Sunday, December 8, 2013

What's the title of this blog again?

It just dawned on me that I named this blog "writing what I can when I can". That was probably for a reason. right? Go figure. 

A. Daily goal
1. Read two other blog posts a day. No, not a chance.          
2. Read in at least one of the many books I am reading. No, but close.      
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have finished reading five books. Let’s say this is a completed goal for the round. I need to start putting some color on this list. YES.     

A. Daily goal
1. Work on something for two hours a day. Definitely not.   
a. Work on “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, the second book in the Bible Stories in 40 Days series. No.         
b. Write on my novel. No, not this week.    
c. Write my blog posts. Yes.        
B. Goals for the Round.
1. Have published “The Christmas Story in 40 Days”. YES.
2. Have finished the first draft of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. No.   
3. Have finished my novel.  No.

A.      Weekly goal.
1. Have promoted either one of my books on one other site or in person. Hmm? I’m sure that I did something….
2. Comment on two other blog posts. I think so.   
3. Research markets for an hour.  Yes, I actually did this and found a contest to submit my book to. See B1 below.      
4. Keep up on social media, responding to all messages.  Yes, but I have an email hanging out there that I have to answer regarding my publishing experience. I need to get on that.     
5. Have contacted one organization about a speaking engagement. No.
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have submitted three pieces somewhere.  Can you believe that finally I submitted something somewhere.  I entered “A Time for Every Purpose” in the Christian Writers Award sponsored by Xulon Press.   
2. Have booked three speaking engagements or book signings. No.  

A. Exercise - Continue exercising three times a week. I exercised four or five times.   
B. Nonprofit - Continue working on Tumaini Volunteers, Inc.  I honestly don’t remember doing anything on the Nonprofit this week, but our IT guy updated our website, so check it out. Tumaini Volunteers, Inc.  
C. Sewing - Finish three projects by the end of the year. Didn’t I finish sewing one top this Round? The other night I sewed a super simply decoration, but I am counting that too.      
D. Church Christmas Program - By December 21, have written, organized, rehearsed and held our church’s Christmas program. It’s coming along. Two weeks to go. I have lots of time, right?      

E. Armageddon - By the end of the year, have gotten together supplies for most any conceivable crisis, natural or man-made, which could cause life as we know it to come to a crashing halt. Still a work in progress. 

Two of the kids in my Christmas program want to do a piano solo of "Away in the Manger", so I am letting them. (Remember, they want to do a solo, not a duet.) "Silent Night" is the only thing I could play on the piano when I was their age. 


  1. These were the goals for the week, right? That would have been a LOT. That's about what I would schedule for a month, especially around the writing.

    1. I know that I have a lot going on. I just can't sit around doing nothing. But I am definitely going to take December off next year!

  2. Still, Chris, your goals are admirably well organized and clear -- and you are making progress, even if you sound a bit guilty (maybe it's that finger that got the blister) for not achieving each and every one of these goals. Sometimes I think if I make a long list, I'll get some (most?) of them done. Congrats on sending stuff out. That is definitely a challenging task! May the coming week bring a sense of peace -- and time for writing.

  3. That is a very full list yet it is so well organized I can't imagine you doing anything but succeeding. All the best for the upcoming week!

  4. "Away in a Manger" was the first song I could play on my sister's portable organ! Okay, it was just picking out the melody, but you made me smile with that one. =)

    You are making progress and adding color, and, with such a busy life, that's no reason for guilt.

    One year, I made all the Christmas decorations, and many gifts, by hand. It was the only Christmas I had with my first fiance, who died of cystic fibrosis the following April. It was magical, and I've been glad we had that ever since.

    May you find time to enjoy and delight in the season..I'm thinking wrappings, evergreen trimmings, and manger hay might all make good apocalypse tinder, in a pinch!

  5. An impressive number of YESs for this time of the year! Here's to finishing 2013 strong and jumping into the New Year with both feet. Have a most blessed Christmas.

  6. Thanks for the all the comments and the support. I am formulating my goals for next year and the first goal is to take December off!