Monday, January 12, 2015

Checking In

Hello all.

I know I promised you a post on my Storyboard Substitution, and I do intend to follow through on that promise, but I haven't quite finished that post yet. (Translation: I have yet to start it.) Perhaps this coming Wednesday, I'll have it done.

In the meantime, I thought I would announce my goals for 2015, as it is now January 12th, and I haven't done it yet.

Last year, I did pretty well on my goals. I missed the mark on more than half of them (but let's be honest—I was never going to make that healthy eating goal), but I did accomplish the Big Goal: the Publishing Of Effigy.

It's been a while since I've posted this cover art here.
Unless you look over at the sidebar, but who does that, really?
And as I have often said, if I make the Big Goal, I am far less upset about missing any of the other ones. Which turned out to actually be true.

But this year I have no publishing goal. I guess that means I have to do everything on the following list:

1. Finish Second Nature.

Second Nature is Effigy's sequel, the second book in the Coileáin Chronicles. I talked a little about this last week, but to recap: I need to finish up Parts Two and Three. The characters are being rebellious, and so this draft has been hanging on long past my point of appreciation or amusement. But I'm gaining, though (unemployment is agreeing with me. At least until I run out of money.), and have truly been writing a lot in the first twelve days of this new year.

Last week, I stated that I had ten scenes left to finish in Part Two. I wrote a lot (the word count is now sitting at 227,000 words.) this past week. So naturally, I now have eleven scenes left to finish before I can move on to Part Three. Because my characters decided to add a few other scenes. Because they hate me. Because I've tortured them far too much. Because I'm a writer, and that's what we do.

But anyway, the goal is to finish this book this year.

2. Read 60 books.

I had the same goal last year and only read 56 books. I was doing all right there for a while, but fell apart at the end of the year. Maybe I'll be able to hold it together this year.

3. Walk, run, or bike 800 miles.

Last year the goal was to log 700 miles. I ended up with 768, so 800 isn't much of a stretch. Of course, the fact that I have only recorded one lonely mile thus far in 2015 might make things interesting. Only 799 to go!

4. The requisite healthy eating goal.

I need to eat healthier. I really do. I'm incredibly appalled by my poor eating habits, and I need to eat healthier. You know, have some fruits or vegetables once in a while. And no more soda. I don't normally drink a lot of the stuff, but I fell into bad habits at the end of the year. Lots of soda. So no more...Unless I'm having a Jack & Coke. Which I only do these days after an author event, and I haven't scheduled any new ones because I'm incredibly terrified of the whole thing, but I'm rambling, and now I shall stop.

So that's going to do it for me today. I know this questions is late, but...Did you set any goals for yourself this year? Anyone else out there giving up soda? Are you having caffeine headaches as well?

See y'all next time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. That's a big word count.
    Eat your fruit and veggies! You'll feel better.

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    1. I know I'll feel better, I really do, but it's fruits and vegetables, man. Can't I just eat some chocolate-covered peeps instead?

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  2. I stopped drinking soda in college after I realized it's just water, caffeine, sugar, and carbon dioxide. Now I drink just water or pineapple juice, with tea now and then. And never thought I'd be intro fruit ('cause it's good for you) but I also switched to snacking on bananas, apples, carrots, and grapes instead of Pop-Tarts and cookies. Really helped my moods. #grumpybear

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    1. I've quit drinking soda a lot. Then I start again. Then I quit again. This time I'm hoping to quit for good.

      But I love pop-tarts and cookies. Even if I'm chronically grumpy...

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  3. 56 books is pretty close to 60 - don't be so hard on yourself!

    I rarely drink soda. I usually stick to water, lemon lime seltzer or unsweetened iced tea. I do drink coffee, probably more than I should.

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    1. Oh no, definitely wasn't hard on myself for missing the reading goal. Though, I think I read Effigy at least four times last year during the proofreading process. Maybe I should count that?

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  4. Hey, MJ! Good goals. Finish that novel. Yep. Yep. Yepper. That's one of mine, too.

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    1. I think a lot of writers end up with that goal every year. :)

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  5. Eat fruit or veg with every meal - it's easy to eat healthier then. Steak pie + broccoli = healthier. Bar of chocolate + apple = healthier :-)

    Well done on reaching your goals last year, and good luck with Second Nature!

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    1. Bar of chocolate+apple...now that I could get behind. Except for the apple.

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  6. Second Nature is going to be a huge book! How wonderful! I wish you all the best on finishing it. :)

    All of your goals are great. I actually don't drink any caffeinated drinks anymore since I had to get my gallbladder removed. I'm overly cautious. haha

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    1. It is going to be a huge book. I just have a lot of characters who have a lot of story that I need to tell. They don't call it 'epic' for nothing, I guess. =)

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  7. You will nail all your goals, don't worry. I have faith in you. Yep, I have to give up soda too and most refined sugars for health reason, but I cheated and had quite a few during the Christmas holidays. At least you exercise. You are light years ahead of me. Have a great week.

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    1. That's true...I do exercise from time to time. I even did yoga over the weekend. Not to mention all of the jumping up and down I did during the football game.

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  8. I'm still battling the bad habits of holiday eating. We just need to throw out that bowl of nuts still sitting on the counter.

    I hope you hit all of those goals.

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    1. I keep saying that about the tin of chocolates sitting on my counter. I haven't done it yet.

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  9. I have been so bad in that I haven't read Effigy yet. I'm gonna get to it soon. Oy, sorry M.J. :))

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    1. Really, no worries, Michael. It's very kind of you to even consider reading it.

