Monday, December 31, 2012

The Year Of Failing Miserably

While I have widely ignored this blog this month (and year), I have decided to crawl out of my cave for today's post.  This is the time when I look back at the goals I set for myself last January and see just how well I did with them.  More often than not, I lament my poor performance and, as you can probably infer from the title of today's post, this year has turned out to be no different.  Not that I was a complete failure.  It's just that when I set a goal for myself, I really expect to accomplish it.  I hate not accomplishing goals so I'm coming away from this year rather irritated with myself.

Must be Monday.

Anyway, here's the 2012 rundown... the five goals will be in bold (bolded?).  Where I ended up with them will not.

1. Publish Effigy

Well, this shouldn't come as a surprise to any of you, considering how many times over the course of this past year I blogged about my inability to make this happen.  I did make strides toward accomplishing this goal (hello, gorgeous cover art!) so I am now than ever (harder to get further away) to success.  Guess what my number #1 goal for next year will be!

2.  Participate in NaNoWriMo 2012.

Technically I did do this, even though I really only participated in the first week and a half before Bad Things happened and I shut down faster than... something that shuts down really fast.  I ended up with 14,059 words.  Not horrible, I guess, but a long cry from 50,000.

3. Read 60 books.

I've read 83 books so far this year.  There's a chance I'll add one more to that total, provided I can stay awake long enough to finish it. And that's not a statement as to how interesting the book in question is— although it hasn't been very interesting— but rather my current inability to stay awake for long periods of time (curse you, mono or mono-like virus!).  So I'm guessing I'm going to finish the year at 83.  Not bad at all.

4. Walk or run or bike at least 500 miles.

Nope.  Didn't make this one either.  According to my mileage tracker, I only walked and/or ran 250 miles.  Next year I should probably write down all my mileage.

5. De-Clutter.

Well, I did manage to take five bags of clothing down to the Goodwill but that really just barely scratches the surface that is the clutter in my house.  So I hardly think it counts.  But it's a start.

TWO OUT OF FIVE gives me a success rate of 40% (if I did the math correctly anyway. There's a reason I'm a writer and not a mathematician).  Not great, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I supposed it could've been a lot worse.  Be sure to tune in tomorrow when I reveal my five goals for 2013. Of course, you probably know one of them already. But you don't want to miss the other four... (Note to self: come up with four other goals)

So, until next time, have a fantastic New Year, everyone.  And remember, the consumption of four bottles of white wine will lead you to make stupid resolutions the following day (Or so I'm told. I would never drink four bottles of white wine. Again...) so please celebrate responsibly!

See y'all next year!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Distracted Much? (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month (it is, right?) which means it's time for another installment of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group (click on the graphic to find more information and a complete list of participants).

I'm pretty sure everyone stopping by today will be familiar with the IWSG, but in case you're not, here's its purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And who couldn't use that, right?

So today I'm a little late getting my post up and out into the world.  Last night I couldn't think of a topic that didn't make me sound like a broken record and was half heartedly considering skipping this month's post all together but then this morning, I checked my email and found attached to one message a sneak preview of Effigy's cover art.

That's right.  Effigy has cover art.  My book has cover art.  My book has cover art.  That doesn't involve stick figures.

Please note: this is NOT the cover art...

And holy hell, I can't stop looking at it.

I'm pretty sure this means I shall accomplish nothing the rest of the day that doesn't involve staring at my cover art and talking to it in a high pitched voice that suggests maybe I need to lay off the nitrous oxide. 

Who's a pretty book cover?  You're a pretty book cover!

Unless that's super weird.  Then I won't be doing that.  Again.

Rusty Webb, you genius, we here at My Pet Blog salute you.  Or at least we would if we weren't so busy staring lovingly at our new cover art.

But at some point, I really will need to stop gazing adoringly at this beautiful, beautiful thing because I really do need to get that back-of-the-book blurb done because now there's an actual back of the book waiting for a blurb.

Such a great problem to have.

Happy writing, all!

Monday, December 3, 2012

And You Are...?

It's Blog Hop day on My Pet Blog.  Today's event is hosted by Emily R. King and Tammy Theriault.  For a complete list of participants, click on the David Spade picture.  Or, if that doesn't work, click HERE.

I came across this one just the other day and since the list of questions participants are asked to answer made me laugh, I thought I'd play along.  I'm a little worried about that whole 'naughty or nice' thing because I am definitely more naughty than nice and now I'm a little worried about what kind of Google searches will lead people to this blog.

Anyway, here are the questions and my answers...

1.  How many speeding tickets have you gotten?

None.  Surprisingly.  I have, however, received several warnings.  In addition to a lead foot, I seem to have developed a "who me?" expression that comes in handy.  I mean... I never speed. Because speeding is wrong.

2.  Can you pitch a tent?

No.  Which is going to make camping with my niece next summer so, so interesting.

3.  What was your worst vacation ever?

I probably have to say the family vacation to Mystic Seaport, CT because we never actually made it to our destination.  Our car broke down so our week was spent hanging out in my aunt's basement apartment while the mechanics who said they had never seen a car as dead as ours tried to bring it back to life. Not that it was a horrible experience.  We made Pictionary memories a-plenty.  To my siblings, I say this: laser eyes.

4.  What was the last thing you bought over $100?

I'm pretty sure that was my iPod.  Or maybe my battle-ready dagger but I'm pretty sure it was the iPod.

5.  We're handing you the keys to what? very own castle?

6.  What was the last meal you cooked that made even you sick?

You have to understand that I don't cook.  I mean, I barely boil water.  But there was one time when I did attempt to make a beef stew in my crock pot.  But when it was supposed to be 'done', I took one look at it and ordered a pizza.  Because it was just... wrong. 

7.  Fill in the blank:  "Oh my gosh!  Becky, look at her butt!  It is so BIG.  She looks like..."like when she sits on a rainbow, skittles pop out?

8.  What was your first car?

My first car was an 80's Pontiac Grand Am.  You didn't need a key to start it.  It turns out you didn't need a key to start it because it was stolen (side note: NOT by me) from some lady in Connecticut and I didn't find out for a few year.  I tried to sell the car and found out I didn't have a title for it.  Really, I'm smart in other ways.  I think.

9.  Your best friend falls and gets hurt.  Do you ask if he/she is okay or laugh first?

I did both. 

10.  What is the worst song ever?

Gangnam Style.  If that's even a song.  Whatever it is, it's the worst.


That's going to do it for me today.  Thanks to Emily and Tammy for hosting!!  Have a happy Monday, all.