Welcome to another Life List Club Friday. Today’s our Milestone Party and you’re all invited. So come on in.
Don’t mind Larry. He’s already had one too many.
Doesn’t anyone want to dance with me?
Okay, folks, it’s time for the speech…
The Life List Club Milestone Party is a chance to check in on our Life List progress every three months. Here’s mine so far:
Write 3 pages (or 750 words) of Morning Pages every day: I wrote 3 Morning Pages every day until a couple of weeks ago when I started feeling stressed by them. I’ve taken a break and will go back in another two weeks or so.
Write at least 1500 words a week on my novel-in-progress (outline included): This was a bit tougher to track because I’ve been working on my outline. Word count isn’t a very accurate reflection of the progress there. However, I did complete my outline, have storyboarded the scenes and am in the process of fine tuning them.
Continue to consistently post at least 3 days per week on my blog: I’ve been very consistent on this point except for a few occasions when the unexpected cropped up. In the future, I’d like to have a couple of “emergency posts” to put up when something like that happens.
Take Sundays entirely off from the web/blog/writing to be with my family: I’ve been doing very well with this one. I’ve had the occasional cheat day. The time off really helps to rejuvenate me for the week. In the future, I plan to build up a que of posts so that I can take a vacation or two and not have to worry about the blog.
Check into Twitter 2-3 times daily (except for Sunday): I’ve been fairly consistent at this too. Some days are a bit of a challenge with the homeschool schedule and other obligations. I need put up a post it note reminding me to take 15-20 minutes to check in online at least twice a day.
Additional goals: I need set some health/fitness goals. I’ve seen how much it helps my writing to set public goals and I need to have the same motivation for my health. I’m joining Round 4 of ROW8O. Also, I plan to set some reading goals as well.
Overall, I feel pretty good about my progress. I still want to do better for the next three months and start to set more goals for myself.
Do you have a Life List of goals? How’ve you been doing on your goals so far? Any plans for the next three months?
And now for even more fun…
I’m giving away an e-book copy (Kindle format) of Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering. This book converted me from a panster into a plotter (at least for novel-length works) and I’m so grateful. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. The giveaway runs through 10pm California time on September 30 and is open to subscriber, current or new, who leaves a comment below. The winner will be announced Monday, October 3.
There are more fantabulous giveaways from the other Life List Clubbers!
Each of The Life List Club writers has a gift for one or more subscribers/commenters on today’s post. Check individual writers’ blogs for their details on how many winners will be chosen and when their contest ends.
- Jess Witkins: a signed copy of Bethany Wiggins’ Shifting
- Marcia Richards: package of prizes:
1. A copy of her flash fiction, Night Moves
2. An invitation to guest post or be interviewed on her blog
3. Winner’s name used for a character in her trilogy, The Dance and The Dancer
- Pam Hawley: package including:
1. Winner’s choice of excerpt from her novel-in-progress or a copy of her short story Elevated.
2. She’ll interview the winner on their goals and ambitions for a future post in Hawleyville.
3. Option to publish a piece of the winner’s fiction/essay (up to 2,000 words) or do a guest post at her blog
- Jennie Bennett:
1. A 10-page, in-depth critique
2. 3-book set: Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess
- Jenny Hansen: choice of prizes:
1. A guest post by Jenny on the winner’s blog
2.An interview of the winner on Jenny’s blog
- Lyn Midnight: an in-depth critique of two chapters
- Diana Ligaya:
1. A copy of Joseph Campbell’s, the Hero with a Thousand Faces
2. An in-depth fiction critique up to 15,000 words
- David Walker:
1. A copy of David’s short story, Bubba’s First Cruise
2. A guest post swap
- Emily Moir: a 5-piece (4×6) photo series by Kate Moir
And now for a little karaoke…
Photo Credit (in order of appearance):
Steve’s Birthday Party by nhanusek, on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
snail & wine | shell-ebrations ? – explored by Adam Foster | Codefor, on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
cupcakes by Clare & Dave, on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cat Dancing by elycefeliz, on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Weekend Warriors by JD Hancock, on Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Mees: Lucky and me have shared the responsibilities ! … by *katz, on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0
Screaming Hairy Armadillo by Rhys Asplundh, on Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Celebration of Light 2011 | English Bay by RickChung.com, on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Yawning Cat by Terri (I.hope.you.dance), on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0