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

March TBR 2017

It’s March already? Wow. Mardi Gras has totally messed up my calendar. I read more than I expected in February. I also bought more books than necessary 🙂 Most of my TBR this month is from my bookshelf. I need to thin the herd.

March TBR

This month I hope to read for enjoyment and education. Several of these will be toward the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. I have a weird mix of books:

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My books:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I have to read this before it disappears into my children’s bookshelf never to be seen again.
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
  • The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I’m only one book short from having the entire set.
  • Body Trauma by David W. Page, MD. I’m am terribly excited to read this.
  • The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. It has pictures 🙂
  • Out of the Silent Planet Book 1 of the Space Trilogy by C.S.Lewis. I didn’t even know he had a space series.

Library Books:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Can’t wait to read this.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Kindle Books:

  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. I’ve already started this one. I love the voice. So far it’s better than expected.
  • Auntie Mamie by Patrick Dennis. I started this in February and need to finish.

There’s no theme to the books and looking at them there appears to be no reason 😉 It’s a long list, but several are very small books. There’s even a few I need want to order because I can’t find them local. Once summer is here I will only read from my bookshelf and the library. That’s the other thing about Mardi Gras. The library closes for like three days. Sigh!

What’s on your TBR?

-CK

 

 

 

2017 Row80 #8

It’s March! How did that happen?

www-ckrich-comI have done nothing. Mardi Gras hit and I’ve turned into a slug. Okay, that’s not entirely true but it’s close. I’ve done what I consider research and a lot of thinking and planning. But as far as my actual goals. I failed monumentally.

“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. This week I wrote 910 words. That’s an all-time low :(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.  No new progress. The yearly total is 247/600 pages.
  • I spent this week sewing. Over the last two weeks, I’ve made 3 tops and I’m working on a pair of shorts. I’m also helping my daughter make a skirt. I’m placing this under research. My WIP centers on a seamstress. I also made a list of books to read that involve flashbacks. My next edit project is told by using flashbacks. Sort of. More on all of that later.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 1.6 miles this week a total of 37,681 steps for the week and 300,393 /2.6 million for the year.  I left my pedometer home more than once.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  The English Spy by Daniel Silva. This is #15 in the series but the first for me. Very good book. Completed 13/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

Schools are out all week. I know it’s crazy. Mardi Gras is officially over yet schools are closed. I don’t expect much of anything to get accomplished.

How did you do this week?

-CK

M-D reading Challenge

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The Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge is up and running. I have read 8 books so far on the list. Unlike last year, I didn’t have much input into this years’ topics. For that reason, there are several I am perplexed over. The other night I spent time looking for books that would fit and then checked if the library had them. That took longer than expected.

My goal for this challenge is to read beyond the genres I usually read. I read a lot of YA, cozy mystery, and fantasy. My personal goal is to read books and authors I have never read before.

Required reading in another country- Really? Which child of mine thought that was a good idea? or was it the cousin? I narrowed it down to two books. The obvious choice is Diary of Anne Frank. I read that ages ago. So it’s not my first choice. The one I want to read can’t be found locally. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. This book was turned into a movie, it’s awesome. It’s Australian 🙂 It reminded me of Red Dawn. I’m holding out for Tomorrow, hopefully I can find a copy online.

Books set in spaceGroan. I’m regretting having read The Martian already. I could use it for this category. I have three possible books on my list, only two are at my library: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe and Space by James Michener.  Wolfe’s book checks in at a little over 300 pages while Michener’s is over 800. I’ve never read Michener before but I’ve always wanted to and I have his Hawaii on my list for a different category. If you have a better suggestion I’m all ears.

A Sci-fi book– See this messes me up. I don’t care for Sci-fi. I went to Goodreads and checked multiple lists of science fiction books. These are the choices I came up with. Again, my library only had 2 of them.

i, Robot by Issac Asimov

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (?) Not sure how this falls into Sci-fi. I’ve read a few books of hers before. She scares me.

Ringworld by Larry Niven

Anyway. These are the categories I’m attempting to read for March. If you have a good suggestion, please let me know. If you’ve read one of these, did you like it?

-CK

February TBR Final 2017 Edition

February TBR- Final

I did much better than expected for February. It’s been a crazy month, it always is when Mardi Gras is involved. Funny thing– the holiday pushed me to read several local books. And I’m so glad that I did. I didn’t read everything that I’d planned to read. Actually, at some point, I totally forgot what I planned to read and just read what was at hand 🙂

  • Corroded by Carrie Dalby– Read and loved it. Wonderful YA book.
  • Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that GripsReaders from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell.  Excellent. My copy is highlighted to death.
  • Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Denis- Nope. I read a few chapters and got distracted by Mardi Gras. Auntie Mame would understand that.
  • A Monster Calls by Parick Ness- Really good. Not sure if I want to see the movie. From the previews, I know the two are way different.
  • Fantastic Creatures by A Fellowship of Fantasy Authors– Nope. I am still reading it. A story at a time.

Other books I’ve read:

  • The Mardi Gras Chase (True Girls Book 1) by Maggie M. Larche- Loved it. Great short read using Mobile’s Mardi Gras as the backdrop.
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan a disappointment.
  • The Mystery of Wragg Swamp by Jerrye Sumrall another local read using Mobile’s Mardi Gras as a backdrop.
  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva Wow! Smart and intense.

That is 7 books for the month giving me a total of 13 for the year out of my planned 80.

Hard to pick a favorite. It’s a tie between Corroded and A Monster Calls.  They are different kinds of books. Monster had me in tears. If you haven’t read these I suggest you locate a copy and give them a read.

What was your favorite read this month?
-CK