*the ship lurches forward*
“Sirry Cap’n just testin’ out the new engines.”
“I thought we agreed you wouldn’t do any more tests without asking me first.”
“But Cap’n she was reedy. Callin’ ta me I tell ya.”
“I’m sure, she, was. No more tests without approval. Wait…how come the stars look different? Computer. Location?”
“Deck Nine, hallway H, apartment..”
“No Computer. Location of the ship.”
beep. “Gamma Quadrant. Four parsecs from PlotMia.”
“Thank you computer.”
“I’m lonely. Please visit me.”
“Um, sure. Scotty. We didn’t move. Your little test just spun us in place.”
*cussing* “Musta switched tha inductor cables. Now where is tha bloody deagram?”
“Yeah. Get back to me on that. Captain out.”
No, the above is not an indication of my week which went very well. Here’s how things patterned out.
-Write 7k of fiction per week. I exceeded this. I’ve been taking a writing prompt each day and choosing one or two writing aspects (POV, dialogue, genre type, pacing, etc) to test out in the story. Practice, but fiction all the same and at least 4 of the stories have the potential to turn into longer, more detailed pieces. It is a ton of fun to just sit down and write for a couple of hours and explore. I came up with this idea while reading Dean Wesley Smith’s blog. If you aren’t familiar with him, follow the link once your done here and check out the tabs along the top. He provides a ton of resources and information for writers on craft, the writing life and production. The advice has been invaluable to me.
-Turn in WWBC assignments “on time”. I turned in my logline for the novel project on the 2nd and passed the first “gatekeeper”, my team leader Donna Newton yesterday. Still have to work out some things that the second gatekeeper thought could use a touch, but I’m confident in completing that today.
-Thirty minutes on the treadmill 5 days a week. I walked Tuesday through Saturday for five walks total and brought my 32 walks by January 31st total to 13. This is a challenge with ROWsis Marcia A. Richards and I get a peaceful dinner alone with my wife if I meet the goal. I am totally going to meet this goal (my wife is making sure I succeed *grin*).
-Read 1 Craft Book during the round. I’m on page 209 of Stephen King’s “On Writing” and should finish the book by Wednesday. I’ll be reviewing it here next Sunday. Stay tuned.
-Read 3 Fiction Books during the round. I’ll start these once I finish “On Writing”. I did pick out the three books, however. Starting with some “old school sci-fi” at first: Roger Zelazny’s “This Immortal” (Hugo award winner) and Poul Anderson’s “The High Crusade” (history and aliens how could I pass it up). The third book is more recent, David Gibbons “The Tiger Warrior” (Roman legionaries, shadow ops, history, archeology, all things I love). I’m planning to start This Immortal by the next update.
-Keep up sponsor duties. All good here and I’ll be stopping around to see the “2’s” (and others of course) throughout the day.
Hope you all had an awesome first week.