Row80 Round 2 week 6

The countdown clock for summer is in full swing. I am so ready, maybe even more ready than my girls…no on second thought. Even though it is the end of school, I’m starting to prep for fall. My girls go to a small private school which means I have to buy books and uniforms. Bummer. But so worth it, we love our school. This week I had to locate pictures of Daughter #1 for the 8th-grade recognition slide show. Pictures of her over the last 14 years 😉 No I did not include that embarrassing one of her chewing on her toenails. Although I thought about it. I found one of my favorites.

Look at that hair! You can see the bayou behind her as she flies by on my daddy’s boat. She was a cotton-top when she was little. Her hair still has the corkscrew curls, but not as blond. Sigh.

I also received the book list and uniform policy for next year. Thankfully, she can still wear the uniform she has unless she outgrew it. She probably did, she’s at least two inches taller than me. Yes. She’s tall, thin, and blond. I’m so doomed. The book list is insane. I went ahead and ordered her summer reading books, both deal with the Holocaust. That should bring up insightful conversations this summer.

If that’s not enough trauma for me, Baby Doll has her swim team party this week and the last band concert next week. She’s only 17 months younger than her sister. She’s so excited for next year. This will be the first time they are on different campuses 🙂 Time to spread some wings.  Baby Doll has been swimming since she was 4ish. At first, water was the only thing she feared. Now, we don’t even have that! I’m pretty sure she is part fish. Hence our slight obsession with mermaids.

So this summer is a season of changes. New school, new adventures.

On with the goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
    I wrote 989 words this week, bringing the total to 11,903. Not much but it is something. I have difficulty writing and editing at the same time. It’s like my brain can’t switch gears.
  • Edit 600 pages.
    I edited 11 pages, bringing the total to 312 pages. I am over halfway to my goal.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. I’m sorry, but this is not happening. I give up. Dropped.
  • Read 80 books. I finished Caravan of Thieves by David Rich. Not my favorite book. It was okay.  I needed a book by an author with my first or last name for the Mother-daughter reading challenge. I didn’t finish Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. I got bored with it and put it aside. I am currently reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I love it! The writing is beautiful. 29/80 books read.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. Summer goal.
  • Complete devotional. I am now two lessons behind.

There you go. I’m inching forward. I am disappointed about dropping my walking goal but I didn’t see the point in pretending it’s going to happen.

How did your week go?

-ck

Three Weeks Until Summer

That’s right folks, three weeks until the kids are home… all day, every day. Pass the coffee. The end of school tends to be just as busy as the beginning of school. Everything comes to an end with dinners, parties, and programs. My calendar is screaming for relief. This past weekend we drove to Montgomery for the State Bible Drill, my youngest was in it for the first time 🙂 She did well. If you’ve never seen a Bible drill it’s hard to explain. In a nutshell, the students memorize huge amounts of scripture and then have 8 seconds to locate it in the Bible and recite it from memory. She did well, only missed 4 but that was enough to keep her out of the finals. Better luck next year.

On the downside, I am now the proud owner of a moving violation citation (running a stop sign) ;( Really! Okay maybe it was a rolling stop but the road was empty. My hubby had the joy of driving the rest of the day to and from Montgomery!

Let’s get on with this sad goal check.

  • Write 200,000 words. Still at 10,914 words. No new progress.
  • Edit 600 pages.  The total is still 301 pages. To finish Camouflage by June I need to edit roughly 5,000 words a week.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.  Yeah, I don’t think this thing is working all that well.My new pedometer says I am at 34,370 steps. I walked over a mile on Saturday and a mile on Monday.  Along with my regular walking. That means I only walked around 14,000 steps this week. Something’s not right here. My previous step count was 474,725. I think I will add the totals together at the end. I’m thinking I may need to ditch steps and change it to timed sessions.
  • Read 80 books.
    I am still reading Caravan of Thieves by David Rich and Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. I have mixed feelings for both of these which is why it’s taking me so long to read them.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional. I’m back on track.
  • Deep Cleaning. We have the yard sale coming up this Saturday. I’ve cleaned out both hall closets, laundry room, bedroom closet, and the massive lego horde. This is where most of my energy has been spent.
  • Submissions. Nope. I’ve barely had the computer on this week.

When I do my goal check-in’s I flip open my calendar. May’s is totally blank. That is not a good thing!

Excuse me I have writing to accomplish.

How did your week go?

-CK

 

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

Ponce de Leon Springs, Florida

Ponce de Leon Springs

If you don’t know, Florida is resting on a giant aquifer. That is the reason the state has fresh water springs and sink holes.    Basically, Florida is one giant marshland;)

The first stop on our road trip was Ponce de Leon Springs. Click here for the real stats. The spring is fresh water and crystal clear. Let’s not forget COLD! The water stays at 72* year round. Surrounding the spring is woodlands

with trails. Those are fun. You get to see where the high water line is.

The water depth is also misleading. The water behind that tree is clear like tap water, giving the impression that it’s only knee deep. It was quite a shock when I climbed in to discover it was waist deep.

We visited the spring twice, once on the beginning of the trip and once at the end. The first time only my daughter the mermaid was willing to get in. She even admitted the water was cold. Of course, we knew that from her blue fingers and toes.

It’s actually close enough for us to visit on weekends during summer, but the park is small and fills up quick. We don’t have that kind of clear water where I live. It’s a bit mesmerizing to swim and see the fish, turtles, etc swim around you. Take goggles, it makes exploration easier.

-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

 

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

Local Authors

Until recently most books I’ve read were found at the library or mainstream bookstore. Translation, the books are traditionally published. Usually.

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Read Local

Since I joined the local writers guild, I’ve had the pleasure of reading local authors. I’ve discovered I love local writers. I love books and stories set in and around Mobile. Some writers can write about a location having never visited the area or lived there. Others…can’t. They try but fail.

Cities like New Orleans have a myth and mystic all their own. A writer has to be careful not to fall into cliche or melodrama when depicting the city. But what about the smaller cities and towns? They too can play a part in a book. It’s easier to change/alter the city to fit the needs of a story but beware. Alter it too much and you run the risk of angering the locals.

There’s a certain thrill to read a story when you’ve walked the same streets or stared at the same horizon. I feel all warm inside seeing my city portrayed on the page, digital or paper.

Not all of these books, by local writers, are set in Mobile. Many are fantasy and take place in created realms while others occur in different states. But my fascination is there, knowing the writer’s local. Yet, I prefer those set in the city of Mobile.

Mobile is a quirky city rich in history, controversy, and strange festivals. There’s plenty here for a writer to dive into. Most of my stories are set within the boundaries of Mobile County .

This year I challenge you- find a book by a local author and read it. Where ever you live there’s a writer. Look up the local writers guild or indie bookstore, they can point you in the right direction.

What book will you read?

-CK