts and I have my 'cabin' assigned with some of my good ROW80 friends in which is great! I feel in a good place to start on the first but there is still lots to do, namely set up my Matchmaker, Matchmaker notebook so all the scribbles and jottings are in one place and accessible for me as I move around this summer.

I am on summer holiday now and once I begin to relax I really hope to enjoy it even with the insanity that is CampNaNo thrown in but let's face it, is going to be sooooo much easier than fitting it in around work. Hope everyone has had a great week and see you on Wednesday!!


  1. Wahoooo for summer vacation! Am sooo excited for you :) I'll live vicariously through you for a few weeks lol. Good work on all your preparation! I'm sure you'll be all set for the 1st :D

  2. I hope you enjoy your summer vacation and that you'll make the most of CampNaNo. You certainly seem very prepared for it, so best of luck with that!I wish I had the time to join you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week! Happy writing/reading :)

  3. Yay for vacation! I hate long vacations, but I know "normal" people enjoy them lol
    So glad you're catching up with reading!
    I'm thinking about going for CampNaNo ... I'll let you know if I do ;)
    Have a great week!

  4. Sounds like you're in a really good place so far this round! Best of luck for Camp NaNo when it starts!

  5. Great job, Em, looks like you are really rolling along. Larry's articles are fantastic, I used them last year as a part of NaNo and they were a big help. All the best for the coming Camp and week. Enjoy the vacation :)

  6. When I left uni I was tempted to do a PGCE, but wasn't sure. Right now, I wish I had, I'm so jealous of all your time off. Especially as you're putting it to such good use.
    What I'm wondering though, is if you can write 50,000 words in November when you're working... what can you do in August when you're not?? ;-)