Monday, September 30, 2013

Missed It By That Much

It's the beginning of the week AND the end of September, so that means today I will be reviewing and setting weekly and monthly goals.

Can you stand the excitement? I know I can't.

First up are the monthly goals...

1. Walk/run at least two miles every day.

I had to change the wording of this goal to "walk/run at least sixty miles this month" because about a week and a half into September, I was sick a couple of days and unable to exercise. I hate not accomplishing my goals, so I cheated just a little so that I could make up the miles another day and still count the goal as reached. Anyway, as of this posting, I've logged a total of 61 miles, and I have a shift at The Store today which will probably net me about five miles.

2. Take donation piles to Goodwill.

Despite failing at this three weeks in a row, I pulled it off on that fourth week. Now I can start a new donation pile. did all this stuff get in my house?

3. Complete first draft of part two of Second Nature.

Did not make this. You already know the trouble I had with a certain chapter at the beginning and middle of this month so I won't rehash it all again, but it held me up. A lot. I made progress on this though, so that's something at least.

4. Complete workable draft of Effigy blurb.

Brace yourself...I actually did this. I still don't know if it's any good (and suspect that it isn't), but there is a workable draft in existence. Which means a final draft must be close behind. Right?

Goals for October:

1. Complete first draft of Part Two of Second Nature.

Part Three of Second Nature is my intended NaNoWriMo project this year, so it's very important that Part Two be finished by the end of October.

2. Finalize Effigy blurb.

Self explanatory, I think. I'm tired of it, so it's time to be finished with it. I'm pretty sure my poor brother feels the same way since he's probably tired of reading every draft I send him. He'll be happier than I'll be if I manage to pull off this goal.

3. Walk/run at least 50 miles this month.

And now for the weekly goals...

Last week's:

1. Chapters 18-20 in Second Nature.

Chapters Eighteen and Nineteen are done. Chapter Twenty didn't quite make it. There were seven scenes between these three chapters that needed to be finished, and as of this posting, all but two crossed the finish line. And I think I need to add another scene to Chapter Twenty. But I'm not sure yet. Anyway, I only get partial credit here.

This week's goals:

1. Finish reading Warlord by Angus Donald

It's taking me forever to get through this book, mostly because I've been spending a lot of time writing lately. And when that happens, it makes me happy, but still, I want to finish this book because I have several new releases coming out in October (Just One Year!, Perfect Ruin!, Fault Line!) that will be jumping immediately to the top of my TBR list, and I want to have this book out of the way when they get here.

2. Keep plugging away on Part Two of Second Nature.

Not exactly sure how I'll measure success on this goal, worded the way it is, but (again, as of this posting) Part Two's word count is sitting at 39,780. So I guess we'll see where it is this time next week. With any luck, it'll be higher.

That's going to do it for me today. What's on your agenda this week?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Small Things And One Awesome Book

First up today is VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things weekly bloghop where participants share good things from the week. (Click on the pic to the left for a complete left of participants.)

This week I am celebrating the kids in my life. They constantly amaze me and amuse me, and I love them all to death.

First up is my almost 10 year old niece. I didn't actually get to see her this week as she was home sick the day we usually visit, but I thought I'd share these snippets of conversations we had during our visit to the Ren Faire.

Her: You don't need a corset. You're too skinny.
Me: Okay.

Her: Who wears a hoop skirt anymore?
Me: Half the people here?

Her: A choker is like a corset for your neck!
Me: *helpless laughter*

Her: Pretty soon we'll be able to wear each other's clothes!
Me: Yes, I guess that's true.
Her: You can borrow my clothes if you want.
Me: Okay. Do you want to borrow my clothes, too?
Her: But we should go shopping sometime. I'll pick out some clothes for you.

And then there is my 12 year old goddaughter was recently cast in a production of The Nutcracker. I'm just so proud of this kid. I've been watching her dance since she was three years old, and the leaps and bounds she's made over the years astound me. She's one lovely, talented young lady. Seriously, I'm not sure I could be more proud of her.

Next up is The Cephalopod Coffeehouse hosted by the Armchair Squid. This monthly bloghop asks participants to simply share the best book they've read over the previous month. (For a complete list of participants, please click on the pic to the right.)

My selection this month is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Here's the synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

So, I loved this book. Like, seriously loved. And I want to gush about character and voice and story and the plot—because, in my humble opinion, they're all pretty freakin' brilliant—but to do that would be doing a disservice to any of you out there who haven't yet read this book and intend to.

It's one of those stories where it's one million times better if you don't already know the ending or the big twist. So I'm not going to tell you anything about it except that I loved it so much that I immediately went out and bought its companion novel (not a sequel) Rose Under Fire.

Haven't had the chance to read that companion novels yet, but I can't wait to get to it.

