ROW80 Update

This week, I didn’t have to teach, but I worked every day and had an assignment due. Nevertheless, I feel that I’ve done ok. Now, let’s colour-code everything and find out.

  • Practice Duolingo everyday – almost. Only missed Tuesday.
  • Listen to music/watch a show in one of my target languages twice a week – done
  • Write 500 words every week day (2500 a week) – Hit 1,600 this week. Even though I didn’t hit the 2,500 goal, I’m happy with what I did get done.
  • Read a book a fortnight – on track
  • Keep on top of my CELTA coursework – done, though it’s getting harder as the course goes on.
  • Visit three new blogs a week – At this stage, we may as well just admit it’s unlikely to happen at the moment. Sorry.
  • Post a #bookstagram post on instagram at least once a week – done
  • Publish one non-blog-hop post a week – I did it! I posted a review of my bullet journal on Friday

World, meet BuJo. BuJo, meet World.

World, meet BuJo. BuJo, meet world. ¤ #bujo #bulletjournal #bulletjournalling #writersofig #amwriting #stationeryaddict

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I promised I would give you a glimpse into my bullet journalling. This is it.

I first came across bullet journalling a few months ago. As someone who loves making lists for almost everything, and comes up with a minute by minute ‘plan of attack’ for even the simplest tasks, bullet journalling seemed perfect for me.

The main problem I’ve found so far with the system is that I’m a perfectionist. By its very nature, a bullet journal cannot be always perfect (though the endless stream of images on pinterest and instagram would like us to believe otherwise).

 

I researched and researched and researched before I bought my notebook. There are two main notebook brands that the well known bullet journalists champion – the Moleskin and the Leuchttrum1917. I went with the later, despite my worries about the see-through-ness of the pages, simply because I couldn’t afford the Moleskin I preferred. My BuJo is lined.

As I began to use the notebook, I realised that my fears were confirmed – the pages are really thin and the type of pen you would use for the beautiful headings goes right through the page. In a number of videos I watched, the bullet journalists referred to this phenomenon as ghosting. I’m not a fan of ghosting. I like pages new. I like them thick. That said, I’ve managed to  survive.

As the primary purpose of this notebook was to replace my previous writing notebook (which I love but sadly cannot find anywhere), I haven’t gotten hugely into the weekly, monthly and yearly planners that the Bullet Journal movement is famous for. And I don’t see the point of making lists of movies or books. or tracing out trackers for everything under the sun. Mostly, this book is for writing, for notes and ideas and quotes and snippets and words. A couple of weeks ago, I started a word count tracker. Despite last week being wholly unsuccessful on the writing front, I feel that this tracker will prove especially helpful when we hit November (which is only a few months away!! nobody panic!).

 

What’s worked:

  • The index feature. I’m in love with it and it makes finding things so much easier. Before, I’d be leafing through pages and pages of various notebooks to find what I’m looking for. No longer!🙂
  • Combining all my notes and scribbles, whether for work or writing or life, into the one place.
  • Allowing my inner decorator to fly free with meters of washi tape and a truckload of beautiful pens.

What hasn’t worked:

  • Trackers, the recommended set up in general. I don’t really have enough separate tasks on my plate at the moment to fill out a day by day log.
  • The thinness of the paper really gets to me. I want to use nice, thick pens but they are visible on the next page, sometimes through a number of pages.
  • It’s not as pretty as I’d like, but that can be worked upon🙂

Have you joined the Bullet Journal craze? Does it work for you? What parts have you adapted to suit your own style?

This is Fine – ROW80 Update

fine

  • Practice Duolingo everyday – nope, most days but not all.
  • Listen to music/watch a show in one of my target languages twice a week – done
  • Write 500 words every week day (2500 a week) – hahaha. No. But I knew this week wouldn’t be a good one for writing productivity so I’m not too upset.
  • Read a book a fortnight – on track
  • Keep on top of my CELTA coursework – I have an assignemnt due this week which I should probably be a little further ahead on than I am.
  • Visit three new blogs a week – I’m sorry
  • Post a #bookstagram post on instagram at least once a week – done
  • Publish one non-blog-hop post a week – I’m lucky to be posting one blog post at all at the moment.

