Thursday, March 01, 2012

NYR Update - 2 Months

I feel like the month just flew by, leaving me scrambling to try and get things done. Toward the end of the month, I started getting that familiar anxious feeling. I don't think getting a week behind on blog posts helped. However, once I caught up, I felt much better and also more productive.
  1. I will have THINKING OF YOU ready for query. I have completed revisions on chapters one through three. I rewrote my blurb. You can see it on my projects page.
  2. I will have two new first drafts. I came up with another idea that may lead to something of novel length.
  3. I will win National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). NA
  4. I will submit at least two short stories to anthologies and/or contests. NA
  5. I will read at least one hundred books. I read five books this month and am halfway through two others. Goodreads informs me that I am two books behind.
  6. I will post at least one vlog a month. I recorded and started editing a video.
  7. I will exercise in some way once a week. I ran seven times this month, once for fifteen minutes, four times for twenty minutes, and twice for thirty minutes. I practiced choreography for our musical almost every day.
I did not try the strategy I mentioned in the first month's update: make a list of goals for every three days or week. At least, not officially. (Hurriedly written to-do lists don't count.) However, I did have another idea.

The Internet or, more specifically, social networking is my biggest distraction. While I believe that it's important, I can't let it obstruct my writing. It's impossible for me to merely cut back on my daily use. Instead I'm going to try going without for a week each month. One break will be included, however, because, as I learned this month, trying to catch up on a week's worth of posts is not fun. I also don't want to miss any important emails.

I don't know if I will implement this idea this month due to Spring Break. I will be out of town visiting family, which means I will have limited Internet access and no time to write. I don't see the point of disappearing for two weeks when I won't get to write for one of them anyway. Spring Break is part of the reason for this month's theme, which I will write a post about Tuesday, as well. (Hint, hint: It involves guest posting and promoting other writers.)

One of the productive things I did in February was revamping my blog. What do you think? Be honest.


  1. Your blog looks nice, though, I think we could see your smiling, beautiful face before right?

    You have some pretty good goals and it seems you're making strides to keep up, or at least no let yourself get too far behind.

    I wish you the best of luck with your query process. Crossing my fingers XX

    1. Well, you could see my face. I wasn't really smiling though, more like squinting against the sun. It was just small enough you couldn't tell. XD I do really like this one though. I staged it..

      It's going to definitely take a while until I'm ready to query, but I will take all the luck I can get at any time!

  2. I'll be cheering you on during all of your goals. I hope you win everything you set out to win.

    1. Thank you, Michael. I very much appreciate that and all the time you take to read and comment on my posts. I realize you must have tons of places to visit.