Midweek ROW80 check-in

Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking forward, and I’m trying to stay grounded in the present moment. I like being a planner, but sometimes we need to focus on what is rather than what might be. That means getting a few of my many WIPs ready for publication, whether that’s self-published or traditionally, and really focusing on building my author platform—something I still struggle with as an introvert.

But focusing on today. That means doing yoga or meditating today, not saying I’ll do it tomorrow. That means getting words on the page today, not thinking about the next manuscript. Overall, I’m trying to balance living in the moment with planning for the future. Like my stories, it’s a work in progress.

ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Wrote 2,144 words in The Broken Mirror, a retelling of Snow White. I’m debating whether I should plot/outline this one or if I should just pants it. Currently, pantsing it. We’ll see if that works.

Reading: Started reading Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver. I’m only a couple chapters in, but I’m loving it. That might be because Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite fairy tales, or because the book is sort of a prequel to Red’s story on the show Once Upon A Time. So far it’s shaping up to be a sweet and fun young-adult novel.

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How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, are you off to a strong start or still feeling out your story?

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5 thoughts on “Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. I love retold fairy tales too — although I have to admit that I gave up on Once Upon a Time when they went to the fairy tale world all the way.

    Good luck with your version of Snow White! 🙂

    • I actually quit watching Once Upon A Time halfway through the second season. I remember it just felt like they were wondering through the Enchanted Forest and not getting anywhere. But I started watching it again this year (thanks to Netflix and Hulu) and have to admit that I’m enjoying it. For some reason that season just didn’t work for me. So I understand.

      Thanks, Ruth! 🙂

  2. It’s exciting to have a new project, and a new focus. I haven’t seen Once Upon A Time – it came out amidst a glut of fairy-tale shows, and didn’t seem to stand out in any way. I tend not to want to be a part of a glut of anything, so I’ve seen a few episodes of Grimm, and I think the first episode of the Ichabod Crane one (because it’s part of New York’s history and lore, and I grew up with that tale), but that’s about it.

    I seem to prefer my retellings in the form of books written by fellow authors, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing yours!

    I’m slating 2016 as my Year of Revisions. Like you, I have a lot of WIPs awaiting that next step, and it’s about time I do something about that.

    Best of luck! =D

    • I haven’t seen Grimm. I think the latest season might be on Hulu, but I haven’t seen earlier seasons, so I would probably be lost. Sleepy Hollow has good characters. I love Ichabod’s commentary on our culture and his attempts to assimilate. I actually stopped watching Once Upon a Time for a while and recently came back to it.

      I like the idea of 2016 as a year of revisions. It will probably be the same for me. I need to get two or three stories query-ready so I can start sending them out into the world.

      Good luck with your WIPS, Shan Jeniah. Thanks for commenting!

      • I may watch some of these when they don’t seem quite so faddish. I feel that television, in particular, tends to get very lax with fads, and then quality suffers…

        We were discussing revisions at our NaNo write-in last night. A few of us really want to be focused on that, and we’re thinking of instituting a very small critique group with a 10-page per week assignment, to give us a deadline to meet.

        I’ll be posting updates if/as that idea pogresses. =)

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