Monday, January 20, 2014

Moving on

As the New England Patriots forgot how to play football yesterday and lost the AFC Championship game, I am obligated to begin today's post with the following picture:


And this one, too...


Well played, Denver.

Moving on...

Since it's Monday, it's time to review the goals I set for myself last week, as well as time to set some new ones. I sustained an inconvenient hand injury over the weekend (not from punching a wall in the wake of a Patriots loss), so forgive me if I seem less than my normal ebullient, chatty self, but typing has become a true chore.

Last week's goals:

1. Complete Chapters 22-23 of Second Nature.

I didn't do this. I worked on Chapter 22 a little and completely ignored Chapter 23. They're proving to be a trickier story line than I had originally anticipated. However, I did manage to add a few thousand words to my WIP this week and officially crossed the 200k word count mark, so at least there's that.

2. Watch Sherlock Series 1 and 2 before the Series 3 premiere.

Did this. Not that it was hard or anything. Not that I expected it to be.

3. Complete three 30 minute work outs.

Did this. I actually completed four. Yay for success. Now if only I could experience such success in the writing category.

This week's goals:

First, a disclaimer: I have a hell week at the day job starting today, so I'm going to be very lax and unspecific on most of my goals as most of my waking hours this week will be spent immersed in inventory prep (the joys of being the only member of the stock staff). The good news is that this crazy schedule will fulfill my fitness goal as I'll likely net a good 15-20 miles before it's over. But as for everything else...

1. Continue work on Second Nature.

This WIP's current word count is 202,362. I would like it to be higher by this time next week.

2. Don't kill any co-workers.

Always a good goal to have, I find, when you have co-workers like mine. (Please note that I did not include Management in this goal. I hate to set myself up to fail...)

And on that happy note, I'm off to work. What's on your agenda this week?


38 comments:

  1. Good luck with everything. You have to have goals and a written plan. Me, I'm spending time with the family and doing stuff with them this week. Movies, the beach, organizing the house. Things like that.

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    1. The beach....Now I'm having fantasies where I'm somewhere warm enough to go to the beach. And not get frostbite.

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  2. I'm impressed with your word count and your fitness success! I'm working on the usual stuff this week - writing, exercise, etc. So far, Monday is not starting out well but I think I just need more coffee…. :)

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    1. Monday always is a hard one, I find. It always makes me wish I drank coffee.

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  3. I have to admit the Patriots seemed off yesterday. Maybe it was the altitude. Good luck on this week's goals, especially the non-killing of co-workers part. Discretion is the better part of valor... Oh, screw it. Just waste 'em. Heh-heh-heh.

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    1. Maybe the altitude, or maybe the inexperience finally caught up to the defense. Or maybe they just like to torture me.

      Probably not that last one, though.

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  4. Two out of three is good!
    Sorry about the Patriots. At least the 49ers lost, Sorry, don't like their quarterback.
    If you kill a co-worker, you won't have to go back to your job though. That's a plus!

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    1. Yes, two out of three is pretty decent. It just bothers me how often I don't hit my writing goals. This week, though, I think I have an excellent chance of making it.

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  5. If you kill co-workers, you'll have plenty of time to write.

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    1. An excellent point. I'll have to take that into consideration.

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  6. I am sorry-ish that the Patriots lost, um…no not really. But, hey, you did get that World Series victory, so there's that. :))

    Good luck on the goals. Hoping to close out the ending on my story this week…or next.

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    1. It's funny that you mention the World Series because right after the game, I almost tweeted, "Hey, have I mentioned lately that the Red Sox won the World Series?"

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    2. I was the same way, telling a friend, "Hey, third or fourth place out of 32 teams is pretty damn good. Especially this year. And we won the World Series, right? We can't win everything..."

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    3. I suppose that's true. But I'm just so much happier when we do win everything...

      But yeah, given the injuries the team sustained this season, third or fourth place (let's just go ahead and call it third place...) is excellent.

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  7. Loppity-lopping around my writing schedule, practicing the art of making bookcovers, and practicing formatting. Work on rewrites to Killer Stilettos and drafting more story for Time on Her Side.

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    1. Practicing the art of making book covers, huh? Hope you're considering blogging about that—I'd definitely be interested.

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  8. What did you think of Sherlock? I lost sleep last night staying up late to watch it and then dreamed of Benedict. Mmm. Good luck with your goals this week. Not killing co-workers is hard.

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    1. I really enjoyed Sherlock. And the Benedict Cumberbatch dreams that followed. I want to watch it again, though, so I hope I have some free time to do just that this weekend.

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  9. While you're stuck at work, you could be mentally working on your novel. Maybe.

    At least inventory only comes once a year. And if you must kill a coworker, just try not to get caught. Then again, you'd have plenty of time to write in prison...

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    1. I do that a lot, actually, mentally work on my WIP while I'm emptying boxes and folding shirts and whatnot. I've concocted some pretty decent scenes that way, too. I just haven't had much success lately.

      Probably because I'm too busy being mad at #1 Boss.

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  10. A writer with an injured hand! Oh no! Good luck at work. Remember to take deep breaths, count to ten, and don't throw your back out when you're burying the bodies.

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    1. I know...and it's my writing hand's that's injured, too. I haven't been able to hold a pen for three days now, and I'm getting a little restless. Here's hoping the swelling goes down soon!

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  11. Two out of three for last week is pretty good. Not killing coworkers is a good goal. I'd add customers too because they can really test your patience (as I was reminded today.)

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    1. I almost did add customers, but held off because (and I'm probably jinxing myself here) I haven't had a bad customer in a while.

      Yep. Definitely just jinxed myself.

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  12. Haha, um...good luck on your second goal. :)

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    1. Thank you. I will very likely need that by the end of the week. Maybe even mid-week.

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  13. poor pats =(
    but, someone pointed out that its going to be quite an audience at the super bowl since both teams are from states that legalized pot...
    oh, good! looking forward to some work haiku!

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    1. I have been enjoying all of the 'bowl' jokes going around.

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  14. I hope your week at work is not as bad as you think! :D

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    1. So far it's been exactly what I've suspected it would be. I don't really have high hopes for the rest of the week.

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  15. 202k words? Well, that's not chicken feed. I actually saw you mentioning this on twitter the other day. It's really stunning. Once I get past 20k I'm like, 'Oh god. I forgot the name of the girl that did the thing, was it a gun? Or a knife? No... wait... it was a puppy. Wait again, what question am I asking?'

    And on it goes. So 200k words and keeping it all straight it very impressive.

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    1. It may only be impressive if I manage to write a story worth reading when it's all said and done.

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  16. Eek! Goal number 2 is tough!! Good luck with that one ^.^

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    1. I've managed to restrain myself so far. But I make no promises for what happens in the next two days. (I imagine those two will be the worst...)

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  17. Sorry about your hand injury! That's great about your goals, though. Completing two out of three is fantastic! Good luck with your goals for this week... (#2 sounds easier said than done!)

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    1. It really is—easier said than done, I mean.

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  18. not killing co-workers is always a good thing...and yes dang you patriots!! I was the only one at work rooting for them :)

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  19. I felt the same way about my 49ers. So I'll be rooting for the Broncos next Sunday.

    Good luck with that goal of not killing co-workers!

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