ROW80: Funny Misunderstandings

One day last week, I was eating lunch with the girls at work, when a woman from another department stopped by to say hi. Apparently, she’d emailed one of my coworkers earlier this week about the “snatchin’ shoes” she’d bought that weekend. “I want to see your snatchin’ shoes!” my coworker said.

One of the other ladies’ eyes went round. “You want to see her what!?”

Apparently, she’d misunderstood, and heard “snatch and shoes!”

The conversation degenerated from there, especially when a third coworker described something she’d misunderstood: she’d woken up that morning to find three ducks in her yard fighting. She grabbed her camera and took some video, before she realized only the two males were fighting. šŸ˜€

Similarly, I’ve been misunderstanding some of my ROW80 tasks, although with much less comical results. I underestimated the amount of time How to Write a Series Lessons 1 and 2 would take – there’s a lot of work in planning a series, especially when you haven’t written Book 1. (Yet, that’s the best time to plan, so good on me!) OTOH, Lesson 3 dealt with planning subsequent books in a series after Book 1 (or more) is already written, so there wasn’t much for me to do at this point, and it went quickly.

However, I made up for it by (again) underestimating the amount of time proofreading would take. Fortunately, it all evened out.

Here’s how my week’s progress went:

  • Complete print layout and print cover design forĀ Time’s Fugitive – Done!
  • Complete Lesson 2 of How to Write a Series – Done!
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts – uh, two and one. Still need to work on this.
  • Track exercise and consumption – not quite – missed yesterday.
  • Bonus: UploadĀ Time’s FugitiveĀ print book to Lightning Source – no, b
  • Bonus: How to Write a Series, Lesson 3 – Yes!
  • Bonus: Cover for Hangar 18: Legacy

Here are my plans for this week:

  • UploadĀ Time’s FugitiveĀ print book to Lightning Source
  • Complete Lesson 4 of How to Write a Series (which will finish the workshop)
  • Cover for Hangar 18: Legacy
  • Write two guest blogs I’ve promised people – this has been hanging for way too long
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts
  • Track exercise and consumption
  • BONUS: Develop list of things I can tweet about my books
  • BONUS: Write content for author newsletter

Overall goal progress:

  • Release Time’s Fugitive, in both ebook and print – Ebook done. Print almost done.
  • Complete Holly Lisle’s How to Write a Series workshop – in progress, should be done this week.
  • Bonus: Any planning/outlining of new book, beyond workshop exercisesĀ – on hold until other goals accomplished
  • Release Hangar 18: Legacy – OR – release Times Two (Time’s Enemy/Time’s Fugitive box set) as an ebookĀ – on hold until other goals accomplished
  • Bonus: Both of the aboveĀ – on hold until other goals accomplished

I’d love to hear from you!Ā Have you ever heard something you thought you understood – then realized you didn’t? Do you have trouble estimating the amount of time a task needs? How are you doing in this round of ROW80 – or if you’re not a writer, or not doing the ROW, for this spring?

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  1. Not me but my sister – she’s deaf – some days its like a Monty Python Sketch here – my new collection of short stories is named purple turtles as that is what we call the misunderstandings – from a friend who thought his wife was offering him a purple turtle when she actually asked if he wanted a clean shirt! no – and we never figured it either:)

    well done on the week and all the best for coming week

  2. Congrats on doing so well on your goals. And cool that you’re taking Holly’s series class. It’s a really useful course and there is surprisingly little advice out there about writing series.

  3. I have moments like that a lot! Recently a friend asked me, “What kind of dates have you mened?” I was totally confused until she started laughing and repeated herself, correctly, “What kind of men have you dated?” It made so much more sense the second time! Congrats on your goals. I’m struggling with all goals right now, as the process of getting my house ready to sell and preparing to move across the country is taking a lot of my mental energy.

  4. LOL Alberta! I’m wondering how they got “purple turtle” from “clean shirt,” but it’s funny!

    Louise – you noticed I was pretty vague about the lunchtime conversation? There’s a reason for that! šŸ˜€

    Thanks, Alica and Reetta!

    LOL Emma! That’s a funny one! As for goals, moving is so consuming, even if it’s just across town, not to mention across the country! Good luck with it!

  5. Yes, have had ‘those’ types of conversations which are really too funny for words. I discovered that my son (12) also isn’t familiar with slang so we have miscommunications when he thinks he understood what I said but really didn’t. Yes, I’ve underestimated my time with editing and finding it going a whole lot more slower than expected. Oh. When my husband says something is only going to take 30 minutes – times that by 3 or 4. Glad you are making progress. I have Holly’s character workshop printed off. Been procrastinating a bit so haven’t gotten to far. Happy writing!

  6. Robin, LOL kids speak a whole different language sometimes! And doesn’t it seem like the writing always takes longer? I keep thinking I have it down, then I’m reminded otherwise. Have fun with the character workshop – it’s great!