Time to review last weeks goals and revise, rinse and repeat. Or something like that.
Didn’t do so well. Monday came pretty close to a bust, as did Tuesday (and yesterday once the realization that I wasn’t making half the progress I’d hoped finished sinking in; I allowed myself a “de-stress and forgive myself” day—worked wonders). Mostly the week consisted of a lot of “Ooh, shiny!” moments where I spent too much time dawdling over webpages and blog posts from fellow ROW80 people.
Monday, the only thing I could truly say in its favor is that I spent a bit of time getting my blog together and that I edited some of the photos I’ve accumulated. Not that I took more as I’d intended to do as well, but at least I did something involving photography. They are posted on Google+ for a bit, but I will be doing some more work on them, adding watermarks and such. I’ve already had someone ask me if I would be willing to sell one.
Why is it my only creative “sales” seem to be in non-writing venues? I sold a drawing I did for a guy at the Rensselaer train station for $10 once in ’93. I’ve been offered money for one of the pictures I took last year of a flower from my front yard…. I’d like to get offered money for my stories some day.
Other limits… I need to limit my Facebook time (big surprise there…not!). I only play one Facebook game Fairyland, which I mostly played with my son. I have set myself a limit on that, as well, to only play it once a day. This involves visiting ten other people’s gardens instead of returning every visit each night. It cuts the time down a lot. I visit people who had visited first and plus two other people who are my “every day” visits (one of those Fairy Friends has a blog here; well worth the read) because we “chat” that way.
The other goals… or things certainly NOT done:
I didn’t even really try that hard. I checked out some software, and I did some brainstorming. I did some reworking and revamping of a few story concepts so they actually all fit together. But beyond about a thousand words “scratched” into the keyboard, I haven’t actually put it all into order.
Score? Half a point
Typed in pages…
Here’s me being really “off“… I thought things were going real well on Wednesday. Then on Friday, I remembered (don’t ask me how I could forget something as elemental as this) that a “page” of handwritten writing is front and back of a paper only on Friday, and I really only had three pages done. I’m at ten now. I won’t have it done by tonight. But I did learn about planning time for that work better.
Score? Half a point
Writing 500 words a day on the WsIP….
This went well. It wasn’t as “every day” as it should have been, but I’ve managed to do well over that limit even including the skipped days of Monday and Wednesday. The stories became richer, and I finally began to understand some motivations of the characters much better as well.
This was a BIG win. Score? 2 points
Fortunately (or not,) I can do some of the editing (mostly basics) during the typing phase. I also managed a certain amount of “does this really belong in this story” level snipping (and adding as well). I found a few places where the characters were not acting according to the situation they were in and their established natures. I still consider this only “first draft” level work I’m dealing with (I count handwritten drafts as zero drafts where I’m usually just trying to get the ideas out. I can imagine stories in my head all day, but to actually see them on the page means “seeing” them.
Anyway, editing didn’t make as much progress as I would have liked, but some occurred. It did happen, and it did work. Score? 1 point
I also can add to my “not done list:
I did not go and renew the YMCA membership this week. When I was home, I hibernate happily. When I was out and about, I forgot or was too busy running all the errands I should have done on my hibernation days.
I did dance every day, sometime for song after song after song (Wednesday was notable for that). And on Friday, I participated in a Zumba class with my son at his school. The energy level was limited because I’d somehow twisted my ankle on Thursday, probably while trying to dance with my son in out crowded computer room (I must get that computer out to Chachu).
I did not resume reading fiction for fun. I did join the 50/50/ME challenge and start reading a new book, but I only started that on Wednesday. I’m 3/4 through the book at this point. No, I have NOT watched a movie–except for some videos posted on Youtube, Vimeo and one on FORAtv, I’ve been video-less. I did say this would be the hardest part of the challenge.
Learning software… I did some of that. Not as much as I should have, but in just researching Timeline software, I had to find that out what each program could and could not do. I also found a wonderful post on Writer’s Bibles on the Write Thing blog that taught me a few tricks about the Table of Contents feature in Word that I hadn’t known (I’m an old Wordperfect user…old as in the DOS version 5.1, not just as in overly familiar).
So yeah, another win.
Review and adjust accordingly at the end of the week… Well, since I’m doing that now as I should be, this is a win as well.
Lots left undone or “part done”. Some not attempted at all. Such a failure rate would be unacceptable in most places of business. But another facet to consider is the fact that this is a learning process. And I DID learn a lot this week.
REST and rejuvenate! I’d started off the week stressed and burned out. Between holidays, a sick child and just trying to figure out what I wanted to do and how I should try to do it, I came into Monday with block of knotted muscle and caffeine tolerance that made new work impossible. Pretty much a recipe for failure. I needed a day to de-stress, and the gods of Procrastination made sure I took it on Monday (and then the goddess of Guilt gave me most of Tuesday as a bonus). Lesson here? I really need to build in some “fun” as well♦♦.
Surprisingly, even with Guilt and Defeatism drive me at full throttle by Saturday morning, I managed a ton in the evening. I think because I realized halfway through the day that unless I was going to just stop writing, I had to forgive myself for letting go and get back to work.
Electronic drugs! Next I needed to find out a way to deal with my online “addictions” such as Facebook, Reddit, and Physorg.com, and Science News and… and even Fairyland. It felt horrible telling myson that we couldn’t go play snail races some nights. He has his own garden and loves “watering the flowers” and “catching wild animals”. He was a bit upset, but having his own computer back helped. Since Friday evening, he has made four different animated videos, all some variation of the 123 Pinball Countdown from Sesame Street. Considering he is five and drawing all his art work with a mouse, the work is amazing. I promise, I will post screenshots when I figure out where my husband saved them on the computer.
So beyond my Fairyland limitations? I ‘m trying some smaller quantities: “read and comment on blog post a day–two max♥♥; 1/2 hour of Facebook in the morning, 1/2 in the evening; no more than 1/2 hr on Reddit; ten Fairyland gardens; 1/2hour actual news reading. The numbers are flexible. I won’t be angry with myself or depressed if I go over the limits. They are more there to help remind me that there are other things I should be doing.
Writing! (I had to save the best for last.)
I need to add a blog goal for myself; not just these check-ins. Since I actually intend to do something like a review of the books I am reading (movies I’m supposed to be watching) for 50/50/Me, that seems covered, but I think there needs to be something more. I’m waiting to enact this one. Let’s see how week two works out.
The WsIP are feeling a bit overwhelming in their number. I will be winnowing my focus. Unfortunately, this past week I actually discovered connections between most of the major works I hadn’t even realized, so now I need to make sure I don’t cause too many continuity problems for myself in the near future.
Oh, one last thing… Sleep! I intend on getting more. Good-night (or good-day) to you.
♦♦Today I spent hours just talking with my husband. We played family games like Labyrinth and the “U-Build It Mousetrap together with Marcus. And I did a lot of reading.
♥♥ While it was quite wonderful to “meet” people, I came to the sad realization by Thursday morning and I’d started repeating the same Monday pattern “yet again” for the check-ins, that I need to actually set myself a limit. It’s too easy to find myself reading all the great stories and not write a single word of my own. I know.