Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2016 Goals

It's a brand new month, so I'm creating a brand new set of goals to mark the occasion.

Except that this set of goals will closely resemble pretty much every other set of goals I make for myself.

But whatever. Just pretend they're new. That's what I do.

And yes, I will be overusing gifs in this post. That's also what I do. (Sorry, but I've been going through withdrawal...I didn't use a single gif all last month...)

Anyway, here's on the docket this month:

1. Finish those Second Nature revisions I'm soooooo convinced that I absolutely just have to have.




2. Once I've finished those revisions I'm soooooo convinced that I absolutely just have to have, send the damn book to the beta readers already. They're waiting.



3. Finish reading books 2 and 3 in Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys series so I can finally remove book #4, The Raven King, from its hiding spot and read it so I can stop living in constant fear of spoilers. (Note: If you've already read it, no spoilers, please. Thank you!)



4. Attempt to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, in an attempt to make my FitBit happy. (Note: I am not sure it's possible to make the FitBit happy. Especially when one eats as many cookies as I tend to.)




I was going to add a fifth goal, but looking back at the other four, I'm not sure I'll have the time. I am nothing if not a (proven) terrible manager of time.



What's on your docket this month?

That's all for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

37 comments:

  1. I'm selling my house so I have a huge to-do list which has unfortunately cut into my writing time. GRRR! I am about to read book three of the Raven Cycle...

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    1. Oh yes, selling a house absolutely has that effect on one's writing. I did not enjoy that very much. May you contend with it in a more mature manner than I myself did.

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  2. I've got that Raven Boys series on my TBR shelf/list....

    Congrats on finishing A-Z! And good luck with the goals!

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    1. Then I shall make sure to keep my upcoming Raven Boys posts spoiler-free. But definitely read them...they're awesome!

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  3. LOL I find whenever I make new goals they're just the same ones I've always had.
    Good luck with your goals! My Fitbit is usually happy with me but I don't tell it what I eat...

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    1. I have been...mostly truthful about what I eat. I have yet to fully admit to how many cookies I eat, though. Because it's a lot. Because cookies are delicious.

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  4. Me and Cookie Monster are BFFs, man. If I had a Fitbit, it would detach itself from my wrist and flee! Good luck with the revisions, and congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. :)

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    1. I swear, I could hear the FitBit sigh one morning when I stopped for donuts.

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  5. Good luck with your goals, MJ.
    I've been wanting to get a FitBit, but hubby keeps saying I need to research and I don't want to do that.

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    1. Fortunately, I have a significant other who loooooves to do research. All I generally have to do is answer a few basic questions.

      And I really do like my FitBit. I will complain about it a lot, but I really do think it will help me get healthier. Which is exactly what I bought it for.

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  6. I love your gifs. And any chance to look at Sam Winchester is a good Monday. I have faith you'll conquer those goals.

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  7. I wish I could type as fast as Jim Carrey. :P

    I laughed when you said you hid the 4th book. I have a problem with wanting to page through the next book (or last book) to see what happens.

    Good luck with your revisions and all of your other goals!

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    1. I have that problem, too. Which is why this book is hidden somewhere inconvenient to get to, so I won't be tempted to peek.

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  8. Don't tell the Fitbit about the cookies, it'll never know ;-)

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    1. True. As it is, I only tell it about some of the cookies. I consider it a compromise.

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  9. If you could combine goals, you'd have so much more time. Imagine if you could walk and read at the same time? You'd have much more time available for cookies.

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    1. I have tried the walking/reading combination. My vertigo was not a fan.

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  10. I'm a terrible time manager, too. LOL. Best of luck with all your revising, reading, and FitBit-ing goals!

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  11. Good luck with your goals! I've considered getting a FitBit, but I have a nickle allergy and can't often wear things like that (or watches). Plus, I think it'd make me mad. Where does it get off trying to tell me what to do? Hehe!

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    1. The FitBit does get a few exasperated groans out of me. It's always, "Hey, you should go take a walk" when I just want to take a nap or read a book (obviously not at the same time.).

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  12. What IS on my docket this month, week, year?! Hmmm...I had better think of some goals! (Have been trying to do the 10,000 steps a day. I think 6 days straight is the best I have done)

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    1. I'm currently at two straight days. I have no idea how I'll manage doing this the entire month. But it's still a good goal to set, I figure. :)

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  13. Where do you find your gifs? I'm starting to lean on them a bit in my posts, and I like yours a whole lot.

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    1. The vast majority of my gifs come from giphy.com. They seem to have a pretty decent selection, and I usually find what I'm looking for there.

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  14. Good luck meeting your goals. My FitBit seems to have gone loopy and turns itself off at random points during the day which scrambles the clock. So some days I do 560 steps, and others I get close to 30K… I think I may need a new one.

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    1. Yikes! I think you may need a new one, too!

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  15. Are you kidding? Of course you're going to accomplish your goals. You've been working so amazingly hard. I think my pedometer is stealing some of my 10 000 steps. It is cruel like that. I hope to finally snap out of my funk and finish the rewrites of my 2nd book, which I've been putting off since last year. Good-luck with your goals M.J.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words as well as the encouragement.

      Sometimes, I think my FitBit is stealing some of my steps, too. I'm, like, "C'mon! I totally walked farther than that!" I think it somehow knows when I'm just going into the kitchen for cookies, and decides that doesn't count.

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  16. Awesome goals you've got there. Mine also revolve mostly around edits and CPs.

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    1. May we both obtain some amazing success that this month!!

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  17. You can do it! You're almost there!

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  18. Best of luck with your goals.

    I've seen a couple of other authors doing this and wondered if I should use it as a way to commit more to what I'm working on. I see it as a record of accountability and, at a time where I'm drifting a little and not getting as much writing done as I'd like, it might be a useful way of putting goals out there where others see and causing me to feel a little pressured (in a good way) to 'keep to my word'. I find I can keep promises better to other people, even strangers, than I do to myself.

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    1. I use this tactic to help hold myself accountable. I hate having to come back here and admitting I didn't achieve one of my goals. So if I put it out there, I'm going to work my you-know-what off to try and get it done.

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  19. My docket goal is to shut up and write. Quite "waiting" for inspiration. Just do it. Thanks for asking. I feel better now. :=)

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