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

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

 

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

 

 

 

April 2017 TBR

I can’t believe it’s April! Where has the year gone? There are only 2 months left before school is out and summer is officially here. I’ve been collecting books to read for summer. Yeah!  Then last week I won a giveaway from Henery Press. I’ve downloaded around 27 books! All free 🙂 I’ll be reading forever. *happy dance*

Library Books:

  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I’ve actually started this one already.
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel– I have read this ages ago. I love the movie.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton I admit– I’ve never read this before.
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

Kindle:

  • Incubation by Laura DiSilverio
  • Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson I love the cover on this one.
  • Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian This is another book I’ve had my eye on.
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

I’m sure there will be more books but this is a good start.

What will you read this month?

-CK