That's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Follow Fest

Today I'm participating in the Follow Fest hosted by Melissa Maygrove. The purpose of this bloghop is to help writers build their platforms and connect with each other.

Please click on the pic to the left or the link above for a complete list of participants.

Here we go...

Name:  M.J. Fifield

Fiction or Nonfiction? I mostly write fiction. But all of my work-themed haiku are nonfiction. Seriously, I couldn't make that stuff up.

What genres do you write? I forgot to add this part when I signed up for this blogfest. I had it all written out and everything, just...forgot to add it. Anyway, I write adult and YA fantasy (epic and urban) as well as adult and YA contemporary. Once I wrote a romance novel just to see if I could. It was fun. Some day I'd like to write a spy novel just to see if I can.

Are you published? Not yet. Maybe next year. Or the year after.

Do you do anything in addition to writing? Well, I juggle, weave baskets and play the pan flute. Just kidding. I don't do any of those things. I sing in the shower, work in retail, and watch entirely too much television. But as far as writing related things go, I occasionally beta read for people. And sometimes they still talk to me afterwards.

Where can people connect with you? Here on My Pet Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Linked In, and NaNoWriMo (all under M.J. Fifield)

Anything else we should know?  I'm always happy to help with cover reveals and blog tours and the like.

That's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by today, and Thanks to Melissa for creating this event! Cheers!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Success And Stress

So last week, I set one goal for myself:

Work out the problems with Chapter Nineteen

because Chapter Nineteen had become the undisputed bane of my existence. Something was wrong with it, something was off, and I just could not figure out what that something was.

And I know that if you happened to read last Friday's post, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook (and if you did or do any or all of these things, Thank You!) you already know where this story is headed and are probably wishing I'd just shut up about it, so that's what I'm going to do—Well, right after I say this:

Last Wednesday, I worked out the problems with Chapter Nineteen.

And the even better part is that after all these days later, the solution still holds up.

Of course I had that moment early Thursday when I was looking at the storyboard on my dining room wall, still glowing from the sanity (well, what's left of it) saving revelation, and realized that it was truly the only solution to be had. And that it was (now) so blatantly obvious that I really should have thought of it sooner.

But whatever. I still accomplished my goal (finally) and I still get to feel like this:

And I get to set new goals for this week.

Which leads me into the second part of today's post. The stressed part. See, I was looking at the storyboard on the dining room wall (I've been doing that a lot since I put it up) the other day (Friday, I think) and it occurred to me just how much more story there is to tell in this particular WIP because there is just so much more story to tell.

And it overwhelmed me a bit. And by 'a bit', I mean 'a lot.'

I mean, the manuscript's already over 135,000 words. It's over 350 pages long and I still have so much more that needs to come out. Back in May, I guesstimated that it would end up being around 220k when finished. I have no idea if that's lowballing it, but that's what I feel like. Second Nature is a monster of a book, and it's because I'm juggling a lot of characters and a lot of storylines (they don't call it epic fantasy for nothing, I guess), and it needs to end in a very specific spot and the story is taking its sweet old time getting to that very specific spot.

Then, because I am an idiot bold, I announced to the public (well, the 75 people who 'like' my Facebook page anyway) my intention to have this draft of this WIP finished in December. Of this year.

Which led to a very small freak out. Which led to this week's goals:

1. Don't get ahead of yourself.

I think that's pretty self-explanatory. And, considering the fact that I'm me, potentially impossible. But, I'm going to do my very best. The story needs to be told how it needs to be told (how's that for deep?) and if it takes another 100,000 words, then so be it. Gack.

2. Chapters 18-20

As a result of the Chapter Nineteen Solution, there are now seven scenes under construction between these three chapters. My mission this week—should I choose to accept it—is to finish those seven scenes.

And if I do all that, you'll never have to hear about Chapter Nineteen ever again.

Cue the dance of joy...

What are your goals for the week? Have a great Monday, everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Celebrating Up A Storm

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly hop hosted by VikLit where participants, well, celebrate the small things from the past week. Or big things. Anything goes, really. Please click on the link above or the badge to the left for a complete list of participants.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—The Red Sox clinched a playoff spot last night with a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles (my father-in-law's team). And there was much rejoicing.

—I SOLVED MY CHAPTER NINETEEN PROBLEM!!! If you've read this blog any time during the last month or so, you'll know for how long this problem has plagued me. And if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, it's possible you already know about this momentous occasion, but I'm just so damn happy (read: relieved) about this that I'm still doing a happy dance. Like, a literal happy dance. If I were less gleeful, I'd be embarrassed because if there's one thing I can't do (and let's face it, there's many, many things I can't do) it's dance. Anyway, all rambling aside, I feel like a real weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It'll probably be back in a couple of days, but, for now, I feel great. Invincible even.

