Monday, September 9, 2013

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

As I mentioned last week, Mondays have become my official unofficial goal post day. It's incredibly exciting, I know.

And as you can probably infer from the title of today's post, I wasn't entirely successful. But I wasn't entirely unsuccessful either.

My goals from last Monday:

1. Blog three times.

Done! Strange to think that in one week, I've already blogged more in September than I did in August. Poor, sad neglected blog.

2. Complete chapters 19-20 of Second Nature.

Not exactly sure how to grade this goal. I mean, I didn't complete Chapter 20, so right there, I'm only eligible for partial credit. But then there's the curious case of Chapter 19 itself. I told you on Friday about the super fun detour the chapter took, and later that evening, I thought I had finally bushwhacked my way through to the other side and considered Chapter 19 to be (first draft) finished. Then, on Sunday morning, I intended to start work on Chapter 20, but ended up back in Chapter 19 Land. While all the scenes in that chapter are done, I still feel like there's something missing. I had intended to let it marinate and go back to it in the second draft, but I'm not sure I'll be able to let it go just yet. Anyway, I'm not counting this goal as met.

3. Read a book (Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein)

Done. Pretty damn awesome book, too. I got all emotional toward the end. And that just doesn't happen very often. I'd really like to read the companion novel (Rose Under Fire) now. Fortunately, it's being released in the US tomorrow. How's that for timing?

And now for something totally expected...this week's goals:

1. Chapter Twenty

Right now it closely resembles a black hole. I have a plan to change that landscape. It's not a complete plan, and possibly not a very good plan, but it's a start at least.

2. Take donation bags to Good Will.

It's time. They're starting to take over the house, and that's space I can use for books.

3. Speaking of books, read one this week.

This week's selection: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls fame).



That's going to do it for me today. What's on your agenda this week?

50 comments:

  1. Good job on almost completing your goals! I don't think you completely failed - sounds more like you had more of a goal change than a failure!

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    1. Maybe I should change my all goals for next week to "sleep in late"...

      I'd definitely accomplish all of those.

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  2. Sometimes chapters take a little longer than expected. And I doubt chapter twenty is in a black hole.

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    1. Yes, they sometimes do. And Chapter 19 is certainly taking a lot longer than is appreciated.

      And Chapter 20 is a big black hole. I keep throwing story down there, but nothing's happening. Perhaps that'll change today though.

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  3. I really enjoyed Code Name Verity, too. Good luck with your goals :)

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  4. Even though it wasn't the writing you set out to do, it sounds like it was good writing work and to me that counts. :)

    Good luck on this week's goals! I'm continuing to work on September goals and so far, so good. (Although I'm a little behind on the Goodreads Challenge.)

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    1. I added about 1,000 words to my manuscript, so it wasn't a complete waste of a week. Just...not as productive as I'd hoped to be.

      The Goodreads Challenge is the only thing I've finished this year. I have no idea how that happened.

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  5. You were still productive and that counts, too.

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    1. It doesn't feel very productive when you're working and reworking the same handful of paragraphs in one chapter.

      But maybe I can move on this week.

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  6. My goals this fall are to trim down my number of books to something manageable. I have two full bookshelves of them and I don't want half of them anymore.

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    1. My significant other supports that goal wholeheartedly. He'd really love it if I did the same. Of course, he'd also be thrilled if all I had were two full bookshelves.

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  7. I am interested to know what Lauren Graham's book is like!

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    1. I've read some nice things about it, and it was optioned for a television series, so I remain optimistic.

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  8. Wait, you still haven't taken the bags to Goodwill? You should do that. I'll bet your book blurb is sitting half squashed underneath one of them. :D

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  9. Sounds like good goals! I need to make a list for this week. You've inspired me, thank you! :)

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    1. I really do find my weekly/monthly goals lists to be helpful. Occasionally repetitive, but helpful.

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    1. If I get through the one book, I'll be happy.

      And hey, I downloaded Shadow Spinner Part 31 this morning...I just getting further and further behind.

