Monday, April 2, 2018

Goal Post

All right, so this is going to be a long post, so I'm just going to jump right into things. If you celebrate Easter, I hope it was a good one.

Here's a quick-ish recap of the goals I set for myself last month:

1. Send Second Nature to the printer.

Okay, so, technically, I did this. I sent the manuscript to the printer, and I am now in possession of a proof copy. This may seem like progress, but there were some formatting errors, and a few really stupid typos that I am now in the process of rectifying. I'm not sure how long this process will take—except it will almost certainly take longer than I think because it always does—but I guess I can still say that I achieved my goal.

2. Prepare for and don't vomit during upcoming presentation at local writers group.

I did this. And I didn't even vomit. I am also told it went reasonably well. (Which may not be the phrase they used, but it's one with which I am almost comfortable.) Not only did I do this, but I also received an invitation to give said presentation at another local writers group—and I said yes. That presentation isn't until May, so I have plenty of time to worry about it.

3. Walk or run at least three miles a day.

I just missed this goal. By one mile on one day. The Man and I, however, have managed to stick with our running program, though. I'm not sure whether to put that in the good or bad category, but we're still running three days a week.

4. Complete one fifteen-minute yoga workout each week.

Yeah. I didn't do this. I did one fifteen-minute yoga workout the entire month. It may be time to give up this goal. At least for a little while.

5. Read at least four books.

I only read three. I probably would have made this goal had a certain flawed proof copy not arrived. Oh well. Better luck next month...

Speaking of April, here's what I'm hoping to tackle this month:

1. Complete review of Second Nature proof copy, make all necessary changes to the manuscript, and order a new proof copy.

2. Walk or run at least three miles a day.

3. Don't sob too uncontrollably when I go see Avengers: Infinity War

4. Don't beat myself up too badly when the entire month goes to hell (as it inevitably will because...karma, apparently) and I accomplish nothing on this list.

I have a lot going on this month, so really, my major goal in April is to just get through it. Sure, I'd like to wrap up Second Nature once and for all, but it's taking a back seat this month (Can't be helped. Other things are more important.).

I aim to do my best (and also to misbehave...) and also to forgive myself if I fall short.

What's on your to-do list this month? Are you A to Z-ing? Camp NaNo-ing? Both? If you are, best of luck to you. I'm rooting for you!


30 comments:

  1. Good luck with your goals!

    I'm not A-Z-ing or Camp NaNo-ing, I can't keep up with my usual goals, never mind adding new ones!

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    1. Exactly. I love both challenges, but I knew I just couldn't do them this time around. I'm hoping I can maybe do the July session of Camp, but I'll have to wait and see.

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  2. I'm Camping this month!

    I kept setting myself yoga goals, too, but I just didn't seem to be able to accomplish them. I've put that on hold for now.

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    1. Maybe when we both get back to the yoga goals, we should be each other's accountability partners. :)

      Have fun at Camp! I wish I were there with you!

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  3. Cool you are speaking to another writer's group.
    Just one mile short. You'll hit it this month.
    No Challenge for me this month.

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    1. As my good friend Eleanor Roosevelt would say, "You must do the thing you think you cannot."

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  4. Congrats on many fronts. That sounds like a really successful month and the promise of another one. I am doing AtoZ this month, and getting back on track with the first draft of this novel. This being my spring break, I'm making a good start. It'll be harder next week, when I have to balance the day job in there, too.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. Overall, I suppose it was a pretty successful month. I'm really not sure how April will go, but I am preparing for the worst (while still hoping to be pleasantly surprised...)

      Best of luck with all of your April endeavors!

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  5. Sounds like March was good for you! I hope April doesn't turn out to be too much of a disaster. Just keep doing what you can :)

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    1. It probably won't be a disaster disaster. Just crazy busy, which will only feel like a disaster because I won't get much, if anything, done writing-wise. Because as my writing goals go, so goes my definition of 'success.' :)

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  6. Not too shabby on your goals. Keep it up.

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  7. That's what the proof copy is for--to catch the errors. And April... Well, get done what you can. Forward momentum and all. Good luck.

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    1. Oh yes, I knew there would be errors in the proof copy, and as irritated as I may be that I didn't catch any of those typos sooner, I'm much happier catching them now than later.

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  8. You had a great month!!! I'm so glad you didn't throw up before, during, or after your presentation.

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    1. Me too! It's so hard to come back from a nice public vomiting.

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  9. Forgive yourself indeed as that was one hell of a valiant effort with so much success!

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    1. Yeah, I'm pretty terrible at forgiving myself. It doesn't matter what I accomplish, I still just focus on what I didn't.

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  10. I'm glad you have a proof of your book now.

    It's going to be so sad when the Captain dies.

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  11. Throwing up at a presentation is just so messy. I'm glad you held it together, and I'll bet you did a great job.

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    1. I'm glad, too. Here's hoping I can carry that momentum into the next presentation. :)

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    2. Well, don't forget to tell us. I love stories about writers who face these challenges and shine!

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  12. See, March was my "I have a lot going on" month, so April is feeling pretty awesome so far. Granted, it will inevitably become progressively crazier, but for now, all is well.

    Keep at it. You're making epic progress, even if it feels slow. At least you're doing things right rather than ending up with mistakes you later regret.

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  13. Congrats on getting the exercise habit going. I have a lot going on for the next week but then hope things even out for the rest of the month. Some good weather would make me happy. Good luck on your edits.

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  14. That's awesome the talk went well and you're doing good with the exercise. I fell off the exercise wagon and I'm having trouble getting back on. Though being sick last month helped me lose 4 pounds! I'm trying to find time to write this month. So busy with real life stuff. And then summer isn't too far away. Ack!

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  15. Your goals sound good. I really get the "not beating self up" one since I did a bit of that at the end of March. I'm trying to remember that although I may want to be superwoman, I am not. :)
    Hope all is going great mid-month!

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  16. Hope all your goals for April have been going well so far, and that your next proof copy will meet your expectations much better! I can relate far too well to #4 on this list. (I'm always so harsh with myself whenever I feel I've fallen behind...)

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