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Writing Wednesday: Quick 1st Check-in

I really do not have much to report for right now. Not unusual for the beginning of the round, But, I’ve done even less at this point than normal. Yesterday morning I woke up and felt a bit “off” and had trouble focusing on the words in the morning. I still got some writing done. But, later in the morning I got hit hard by this crud going around. Ended spending most of the day on the couch and was in bed by a little after 7:30. Still not feeling a whole lot better today even though I slept later. well, i kind of did. Except that i was waking up every hour or two after about 1. So haven’t gotten much more done today either. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do, it usually hits me pretty hard.

  • Finish 1st round of edits on Slow Revenge

Worked on this a little bit on Monday, but didn’t get too much done. Wanted to work in a description of the character’s dress, but as anyone who knows me knows, I’m not real big on fashion. So had to do a little bit of research towards that. And I haven’t got any more done this week.

  • Send to Beta Readers(if anyone is interested, let me know)
  • Finish 1st draft of Flames of Redemption

Have written about another 1400 words toward this. Finished a scene. This one’s going to come out a bit short, I think. I’m only at about 40,000 words and only have another 12-15 scenes planned.

  • Read 20 books

am about halfway through the first book.

  • workout for 30 minutes 5 days a week

walked on the treadmill on Monday but nothing else this week so far.

  • Track calories every weekday

Did good through lunch on Monday. didn’t put anything down yesterday or today.

Not too much progress so far for this round. hopefully that will change once I start feeling better though.

2013 Round 1: Simplifying Goals

I feel like I’m running behind because I’m not writing this until the day the round starts. Usually I’m ahead of the game. But, I guess I’m having a harder time than usual getting back to my routine after the holidays. It’s not a problem though because it will come. I did have a list of my goals made out. It was my typical one, organized by month and writing/editing/plotting goals. Then, I started to feel that might stretch me too thin. That focusing on so many things really left me with little focus at all. So, I decided to simplify my focus. I was going to just work on one thing at a time, whether it was writing or editing or planning. But, I just can’t seem to narrow my focus quite that much. So instead, I plan on working on two projects in different stages of completion. And I have my goals prioritized. Since for some of them, I have to have another goal finished before I can start that one. So, for each check-in, I’ll just report on whichever ones I’m working on currently. But, I’ll probably have the list of all of them there, so I can keep in mind what I still want to get done and have the finished ones crossed off. Or I may just do the current set of goals(I have them grouped by priority). I also have a few goals that will cover the whole round.

So, here is my list of goals for this round:

  • Finish 1st round of edits on Slow Revenge
  • Send to Beta Readers(if anyone is interested, let me know)
  • Finish 1st draft of Flames of Redemption
  • Finish plotting Connie’s Story(#3 in my series. Slow Revenge is #1)
  • Find title for Connie’s story
  • 2nd round of edits on Slow Revenge pending feedback
  • Start looking into editors & cover designers
  • Start drafting Connie’s story
  • start 1st round of edits on Healing the Heart

I have a goal this year of reading 100 books. I managed 90 last year. I’m a bit of a binge reader, so I can sometimes finish a book in a day or two. And some of these books are novellas or collections of short stories/novellas. I count them all. Only a week into the year and I’ve already finished 5(4 novels and 1 novella). Also, I want to get back on track with my workouts and eating.

  • Read 20 books
  • workout for 30 minutes 5 days a week
  • Track calories every weekday

Looking back over it, that may not seem too simplified. But, compared to my other lists of goals, it is. Or at least better prioritized and organized(and we all know how much I like to be organized).


2012: By the Numbers

Anyone who has been following me for long probably knows I’m a bit of a nerd about numbers. Which is a bit surprising, since I always hated math in school. But, I like to keep track of those numbers as a way to gauge my progress.

In 2012, I finished 4 different WiPs, 3 novels and 1 novella. And I’m about halfway through another novel. I wrote 240,960 words between those projects working on them 211 days out of the year. So, that’s a little over half the year spent writing. Doesn’t really seem like a lot, but I didn’t keep good track of my editing or plotting days. I’m planning on getting a planner/calendar to write down each day what I worked on. That works out to 658 words a day for the year. Or about 1142 on the days I did write.

I read 90 books in 2012. 74 of these were full novels, 8 novellas, 5 were collections of either short stories or novellas, 2 were short stories, and 1 was a non-fiction book. 5 of these were actual “hold in your hand” books, the rest either read on my Iphone Kindle app or the Kindle I purchased last month.

As for this blog, WordPress actually beat me to this. I had about 2400 views throughout the year. I published 183 new posts and uploaded 376 pictures. The busiest day on my blog was August 11 with 206 views. My most popular post that day was Family Friday: Five Years Old.

Throughout the year, the most popular posts were: Knitting Monday: St. Patrick Day Hats, 2012 ROW80 Round 1 goals, First Round 3 check-In, My Writing Process, and the Five Years Old one. Some of the searches that brought people here were: girls five years old, trucks, loops and threads cotton club yarn, and st patricks day knitting chart. Visitors came from 57 countries, the majority being from the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The most active commenters were: Lauralynn Elliot, Eden, alberta, L.S. Engler, and Shah Wharton. So, thanks all of you!


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