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  11. Great work with your goals. I'm happy if I can do one thing on my list some weeks. This week, my main goal is to stay on top of the blogfest I'm hosting.

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    1. I have those weeks a lot. That's when I set goals like "eat a lot of donuts" just so I can accomplish something.

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  12. When I read the title of this post, I was like, wait, they won three out of four! :-)

    Heard lots of good things about Verity. And thanks again for recommending Rats Saw God - really enjoyed it. Are any of his others as good?

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    1. When I wrote the title of this post, knowing full well what I intended to write, I thought the same three out of four thing. Great series. And we almost got that fourth one, too.

      Glad you enjoyed Rat Saw God. I haven't actually read any of his other books. Someday, I hope.

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  13. I've heard amazing things about Code Named Verity, and it's been on the TBR list for probably a year.

    Nicely done! I love it when you can look back and say, "I totally rocked the week." Because you did. Way to go!

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    1. Well, I wouldn't say I rocked the week. But, if my week were a pop quiz, I...well, I almost passed.

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  14. Good will sat on my to do list for two months. It was crazy town! Good luck with Chapter 20 and thank you for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Good Will has been on my list since probably the start of the year. I had a trip planned and forgot to put the bags in the car before I left. Turns out, that's a vital part of the whole thing.

      Thank you for stopping by and following.

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  15. I'd give you a partial credit for your one goal. Good luck with next week's goals.

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    1. I'm not even sure I should get partial credit anymore. Is there something lower than partial credit that's still not just plain zero? Maybe I could get a quarter credit or something?

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  16. Your gut is telling you Chapter 19 isn't done! Listen to it! That doesn't mean you didn't complete the goal, just that the goal is a little murky!

    Good for you! Keep going!

    I like your goal setting. Wish I was that cool. :)

    HMG

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    1. I guess since I spent much of the afternoon pulling Chapter 19 apart, my gut won. But those twelve hours when I thought I had finished it sure were nice.

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  17. I'd count number 2 as a success. Sometimes writing has it's own goals in mind and there's only so much you can do about it. Good luck with this week!

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    1. Yes, but, if the goal is to complete the chapter and the chapter in question isn't complete—for whatever reason—how can it be a success? At best, it's an incomplete.

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  18. I consider writing that goes sideways to be a success even if it wasn't what was intended in the first place. It might not be the actual goal, but writing was accomplished...

    As for me, I think this week wants to kill me. So all I want to do is get through it. Last Thursday took a decent stab at me, so I think I can take this week. It can't be as bad as last Thursday.

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    1. Yes, writing was accomplished, that's true, but it apparently wasn't the right writing. Maybe this week.

      Sorry to hear about last Thursday. I've had many days/weeks like that over the summer. I don't wish them on anyone.

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  19. Sorry your Ch 20 is a black hole. Keep plugging away at it and you'll find the light. Congrats on the blogging and finding a book you loved. I've heard great things about Code Name Verity - I hope you love the 2nd one too! :-)

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    1. I'm sure I will. It arrived today, so now I just have to find the time to read it.

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  20. Great job on all your goals, even if chapter 19 distracted you from chapter 20! Keeping my fingers-crossed that it finally stops being a black hole for you...

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    1. I hope it stops being a black hole, too, but I think I have to worry more about the puddle of mud chapter 19 has become.

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  21. I think you did amazingly well. It is so awesome how you tick goals off your list, one by one. I think you definitely won this week. Be proud of yourself.

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  22. I agree. You did a great job to achieve two of your goals. Best of luck with your new ones! :-)

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  23. Speaking of Gilmore Girls, Nathan posted about this today.

    http://www.listchallenges.com/rory-gilmore-reading-challenge

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    1. I have seen that challenge. I haven't looked too closely at it yet, but I suspect I will find I will do poorly.

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  24. You definitely get partial credit for that one goal! Good luck with your new ones!

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  25. Your outlook is so optimistic! Kudos to you for getting it done. And Chapter 20 will work itself out, I'm sure. Happy reading!

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    1. I really don't feel optimistic, so thank you for that.

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