Monday, September 16, 2013

Curses! Foiled Again!

Hello, Monday. I'm so glad you're here. Well, glad might be an overstatement, but you're here now, Monday, and with you comes a new set of goals.

But first, let's review how last week's goals went...

1. Chapter Twenty

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't happen. The biggest problem is every time I think I've worked out the quagmire that is Chapter Nineteen, I change my mind. That said, there are almost 5000 words in Chapter Twenty right now—which is almost 5000 more than were in the black hole that was Chapter Twenty at the start of last week—so I did work on it this week, but it's not finished, and I'm not entirely sure that they're the right 5000 words. Chapter Nineteen—the current bane of my existence—has made me doubt everything. Curse you, Chapter Nineteen!

2. Take donation bags to Good Will.

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't happen. The worst part is that I fully intended to do this last Tuesday. And then I forgot to put the bags in the car. Again. And I didn't realize it until I was practically there. One of these days I will make this happen. Curse you...my memory and/or powers of observation. Or lack there of.

3. Read a book.

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't—Oh wait...I actually did this one. Go me. I read Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. It was all right. I wish it had been better.

But I did read it. Which brings my success percentage to a whopping 33%. Good thing I'm not being graded on any of this, isn't it?

So the theme this week is to do better. With this in mind, here are my new goals—Well, all right. It's just the one goal:


1. Work out the problems with Chapter Nineteen.

Want to know how frustrated with this chapter I've been? Last week, I set it aside to work on Effigy's blurb for a while because I thought "Hey, that'll be easier!" So I am going to work out these problems once and for all (or at least for the first draft). I don't even have to write a single word to accomplish this goal. All I have to do is make a plan. And stick with it.

On that not at all frightening note, I'm out of here. I'm off to stare at a storyboard until brilliance strikes. Or I get hungry. Whichever comes first.

What are your goals for the week?

Thanks for stopping by!


46 comments:

  1. You should put those bags for Goodwill in your car now so you don't forget! ;)

    Good luck with this week's goals! I have fun goals this week! I'm going to try and work on the next Game On book, and also re-write my novella from the male POV!

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    1. I would do that, but I know that as soon as I get up from the desk and walk down the hall, I'll forget what I went down there for. I'll have to write myself a note on my hand first, I guess. =)

      That's a cool idea to rewrite your novella from the male POV. Good luck with it!

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  2. Sometimes NOT thinking directly about the problem is better, like letting your mind mull it over in the shower or when taking a walk, etc. Forcing it isn't going to help you or the story.

    I've got those kinds of "donation bag" projects, too. Those are actually the easiest ones to tackle and yet do you see me accomplishing them? Nope.

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    1. Which is very true, and I know this and have told myself this, but my problem is that I can't always (or ever) stop thinking about it. It's always in the back of my mind taunting me. Right along with the donation bags.

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  3. Those chapters are the worse!! There is no reason for them to be so hard and confusing, but they do it anyways and there is nothing we can do about it but stab at them until something coems from them that makes sense. You have my pity and I will throw you a bag of chocolate. *Tosses*

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  4. No grading! You're still working on it and that's good.

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  5. We still have stuff sitting in our garage that needs to go to Goodwill. Maybe we'll both take it someday.

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    1. I haven't even started the garage yet. Or the basement. I don't have high hopes for either.

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  6. So the blurb is still the bane of your existence? Or has Chapter Nineteen (Curse you, Chapter Nineteen!) ousted the blurb from its throne?

    Reading a book is good. Didn't I see you post something, somewhere about going to a Ren Faire this week? (Or was that someone else?) I feel like that should count as an accomplishment, somehow.

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    1. Currently, both the blurb and that damn chapter are sitting side by side on a pair of matching pain-in-my-ass thrones.

      And I did go a Ren Faire over the weekend. My significant other considered the fact that I came home without any new shiny weaponry a huge (and unlikely) accomplishment.

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    2. So, no standout smiths in attendance, then?

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    3. The opposite, really. There's a smith there every year with which I am completely obsessed, and I have picked out several items I can't wait to buy. I just have to make some progress on this so-called career first.

