Somehow we're already halfway through not just the month of June, but the entire year. I'm not sure how that's possible, but it's the truth.
Which means today I will be taking a look at the goals I set for myself back in January to see just how I'm doing with them.
Part One: Writing
1. Publish Effigy.
It seems that I may be within 30-something days of being able to cross this one off the list. The cover reveal is scheduled for next Monday (Next Freakin' Monday!), and the official release date has been set for July 22nd (Next Freakin' Month!). And it could actually happen. Now I just need to stay out of my own way long enough for it to happen. Yikes. (Confession: I really wish it came down to something other than me needing to stay out of my own way. I am my own worst enemy, and I am convinced I will screw this up.)
2. Complete first draft of Second Nature.
I am not within 30-something days of being able to cross this one off the list. Lately, it feels as though it'll be more like 30-something years. I am stuck, stuck, stuck, and no plan I concoct yields a promising result that sticks for longer than an afternoon. I am trying not to worry too much about it, but worrying is what I do, and this draft needs to be finished. But it won't be happening this week, as Effigy has laid claim to all of my free time for foreseeable future. Perhaps some forced time away from Second Nature will be just what this WIP needs. Or perhaps a new author is just what this WIP needs. (Likely Obvious Confession: My confidence whereas writing is concerned is at an exciting all-time low!)
Part Two: The Requisite Health Related Goals
1. Run, walk or bike 700 miles.
As of this post, I have logged 231 miles. I'm well below where I should be, but I'm well ahead of where I was at this point last year. I always seem to start off slow. February is never a very active month for me. I do much better in the summer months.
2. Eat healthier.
This goal isn't going very well. I admit to binge eating a large amount of baked goods on a regular basis. Here's my excuse: preparing to publish is stressful, I find, and I apparently need a steady stream of cake in order to cope. Maybe I'll do better the second half of the year. But I doubt it.
Part Three: Last, But Not Least
1. Read 60 books.
According to Goodreads, I have read 39 books, which puts me twelve books ahead of schedule.
2. Turn weird little spare closet space into tiny little library.
Haven't started this yet. I've thought about it a couple of times, but then I go right back to ignoring it completely.
And that is that.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how things are going—even with the critically low confidence levels I'm experiencing. And let's be honest here—if Effigy wasn't as close to publication as it is, I'd be the exact opposite of pretty happy. As goes that damn novel goes my nation. I really hope I don't screw it up.
And on that positive thought, I'm out of here. I have a proof copy to review and unfortunate typos to lament. Thanks for stopping by today. It's always appreciated.
Happy Monday, all.