ROW80 Round 4 Goals

fall arrangement 1229576_97847309It’s the season of caramel apples, brightly colored leaves, and pumpkin…well, pumpkin everything. And it’s also time for the final 2015 round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. For those who aren’t familiar with it, participants set their own goals and then make weekly check-ins.

Here are my goals for this round:

  • Write 5,000 words a week.
  • Finish a second draft of my novella A Prince in Patience Point.
  • Finish a second draft of my short story “Midwinter Bride” (and possibly change the title).
  • Finish a draft of at least one other novella.
  • Finish reading On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels.

These goals leave room for flexibility. Maybe I’ll want to write an autumn-inspired short story, or maybe I’ll be able to squeeze editing another novella in there.

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What about you? What is your favorite thing about autumn? And what are your goals for the rest of the year?

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22 thoughts on “ROW80 Round 4 Goals

  1. Good idea leaving some flexibility in there. Once the holidays hit, that can be handy. Good luck achieving and possibly going beyond!

    My favorite thing about fall is Halloween! It is not only my family’s favorite holiday, but our son’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. So, totally looking forward to a nice end of the month. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gloria. Halloween is my favorite holiday, too. I love the decorations, the colors, the costumes. And as a Wiccan, I love celebrating Samhain, as we call it.

      Happy birthday to your son and happy anniversary! Sounds like October is a busy month for you!

      1. I think I celebrated one Samhain when I was with the coven I was once part of. Sadly, I can’t remember the celebration it was so long ago. I’m a very lapsed Neo-Pagan (very eclectic, not part of one of the Traditions).

      2. It’s interesting because most Samhain rituals are very serious-they’re about honoring ancestors or releasing the old to make way for the new. But Halloween has a lightheartedness to it, a playfulness. And I love both. 🙂

    1. There’s something about fall that makes me want to curl up with a cozy mystery and a cup of tea. I’m not a big fan of the cold, but a crisp autumn day can be refreshing.

      Peace to you as well!

  2. Our autumn rolls directly into spring here in southern New Mexico. I grew up in Michigan, though, so I love October colors most of all. Especially maple leaves. My spouse made me pumpkin spice scones a couple days ago (they’re all gone now) and mixed up some homemade pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee – oh, so delicious! and no HFCS!

    Great goals! 5,000 words per week is definitely do-able. And I like how your other goals can be folded into that goal. Good luck and good writing!

    1. You mean you bypass winter altogether? Sounds blissful. Unfortunately winters can still get pretty chilly here in the Virginia mountains.

      Pumpkin spice scones would be delicious. Maybe I’ll see if I can find a recipe.

      Thanks, Esme!

      1. Yes. We had 3 days with snow (about 2 cm) on the ground last winter. We are told by our neighbors that it was highly unusual, because “it never snows here!”. 70-degree F (21 C) days in February, and I can sit on my patio and drink my tea. (Nights are still pretty cold, though). I came from a cold state with 5-month winters and LOTS of snow, so now I’m loving it. 🙂

  3. Definitely Autumn here! The colouring are shifting, just the right speed, not too fast, but making the world very colourful in the process.

    I love the blue skies and crisp mornings of fall, oh and a good pumpkin coffee.

    I have a lot to accomplish, not just writing. Just trying to get into a rhythm again and in the process complete some goals, and trying not to stress it too much.

  4. Good luck on your goals. As I stated before, this November marks our 20th anniversary. I’d say my favorite part of November and the late fall/winter time frame would definitely be NaNoWriMo. 🙂 I have several novels to edit, most being NaNoWriMo ones!

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