ROW80 – R2C8

Posted: May 27, 2012 in ROW80
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I’m going to apologize now for the fact that you’ll be getting three blog posts in a row from me. (This is because I was too lazy busy to put one up on Friday.) I have been trying out a new schedule, though, and I think I like it so far.  I always have tons of ideas for posts, but I tend to write them at the last minute because I never know what I want to do first. This new schedule definitely keeps me on track, and I’m able to spread my content more evenly. Mondays are for entertainment – TV shows, movie reviews, music. Wednesdays are all about art, which includes the Wandering Bard posts. And Fridays are freebie days where I delve into some random and fun things, like my Featured Videos. And of course Sundays are always for ROW80.

This week was better than the last few I had, but I’m still feeling overwhelmed. It’s funny because I don’t feel like I’m doing a lot. But I think I have two sides of myself warring with each other. The creative side wants to write! And write a lot! She wants to keep writing and it doesn’t matter what it is – it doesn’t matter that I have nearly 3 projects “complete,” she wants to start new things. And the other side of me (the practical one, which doesn’t hold as much power but might be able to yell just a little louder) keeps prodding me in the back, telling me I need to finish editing, look for agents, get myself out there.

It’s exhausting.

I gave into my creative side this week, and I think I’m going to do the same for next week. Hopefully it’ll allow me to relax a little bit and maybe get back on track with some of the other things my practical side wants me to do.

  1. Exercise for half an hour each day, five days a week. Incomplete. I did this three of the five days and even though I feel guilty, I’m not going to worry about it. Three is better than none. It’s been hot here lately, so I kind of wimped out on Thursday and Saturday (since I was busy Friday). Hopefully this week will be better.
  2. Each Sunday, visit Writer’s Market for at least half an hour. Incomplete. I knew I wasn’t going to do this one this week, so I don’t feel bad.
  3. Write Every Day. Incomplete. I missed Thursday and Friday, but I’ve been fairly pro-active on this new WIP I’m working on. It’s funny though, because I feel so into this story…but it’s just not coming out. I think I need a change in scenery. I hate being in the open and hearing cars driving down the road. Stick me in the middle of the woods and I could probably write all day.
  4. Read every day. Incomplete. I’ve been actively trying to do better with this, but it definitely got the better of me for a few days.
  5. Finish writing “Found” and then decide which stories definitely make the cut. Incomplete. Oops. I may have forgotten about this one…

So, even though technically I didn’t complete any of my goals, there’s still progress there. This coming week is a new one and I’m ready to get started on it! (Plus, three day weekend…hello!)

  1. Juliana Haygert says:

    I’m with you … sometimes I know I’m doing a lot, but I just don’t feel like it’s enough … and the wanting to start new things, but the practical side knows you gotta finish one and try to concentrate on that, look for agents, etc? Oh, that’s so me!
    I get distracted by new ideas all the time … oh shiny! lol … but it only ends up hurting my goal of actually getting published someday … it’s not easy, but we gotta try and fight it.
    As for your goals, like you said, progress is progress … three is better than none …
    I laughed at the oops lol That’s okay, everyone forget something a time or another 😉

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thanks, Juliana. I just saw your check-in and you kicked butt this week! I think you just lit a fire under me. I’m going to jump back into the fray shortly. This week will be for lots of writing, and maybe next week I’ll let the practical side of me win out. 😉

  2. EM Castellan says:

    As you said, progress is progress… You are working TOWARDS your goals after all, so you’re doing well! Have a great week and happy writing!

  3. LOL, it doesn’t sound like as many incompletes as you’ve listed. You may have just hit on what’s been going on with me, creative side fighting with practical side. Now to figure out how to call a truce! Hope you have a fabulous weekend Karen 🙂

    • Karen Rought says:

      I agree Raelyn – it looks like I did really bad, but I still feel like I got most things done! Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you have a fab weekend too!

  4. Julie Glover says:

    So if I ever find that perfect cabin in the woods, I’ll give you a call. I would love someplace like that for writing! School is out this week, and my kids will be background noise at my house so I’m not expecting to get as much done in the next few months. Best wishes with your goals! Incomplete is still way better than nothing-done-at-all. You’re on track, Karen!

  5. S. J. Maylee says:

    Getting everything done in a week is one thing. Moving forward and staying on the road is huge. Don’t bother with guilt, just keep moving forward. Here’s to a great short week 🙂

  6. You have forward progress, Karen, so that is a win. I know the feeling of having a whirlwind going and getting some items done, but not being able to totally mark it complete. Kudos on getting in 3 days on the exercise. I find that helps to balance out energy and help me relax. Have a great week!

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