Since I posted last Wednesday, I didn’t have anything new to report on Sunday, so I made the executive decision to just change my report date to Wednesday for the remainder of the round.
I’ll have a post later about the Springpad-to-Evernote converstion that I mentioned in last week’s status report. It has not gone particularly smoothly.
On to this week’s checkin…
- One new family story a week: Not exactly. I’m dealing with another facet of my past life right now. Might be interesting to write about. Nah…
One short story and one non-fiction piece for submission: I’ve actually submitted the non-fiction piece, to wit my sponsor post that I’ve been putting off. Hey, it’s a non-fiction piece, and it’s submitted. So that part is done. As for the short story, I actually now have about a half-dozen mostly-done stories about the same characters, so I might have a book in there somewhere. I’m afraid I suffer from “ooh, shiny!”itis. But, I’m having a ball writing them all.
Read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book: I’ve kind of lost interest in the non-fiction book I had started, so I’m looking for another one. Meanwhile, I have a couple of fiction stories to read, one being a YA book called The Sweet Dead Life, which I decided to start reading because, as it so happens, the author and her husband are college classmates of mine. I’ll talk about the other story shortly.
Blog at least three times a week: I posted three blog entries last week. Unfortunately, one of those posts was my status report, so only two count.
Learn some Russian: I found Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina online, with the Russian and English written side-by-side, and started getting into it. (This was the other book I was talking about.) Also learned that “babushka” (бабушка), a term we used in Chicago to describe the large, heavy scarf that Eastern European women wear when it’s cold and windy, is actually the Russian word for “grandmother.” This led to learning “dyedushka” (дедушка), meaning “grandfather.” So I’m getting there, a little at a time.
Learn to write left-handed: Still looks dumb, but I’m resisting the urge to open a document on the computer and type the very short notes to myself. Still using pencil, because the pens have all mysteriously vanished.
So, that’s where things stand. Straight ahead.