# of queries out: 6
# of fulls out: 1
word count: 8,272
word count: 3,028
min needed for chapbook: 20
brainstorm wizard story for anthology– have a few ideas which I’ll let simmer for a while write rest of Alexa letters for FwM– wrote needed ones for story, going to write a few more for backstory that won’t be in book house project – organize scrap book supplies
Goals for this week:
- finish fleshing out chapters 1 and 2 of FwM
- poetry submission
- write new poem
- house project – weed flower garden out front
Six months left in 2009, so I thought I would revisit my goals for the year. As usual, I seem to have way over estimated my abilities. My goals were all in increments of 50. If I was super awesome, my numbers would be 25/50 for each. Here’s the actual totals to date:
Books read 10/50
Poems written 17/50
Poems submitted 28/50
Chapters written 5/50
Okay, that’s painfully behind. But I must remember what I have accomplished. I’ve queried twenty-one agents, purchased and moved into a house, babysat two kids full time for one month, and gotten into a regular exercise routine with my husband which is actually showing success (my arms have muscles after all!).
What I’ve learned so far:
- I’m not in a place where I can read one book a week. Maybe if I only read Young Adult books, and/or didn’t have so many other hobbies. Of course, a five year old also interferes with long reading sessions.
- Mystery books slow me down. I’m just not into them like I used to be, and find myself reading only a few pages at a time.
- I second guess myself a lot when writing, which interferes with getting chapters done. I keep telling myself to allow first draft messes, but my pep talks are easier said than applied. So much easier to write a page, then say I’ve accomplished something and allow myself to go browse the web, or play a game.
- It’s even easier not to write when I’m tired, hot, and/or have a headache. I need to stop making excuses, and stop beating myself up. A good writing session is energizing, and will help me forget the heat and aches.
I don’t have to be perfect, as long as I’m moving forward. How are your goals for the year coming along?