May I confess something to you?
No? Well, I’m going to anyway.
Because it’s my blog.
And, also, I don’t have anything else to write about today.
I’m a pantser by nature. I hate schedules. I frequently have no idea what I’m going to fix for dinner before lunch and usually have no idea what my weekend plans are going to be until it’s actually the weekend. I fly by the seat of my pants.
And it works.
Continue reading “Why the Advice You Hate the Most is Right”
Baby Stepping Through NaNoWriMo
NaNo’s over. Time to paaartay!
National Novel Writing Month is over for 2012.
Whether you rocketed past the finish line or were miles away, you wrote words that didn’t exist before November 1.
Even if you never got past the first sentence, you made something happen. Seriously. Pat yourself on the back.
Celebrating even a tiny success can motivate you to succeed further.
I’m a huge believer in
baby steps. Some people get jazzed by lofty goals. The mere idea makes me want to puke in my mouth a little. Continue reading “Novel Wishes and NaNoWriMo Dreams”
How to Get Over the Halfway Mark Hump in NaNoWriMo
(or any big writing project)
Sometimes they’re a cause for celebration. As in: “Yeehaw! We’re halfway through!” Or: “Whew! Thank goodness that’s half over already.”
Other times, they just suck. As in: “Oh man, I’ve come all this way and I still have so far to go.” *cue self-pity montage music*
I suppose it probably depends on whether you’re glass-half-full kinda folk or if you’re stuck in that middle.
We’re heading towards the halfway mark of NaNoWriMo. Some of you may just be picking up steam after a long, slow start. For others, the creative high of the first half of NaNo may be wearing off, leaving them stuck in that mushy, soggy, squishy middle.
Me, I’m aiming for denial.
Continue reading “Are You Stuck in the Squishy Middle?”
Final ROW80 Check in for Round 2, 2012
Having reached the end of another ROW80, Mortimer decides to take a well-deserved nap.
We’ve reached the end of another round of ROW80. This round, I haven’t been as attentive as I would have liked. Of course, lots of life intervened. But all we can do is all we can do.
My plans for this round:
Update : I updated the page at the beginning of the round but it needs another update. ROW80 page, for last round and this one
Spend 15-30 minutes minimum 4 days a week on new novella. I’m working on expanding : For the last month, I’ve tried to catch up with work projects and a big move. I put a hold on writing work until I get settled. Postcards from Hell and its sequel, Ants in the Mailbox into a novella. My MIP is on hold for now Continue reading “Night of the Living ROW”
Sherry Isaac is over at the Life List Club talking about
what happens when we miss our goals. Head on over and check it out!
1999. The year the artist formerly known as Prince asked that we party like.
That summer, chauffeur to soccer games, school dances and babysitting jobs, a familiar beat reverberated in this mother’s minivan. ‘Steal My Sunshine’, a one-hit wonder released by Toronto-based band, Len.
Click . here to read more
Also be sure to check out Jess Witkins’s post on
fast drafting and Lara Schiffbauer’s post on not wasting energy on negativity (I know I need to be reminded of that over and over again).
Stay tuned. The Life List Club Milestone Party is coming up in two weeks! And it’s gonna be a whopper because the Life List Club is turning one year old.
Check In 5/2/12
These last two weeks have been pretty decent. I felt a little lost when I didn’t check in last week but I think I’ll adjust to an every other week check in quickly. In fact, I think the longer-term planning will help me both relax and up my productivity.
Where I’ve been since
Check In 4/18/12
At long last, I’m jumping into
ROW80 Round 2. I had planned to jump in at the start and have my ROW80 page all updated. Well…the best laid plans of mice and writers and all that.
Buuuut, none of that matters.
That’s the beauty of ROW80.
Tremble in fear, mighty ROW, for I have come to conquer thee.
Without further delay, here are my plans for this round:
ROW80 page, for last round *blush* and this one.
Spend 15-30 minutes minimum 4 days a week on new novella. I’m working on expanding
Postcards from Hell and its sequel, Ants in the Mailbox into a novella. My MIP is on hold for now. Maintain blogging schedule. Try to have all posts schedule by the night before the posting day at the latest. All posts should go out by 4:30am CA time.
Twitter 1-2 times daily Visit
Facebook at least 6 times/week Continue to take Sundays off with the family
Read at least 2 fiction novels per month.
Exercise 3 days per week.
Reorganize Blog Menu in light of the changes to blogging schedule.
Revamp post tags.
Where I’m headed this week:
Update ROW80 page.
Open Scrivener file for Postcards (working title) novella and layout storyboard.
Keep up social media goals.
Start Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay.
This is gonna be a great round, fellow ROWers. Can you feel it?
Get out your digital pom-poms and rah-rah some more ROW folk
What’s on your list for this round of ROW80? If you’re not a ROWer yet, what goals will you be working on for the next month or two? How’s all the goal-getting going so far?
Image Attribution (In Order of Appearance):
Squint at thee by Tomi Tapio, on Flickr CC BY 2.0
Put on your party hats, it’s time for another
Life List Club Milestone Party!
Our old friend
Larry the bartender is here again.
He’s always here. It’s almost sad really. The guy’s workaholic. But at least he enjoys his job. And this time he’s offered to be the chef too.
Continue reading “The Milestones are Partying Again”
Final Check In for ROW80 Round 1, 2012
The last check in. For this round anyway. I meant to be a little more introspective for this check in but…the best laid plans of mice and ROWers and all that.
Is it nap time yet?
At any rate, here’s how I did for the round:
Continue reading “ROWver and Out”
ROW80 Check In 3/7/12
Spring is (kinda sorta almost mostly) here. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And the ROWses are in full bloom. Just what those ROWses smell like remains to be seen…or smelled.
I’m getting a lot done these days but there’s so much to be done that it still seems like I’m barely keeping up. Oh well, adapt or die. Right?
Continue reading “The ROWses are in Bloom”