Been a little… busy!

So this blog has gone a bit cold for a while, but I swear I’ve had a good reason. THIS:

little hand

Earlier this year, I gave birth to my first child, a lovely baby boy.  So unsurprisingly this did set back some health and writing goals, but I think it was worth it. ;-] However, I’ve just started to be able to make time for writing and such again. So here goes nothing, I’m going to try to start out slow. But it’s a total coincidence that this is just at the end of the last day of this ROW! So I can start fresh with the next one.

Here goes nothing – wish me luck!

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ROW Check-in – A loss of momentum

Well, I’m here to check in – returned from Germany!  I made more progress in Germany than I thought I would, and had a harder time getting back into the swing of things and recovering from the trip than I’d anticipated!  So… not very much to update with this post but I thought I’d update all the same.

  • Writing: I did get some sporadic editing in over the last few weeks of no internet and planned missed check-ins, but it wasn’t nothing, so at least there’s that!  I think I did about one scene and a lot of reading and updating my scene list spreadsheet, trying to figure out the right way to rewrite one of the early first scenes.  Today with Mother’s Day I took the time to spend with my mom, mother-in-law, and grama, and it was nice to just have a relaxing dinner with them and make them happy. =) Didn’t leave much time for writing, but it was worth it.  Hopefully this week I’ll be back on track!
  • Health & Fitness: I’ve kept up the gym, but not the cardio as much. While I was traveling for work, there were no gyms or fitness rooms or anything so I walked all over the little German town we were in and tried to burn adequate calories for all the deli meat, baguette rolls, beer, and wine that is common in German food!  It worked because I lost some weight there – imagine that!  Unfortunately I’ve gained a pound or two back, but we’ll work on that. ;-]
  • Game: Continued progress. I got some new scenes sketched, started thinking about levels, and a few other things. We also wrapped up some business type things like opening our bank account – pretty sweet! That was surprisingly fun – best time I’ve ever had at a bank! hehe!
  • Reading: I read an immense amount on my trip, at nights and on plane rides.  I’m more than two-thirds of the way through If You Want to Write… I highly, highly recommend it, I think I’ve learned a lot!  It’s a weird old book, and wanders around, and you wonder if she’s going to get to the point, and then bam! That’s enlightening!  Highly recommended.

So… I’m struggling to get back on track with all my goals and normal life… Maybe if we can just finish this laundry… =]

A taste of success

Recently I haven’t been making my schedule that I planned as often as I would have liked.  There’s a couple factors playing into this.  One of course is procrastination or just not really being used to keeping a schedule.  Another is that of course on whatever night I pick, some strange unusual event comes up that I can’t get out of.  For example, last Monday was my father-in-law’s birthday, and my husband’s performance review was due, so we had to stay at work late and go out to the obligatory celebratory dinner. Now I don’t regret it; it was a lovely dinner.  But how do I make a schedule that accomodates for things like this but still keeps me going?  Beyond that, I’ve got a project at work right now that I deeply deeply enjoy! The kind of project that doesn’t come along very often. So I’m trying to go easy on myself, and as long as I keep making progress, I’m gonna try to just stay positive and focus on the future. It’s a slippery slope – I mean what does “making progress” really mean?  But I have to balance progress and positivity I think… ;-]

Anyway, the good news is that today I was determined, and instead of procrastinating all day and waiting till nightfall, I sat down to write early in the day to make sure I got around to it.  And you know what!  That meant I wrote a ton – 5 hours or so! 

So, word count update: 48, 298! 

To help motivate myself, I’ve set up some rewards at certain milestones.  The next one is at 50k, so I am almost there! My reward is something at the spa – either a pedicure or a facial!  I’m thinking a facial!  Then I will be looking forward to 60k. =)  I’m hoping these rewards help keep my elusive “progress” moving forward….

Speaking of taste, I am really hungry for dinner, so… I’m outta here!