#ROW80 Update/Goals


Hello, all! Hope you’re having fantastic weekends, and Happy Mother’s day to all of you who this applies to.

I was going to take today to chat about mommy blogs or do something special for Mother’s Day, but I’m stuck in The Land of No WiFi this weekend and don’t feel like writing that out on my phone. Maybe later.


Part of #ROW80 is posting updates on Sundays and Wednesdays. I can’t add my link to the list until we get home, but here we go, anyway:

I wanted to do 1,000 words a day on the new story, which REALLY needs a title. I almost made it; 1600 on Wednesday, 400 on Thursday (bad day for scheduling), 200 on Friday and 1200 on Saturday.

Not back to editing Bound yet, but I’m getting really antsy, wanting to dive back into it. I think that’s good. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder; I’m hoping it also makes the brain grow sharper.

Blog posts: check (even if the one about Merida got at least one facebook friend upset with me)

So, this coming week we’ll stick with 1000 words a day on the new one. Three blog posts, including WIPpet Wednesday (which I haven’t even thought about yet). I usually do more, but blog writing is supposed to be the add-on writing, not the focus.

And that’s it. 7,000 words for the week, and hoping to finish the first draft before I dive back into edits on Bound; goals for that will be coming soon.

How have you all been doing on your goals the week, writing or otherwise? Need a friendly kick in the pants? High five? I’m here for you!


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

12 responses to “#ROW80 Update/Goals

  • Kate Frost

    I’m a big believer in putting writing aside for as long as possible before going back and editing it, so I reckon when you do revisit Bound it will be with a fresh pair of eyes and definitely a sharper brain. 😉 Last week was taken up with marking so I’m raring to get back to work this week planning my new WIP and getting ready to publish my old one!

    • katemsparkes

      Me, too. I was in the middle of my *mumble mumble* set of revisions; I find it hard to give it a lot of time between every go-through, but it always works better when I do! I was reading advice from someone yesterday who said she only lets it rest overnight. I could never do that!

      Best of luck to you as you get back to your work. I think giving it some time to rest gives us space to get excited again, too. I hope that’s true for you!

  • L. Marie

    Great goals, Kate!!!! I’m going to try to write a chapter tomorrow in my new MG novel. I’ll see how that turns out. I haven’t written much this weekend.

  • kathils

    Bound, please. 😉

    I missed Sunday’s check-in. Weekends get gobbled up quickly and we have a lot to do around here. Priority is painting the house. Blech. Very little writing, no blogging . . . but lots of time for thinking and plot noodling. Which isn’t always a good thing!

    • katemsparkes

      I’ll be back at it soon, for sure! It’s hard to wait. Can’t send it out to anyone until it’s the best I can make it, though, right?

      Sorry you had to paint this weekend. Not a fun job. The time to think is the one thing I like about jobs like that, though. Actually, working at a greenhouse doing mind-numbing work was what got me back into storytelling after my depression got bad… indirectly. Long story. But yes, it sometimes isn’t so good when it’s mucking with stuff you already had worked out. This is why I worry I’m mucking too much in my edits. :/

  • Eden

    Something tells me that when you re-approach Bound, it will be with a lot of clarity and determination. It’s worth waiting to do that.

    You posted this from your phone? Wow! Not that my old phone can do that, but even with my hubby’s iPhone, I’m not sure I could pull off so much coherent text… You are certainly forgiven for not doing a Mom’s Day post with that limitation.

  • Jae

    Since the conference, my new goal is revise and rework manuscript immediately. Everything else has been put on hold. It’s both thrilling and terrifying at the same time! Oh the exhilaration!

  • alberta

    can’t think how you managed to write on the phone – i’d go cross eyed:) well done on writing and I know how you feel about wanting to get back to an old friend – I hate thta waiting stage – know it works but hate it all the same – all the best:)

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