Weekly Goal Check-in

Goal Check-in April

This week has been chaotic. Mostly my fault but still. I have felt lethargic and tired all week. I know it’s my allergies. It rained last night and this morning, I’m hoping it washes away some of the pollen before my head explodes. If I keep moving all day, just stay busy, I have a better chance of accomplishing something. But the moment I sit down to rest, it’s all over.

Baby girl turns 13 on Saturday ;( Please ignore the tears. It’s hard to believe that my baby is officially a teenager. I don’t know why she acts like one! If that’s not enough emotional stress, my oldest is in the 8th grade. I received an email about the 8th-grade reception– they need pictures of each student at various ages. I’m not ready for high school. I’m not a clingy mother. I never cried after dropping them off at school at the start of the year. I was always there early and had plans for lunch to celebrate being kid free again. I blame hormones for the sudden trepidation in life changes.

I currently blame hormones for everything. On that note. Has anyone written a cozy mystery series surround a woman with hot flashes? I see a gold mine there. Just imagine the possible titles: Hot Flash of Death, The Insomnia Defense, & Spontaneous Flash of Murder… you get the idea. On with the goals.

  • Write 200,000 words. Still at 10,914 words. No new progress.
  • Edit 600 pages. I edited 19 pages of Camouflage this week. Brings the total to  301 pages. I want this finished before summer starts.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.  I finally bought a new pedometer. This one is also a wrist watch. I don’t think it’s terribly accurate. It says 20,615 steps. Hmmm. I know I moved more than that. My previous step count was 474,725. I think I will add the totals together at the end. I did 15 minutes of calisthenics yesterday as well. I’m trying it on my ankle today. I want to lose 10 pounds before Mother’s Day. I don’t know how doable that is. My cute swimsuit is too tight and I’m going to the beach 🙂
  • Read 80 books.
    I read: Michelangelo’s Ghost By Gigi Pandian and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Michelangelo’s Ghost was one of the books I won in March. I loved it, it’s book 4 in the series and totally fed my archeologist fantasy that started with Indiana Jones. I’ll have to read the first 3 in the series. I don’t usually reread books. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve reread. Like Water for Chocolate is one of those. I loved it more this time than when I read it 20ish years ago. I don’t own this book, but I need to. Highly recommend it. I own the movie and I’m watching it with my honey Friday night. He dosen’t know that yet. I’ve started reading 2 books but I don’t expect to finish either before the end of the week, so I’ll save it for May. 28/80 books read.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional. I’m back on track.
  • Deep Cleaning. I’ve started to clean out the laundry room and under the sofa. We hide our massive hoard of Legos under the sofa 🙂 I’m going through each set, putting them together to make sure we have all the pieces. Then I will decide if it’s a set we should keep or sale. Yes, I worked on this goal. On another positive note, the other people in my house have finally gotten on the yard sale bandwagon!
  • Submissions. I submitted to 2 publishers this week and received one rejection.

There you go. It’s been a busy week and will stay that way until school is out.

How did your week go?

-CK

Silver Springs

Silver Springs State Park

If you’ve never visited Silver Springs State Park, you may not be aware of all it has to offer. Click here. Most are familiar with the glass bottom boat ride and that’s it. But there is much more to it than that. I  remember visiting the park when I was about 10. The glass bottom boat sticks out most in my mind– that and the monkeys. Yes, I said monkeys;) I apologize for all the photos.

 

Silver Springs is a park with multiple fresh water springs. The water is crystal clear to bright, clear blue. The blue areas seem to

be deeper. In some areas it is 85 feet deep, it only looks about 25 ft deep. Remember that if you decide to go kayaking. Swimming isn’t allowed where we were. And really, it’s covered with gators! This little guy was sleeping on the bank. A much larger gator decided to swim around us later on on the kayak trip. My youngest daughter was scared he would knock her off the boat. He didn’t. He was more concerned with swimming to the other side of the river.  

We also had a chance to spot the elusive Rhesus monkeys that live in forests surrounding the river.  Ages ago, Tarzan was filmed at Silver Springs. The old black and white shows. After filming they just turned them loose. They also filmed parts of the old Creature from the Black Lagoon and the James Bond film Moonraker.

There are a few hiking/walking trails surrounding the park. They give you the opportunity to see the natural surroundings. We came across turtles, birds, bunnies, and snakes. Watch where you step.

The big draw to the park is the glass bottom boat. Out pilot has been leading boat tours since 1955! He was awesome. He showed us where some of the springs bubbled through cracks in the river and pointed out wildlife that might have slipped by us. One of the most interesting things, only visible by glass bottom boat, is a sunken Spanish ship/boat. Most of the boat has rotted away but enough is left to make out it was a boat.

So how clear is the water? I’m glad you asked. This photo was taken from an overlook on the walkway next to one of the deepest sections of the river. Near where you board the boats. I think it is 85 feet deep here. It was gorgeous. I will leave you with one more photo. My oldest fell in love with all the Spanish moss. We have dozens of photos of just moss 😉

 

Happy Travels,

-CK

Week 15 2017 Goal Check

TheI’m not sure what week this is, I’m just going with 15 😉

Spring Break was last week and I am still trying to recover. We took an old-fashioned road trip to Florida. We stopped at small state parks on the way to Weeki Wachee Springs. It was great fun, now I’m just exhausted.

Because of that, I didn’t have the time to work on most of my goals. Family time is more important.