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  7. I have a task list with half of my tasks for this month crossed off. I keep the crossed out items on the list so when I look at it, it gives me a sense of having done something, even though, I haven't done jack in the last two weeks. Go me. I wish one of those tasks could have been 'read a book.' Maybe next month. :)

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    1. I do that, too, with my lists. Occasionally, I'll cheat and start the list with "create to do list" just so I can cross something off immediately. I love being able to cross things off. Not being able to do that drives me crazy. Crazier.

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  8. At least you're setting goals so you're several steps ahead of me.

    I gave up on dropping things off at the Goodwill, since I often forgot, too. Now I call whatever local agency that will pick the items up. www.PickUpPlease.org is a good one.

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    1. I am headed to that website right now. Thanks!

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  9. I am the same way with Goodwill donations or if I have recycling to take out. Always forget to put the stuff in my car.

    Good luck with getting Chapter 19 into shape.

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    1. Well, that's good news for you then. I think.

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  11. Wait, your first goal was "chapter 20"? How is that a fail? If you worked on it some, then you completed #1. I don't see a "finish chapter 20" there.

    My one and only goal for this week: get out of this #@&% math class. Of course, since this is up to others and not me... No. I'm going to be done with that class this week. Then I can breathe again.

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    1. I worked on chapter 20, but I didn't finish it. And thus I consider it a fail. I know I didn't specifically say 'finish' in the goal, but I felt it was implied. Plus, I knew that's what I meant.

      And if I were in charge of a math class, my goal would be to get the hell out of there, post haste. I had a student once who needed help with the quadratic equation, and I about had a panic attack just thinking about it. Math is definitely not my thing. Kudos to you for surviving.

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  12. LOL. I feel like I'm constantly behind on my 'to do' list.

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    1. Same here. If I were ever anything else, I'm not sure I'd know what to do with myself.

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  13. Well, you're being graded on a curve. Since 33 percent is the average, you got a C. And in all fairness, not doing number 1 seems to be the fault of chapter 19. Good luck with it. It sounds like a tough nut to crack.

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  14. Progress is still a good thing, even if you haven't finished what you set out to do. I think it still counts as a success! :)

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    1. I keep telling myself that. Not sure I believe it, though.

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  15. No worries about not getting chapter 20 done. At least you've worked on it. :-)

    My goal is to write four or five chapters for my rewrite.

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    1. Best of luck with your goals, Misha. I don't think I'd ever be able to pull that off.

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  16. Sorry chapter 19 continues to be such a pain! At least you made progress with chapter 20 regardless, even if it wasn't as much as you were hoping. Good luck battling chapter 19 into submission this week!

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  17. I love how you laughed after each goal, LOL...

    Grrrrr... to chapter 19!!!! I hate it when things are SO labored. Loved reading your update though--it made me feel better about not being productive this week. ;-)

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  18. I hate those weeks when it seems like nothing is easy. That's when I have to strip things down to small goals--like getting out of bed without breaking my neck. :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure that's going to be my goal for next week. That, or eat more donuts.

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  19. Those two chapters are out to get you. Go Buffy on their, uh, words? I have a big bag sitting in my trunk for three days now waiting to go to Good Will. It'll get there by the end of the week. Maybe.

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    1. If I got the bags into the car, that would be a huge step forward. I really need to do that.

      And yes, I do need to go Buffy on these chapters.

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  20. curse that age fairy and her need to steal our brain cells! and beauty and elasticity... but thats another story

    you always cheer me up with your updates, even when you think youve fallen short! and then you keep going!

    happy hump day! you'll get over it! ha!

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    1. Yep. I always do keep going. I guess some people never learn...

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  21. I love how you list your goals here and give us updates. Make me feel like I"m not alone in this crazy world of writing! I hope the curse of chapter 19 lifts soon!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  22. Hmm, those two chapters really know how to throw obstacles, don't they? The good thing is that you WILL show them how its done... you know when the right words come to you lol. You can do it!

    Glad you got a chance to read. I was curios about that book but its way far down on my TBR list. Ah well. Knock 'em dead this week!!!!!

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  23. I think making one goal instead of 3 will help, since 19 seems like a bear. Good luck!

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  24. I hope you figure out Chapter Nineteen!

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