One Down and…

Things are Blazing

Okay, maybe not quite that extreme, but I’m extremely pleased with myself after these past few days.  Not because I got so much done, but because of WHAT I got done.

I just sent that sponsor post out to our fearless leader (and now suddenly have ideas for a few others…  maybe I’ll prep a few if my characters will give me a few more days of nudging them aside to do so).


I’ve also been (finally) rockin that creativity goal of mine this past week.  I need to remember to start carrying pencils with me for my doodles—otherwise I get a lot of art that looks like this:

a ballpoint pen, a writing/drawing journal and time at a B&N cafe

a ballpoint pen, a writing/drawing journal and time at a B&N cafe

But if I’d stopped or put off drawing for when I had the correct tools, I’d have never met this fellow.  Not sure WHO he is yet, but definitely feeling he has a story to tell.  And I’m fairly sure he’s Hastor…


Who do YOU think this is?

Row80 Check-in & Assessment

So how’s that for a week?    I’m thinking good things.  Not ideal things.  I know I set aside some work I should have done to push past the block that was my sponsor post.  Some call it prioritizing…  I guess I should call it that too.

Sometimes it’s hard to admit I’ll never be Wonder Woman.  Wondering Woman, yes…  I’ve got that down well, but I am no Lynda Carter. *pouts*

    • Goal: spend ~three hours a week delving into writing craft related learning
    • Progress: I’ve been reading John Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters.  A lot of process and general perspective on writing, and maybe 3 hours of this so far
    • Goal: Hand-write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
    • Progress:  *hems and haws*  I wrote a lot of handwritten stuff (not only on my new phone love the handwriting app), but not much of it was story related
    • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks into the computer
    • Progress: I managed two days of typing and not a full two pages each
    • Goal: maintain local critique group submission of excerpts and critiques during non-NaNoWriMo months
    • Progress: behind; I owe a submission and one more critique
    • Goal: return to regular posting in the WIPpet and WeWriWa blog hops
    • Progress:  managed a WIPpet but as I noted last Sunday, I’m not rushing to jump into the WeWriWa
    • Goal: sponsor duties for the ROW80 twice a week
    • Progress: on track
    • Goal: Explore my creative side daily
    • Progress:  *high fives self*
    • Goal: Daily languages (except Sundays)
    • Progress: done, though Saturday became my Sunday
    • Goal: daily exercise amounting to a minimum of 30 minutes a day
    • Progress: Doing pretty good.  I missed … no days
  • Temporary! Goal: write and submit my sponsor post
  • Progress: THIS IS DONE *happy dance*

And before I start trying to post happy dance pictures of me trying to Zumba (cheers to you, ReGi), let me end this.   It’s been a…  pretty good, and very interesting, week.

14 responses to “One Down and…

  1. those are great pictures! And yay for getting the sponsor post done and submitted!


  2. Rock on missing no days exercising! That one is always hard for me. Like, I need the day to go just so…

    I call it prioritizing, too. Maybe you’re a monotasker, like me. It’s just much easier to get things done when you’re doing just that thing. Like, I need to have a boat load of goals in front of my face to be as productive as I can be, but that doesn’t mean I won’t do better working at just one of them at a time.

    I can’t tell you how glad I am I’m not the only one who doodles eyes. Nor can I put my finger on who your drawing reminds me of, but he reminds me of someone specific. A character in a movie, probably, but maybe someone I knew in real life… If it comes to me, I’ll tell you.


    • I don’t know if I’m so much of a monotasker… I do multi-task, but not the way most people think they mean when they say it (truth is no one actually multi-tasks the way they mean when they say it). My subconscious does a lot of stuff for me though while I’m focused on other tasks… like I’ll be reading a book/writing/watching tv/etc., and when my husband asks where did he set down his wallet the next day, I’ll remember having noticed the exact spot and can hand it to him. But don’t ask me to listen to you tell me about the car while I’m trying to plan supper…

      As for goals? I need a small list, as large ones overwhelm me quickly. I can’t even focus on the “this first, then this, then…” My list, as it is, just barely works for me. Who knows how long I’ll keep it up.

      Cool! I love drawing eyes, btw. They are one of my favorite things. Wish I could draw noses and mouths better…. And yes, now that I think of it, he does somewhat remind me of a show-character. Though, I think he actually reminds me more of the hunter in the Prince Igor play (wasn’t the plan, but not a complaint!)

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      • Yeah, multi-tasking is basically a myth. There are things people can multi-task for real, like listening to an audiobook while working out, but for the most part multi-tasking as most people think of it destroys productivity.

        He does look like the hunter! Nice job. 🙂 That’s not where I’d have seen him, though. I still can’t think of who he reminds me of. :-/ Oh, well. It’ll come to me when I’m nowhere near a computer. 😛


        • Isn’t that always when insights tend to arrive (it is for me)… though when I created the picture, I wasn’t trying for the hunter. Just like stories… sometimes the characters take over.

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          • I haven’t had that with drawing, though I have had a few clear pictures in my head I wished I could draw. My sister draws, though.


            • I have one very clear picture I want to draw someday. I always hesitate, partly because the image IS so very clear, I know I would be devastated if it didn’t come out the way I see it. I think I like the more spontaneous experience I had with this hunter. 😀

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  3. I won’t need the crit until December at the earliest, so take a breath, and focus on something else. You earned it!

    And I agree. That’s a Hastor face, and definitely a Hastor hairstyle. Maybe he’s the guard who was woken from a lovely’s bed?


    • A Hastor-hairstyle? hmm, never considered it that way (not against the idea, just hadn’t thought of it… I know ‘Listii keeps his hair trimmed close except for the top, but Val keeps is long and in a ponytail, Vant follows the Guard form of the three-tiered braids, yadda yadda)….

      Guess I never saw it as a family thing. But I can see some of the family doing such things. Or doing so at different points in their lives….

      Thanks, but like you, I like to have a somewhat cleared plate in front of me when the list gets long enough.

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      • I understand that. But you can certainly feel free to treat it as a side dish! =D

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        • 😀 Thanks. Though I finished it last night, and did my read-through of Ava’s POV (nice twist at the ending!) Just want to let my comments simmer a moment, read through again and then will pass it back.

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          • Ava sure surprised ME with that twist! She’s feisty, even now! A bit like a twelve year old of my aquaintance. =)


            • I’ve met several twelve year-olds who would do such a thing… I am just surprised, I guess, that she did in this particular story. Of course… with that particular phone call, I can almost see why. Makes me think about some of the reading I’ve done on the psychological causes behind terminal illness too… and how, if certain lines could be detached (maybe not even the physical one, though that would be nice too), if Ava might find herself in remission.