Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Halfway Point

Wait...what's this? A second post in the same month? Why, that's just crazy.

But let's do it anyway.

So, when the calendar gets to about the halfway point of the year, I like to take a look back at the goals I set in January to see how it's going. (Hint: usually not well.) Often I'm early with this post, but this year I'm running behind. Which is kind of the theme of 2018.

But, at the very least, I have made some sort of measurable progress on everything.




The Writing Goals

The biggest goal in this category is to publish Second Nature. That obviously hasn't happened yet, but as you may have seen on social media, progress has been made. Look! Proof copies!


The only thing standing in the way of publication is the completion of the ebook formatting, and the only thing standing in the way of that is simply me procrastinating on getting it finished. Or, you know, started. But I'm working on it. Kind of. I mean, I haven't been working on it at all. But I will. Soon. Probably...I'm hoping to get my act together and get this book out in the world by the end of the month. Or, if failing that, the end of the summer. Or the year. Or next year...

The other three writing projects on my radar this year are still in the works, but they are in the works, and I'm super excited by them. I've been strangely productive lately (on those projects, anyway. Maybe not so much with the ebook formatting...). Who knows how long it'll last, but I hope to take full advantage of it while it's around.


The Reading Goal

I intend to read 52 books this year. I was doing well for a while there, but that's kind of come to a grinding halt. But hey, I just checked in with Goodreads, and apparently, I'm on track. Which is a nice surprise. I seriously thought I'd be way behind. Good for me!



The Fitness Goal

The goal is to log an average of 4.10 miles per day. As of yesterday, I have logged 623 miles, which only sounds impressive until you realize I was supposed to have logged 787 miles by now. So, yeah. I'm a little behind. But I could be behind by a whole heck of a lot more.


What Else Is Going On

—I volunteered to give a presentation to a local writers group this Saturday. That's right. I was, like, "Hey, I'll totally talk in front of people! I love talking in front of people!" Could someone please check to see if there have been reports of pod people in Florida?

—While The Man was watching The NeverEnding Story last night, I was reading that there's a film studio-type place in Germany (where they filmed the movie, perhaps?) where you can actually ride Falcor. I don't know if this is true, but if it is, I so want to do that.



—Also, thirty-four years later, I still can't watch the Swamp of Sadness scene in that damn movie. It's just too damn sad. Says the author who gleefully giggles every time she devises a new way to torture her characters.

—Speaking of torturing characters, this weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the conception of the Shiny Potentially Devastating-to-Readers (all five of them...) Storyline for Book Three in my fantasy series. I tip my hat to my brother for all his help in devising it. I'm really looking forward to one day finishing the book so I can test that storyline with the betas.



And on that note, I'm going to call it quits for the day. Thanks for stopping by, and maybe I'll see you next week. Or next month. We'll see how it goes.





37 comments:

  1. Get the book formatted! You can do it.
    Is the movie really that old?

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    1. Well, I did the math, but there's no guarantee I did the math correctly. But yeah, it is approximately that old. :)

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  2. Sounds to me like you're doing really well with everything, MJ. Some progress is better than no progress! :)

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    1. That's what I figure. If I hadn't made progress on anything, I'd be far more ashamed.

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  3. Sounds pretty good to me. I must have watched The Never Ending Story a hundred times with my oldest son. Yeah, swamp scene is heart-ripping.

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    1. It really is. As soon as the movie started last night, my heart broke all over again, and we hadn't even gotten to that scene.

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  4. I checked - it's the Bavarian Film Studio. Yes, you get to ride Falcor.

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    1. Looks like I need to get my passport renewed...

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  5. Wasn't the author of the original book German? I seem to remember hearing about him complaining about the translation, as well as the adaptations.

    Keep writing! And editing! And formatting! We all can't wait for that book!

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    1. I know so little about the book, I should be ashamed of myself. But I just Googled it, and yes, the original book was written in German. Its title is 'Die Unendliche Geschichte'.

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  6. Very excited for the devestating book 3 storyline!

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    1. Me too. I sure hope it survives the second draft.

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  7. ahh! i’m ready for it now!
    glad to hear you’re being so productive

    and if you need a light summer read, i’d be happy to send you Disposal for a review...

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    1. Send away, if you like. I haven't been a very fast reader of late, but perhaps Disposal will be just what I need to get me back on track. :)

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  8. Ah yes, the Ever Ending Story. When I saw it in the theater, it stopped several times. Technical difficulties. And yes, I remember this after 34 years. (Doing the math... Yeah, I was about that age when it came out, I think.)

    Well, mostly on track, then. Not bad. Congrats. That thing I tagged you with on Twitter--looks like this person has a whole bunch of Firefly art. I'd say take a look at their feed, but that might end up being a rabbit hole.

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    1. I don't know...after my public speaking event on Saturday, I imagine I'll be in the market for a nice rabbit hole. Otherwise, I'll have no reason not to do that formatting. Besides, that art was really very cool. It would be a shame not to appreciate it.

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  9. Well done on all the forward motion you've made (including the miles you've logged) thus far this year. Taking a moment to review your accomplishments is great. Now, get to the ebook formatting! I want to read that book. :)

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  10. Wow, you are totally rocking this year! I'm so impressed that you volunteered to speak. I couldn't believe it when I did that once either but it turned out to be so fun. You will be awesome again, no doubt!

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    1. I can't believe it, either. When I told The Man what I had done, he replied, "Wow. You really don't want to work on that ebook, do you?"

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  11. Well good luck with your goals. I haven't done much writing but I've been reading voraciously.

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    1. I've been the complete opposite. I feel like I haven't read anything in months. It probably hasn't been that long, though.

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  12. Formatting is annoying. I don't find it hard, but it is tedious. I don't blame your for procrastinating.

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    1. Hmmm. Tedious and annoying. Glad to have something to look forward to... :)

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  13. Ooh, those proof copies look amazing! Such gorgeous cover art! Hope the ebook formatting for this book doesn't give you too much trouble once you get around to it...

    And LOL, I'm always giggling when I torture my characters, too. Any writer who doesn't is an enigma to me! XD

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    1. And see, I'm the reader who just gasped and said, "No! Don't torture your characters! They're too precious and should be protected at all costs!"

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  14. Formatting can be tedious, but get it done. I want to read your book! And I want to ride Falcor too. Wheeeeee! I'm with Heather there on the torturing characters thing. It's a perk of our job, right?

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    1. Riding Falcor has jumped to the top of my Life Goals list. Sorry, book Is want to write, I need to go to Germany first...

      I definitely consider torturing characters a perk of the job. :)

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  15. My reading challenge is for 20 books, and I'm still behind :-)

    Well done on your progress - proof copies are so exciting!

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    1. I find my reading goal gets smaller and smaller every year, and yet, I'm still struggling to make it. :)

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  16. Can you teach me how to do ebook formatting? lol Next year I may or may not start self-published a few ebooks and want to know how to do it, and all of the tips online aren't helping my confidence. lol

    My reading has ground to a halt, too.

    I am really intrigued by your Shiny Potentially Devastating-to-Readers Storyline for Book Three."

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    1. If I should ever get off my lazy butt and figure it out, I will happily share my knowledge. :)

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  17. Yeah, the Swamp of Sadness really does get a person in the feels. At least you've got stuff to cackle about! That's awesome, and woot for productivity in all areas!

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    1. Of course, as soon as I wrote that I was being productive, all productivity ground to a halt. I really should have known better... :)

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  18. thank you very much for sharing your blogs i really enjoy it. keep posting more
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  19. Your book covers are so lovely. Best of luck with book 2!

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