Sunday, September 21, 2014

I'm Calling this Round a Success

Is today the end of the Round or do I have a few more days? I can never remember how this works, but I am sending you my final figures for the Round anyway.  Things I accomplished are highlighted in green, things I came close on are in yellow, and my failures are written in red.  I just have way too much fun with color.

A. Weekly goal
1. Read my assigned blog posts as a ROW80 sponsor.  I think I did this.
2. Read ten hours a week in one of the books I am reading.  I have been reading lots so I would have to say yes.   
B. Goals for the Round                           
1. Have finished reading five books.  I have finished five actual books, “The Boy at the Museum”, “Years of Stone”, “Sell Your Book Like Wildfire”, “The Two-Edged Sword” and “God Called – He Needs Your Decision”, plus  the manuscript of that friend of a friend.
A. Weekly goal
1. Work on my novel, “Tale of an American Woman”. I finished chapter 33. This seems to be as good as it gets.
2. Edit “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, the second book in the Bible Stories in 40 Days series. Finished!
 3. Write two blog posts here and three posts to my other blog, The Dino Chronicles. Yes, I blogged on schedule.  
B. Goals for the Round.  
1. Have finished the first round of edits for “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. Finished!
2. Start editing my novel.   I know that I should probably finish it first, but this goal seems to be hanging out there like an ingrown toenail.   
3. After reading that manuscript of a friend of a friend (I should give it a title, huh?), write a critique of it. I wrote a one page critique and rewrote two pages of her manuscript to give her an idea of some of the changes this thing needs. I met with her this week, spent an hour giving her feedback. I hope I helped her and she doesn’t give up on her dream of getting her story published.

A.      Weekly goal.
1. Promote either one of my books on one other site or in person. Boy, I don’t remember doing this at all. Shoot.
2. Comment on my assigned blogs for ROW80. I think I did this.   
3. Research markets for an hour. Actually I did drag out my 2012 Christian Writer’s Market Guide and checked out a few markets. The only reason I did was because I was once again rebooting my laptop and couldn’t just sit here watching it do its thing. I think a goal for the new year needs to get getting a new laptop.
4. Walk several streets of town, taking pictures and blogging about it.  I walked a few streets on Friday and on Wednesday when I stopped at the old hospital, I got some wonderful news. Two girls from our church were there salvaging the old marble and other cool stuff from the oldest section of the hospital. One of the girls is doing this for her girl scout Gold Award. She plans to build a memorial garden using as many things from the old building as she can and possibly selling bricks to raise money for her project. I was overjoyed to hear this, as that old section is the part of the building which remains dear to my heart.
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have submitted three pieces somewhere. Yes, I submitted pieces to Splickety Love, Guidepost magazine and a Poetry Challenge.  
2. Have sent a copy of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days” to my clergy-friends for their input. Yes.  
3. Have finished walking every street in my town.  I think this goal may have to remain open-ended for now.

A. Nonprofit – Tumaini Volunteers We are having a meeting today to work on the Business Plan, elect officers and assign an Audit Committee. That all sounds very productive!
B. Sewing -- Finish one project this Round. Yes! Have sewn two things.
C. Church –
1. Get addresses for our college kids and find them all mentors.  Cheating or not, I am saying this goal is complete. I have addresses for eight of my nine students and all of those have mentors.Yes!
2. Write our children’s Christmas program. (Since this is a brand-new goal, I can hardly mark it in red yet.) I talked to our Sunday School teacher last night, and she only has five kids in class right now. How abysmal is that. I’m not yet going to despair as we still have ten confirmation kids to pull from as well as our high schoolers. I will start work on the program in the next few weeks, keeping in mind the low numbers and need for simplicity. I will not give up on our kids.

I now need to start working on tweaking these goals for next Round and the end of the year. Hard to believe that is only three months away. And so much to do yet!

How about you? Are you satisfied with what goals you accomplished this Round or are you still pushing to get those last few things done? Or have you just plain scraped a bunch of stuff? Whatever has been going on in your world, I think the best thing is to still have goals, if you don’t get them done at least you thought about them. (Kind of like dieting, right?) 
 Callie and Cassie hard at work.
 The original entrance of the old hospital.
Salvaged arch from the entryway. Cool stuff. 


  1. Congratulations Chris on finishing so many of your goals for this round. That is just awesome!

  2. I'd say it's a successful round. Learn some things and got more organized. Make more use of my time to write, edit, and submit work for publication (the last one I am still working on and towards.

    Congrats on a pretty awesome Round! :-)

  3. My goals are always a continuum. I've made considerable forward progress, and learned a lot a long the way. My theme was 'Stretching", and I definitely did so I'm calling in a very productive round, even if several things are taking considerably longer than I hoped they would.

    Looks like you had a very good round! =D