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

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

King Cake and Candy Hearts

This week has been chaotic. I wasn’t as successful this week. My birthday was Tuesday and then Valentines was yesterday. This year my baby girl was given chocolate by a boy at school. I am not ready for this! She is too young.  Sigh.

The good think about this week is I worked on my goals each day. I didn’t make huge leaps but I worked on them and that’s what counts. Tomorrow night The Polka Dots have their Mardi Gras parade. I think we will go. Which is good. I know a girl on the float. If I make a sign with her name, hopefully, she will reward us with treats.

A note on my WIP. I started a new cozy for NaNoWriMo, but didn’t finish it. I’m working on it now. This one centers around a seamstress. Currently, my research includes Youtube videos on alterations and making a pair of Mardi Gras PJ bottoms 🙂 I think I’ve had too much coffee.

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Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

  • Write 200,000 words. This week I wrote 3,304 words. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal. I don’t write on the weekends. Too much activity with teenagers. I didn’t reach that goal this week but I did work on it. That gives me 5,705 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages. I finished the edits of Stella. She is ready for critique group. I edited 20 pages this week. That brings the yearly total to 247/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    It looks like I reached my goal! Unless I added wrong. Which is totally possible, don’t tell me if I did. I walked 5.3 miles this week a total of 58,557 steps! 218,259 /2.6 million.  My goal is 50,000 steps a week. Shocking. The miles walked is above what I normally do and is included in my step count. I did take the young ones shopping. That took forever.
  • Read 80 books. I think I’ve read 4 books this month 🙂 Which is my usual goal.I just started reading The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan. Funny as always.  I’m not sleeping well, so I’m reading at night more. I finished A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I loved it. I want to read more of his books. I also finished a short book. I think it’s a middle grade book, not sure. The Mardi Gras Chase: True Girls Book 1 by Maggie M. Larche. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It reads like a cozy not so much like a kid book. Bonus points for being set in Mobile (my hometown) and reflecting the actual city. Highly recommend it. Completed 10/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

There you go. Not too bad of a week. Any progress is good. Or as Dory says, “Just keep swimming.”

How did your week go?

-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

January Goal Check #2

 

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Where did winter go?

January is insane. The weather is confused. We have had the most beautiful spring weather with highs near 80*. The Azaleas are blooming–it’s crazy. I’ve been busy. Someone has expressed interest in reading my WIP. Whoo hoo. So I’ve been editing like a mad woman. I thought my brain would explode Sunday. My goal is to have it ready by the end of January. The first 30 chapters are easy. My critique group has shredded it and I use that as a guide. Not true for the last dozen or so chapters.

On with my goals:

  • Write 200,000 words. On hold until I finish edits. I can not do both.
  • Edit 600 pages. I have edited a total of 76 pages! Drum roll, please. That’s the most I have ever done.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. This week I have 60,263/2.6 million. That’s an average of 3,348 a day. I know that’s not correct because I didn’t start until the 6th of January. One day I walked 3.3 miles and on another 1.6 miles. That is above my normal walking. I am making strides.
  • Read 80 books. I have read The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman. I am still reading Paris by Edward Rutherford, I have around 150 pages left. I might reward myself with French Macaroons when I finish. Completed 3/80.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional. Epic fail. It’s not that I don’t have time to read it I do. But once I get behind it’s hard to pick it back up. I don’t know If I should skip ahead to today and ignore the ones I miss or what. ;(

There we go. I have a one-track mind at the moment, must finish edits.

How did your week go?

-CK

Week 1- 2017 Goals

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2017 week 1

I am still working on scheduling, trying to work everything into my week. I’ve had a little success and an epic fail. Since I’m not “officially” doing Row80, I created this cute little icon. I think it fits. Goals have a habit of feeling like a monster chasing me at night 😉

I will attempt to check-in once a week.

  • Write 200,000 words. My WIP, Seams to Die For, is a cozy I started for NaNoWriMo last November. I really like the story so I work on it first thing most mornings after I return from work. It should finish at around 50,000. This week I have written 2,401 words.
  • Edit 600 pages. After I write for an hour or so I edit. Some days I only get through two pages and other days I manage six or more. It just depends. This week I edited 18 pages. Yes, I am terribly happy about that.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. Exercise is my kryptonite. I want to exercise more and be healthier, but getting started is soooo hard. I used this week to measure my average steps. I didn’t add anything new. I am going for a walk today 🙂 Unfortunetly, the pedometer I bought is not terribly accurate. At one point it was counting rocks in my lazy-girl chair.   Over four days I have accumulated 31,888 steps.
  • Read 80 books. As usual this is my best goal. I have read 2 books: Emotion Amplifiers and The Negative Trait Thesaurus both by Angela Ackerman. I am still reading Paris by Edward Rutherford, I’m about halfway through it. I might reward myself with French Macaroons when I finish.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional. Epic fail. It’s not that I don’t have time to read it I do. But once I get behind it’s hard to pick it back up. I don’t know If I should skip ahead to today and ignore the ones I miss or what. ;(

On a sad note, my critique group is having scheduling problems. Hopefully, they will soon be resolved. I love critique group.

How is your week going?

-CK