 

Goal Check-in April 2017

  • Write 200,000 words. I did spend a little time playing with words on Monday. More of an exercise in loosening the writing muscle than anything. I wrote 463 words. That brings the total to 10,914 words.
  • Edit 600 pages. No new edits this week. 282 pages total.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.  As I mentioned last week, I broke my pedometer. I did track my miles walked with an I-pod. On vacation (4 days) I walked 11 miles 😉 If you give me something to look at I will walk to the ends of the earth!
  • Read 80 books.
    I finished reading The Outsiders by S. E Hinton. This was the first time I’ve ever read it. It’s about time too considering the book turns 50 this year. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I also watched the movie. Other than every teen heartthrob from the 80s being in it, the book is better. I also finished reading Incubation by Laura DiSilverio. This book was given to me from the author (I won around 32 books in March). It’s a YA dystopian novel set in Florida after the world is devastated by disease, hunger, and locust infestations.  It was really good and took an original spin on the usual dystopian trope. The whole “breeding” centers freaked me out. I’ve read 26/80 books.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional. I’m a little behind, Spring Break.
  • Deep Cleaning. Nope, Again- Spring Break. A neighborhood yard sale is coming up. The perfect excuse to get rid of everything.
  • Submissions. No news this week.

I’m having difficulting getting motivated. I just want to eat ice cream and watch Netflix.

How was your week?

-CK

 

 

 

 

Camouflage

Camouflage is the name of the project I am editing. I’m not telling you too much about it. I will say it centers on a mother and her three children after the death of her husband. The title is very fitting.

I decided I needed a playlist to go along with the work. So, here it goes. The top 10 in no particular order.

Camouflage Playlist

  • No Mermaid by Joan Baez
  • Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
  • Caribbean Blue by Enya
  • Na Laethe Bhi by Clannad
  • May It Be by Enya
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor by Jimmy Buffet
  • Wicked Game by Chris Issac
  • Cry Me a River by DianhWashington
  • Hold On by Sarah McLachlan
  • Orinoco Flow Enya

Yes, it’s a bit moody. But it’s also full of surprises, hopefully.

What’s on your current playlist?

-CK

 

2017 Goals Check-in April

Happy Spring Break!

I love living near a beach. This weekend was perfect beach weather. Needless to say, I’ve not accomplished much. But that’s okay. I’m spending time with the hubby and wee ones. I am throwing in a little research, but that’s still a secret.

2017

  • Write 200,000 words. No new progress here.
  • Edit 600 pages. I’ve edited 15 pages this week. 282 pages total.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. Currently at 474,725. I left my pedometer at home most days. It’s hard to clip it to a swimsuit! Funny story- after returning from the beach I threw on a load of wash. I did not realize that my pedometer was still attached to my pants. Now I no longer have a pedometer. Must alter goal later.
  • Read 80 books.
    I finished reading As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Very good. I need to start at the beginning of the series. I’ve started The Outsiders, which is turning 50 this year!
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional. I’m a little behind, Spring Break.
  • Deep Cleaning. Nope, Again- Spring Break.
  • Submissions. The rejections are rolling in. I sent out 1 query this week.

How did you do this week?

-CK

Goals 2017 Revision 1

We are four months into the year. Here are the original goals. You can click here for my last check-in.

2017

  • Write 200,000 words.
  • Edit 600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. 
  • Read 80 books.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional.

I’m not really discarding any of these. I am just defining them a little more.

Write 200,000 words.

  • I want to write 8,000 words in Seams Like Murder before the end of May.
  • Plot a mystery short story.
  • Plot my ghost story.
  • write a “scientific sheet” on the mythical creatures in my fantasy stories. I don’t know why. It just seems like fun.

Walk 2,600,000 steps.

  • walk every other day at 8 am. I think I will have better luck first thing.
  • Alternate days continue with Tai Chi or calisthenics.

Edit 600 pages.

  • Finish editing Camouflage by the end of May.

Read 80 books.

  • I’m good here 🙂

Complete devotional.

  • This is a different devotional than I started at the beginning of the year. It focuses on the book of Mark.

Deep Cleaning.

  • spend 30-45 minutes each day on necessary house chores. I see a massive yard sale in my future.

Submissions.

  • Submit Stella to magazines.
  • Submit DITW to publishers/agents.  I’ve already started this for both of them. I have a list of places and deadlines. This works well as an after lunch activity.

There you are. Looking at my schedule and the chaos of spring break (next week), my first check-in will be April 19th. I’ll try for next week but with the kids home I doubt it.

-CK

 

 

 

2017 Goal Check #4

2017 Goal Check #4

A return to #row80. The link is back 🙂 Click here to link.

Hard to believe it is February. January went by in a blur. I spend most of my time editing Dead in the Water. I hope to have something grand to say about it soon. Fingers crossed. I’m taking a few days off from most writing related chores to focus on cleaning my house.  My family has been very understanding as I ignored most everything while I edited. I might do a little writing and planning.

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  • Write 200,000 words. On hold. I will pick this back up on the 6th.
  • Edit 600 pages. This week I edited 42 pages!  That brings the yearly total to 227/600 pages. I have several stories waiting in the wings. I just need to decide which to edit next. Novel or novella? Fantasy or Mystery? Tough decisions.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked a puny 21,245 steps this week bringing the grand total to 114,280/2.6 million. I got a long way to go. After a month of just tracking my normal steps, it’s amazing I’m not heavier than I currently am. I’m a few steps shy of a slug. Not good. I am going for a walk in 15 minutes.:) My goal is 50,000 steps a week.
  • Read 80 books. I haven’t finished anything new since my last check-in. I’m reading Plot &Structure by James Scott Bell. I’m taking my time. As he suggests, this week I am working through the exercises on generating new ideas. Fun. Completed 6/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional.  I restarted this for February and I am on track. So far. 🙂

How did your week go?

-CK