ROWnd 3 – THE END!

It is the end of Round Three of a Round of Words in 80 Days. So this is the place where I restate my goals and let you know what I managed to achieve across the 80 days but before I do that I want to say how much I enjoyed this experience. The challenge itself is great, Kait Nolan has done a fabulous job constructing a flexible challenge with ROW80, but what allows this challenge to stand above the rest is the participants. I can not even begin to tell you how great all of the people are that I have interacted with across the past 80 days. Obviously I can’t name you all here but I want to say a big thankyou for all your support (in particular thanks to the iCrit girls, meeting you has been the highlight of ROW80!)

Okay so on with the summary.

At the beginning of Round 3 I stated that my goal was writing 500 words a day on my WIP ‘The Soul Hunter’ for 80 days (if you remember I also put in a clause that if I was ahead in my word count I could miss a day). Which means that at the end of the 80 days I should have written (come on I know you can work it out :)) 40,000 words.

I will break the challenge down into two parts. For me the most challenging part was always going to be the ‘writing everyday’ bit. Sadly I didn’t succeed in writing everyday, across the 80 days I missed 2 days. The first of those days was spent trying to get my laptop to work when my hard drive failed and the second day was the next day when I was crying over the 4000 words of Soul Hunter that I lost when my hard drive failed. But apart from those two, slightly exceptional days, I wrote at least 500 words everyday, I even managed to borrow a computer for the week my computer was in the shop being fixed so I could keep writing. And I now back up my work everyday!

As for the 500 words a day – well I kicked its butt! Soul Hunter was at 6500 words when the challenge began and I am now at 66,646 which means that I wrote 60,146 words during the course of ROW80 (I actually wrote a little over 4000 more than that, remember the hard drive failure, but I am trying not to dwell on that too much). And the best bit is that I only have 2 chapters remaining on Soul Hunter and the first draft will be finished 🙂 With a bit of luck another week and I should be there.

Overall I am completely chuffed with my progress with an average of 750 words a day I did better than I could have imagined.

Of course, I will also be signing up for Round 4 of ROW80 which is due to start on Oct 4th (running through to Dec 22). If you are contemplating joining in make sure you go to the ROW80 website and check out the rules. In the next round I am going to be a bit easier on myself, as I will be on holidays and don’t want to tie myself down to writing everyday but I will still be participating.

Also, if you were a participant in the current round, or if you are contemplating the next round make sure you come along to the ROW80 Twitter party hosted by Jenny Hansen on Oct 5. Check out her website for details.

Once again a big thankyou to all the people that cheered me on, particularly when my computer fried, all your words of encouragement really helped.

Jody Moller

Wednesday’s Rambling Writer – Riding the Wave

This has been a week of high’s and low’s – I have been riding the wave. Let me begin by giving my ROW80 word counts for the past week.

DAY 25 (Thurs) – -3940 (total 14136) – yes that is negative 3940!

DAY 26 (Fri) – 0 (total 14136) – I was too depressed to write

DAY 27 (Sat) – 535 (total 14671) – back in the saddle

DAY 28 (Sun) – 1073 (total 15744)

DAY 29 (Mon) – 776 (total 16520)

DAY 30 (Tues) – 1076 (total 17596)

DAY 31 (Wed) – 736 (total 18332)

That means for the week, despite the fact that I wrote 4196 words, I am only up 256 words on last week. How did this happen? well I had a massive hard drive failure on my laptop. Luckily I had backed up my work 5 days earlier but still I lost almost 4000  words, plus I am without my computer (I am writing this on my hubby’s netbook) The computer is still under warranty and I should get it back in the next few days (I better, or I will be having a serious conversation with Mr MegaGeek from the computer shop).

Plus when all this happened I was still participating in Dry July so i couldn’t even have a glass of wine to drown my sorrows.

So where among all this misery were my high’s?

Firstly, I successfully completed Dry July and as I write this I am enjoying a lovely glass of wine.

Also on Sunday night the ebook anthology from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Awards was officially released and included among the 28 fabulous short stories, was my very own story – The Soul Hunter. Yes that’s right – I now have my first official piece of published fiction. Hurrah!

And a big congratulations to Jo Eberhardt who also has a story published in the same book (if you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog you definately should, she provides loads of humour and useful info for any aspiring writer!)

And as a brief plug the anthology is available as an ebook (the hard copy book will be available later in the month) from here.

So it has been a great week and a terrible week. But still I managed to make forward progress and I can honestly say that if it were not for ROW80 I would probably still be lamenting my lost words instead of getting on with the job of writing – so thanks to you all!

How is everyone else going? Hope you had the good but not the bad in your week.

Jody Moller

Friday Free-For-All – Death of a Laptop

I have some bad news to share with you all. Yesterday when I switched on my laptop to complete my daily word count – disaster. It wouldn’t turn on. Several hours of attempting to reboot, reformat, and reload and it still wasn’t working. So now my computer is at the computer shop to be fixed (apparently it is likely to be a failed hard drive).

So you will not be hearing much from me over the next week – once my laptop is back in my possession my posts will be back to normal.

For those wondering – my last back-up of my writing was last Sat so I only lost 5 days of work. (take a break and back up now ;))

ROW80 goals will definately not be met over the next few days but I think having no computer is a reasonable excuse 🙂

Hopefully I’ll be back before you know it. See ya.

Jody Moller