Another week down, and another set of goals met!
These are the daily goals that won’t change throughout the round.
- Exercise for half an hour each day, five days a week. 5/5 Easy breezy! I find that if I just don’t give myself any allowances to be lazy, if I factor in that I HAVE to do this each day, it’s much easier. I have a schedule every night when I get home after work and this also makes it easier. Running and sit-ups are a good combination for me. I hope it continues to work, as I’m already feeling small differences.
- Write every day. 7/7 I’ve been having a case of wandering fingers this week. I’m having trouble sticking to just one story and when I do sit down to write something, it’s hard for me to really get into the story. I think the routine I have is cramping my muse’s style. In all honesty, I really want to edit a bunch of my short stories and my novel, but I also want to wait until all my beta readers are done. Once they’re wrapped up, the goal of writing will be replaced by editing. Until then, I’m just going to stick it out.
- Read one chapter every day. 7/7 I’m kicking butt and taking names with this one. The novel I’m critiquing (the one that’s way long overdue) is picking up pace and I’m really starting to get drawn into the final chapters of the story. Hopefully I can finish it this week!
These are the goals that will change from week to week.
- Edit “100 Deaths.” Done! This is complete for now, but like with everything, I’d like to revisit it again soon. Maybe I’ll throw it to a few friends first and get some feedback. No rush on this one. The new goal is to finish writing “calling card,” which is my latest idea for my horror short story collection.
- Get caught up on my writing e-mails. Done! In moving forward with this goal, I want to pick one contest or one magazine I’d like to participate in for this month. I tend to get a little panicky if I do too much at once, so I’m taking this one slow. It can be so nerve wracking!
I like knowing what I want to accomplish over the course of this round, as that will help determine what my weekly goals will be.
- Finish The End, my horror collection. Get some beta readers. (Anyone interested?) We’re at about 90% now, and closing in on the finish of the last story. I have a feeling that the concept (or at least the genre that I’ve chosen for this) will need to be altered soon. I think my stories are just a little too varied for the whole collection to truly be considered horror.
- Begin editing Lifetimes, the novel I’m focusing on right now. 0% I’m waiting until my beta readers get back to me, then I’m jumping into this one head first!
- Enter at least one competition or submit at least one article to a magazine. 0% Currently narrowing down contests in order to do so.
- Read at least four books this month. 0% Still working on the first one. I’ve also started on the second, but have completed neither yet. (Getting close!)
These are things that don’t warrant a full post, but are definitely items I’d like you to check out if you’re interested.
- I took care of my BFF’s dogs all week and although I love the puppy, I came home with at least one injury each day. Glad that’s over!
- Over at Hypable, one of our writers wrote a fantastic piece on who he thinks should star in the Wicked movie that is just getting off the ground. His column is smart, funny, and extremely well thought out. I’ve never seen Wicked, so I don’t know much about the characters. However, I know a lot of you are into musical theatre, so I highly recommend you read it.
- The ten year reunion panel of Firefly happened at Comic-Con over the weekend. It gave me all sorts of feelings and made me so jealous. I bet it was a great panel. I’m sure there are videos and recaps online if you’re interested. (Hypable’s is missing for some reason. 😦 )
How did you guys do this week? What comic-con news are you keeping an eye out for?