At the Surprisesaplenty site, I wrote this:
This summer I appear to have a lot of free time. I hope to work an ESL camp in August and have a few other commitments but essentially I have time to work on my own projects. Most of these projects deal with writing.
Writing Plans and Goals:
- 13 blogposts for 6,500 words. Why 13? I can't recall why I chose this number. Somewhat more than two a week, I guess.
- 3 short stories: Working titles are 1) Ants, 2) Vampire on a boat and 3) Hyperbaric Chamber. I'm figuring 2,000 words each
- Push forward one or all three of the books I have started and let sit. 30,000 words is the goal and I don't mind jumping from book to book as seems fit. Working titles are 1) Return of the Haloed Hunter, 2) the Distancing Engine and 3) Creationism's worst arguments
- 2 letters per week to friends. Around ten letters and 2,000 words.
- Perform research and planning for future "Crowded Sky" story. As much as 5,000 words.
To keep the writing interesting, I have made further goals.
- I want to write over the course of a full day. That is, at least once in the month write from 12:00 to 1:00 AM, once from 1:00 to 2:00AM ...
- I want to write in a variety of locations. The local mountaintop has a good table. There are some nice libraries to write in. I'll talk about coffee shops in a moment. Eulsookdo Eco Centre might be a nice place to work in for an afternoon.
- Soundtrack: I may use Ommwriter which has its own soundtrack but otherwise it will be autoplayed classical music starting with some Janecek and letting Youtube suggest from there. Away from Internet connections, Doug and the Slugs and other 80's music would work; the tunes are so familiar that they can be white noise or a fun background as needed.
Snacks: I bought snacks for my Nanowrimo writing and I will definitely eat in front of the computer but I need to show restraint here. My weight is slowly dropping and I want to keep it going in that direction. Controlling my weight is my greatest concern this summer.
- 18 runs with an average of 7.0 km. I hope to attempt a solo half-marathon this summer late one evening and have been working out the course and where to place energy drinks along the way. I am currently at 96 runs over the past six months so only the weather could prevent reaching this goal.
- Run faster than a subway train. The local subway stations Seo-dae-shin and Dong-dae-shin are about 500 meters apart and the train takes 2:35 seconds from doors open at Seo- to doors closed at Dong-. Further, this route is slightly downhill. I can easily run this fast on a level surface but Seo-dae-shin is deep underground. I have no qualms or conscience problems about using the escalators but even with that assistance, there is a big climb at the start of the run.
- Swim 2km at a time. Korean pools are crowded with conversationalists and it is hard to get an unbroken swim in. I am likely to need to stop a the end of a lane a few times. Today, I did 1250m, with breaks and could have gone farther.
- Find 3 snorkeling places in and near Busan
- For at least 6 days, eat three meals, plus one snack plus one sweet drink. I snack a lot and plan to spend a lot of time in front of a computer so this will be a challenge.
Education: I am enrolled in 3 MOOCS.
- The Bilingual Brain
- Modern Korean History
- Archaeology of Portus
- Teach my son to swim.
- Go on a weekend trip with the family. I would prefer a swimming site but that is negotiable.
- Read two books with my son. I don't want this to be a purely teaching experience but one we both enjoy. Tintin is a good contender here.
- Work on the farm.