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!

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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!

Quick quick quick!

Well hello there! I’m determined to get this ROW 80 post in only semi-late, although my cat seems to have other plans… So this will be quick!

I got in an hour of editing AND worked in the idea for my next book, so go team! That’s meeting my goal and my stretch! I also spent the weekend reading my first real romance novel. I picked a Nora Roberts supernatural romance, and it wasn’t terribly surprising that the book was great. Can’t wait to get the next one in the trilogy, which is a great feeling that I haven’t found in a while. It rekindled both my reading love and a certain zest for life that had been waning a bit, and there was a ton to learn from the book too. I may read it again or diagram the plot to analyze it better. Did I say this was going I be short? HA HA!!

On the health side, I could not make it to yoga class again, but my husband and I spent hours walking in the park and city on Sunday, so all in all I think I did more time than normal. While I’m feeling good, I have to admit this is not enough to help me lose my remaining baby weight so… Need to think about stepping up goals a bit. I also got to my ab exercises about every other day, so I’m doing so-so in that arena.

Row80 drama

Well I can’t seem to get to my ROW80 check-ins on time, now, can I?!

Ah, well. Today I was inspired by Eden’s blog post – of course I had 5 minutes somewhere today! It really is true, if I’m serious as I think/feel/say, I should put my money where my mouth is! 😉 I’m still thinking on what could be a test mile for editing rather than drafting, though. One paragraph? One page?

So while I really wanted to sleep/snack/play Skyrim, I instead sat down to do at least one paragraph. Of course, I quickly felt overwhelmed at the amount of facts I needed to hold in my head at once to get the game world to remain consistent. And the number of changes I need to make…. How can I possibly ever finish this or hold enough of it in my head at once to make progress if I only work a few minutes at a time? It seems impossible!

I don’t think it is, though. I think that is my overly dramatic mind grappling with ideas the size of a novel. Even though it seemed like I couldn’t make any progress in a few minutes, I did. The fictional world was just slightly more clear, I remembered slightly more facts, I could hold one more of the threads of story in my hands and sort of see where it led in both directions…. Sitting down tomorrow I will be that much more productive, and it will be that much easier.

So it was a great way to learn about the emotional roller coaster that is the creative mind and how much I should really listen to it! (In this case, not much.)

On to my goals for the week! So thanks to Eden’s inspiration, I spent my half an hour editing for today – yay! I think another thing that led to my semi-overwhelmed state is that the scene I am working on is particularly tough. It was really rough and written at the beginning of Namowrimo, but all I can feel is, oh Lord, this all needs thrown out! Oh goodness, that sounds terrible. Did I really write that?! Ugh! This is all so bad that it’s more work because I need to create something new! And something that makes sense! And I have no idea what!

So as you can see, my editing was not without drama and internal monologue! But I met my goal. 🙂

Fast check-in

Well, folks, here’s a quick checkin. Currently struggling to get baby to go to sleep so it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting my writing goals met for this check-in… That’s ok because it’s the first time thus far!

I did however get some laps in at the mall for my first walk, and spent hours in the yard today! So right on track for exercise goals.

Hope you all had good progress on your goals!

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!

First week of ROW update

Another quick update, as it’s already too late, and I should be in bed, and likely as soon as my head hits the pillow, my little one will wake up hungry to be fed…   (A little unintentional poem there?)

Writing: Got in a half hour today after this busy holiday weekend, and I didn’t do much writing/editing as much as I read about Scrivener, Storybook, and My Writing Spot, and tried to decide which tools are right for me. I’ve always loved Word pretty dearly too, so it’s a tough decision, and I can’t proceed with edits in more than one file, so I kinda need to pick quickly. I’m thinking I will try Storybook + Word, and try Scrivener when I start my next first draft of a new project. However, all in all, I didn’t get to my stretch goals of thinking of new story ideas or completing scene revisions, but I did dedicate the half hour, so go me!

Exercise: I got in one of two walks, and started ab exercises tonight! When I combine that with the exercise I got touring a botanical conservatory with my mom and son on Friday and going to a huge concert at a stadium yesterday, I consider this week a win!

Yay for a good start to the ROW! =D

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!

Bit by bit!

So here’s a recap of this week’s writing progress.

I haven’t made it to 4 hours this week either, but I still haven’t given up on that goal.  Another week or so more, and I may again have the energy to do it.  This week, got in 2 hours, but edited 3 scenes!  So I’m feeling good.  Also, best of all, I edited and reread the big scene with a fight in it from last week, and it wasn’t terrible!  Yay!  Or at least, if there were flaws, they were not immediately glaring at me on first reread.  Fight scene seemed like a good read.  So big success, if you ask me! =)  

Now if only I can get through rewriting the next big scene.  Darn the debt I accrued pushing forward without knowing what the heck I needed to say!  ;-]  Of course, perhaps I would have never gotten this far or figured out what I needed to say without doing so… who knows.  It’s a learning process.  But this learning process is pushing me more towards the planner on the planner vs pantser scale!  Heh. 

Fitness-wise, the hubby and I missed the gym on our second regularly scheduled day because we had to work late, but we made sure to go yesterday and make up for it.  Well, I did yoga at home–but that was even better than the gym!  We made our other day for this week, so goal met!

My goals as a reminder for myself:

  • Writing: 4 hours a week of editing. Complete at least one first pass of revising on one scene a week (and then some).
  • Health & Fitness: Gym twice a week. Bonus: Additional cardio once a week.

And in honor of the Olympics this week, remember, greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.