Thursday, December 06, 2012

Birth of a Novel 2012 - Objection Completion #3

Most of my goals I work on steadily throughout the week, but some how I never seem to quite reach the end in time. I usually scurry around to finish things up on the last day. It's one of the reasons these posts go up so late.

However, today I did not do that. Today I went to my best friend's choir concert instead. And I do not regret it. Lizzie is always supportive of my writing and it's good of me to return the favor.

It's also good of me to live. The writing can wait. My youth will not.

    Last week's goals:
  1. Reach 35k on OBJECTION. My total word count for OBJECTION is 31,661. I wrote 1,637 words this week and fell 3,339 words short. I'm disappointed that I didn't meet my goal, but at the same time, 1,637 words in a week is good for any month besides November.
  2. Finish CALL OF THE WILD by the time I go to bed on December 1st. I finished reading the novel on the fifth, four days late, but hey, I still finished. It was a pretty good read.
  3. Continue planning THE SMILE FIXER. Didn't get to at all.
  4. Write first draft summaries for THE TRUE PRINCESS and OBJECTION. I wrote half of one for THE TRUE PRINCESS, and I'm not sure if I like it.
  5. Catch up on 34/43 blogs. I've managed to completely catch up on 32/43 blogs. I didn't finish one regular posting blog and have nine posts left on the big blog.
  6. Attach labels to posts from January to March of 2011. Check. I also went ahead and did August of this year since it was only three posts. I've now relabeled 113 posts, putting me a little over a third of the way through.

This week I'm paring down. I want to focus on just one or two things. The reason I never get anything completely finished even though I work toward it, is because I'm working toward about a hundred other things. Even though I may still work on those other things, this week my sights are set squarely.

    This week's goals:
  1. Reach 37k on OBJECTION before I go to bed on Sunday. One of the problems with my non-NaNo writing goals is the whole week I have to fulfill them. This gives me the opportunity to tell myself I have plenty of time, until I don't anymore. I'm hoping this midpoint deadline will push me to write without stressing me out.
  2. Reach 40k on OBJECTION by next week's BoaN post. This will put me back on track and make up for this week's indiscretion.
  3. I will do jumping jacks for the duration of three minutes every day. As you may remember, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to exercise every week. For the past few months, I've been failing miserably. But I'm trying again. In fact, after I finish up this post, I will be doing my three minutes for the second day in a row!


  1. Yep, it's fairly easy to slack off a bit when you've got a whole week! Right now I basically need to do one thing a day to get my goals done, so I'm trying to do 2 a day to get done quicker. ;)

    1. lol Yes, and that way, if you really have a day you need to slack off, you can. That's how I see it anyway. ^^

      I'm crossing my fingers that you achieve all your goals, Trisha!

  2. I've been doing nothing but working on a drawing all week of a super hot guy in a fantasy story I'm publishing one chapter at a time on a website that shall remain unnamed. I have to say, I've really enjoyed detailing the picture.

    1. Now you've got me curious because you won't tell me, but I bet that was your plan all along. ;)

      It's great that you're working on something you like so much, Michael. I know that when I very rarely draw, the details are the best part.

  3. Good for you for going to the choir concert! Sometimes I worry about how much you take on yourself, and this post made me sigh with relief. It's great to be ambitious and a hard worker, but you're right, you'll only be a teen once.

    Enjoy it! Be with your friends, do stupid stuff (not too stupid, but you know), and continue to dream. You've got great writing habits in place so I'm not worried about you reaching those dreams.

    1. That's what I'm always telling myself. Life is too short to make it stressful and not enjoy it.

      Thanks for your faith in me. I don't know if my writing habits are that great, but it's nice to know that someone thinks I'm on the right track.

  4. this body I have has to last me till I'm ninety nine so I exercise it. and because I am a poor exerciser on my own, I go to Pilates class twice a week and walk every day for at least a mile usually two or three. It's the least I can do for myself.

    All this to say,, Congrats on your exercise program. IF you can do it on your own, more power to you. go girl! :)

    1. I want to live to 103, so I will have lived in three different centuries. :)

      Thanks. I did miss doing it yesterday. :/ I'll try to do it twice another day to make up for it.

  5. Good idea. Sometimes a bit more focus is exactly what you need. I also started to exercise again. Sadly, I got the flu YET AGAIN.

    Fighting it and hoping to gym again tomorrow.

    1. It hasn't been working so well. :/ I got some important stuff done so far this week, just not that stuff.

      Misha, maybe you shouldn't dive back in so soon after you've been sick. Perhaps that's why you keep getting sick.