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    2. You're gonna love it, Mike. Based on your reading preferences, I really think you're gonna love it.

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  10. Ha, the requisite healthy eating goal. I think I make that goal every week...and fail every week. Good luck with finishing Second Nature! Tell those characters to stop acting up and adding scenes on you! My threats to kill of characters never work (they'd never believe me), but you could probably get away with it :)

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    1. "...And then they all died horribly when an asteroid fell from the sky and destroyed the universe."

      The End.

      Ha! That'll show them!

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  11. I have some writing goals this year, one of them is to get a novella series published. I'm not giving up pop, but I am making a point to limit it. No more than 12 oz. I just like my Mt Dew too much to completely give it up. =P

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    1. My significant other agrees with you. He likes his soda, and he's not giving it up.

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  12. I'm looking forward to that #1! :)

    The problem with eating healthier is that it usually takes more time and effort to prepare. So much easier to grab a bag of chips and munch. :)

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    1. That's right. It takes more time and effort, and I hate to cook. Chips are so much easier.

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  13. Eating healthy is hard. I've been forced into it, but if I hadn't I'd be eating sugar ever chance I get.

    I didn't set many goals. I am lazy like that. Most of them were writing ones.

    Hope all yours work for you!!!

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    1. I think I pretty much have the exact same goals every year. Writing, reading, walking, and eating healthy. Which is probably its own type of laziness.

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  14. I gave up caffeine in my teens. Yes, I suffered the headache, but good news: that only lasts about a week. Bad news: now any time I ingest caffeine I now get a headache. (Although, that makes it easier to stay off the caffeine.)

    As for non-caffeinated sodas, I gave those up in my twenties. No so much by choice. My stomach decided it didn't like carbonation anymore. Made me really, really sick every time I tried to drink some. Made stopping drinking it really easy.

    Water is good. Maybe rather than giving up soda, your goal should be to drink more water.

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    1. Forgot to say that once you move to a warmer climate, exercise will be easier. At least in the winter.

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    2. That is incredibly true. I always start off slow in January and February because it is so cold, and I'd just rather stay underneath a quilt and read a book.

      And I do drink a lot of water. I really do. I'm just trying to stamp out those times when I reach for soda instead. So far, so good.

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  15. Good goals, all of them. I like the distance goal, rather than just saying "run three times per week" or whatever.

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    1. Yes, that way I can completely sit on my butt in February, and make up the mileage in July. Not that I do that every year or anything...

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  16. Good luck with finishing. And boy, 200+K will be a lot of words to edit.

    I'm trying to cut back on sugar, so I feel at least some of your soda pain. Why do the things that are bad for you taste so good?

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    1. I can't even think about the editing at this point. When I do, I cry a little inside.

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  17. You got some serious goals going there. Good luck!

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  18. I set my goals too. I'm making sure to get to the YMCA three times a week (so far, so good) and eat better (so far, not so good). I have to eat all that candy from Christmas, right? The faster you eat it, the less calories it has, right?

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  19. Best of luck with your goals. I think I could manage giving up soda - don't really drink that much. But giving up caffeine via coffee? I'm paralyzed with fear just thinking about it.

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    1. So far the soda thing has gone very well. I don't drink coffee, so that's never been an issue. Which is good, because I probably couldn't quit it.

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  20. Good luck with your goals. I should make a goal list too. However, I rarely reach them. Losing weight has been my goal for the pass 10 years....

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    1. I've had better years where I've accomplished everything I set out to do, and I've had years when I haven't even gotten close to accomplishing anything. But I love to make goal lists.

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  21. I'm trying to give up soda. I keep giving it up but it won't go away. It sneaks into my refrigerator and my office's break room and I just can't!

    On a more serious note, every time I manage to go cold turkey on soda for any period of time longer than 48 hours, I end up drinking much more coffee and tea. I think this is the caffeine thing. I did buy decaf coffee recently and my best (most flavorful) teas are now fruit-based (no caffeine) so I'm hoping to manage to eventually trick myself into kicking caffeine.

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    1. Whenever I go cold turkey on soda, I eat even more sugar than I do normally. Which, if you know how much sugar I eat normally, is terrifying.

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  22. Good luck with your goals! I get horrible headaches if I don't have coffee, so I just keep drinking it….

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    1. I've made it through the headache stage. It was not fun, which I hope will help me avoid any relapsing.

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  23. Healthy eating is just no fun :( I struggle with it myself. My goal is to walk for half an hour every day (I'll be satisfied with almost every day) and so far I'm doing good with that goal, only missed a few days. I allow for bad weather to stop me :)

    Thats a pretty cover, and yes I see it often in your side bar.

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  24. Walk, run or bike 800 miles seems like so far to me! But I guess I don't blink an eye at finish a book only because I know the constituent parts that make up writing a book.... so... in conclusion I'm sure it's actually a very reasonable goal.

    Good luck with all of them! I'm sure 2015 will see great things for you. <3

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  25. Okay, I'm either getting senile-totally and completely possible-of Blogger ate my comment from before. So here it is again, though probably less funny because I can't remember exactly how...

    I hate when characters rebel and make you write more. There should be a 12 step program for them or something. Glad unemployment is working out so well!

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  26. Best of luck with your goal and it sounds like you met one of the most important goals of 2014! What an awesome cover! :)

    I think you will definitely meet your reading and biking/walking goals since you were so close to those numbers last year. Good luck!
    ~Jess

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