Hit my first reward!

I am still humming along, hitting my most important goal of putting in time writing for every check-in.  I have a schedule of rewards, and I write down each time I spent some time working, like a little time card. I just passed 10 hours this ROW – which means I can get my first reward! I had planned for a candle to burn during writing time, but since I am mostly writing on the go these days, in coffee shops or during opportune nap times, I am not sure it’s the best reward. I need to think of some more! I am still hoping to get to my 50 hour reward – my Etsy jewelry purchase.

What would you do to reward yourself for your hard work at writing? Any ideas for my rewards?

Here is how I’m doing with each goal in particular:

Writing / Editing:
Goal: 30 minutes of anything twice a week! – I am WAY overachieving on this goal. Got in another hour and a half!
Stretch goal: Finish revising 2 scenes per week, Think of 2 new story ideas a week! – Just part of one scene, but that’s good enough for me!

Exercise: 
Goal: Yoga once a week, Walk twice a week, Ab exercises everyday! – Yoga class was great, and I am even a little sore. I am NOT sore from the ab exercises I’m not doing however. ;-]
Stretch goal: Strength train once a week, Lose 10 lbs by Fall. – Still workin on it…

Although I am still struggling to hit all of my exercise goals, I feel like I may need to up them. This is just not much exercise to help me lose weight, especially since I can’t seem to keep myself from eating like horse while still breastfeeding and not getting the best sleep…. But that’s life!  The question is how I can fit in more exercise with Baby….  We shall see!

Later, alligators!

Chug chug chug

Tonight I’m exhausted after a long day of lugging the babe around the Zoo. He’s still quite young for it, but when we take him out and about and he gets to observe people and things, he’s just SO happy at the end of the day. It melts the heart. =) So although I’m tired enough to only want to play video games… it’s worth it. Good memories! And since I made some progress earlier in the week, I’ll let myself have this relaxation time!

Here is my ROW80 check-in.

Writing / Editing:
Goal: 30 minutes of anything twice a week! – Check! 2 Hours this time!! YESSS!
Stretch goal: Finish revising 2 scenes per week, Think of 2 new story ideas a week! – I think I did get two scenes this week, but no story ideas… Gotta keep trying!

Exercise: 
Goal: Yoga once a week, Walk twice a week, Ab exercises everyday! – Yoga was missed because I was sick by a horrible stomach flu, and ab exercises completely went by the wayside (unless throwing up counts – lol). But walking has hung in there! I went walking in the park with Baby, and we also took him to the zoo and walked the day away today!
Stretch goal: Strength train once a week, Lose 10 lbs by Fall. – No progress… Abs come first!

Whoops! Two check-ins missed!

I missed both my check-ins this week! Yikes! Fortunately it was the posting I slacked on, and I still met most of my goals. 😀 Does that mean they’re too easy…? 😉

Writing: I was able to get an hour in on Saturday night, and two scenes revised – whoopee! I also further filled out my list of big edits I want to make and consistency things to check for. Haven’t gotten in any more since then, but technically I am ahead anyway!

As far as exercise goes, I didn’t do my walks and yoga, but I did plenty of other physical activity instead! On yoga class day, my mom, Grama, son, and I had a special day where we went to the Aviary and walked for hours looking at the eagles, penguins, and other birds. I also spent two long days weeding and planting in the yard in this heat! So all in all I think I’ve met the spirit of my goals!

Now to keep them up for the next week! Wish me luck!

Write, walk, stretch, repeat!

Well, my check-in is a bit late again, but it’s because I spent the last hour or so writing! And I got two scenes revised! So that’s a great win and makes me ahead on my stretch goals!

I also managed these last three days to get a walk in, go to Mommy & me Yoga, and do my Ab exercises every day! Yay! The more exercise I do, the more I feel like I have no excuse! I just have to learn how to exercise when I’m with my son. Like everything since he was born, it’s a challenge but a learning experience to figure out how to live life with this new companion at my side. 🙂

There’s been a lot of talk of revision around ROW 80 lately, and it’s got me thinking about what my weak grammar points are. I think over the next few weeks I’ll try to make a list to keep beside me while revising. Ambiguous pronouns are always a struggle. And like any good Pittsburgher, I sometimes leave out the ‘to’ before an infinitive. What bits do you struggle with?

Until next time!

Goals for ROW Round 3

I’m ready to restart this writing thing now that I’ve recovered a bit from spawning some offspring. 😉 To do so, I’ll continue to take part in ROW80 – the writing challenge that knows you have a life. For my first ROW80 goals post-baby, I’m thinking I’ll start small.

Writing / Editing:
Goal: 30 minutes of anything twice a week!
Stretch goal: Finish revising 2 scenes per week, Think of 2 new story ideas a week!

Exercise:
Goal: Yoga once a week, Walk twice a week, Ab exercises everyday!
Stretch goal: Strength train once a week, Lose 10 lbs by Fall.

I may have missed some important ones, but I’ll add more as needed! Glad to be back!

Late checkin, but here goes nothin.

Hey, better late than never, right?  *crosses fingers*

So to complete my first “goal” — I made some better ROW80 goals:

  • Writing: Spend at least 5 hours each week revising Mage Slave. Finish character profiles for the remaining key characters. Shoot for about 10% a week, although I’m not sure that’s realistic at all.  We’ll see!
  • Health & Fitness: Today’s weigh-in prompted more seriousness and motivation in this area.  Gym twice a week. Additional cardio once a week. Track calories every day in Livestrong. Aiming for 1.5 pounds a week.
  • Game: Have all main screens for our game designed by the end of this ROW.  This one is kind of vague, but I think it’s still doable.
  • Reading: Read at least one book, bonus points for 2.  I’m going to start with If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland, recommended by Felicia Day on this week’s Flog. (Below if you want to see!) From a quick glance on Amazon I immediately one-click ordered the one that would arrive the soonest.  It seriously looks amazing.  If I get to a second book, it will be fiction, probably Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. Love the cover!  Also, finish Story Engineering (almost there!).


So how is it going so far?

  • Writing:Spent about 2 hours revising this week so far.  Pretty good I think.
  • Health & Fitness: Did gym today with weights and cardio. Tracked food and was easily under and enjoying myself.  Feeling great!  Hope this lasts.
  • Game: Marathon Friday and Saturday night game workathon – no worries here, full of progress.
  • Reading: Ordered If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. Read a bit more  Story Engineering – should be done soon!

Now that I have some good goals, let’s get this party started!