 

WIPpet Wednesday

I haven’t had a chance to write anything new since Sunday, so this is from a scene I rewrote then.

A description bit:

The cool darkness washed over her, a shock after the bright summer sun out on the terrace. A lancing pain shot through her temple and she winced, taking a moment to lean against the cool stucco wall until the woozy sensation passed.

The Sun Returns (and other updates)

I finally bought Scrivener! Woo! Since April, I’ve been rationing my dwindling supply of trial days while I wait to have enough money to buy the full product. Even with the discount code from winning CampNaNoWriMo, I’ve had to wait this long thanks to a number of unexpected expenses. Hopefully, now having full access will kick my productivity into hyperdrive. Or maybe just low gear – anything will be an improvement😛

  • Practice Duolingo everyday – 6/7
  • Listen to music/watch a show in one of my target languages twice a week – *quickly listens to some Swedish pop* done
  • Write 500 words every week day (2500 a week) – I wrote 4,000 this week, which I’m really pleased with. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to write this week coming though but it should balance out over all.🙂
  • Read a book a fortnight – I just finished Close Call and started Sailing to Sarantium
  • Keep on top of my CELTA coursework – so far, so good🙂
  • Visit three new blogs a week – I visited one.
  • Post a #bookstagram post on instagram at least once a week – I posted a pic of all the books I’ve bought from work in the past few weeks. You can see it in the sidebar. I may have gone a tad overboard….
  • Publish one non-blog-hop post a week – not this week

This week has been one of my more productive weeks for a while.

How did you fare this week?

WIPpet Wednedsay

I’ve been away from WIPpet Wednesday for some time now and I thought I should return. I was going to last week but I had nothing to share. Luckily for you, this week, I have pages and pages to select something from.

This is a section from Queen of Hearts, quite close to the beginning. It could, conceivably, be on page 3, or maybe page 8.

For context – Kara and her army are holed up in the city of Bal Edeol. The Haelean army waits outside. Inside the city, Lord Alment, the obnoxious Lord of Bal Edeol, refuses to help Kara at all. The following comes from the POV of one of Kara’s commanders and childhood friend.

Ailig patrolled the northern wall as the clock tower tolled the fourth hour. A Savlisian captain came running along the parapet towards him. The captain saluted and swallowed, trying to regain his breath.

“What is it?” Ailig demanded.

“The Haeleans are bringing forth siege engines, my lord,” the captain replied.

Ailig swore. Siege engines? There had been no sign of them a day ago. How had the Haeleans built siege engines in a day? Where did they find the wood? He ran along the parapet towards the western wall, his feet landing precariously close to the sharp drop along the edge. He skidded to a stop above the gate house as the first huge rock soared over the walls and smashed Lord Xiande Alment’s self-aggrandising statue to dust.

 

ROW80 Update

So it’s been a fortnight since I last updated my progress but I’ll just focus on this last week today.🙂

  • Practice Duolingo everyday – missed a few days but still practiced every day🙂
  • Listen to music/watch a show in one of my target languages twice a week – done
  • Write 500 words every week day (2500 a week) – the total was achieved but I didn’t write every week day
  • Read a book a fortnight – on track🙂 I just finished The Raven King and I’m currently reading Close Call by Stella Rimington
  • Keep on top of my CELTA coursework – so far, so good
  • Visit three new blogs a week – no, sorry
  • Post a #bookstagram post on instagram at least once a week – done
  •  Publish one non-blog-hop post a week – I posted a book review on Friday

How are you going with your goals?

I find I always loose momentum this time of year. How do you keep yourself motivated?