Sunday, October 30, 2016

Yup, green

Two quick clarifications first.  
      1)    I don’t celebrate Halloween, just in case anyone out there is wondering.
      2)    I think I am going to cut out the mid-week post. I may have mentioned before that I was leaning that way, but want to say it again. Unless I have some big news that can’t wait, you’ll only be seeing me here on Sundays.

So, how have I fared in the last week? (Green highlight is a goal that is on track, yellow highlight was at least worked on, red letters is a total fail.)

1)        Finish writing my current novel, “The Big House”. I wrote 3,107 words last week, for a total of 17,334 so far since starting this August 21, which is 23% finished.  I had the lofty goal of finishing the rough draft by the end of the year, but since that means I would have to average close to 1,000 words per day – well, hold it. Actually 1,000 words isn’t bad. I only wrote three times in the past week and that came out to be just over 1,000 words at a crack. But, no, am I crazy? I just don’t have the time to write every single day. But okay, I will leave the lofty goal hanging out there and see what happens
2)        Work on readying “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” for publication. On Monday, I received the Pre-Publication form from my publisher’s creative director. That’s the questionnaire asking for all my thoughts on what I think should go on the back cover, my brief bio, my elevator speech, and other stuff like that. I worked on that three nights and emailed it back to them on Friday morning. So I am on track there.  
3)        Do some editing on my two memoirs, “Pat’s Story” and “Two More Trips To Africa”. I read through three or four chapters on the “Two More Trips, so that is on track. 
4)        Continue posting to my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles” three times a week.  On track, three posts this week.
5)        Finalize the next trip to Kenya for my daughter’s nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers.  Well, I at least talked to my daughter about it. She also got the coupon books to sell for a fundraiser. We stopped at a venue to sign up for their craft fair next month, but only got the number for the contact person. Um, I think that’s it. Can’t say it’s a win, but not a fail either, right?  
6)        Get my body in shape. I think my goal was to exercise four mornings a week and lift weights, run or do aerobics three evenings a week, as well as lose some weight. I actually met all those requirements, even though the weight loss was only a pound this week, but hey, it counts, right?    

A freaking bunch of green, don’t you think? So I think I will try to get the same things done for the coming week. I also need to get better about supporting my other ROW80 bloggers and it's really time I updated my website. We'll see how that goes. 

How about you? Are you maintaining your goals or cutting back? Or doing so well you are adding goals?  
Yup, green. 


  1. I've cut a few, but I like having lots of options, so that's never a problem for me (I actually expect to cut a few every month).

    What's left is moving along in the last minute run-up to a short story deadline and NaNo....

    And that IS a LOT of green! Way to go, Chris!

    I hear you about support - this new interface is throwing me, but I expect to get the hang of it by the end of the round.

    1. I used to have a list of a bunch of diverse goals but I have been trying to keep it simple this year. It seems to be working for me. Best wishes with NaNoWriMo.