Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Go after those goals

Once again I outdid myself.

Weekly goals:
1)         Write 500 words on the second memoir – done, wrote 903 words
2)         Blog twice here and three times on the Dino Chronicles – on schedule at one and one
3)         Promote my books on social media two times – only once, but it is only Wednesday
4)         Update the Gofundme campaign for the nonprofit’s trip to Kenya in the spring - yep
5)         Update the nonprofit’s website – nope, have to get down to the daughter’s house to work on this with her
6)         Write the letters to donors from 2015 for income tax purposes – Yep, got them done
7)         Start typing up my story “No Body Found” – typed 500 some words. It’s a start, and that’s all the goal specified.

Ok, but this is where I smoked it. I submitted a poem to Wilda Morris’s Monthly Poetry Challenge. So stoked. I am sure I won’t win, because I just don’t get poetry. I write what comes to mind and there it is. If people don’t like it, that is too bad. And because I have nothing else to do, this challenge challenged me to write an entire book of poetry about my sister, her life and her battle with cancer. For a long time, I’ve wanted to write her story as a memoir, but maybe poetry is the way to go. Or not. I’ll have to see what happens I guess.

How about you? Are you going after those goals with an ax? or with a broom? Either way, you have a long ways to go in the Round, so you can get it all done!



  1. looks like you're making progress. At the moment i think I'm a broom.

    1. I guess it depends on if you are a broom like this Kenyan one in the picture or an industrial push broom from Lowe's.

  2. Definitely with an ax. ;)

    I love the idea of writing a poetry book about your sister's struggles with cancer. Not to plug myself (honest!), but I wrote a poetry book a long time ago about living with chronic illness (and self-pubbed it in 2010). It was so personal and it felt so good to get the words out there. There's no "right" way to write poetry. Whatever's in your heart. ;)

    Awesome on your goals!

    1. Thanks, Erin. I am going to keep thinking about doing this poetry book, waiting for some more inspiration.

  3. Chris, another busy week, but I'm glad you found time to write that poetry challenge. I've seen a few memoirs that combine poems with essays. Maybe that strategy would help to get the entire story you want to tell down on paper. Using photographs is another anchor to the stories. I keep wanting to do this as well for my grandparents' stories. May you have a very good week!