I wrote 665 words yesterday. It was great. Life has been so crazy that I haven’t been writing, and it’s still crazy, but it was driving me even more crazy to not be writing, so here I am again. My house is not at all unpacked from the latest move (2 weeks ago), and we have no fence, or blinds, or numerous other things in our new house. I also still have a 2.5yo and 1yo running me ragged, I’m making way too many things from scratch due to the 1yo’s soy allergy, and the 2.5yo has a developmental evaluation next week for some serious speech delays. But oh well. I’m actually pretty happy, and all because I’m not only writing, but having a good time doing it. Of course, I did something I swore I wasn’t going to do. I started something new (despite the fact that I already have 4 works-in-progress that I really do want to finish). The new book is a little lighter reading, and therefore a little lighter writing, and I’m really enjoying it. Hopefully I can keep up production. I’m hoping for 500 words today and another 500 tomorrow. My parents are coming to visit next week, so writing goals will probably be slightly lower.
goals January 28, 2007
Well, it’s been years since I’ve actually sat down and written out specific goals at the beginning of the year, and I decided this was the year to start again. And I’m posting them here so that I can try to be accountable for them, too (I really am much better at doing things when I tell someone else that I’m going to). I came up with 5 categories and 3 goals in each one (see, organization!). And while this is a little off-subject, one of them is a writing goal, so see, it really belongs here…
spend 20 min with each kid every day — I spend a lot of time with my kids, but I’m not always good about just spending time with them — I’m always trying to get other things done, too
get pregnant — not something I want to do just yet, but I think if I don’t before the end of the year it’s going to be really hard to convince myself to go back
keep journals and website not more than 3 mo. out of date — this shouldn’t be hard to do once I get them up to date — right now they’re about 7 mo. behind
100% VT — this shouldn’t be too hard
attend temple 3 times — I’m mostly doing this for my husband, and this will only include 1 endowment session
get familiar with Mom’s family history — I think there’s maybe more that could be done on it, but I won’t know unless I spend some time getting familiar with it first
move (3 times) and get unpacked — yes, we’re moving 3 times this year — once to Puerto Rico, then back to WI, then somewhere else — the first two shouldn’t be too hard, but getting unpacked after the last one will be a struggle
sort through 1 box of papers — i have a few boxes of papers waiting to be filed in my library
get family pic taken — really, this fits under household, since the picture we have hanging now doesn’t have either of the kids in it
read 30 books (2 non-fiction) — this shouldn’t be hard, since I’ve already read 10 and it’s not quite the end of January
exercise for 10 minutes 3x/week — I’m not very good about exercising, so I figured i’d start small
finish 1st draft of a manuscript — it doesn’t matter which of the 4 WIPs, just one of them — this is by far the hardest goal on the list, but I really want to do it!
get loans less than (x amount) and savings more than (x amount) — I figure I probably don’t need to publish specific financial info on my blog
get tax papers filed — I actually did most of this the other day
submit income taxes by March — harder than it looks, since we own property with my in-laws and I have to wait for them to give me some of the info before I can file
starting again January 24, 2007
I haven’t posted on here for a while because I haven’t written for a while. But I’m hoping to do some serious writing in the next few months (more on that soon), so stay tuned for updates!
a new babysitter November 16, 2006
I never did figure out what happened to the old one. Maybe she died. I don’t think it’s likely, but it is possible. But regardless, I’ve spent the last week looking for a new babysitter. I think maybe I found one. She’s coming over on Saturday to talk to us about the job, so hopefully it’ll work out. And then maybe I can actually have some time to do some writing again. Wish me luck.
a little more progress November 10, 2006
Well, DH watched the kids for a little while last night, so I had some time to do some writing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling very good, so I didn’t get too much done. Just 141 words. But that does push my total for the month over 1000, so that’s good, I guess. And I think DH is going to give me some more writing time tomorrow, so hopefully I can get a larger chunk written then.
too ambitious November 6, 2006
So I’ve realized my goal of 25,000 words is way too ambitious. So far the only day I wrote at all was last Thursday, when DH was in charge of the kids for a bit. I just can’t seem to get work done unless I have some uninterrupted time when someone else is in charge of them. So that’s my new goal — 1,000 words on any day I can get someone else to be in charge of the kiddos for an hour or two.
Ideally this would still mean a lot of progress in the month of November. Our babysitter is supposed to come for a few hours Tuesdays and Fridays, DH said he would be in charge of the kiddos for a couple of hours Thursday nights, and I can probably get him to be in charge for a couple of hours most Saturdays as well. 4,000 words a week would still be pretty good.
In reality, I don’t know that this is going to happen. The babysitter didn’t come at all last week, and I haven’t heard from her, so I don’t know if she’s coming this week either. Also, this Thursday night DH has a business meeting, and next Thursday night I have to go VT. And then there’s the week of Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure I won’t manage to write on Thanksgiving itself. If we have people over for Thanksgiving (a possibility, but not definite at this point) I likely won’t get any writing done for the whole week, what with cooking and cleaning.
So we’ll just have to see how the month goes. But the new goal is 1,000 words any time I can get someone else to watch the kiddos.
my first progress November 3, 2006
DH did, in fact, watch the kiddos for a while last night, and I got some uninterrupted time to do some writing. I didn’t make my 1000 word goal :(, but I did get 875 words written, so that’s pretty good. I still don’t know if the babysitter’s coming today, so we’ll see how things go.
Oh, and for those who have asked, I write novels (sf/f novels, even). I currently have none finished, but four started. I’m working on one particular one this month, though, not going back and forth between different projects (which happens sometimes).