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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Three Month Goal Final

We are at the end of Round 1 in #Row80 . It’s also 3 months into the year. Time to see how successful I was before I take a week to reevaluate my goals and schedule.

Original Goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
  • Edit 600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
  • Read 80 books

As expected I did great on half of them and bottomed out on the others. BUT I did work on them all. So that counts for something. I did a little math to find where I should be by the end of March. Granted there are two weeks left, but it’s easy to see if I’m on track or not.

Where I should be/ Where I am:

  • Write50,000 words / wrote 10,451 words.  Fail! That hurt. I struggled with inspiration and dedication this round. Hopefully, with a little planning, I can do better next round.
  • Edit 150 pages/ edited 267 pages. Success! I made this a priority in order to search for agents and publishing opportunities.
  • Walk 650,000 steps/ walked 413,412 steps. Fail sort-of. I didn’t meet my goal but I did better than I expected. I feel better and I’m sleeping better. All good things.
  • Read 20 books/ read 19 books. Success! According to Goodreads I’m I’m two books ahead so I’m going with that. And let’s be real, by the time March is over I will probably have read 2 more books.

Looks like I’m barely keeping up with the goal monster. Better luck next time 🙂

How did you do this round?

-CK

Bizarro Weather

Mobile lies just north of the Gulf of Mexico on the mouth of Mobile Bay. Our winters are usually mild but tend to have chilly February’s. If it snows it’s in February. Not this year. This year we had three days of frigid weather a week after Christmas before going back to 70s and 80s.  Until today. Today I woke to 35*. Dang! It’s cold outside. It’ll be colder tomorrow. The weather this year is all messed up.

I have had a more productive week. I think I touched on all of my goals. So that’s nice. Of course with the cold weather all I want to do is curl up with a pot of tea and read. Or finish watching Death in Paradise. I am obsessed with this show 😉

#Row80

“Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers. There is one week left of this round. Click here to read all about it.

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. I wrote 1,473 words this week. I didn’t meet my goal but I did write. I’ve had this ghost story in mind and I just started writing it. No preplanning. Total pantster on this one. At the moment my ghost has no name. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal.  That gives me 10,451 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  I edited 10 pages of Camouflage. It’s a novella of around 25,000 words. The yearly total is 267/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 4.5 miles this week a total of 40,885 steps for the week and 382,330 /2.6 million for the year.  That can’t be right. I exercised almost every day. I did Tai Chi two days.  My weekly goal is 50,000 steps. I need a better pedometer.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  If I Stay by Gayle Firman,  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, and The Ice Dragon by George R R Martin. Completed 17/80 books this year.
    I just made my summer reading list. Can’t wait for the mail to arrive 🙂
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

The library just alerted me that I, Robot is in and waiting on me. I’ll have to run and get it before they change their minds.

How was your week?

-CK

The Quest for Balance

Balance

or The art of juggling while jumping up and down on a pogo stick

We’re now three months into 2017. As usual, some of my goals are falling apart. It’s not because I lack motivation or desire. Mostly, it’s from my inability to multitask or balance the different segments of my life.

Take today as an example. My plan was to complete the following tasks: write, walk, edit. Short and sweet. But I forgot that I have to make an exchange at the mall and return books to the library. My youngest also forgot school clothes so I have to run those up to the school. I need to buy gas and pay bills. Don’t get me started on the housekeeping chores.

Finding balance with family, work, and writing is hard enough but throw exercise into the mix and watch out. It gets crazy. I prefer to write first thing in the morning (like right now) and I can edit after lunch. But when do I exercise? I prefer to go for a walk as early as possible before it gets hot but that’s prime writing time. I can walk at the mall but that usually leads to hours of wasted time looking around and people watching. So yesterday, I tried Tai Chi. That was interesting. It didn’t take all day and was low impact. I can squeeze it into small pockets of time between other things.

I need to go back to my schedule and rework it to include exercise. And wiggle room for stuff my family throws at me.

“Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers.

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. Not a single word. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal.  That gives me 8,978words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  I edited 10 pages of Camouflage. It’s a novella of around 25,000 words. The yearly total is 257/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 2.8 miles this week a total of 41,052 steps for the week and 341,445 /2.6 million for the year.  I left my pedometer home more than once. I also tried Tai Chi once this week. That was fun. I felt like a heron but with much less grace. My weekly goal is 50,000 steps.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It’s an interesting YA read. Strong overtones of Alice in Wonderland. I also skimmed through theThe Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I’m not including them in my number of books read. I just started If I Stay by Gayle Firman and I’m still reading Beautiful Creatures. Completed 14/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

So there you go. Not a total bust but not a great success either.

How was your week?

-CK