Project 10K (P10K) September 2017

You’ll find the rules and some of the earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

Do you need a little incentive for writing more regularly? Then this project is for you.

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

Here are my answers:

  1. I’ll be honest and admit to fail. I worked on several things, wrote two flash stories for the Friday Fictioneers, but these were tiny efforts and not really what I aimed for. I do have an excuse though. My SO and I decided to make one last effort to get back to Canada where we lived for a few years in the past. We always wanted to go back but were kept back by private obligations. There is a chance now, and we’ll give it a try. Since we’re quite old by  now for immigrants, I’m not sure we’ll manage, but we’ll do our best, which also means a lot of work, which also means less free time (and, more importantly. a free mind) for writing. I may disappear all together for a while, or write happily every week… I just don’t know yet. I’ll continue with the challenge, there’ll be a post every month, but on occasion it could be a pre-written post without much personal information. My collection of Fs will grow in the next months, I’m afraid. I’m not complaining, this is an exciting time for me. We’ll visit Canada in early November and then we’ll know more.
  2. I fell in love with my characters again and wish I had more time. So that is good, right?
  3. It’s about the only thing that keeps me writing and blogging at all at the moment.
  4. See above. 🙂  I can’t wait to go back to Canada. If that works, it’s a dream come true.

My goals for October are:

To not lose my mind and to not entirely forget about writing. Maybe I’ll manage a blog post or two now and then. I doubt that I’ll be able to do more.

And how did your writing go? Please leave a comment, or link to your blog if you write about it there. I’d really like to hear about your month.

And, as always, good luck, many good ideas and a lot of fun for October.

If you see this for the first time and this challenge interests you: Everyone is welcome, hop right in.


7 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) September 2017

  1. How exciting, the idea of moving to another country! I’ve only been to Canada a few times, but I loved all the parts I saw. Good luck with your application for immigration, I have my fingers crossed for you. And have a great trip!

    For last month’s P10K, I’ll take your “fail” and raise you one! 🙂 As expected, September was a KILLER month for me. I was back-to-back all month with conferences, workshops, trips, events, important deadlines, and just for extra fun, an unpleasant medical procedure. And on top of that, I agreed to watch *two* neighbors’ cats for them, for 3 weeks each (!), so that added 45 minutes to the end of every work day, whew. I knew I wouldn’t get much writing done, but I got even less done than planned, UGH.

    (1) My goals were: to post at least one flash fiction piece a week, submit at least three more short stories, finish the full draft of a new story I started the previous month, and write something to take to the writers’ conference to critique. I did… none of that. I posted three flash fiction stories. I submitted only one new short story (although I did do a lot of revision on it beforehand) and resubmitted one that was rejected. I never even touched that partially written story. And I only barely revised a story in progress to take to the conference, and ended up not going to the critique session after all (I prioritized sleeping over staying up for the 9:30pm to 2AM session!). In total, my word count is only 5698, and that’s being generous with the editing credit.

    But what I *did* do is have several breakthroughs on my novel characters and plot arcs, and spend good time working through those, so that’s not time wasted.

    (2) I had fun writing notes about my novel, that counts!

    (3) P10K was not as much a motivator this month because I knew I wouldn’t get the 10K; the writers’ conference was a huge motivator and inspiration though, yay!

    (4) My October is filling up too, but it won’t be as bad as September was, so my goal is to really get some good writing in this month. 10K, here I come!

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    1. Whoa, you’ve really been busy. Except for the medical procedure this all sounds great. especially the breakthrough. Cat sitting, what fun. That reminds me, we still need a place for our 18-year-old kitty. I thought finding a place for the dog would be difficult because she still has many issues, but that’s sorted itself out surprisingly easy. Too bad you’re on the other side of the pond… 😉
      I hope you’ll meet your goal in October. More insight into your characters must make your fingers itch to get to writing again. 🙂 Yay, good luck!

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      1. Oh dear, I hope you find a new home for your cat! Older kitties need extra love and a nice quiet space, too.

        Most of the busy-ness this past month was fun, true. Except for some of the work deadlines (ugh). Then yesterday (Saturday) I went to the farmer’s market with one friend I hadn’t seen all month, and to a great party with a few others I’d similarly neglected. Today, I just got back from a fun afternoon at our neighborhood’s annual Fall Festival (with yet another neglected friend). What a blast! The whole park was taken over by bouncy rides and balloon animals and face painting and free food (taco buffet, mmm); and for the adults, a cool Cuban band and free beer. Now *that’s* a neighborhood party! So I feel like I’ve caught up on my social life at last but hm, not a lot of writing getting done this weekend…

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        1. That does sound like fun. 🙂 I need to clarify though. Cat and dog only need a place for two weeks while we’re on our Canada trip. If and when we move, they come with us. But flying is a lot of stress for them and we’d only do that to them once. The cat acts as if he was five, not eighteen, and quite relaxed. I have hopes he’ll get through it fine.


          1. Oh, I did misunderstand! I’ve never had my cat stay at someone else’s house while I was traveling, that’s what confused me. Especially my current super-scaredy-cat — she’d rather be in her own house alone (and have someone drop by every day) than in someone else’s house, even with the promise of more attention. It makes sense to make them only do the flight once; that can be so traumatic for the poor dears.

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    1. I’ve read your post and will comment there in more detail. Great that you got motivated by the challenge, that makes it worthwhile. 🙂
      Yes, i’m busy, and often late to comment. But it’s a good type of busy and getting really exciting.

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