Tuesday, May 01, 2012

NYR Update - 4 Months

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's just a bit glad that April's over. For many it has been a very busy month, what with the A-Z Challenge. And for those that didn't participate, such as myself, it was because we were too busy with other things. So, in a way, I'm thinking I'm going to relax in May. But first, I have to wrap up April.
  1. I will have THINKING OF YOU ready for query. I fully revised chapters four through six. I also decided that my goal is inaccurate. My desire isn't to be querying by the end of the year. In fact, I don't even know if that's possible for me. No, my aspiration is to have finished my first ever round of revisions. And I want my goal to reflect that, so I'm changing it. I will have complete THINKING OF YOU's ready for query first round of revisions.
  2. I will have two new first drafts. I decided on Lix for the MC's name in my untitled marriage dystopian. I now also have an extended list of names I could use for other characters.
  3. I will win National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). I wrote a poem a day for the month of April, leaving me with 31 (technically 32, on a day I can't remember I wrote an extra I never posted) new poems. You can read all of them here as well as last year's 30 NaPoWriMo poems and others I've posted.
  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 and am currently reading four others. Goodreads states that I am four books behind.
  6. I will post at least one vlog a month. I posted the first vlog in my new series. I will be writing a post about it soon.
  7. I will exercise in some way once a week. The second week (April 8-14) I played manhunt once. This means I run around a whole neighborhood about four or five times. The fourth week (April 22-28) I ran three times for twenty minutes each and swam for an hour and a half once. I ran two or three other times that I didn't record.
I tried my weekly goal list idea. While it definitely helped me keep up with my chores, I'm not so sure how it contributed to my writing. I immensely enjoyed checking off the little boxes (as you can see), but household things could be accomplished more quickly, leading me to focus all attention on them in order to get that small satisfaction. In a way it was almost anti-productive.

I am trying this again. However, because I've not been feeling well, this week has gotten off to a rough start. I feel unmotivated and the list does not infuse me with the get-up-and-go I need. Keeping this going is not looking likely at the moment.

This month, I completed one of my goals. What goals have you accomplished lately?

P.S. Here's the 32nd poem. I think it's sort of motivational.

is but
yesterday’s tomorrow
yet hold on tight
with both hands
because it is also
tomorrow’s yesterday


  1. Wow. You've got a lot of stuff going on. I have no doubt you will be successful in all of them.

    1. Thank you kindly for your vote of confidence. :) It's really not as much as it looks like, if you're referring to the photo. (I'm assuming it is since you've seen my NYR list before). I stretched everything out for more boxes. XD

  2. Congrats on achieving some of your goals. You did well. Now instead of making goals I list three things I need to do each day by the evening before and it is working for me.

    Good luck in May.

    1. I like your strategy, Clar. Maybe that's what I should try...

  3. Greatjob on working toward your goals. Doesn't it feel great when you can cross things off a list.

    1. Brooke, I got a few copies of my paperback from my publisher. If you really want to read a copy, you don't have to buy one. Shoot me an email with your shipping address, and I'll send it to you. I don't think I make much money on a paperback sale anyway.

    2. Thank you, Jessica. I do indeed love crossing things off of to-do lists. It's a bit of an obsession of mine. ;)