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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Back on the #row80 Boat

Now that Row80 has a link, I’m back. I can’t explain why the link even matters, but it does. I was lost without it. Don’t you hate it when you put your Ipod on shuffle and you have to keep skipping Christmas music ;(  On with the goals.

www-ckrich-com 2017 Goals for Row80

  • Write 200,000 words. I did write a tiny bit yesterday. maybe 200 words or so. I stopped because it’s been so long since I worked on my WIP. I decided I should read what I already have. This morning I printed the pages out, intending to read them later today. Looking at the printed sheets, I need to adjust the settings for page setup. No clue how to do that in scrivener. 2,401 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages. I settled on a short fantasy story. I’ll pass this on to critique group in a few weeks. Since I just worked on a cozy, my next work for editing is one that might be called magic realism. Maybe. Not real sure of the genre. It has a cool twist at the end. That brings the yearly total to 227/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I’m making slow progress. I walked 6.3 miles this week. I also added 15 minutes of calisthenics. Not every day. I’m not crazy. I hate calisthenics. 159,702 /2.6 millionMy goal is 50,000 steps a week. I fell just shy of the mark with 45,422 steps.
  • Read 80 books. I finished Corroded by Carrie Dalby.  A wonderful YA read. I also finished reading Plot &Structure by James Scott Bell.  Another book I highly recommend. I wish I had read it years ago. I started A Monster Calls last night. Amazing so far. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading. Finished over half of the book already. Completed 8/80 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. Dropping. Don’t ask.

There you go. Not bad. Even though I didn’t meet two goals, I still made progress. Let’s face it. Any time I spend moving is a good thing. I think I need to memorize the opening dance sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy. No, I will not post it on Youtube when I’m done. I’m not breaking the internet.

How did your week go?

-CK