—On a semi-related note, I am celebrating The Man (my significant other). Because not only does he continue to live with a completely insane wannabe author who walks around talking to herself in weird accents, plays with medieval weaponry, and doesn't sleep at night, he also didn't even bat an eye when he came home this week to find that I had transformed our dining room walls into a massive storyboard in an attempt to help me solve my chapter nineteen crisis. Thanks, honey!

—And last, but certainly not least, we here at My Pet Blog are thrilled to be celebrating the release of CassaStorm, the third installment in the Amazon best selling series, created by the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Where to find CassaStorm:

About the author:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

You can find Alex on Twitter, Goodreads, and his blog.

Congratulations, Alex!! We wish all the best with your new release!

What are you celebrating this week? Have a great weekend, all!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Curses! Foiled Again!

Hello, Monday. I'm so glad you're here. Well, glad might be an overstatement, but you're here now, Monday, and with you comes a new set of goals.

But first, let's review how last week's goals went...

1. Chapter Twenty

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't happen. The biggest problem is every time I think I've worked out the quagmire that is Chapter Nineteen, I change my mind. That said, there are almost 5000 words in Chapter Twenty right now—which is almost 5000 more than were in the black hole that was Chapter Twenty at the start of last week—so I did work on it this week, but it's not finished, and I'm not entirely sure that they're the right 5000 words. Chapter Nineteen—the current bane of my existence—has made me doubt everything. Curse you, Chapter Nineteen!

2. Take donation bags to Good Will.

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't happen. The worst part is that I fully intended to do this last Tuesday. And then I forgot to put the bags in the car. Again. And I didn't realize it until I was practically there. One of these days I will make this happen. Curse memory and/or powers of observation. Or lack there of.

3. Read a book.

Hahahahahahaha. Yeah, that didn't—Oh wait...I actually did this one. Go me. I read Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham. It was all right. I wish it had been better.

But I did read it. Which brings my success percentage to a whopping 33%. Good thing I'm not being graded on any of this, isn't it?

So the theme this week is to do better. With this in mind, here are my new goals—Well, all right. It's just the one goal:

1. Work out the problems with Chapter Nineteen.

Want to know how frustrated with this chapter I've been? Last week, I set it aside to work on Effigy's blurb for a while because I thought "Hey, that'll be easier!" So I am going to work out these problems once and for all (or at least for the first draft). I don't even have to write a single word to accomplish this goal. All I have to do is make a plan. And stick with it.

On that not at all frightening note, I'm out of here. I'm off to stare at a storyboard until brilliance strikes. Or I get hungry. Whichever comes first.

What are your goals for the week?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Small Things and a Book Cover

As another week draws to a close, it's time for VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things. (click on the pic to the left for a complete list of participants)

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—The Patriots are (miraculously) 2-0. Neither win was very pretty, but we'll take them. And pray that our wide receivers figure out how to catch a ball before the next game. (I miss Wes. And Danny. And Brandon.)

—The Red Sox are in first place in the AL East by 8.5 games. Considering how our season ended last year, this makes me so happy.

—I'm taking my niece, the Angel Child, to the Renaissance Faire this weekend. She's never been, and it's been a couple of years since my last visit. I imagine a good time will be had by all. Especially when we hit the archery range.

—And last, but certainly not least, we're celebrating the Cover Reveal for The 13th Floor Collection by Christine Rains.

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find. 
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all. 

The complete 13th Floor series with its seriously awesome cover will be released on October 13, 2013. Congratulations, Christine!

What are you celebrating this week? Have a great weekend, all.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seven Deadly Sins (Of Reading)

I'm totally stealing today's post from Patricia Lynne's blog (who found both it and the nifty badge HERE) . I saw this the other day (Monday?) and thought it would be fun and a nice departure from my ongoing series on How Not To Be A Writer. This is much more interesting. Who among us doesn't like talking about books?

Greed: What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?

My most expensive books are probably my leather bound editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My mother found them for me somewhere. They look great sitting on my shelf. (I feel they're far too nice to touch. You want to touch a Harry Potter book? Use a paperback.)

My least expensive books are the free ebooks I download from Amazon on a regular basis. Most recently, the latest installment of Andrew Leon's Shadow Spinner serial.

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I probably have to go with Janet Evanovich here and her Stephanie Plum series. (Thanks to Marie for reminding me of this) The series was great at the start, and I really, really enjoyed it. But I haven't liked the last few books very much at all, and I'm incredibly pissed off at the continuation of the whole Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle. ENOUGH ALREADY. Sadly, I am part of the problem as I continue to read each and every book. I can't help it. Once I start a series, I'll finish it. Even if life is too short for such things.

Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

There are a few books I like to revisit at least once a year (if I can). The top three series are:

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
2. The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White
3. The Justin de Quincy series by Sharon Kay Penman

Sloth: What book have you neglected reading out of laziness?

I haven't yet read A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. Part of it is the time that would be required, but I think a larger part is that it's such a huge book and my wrists ache just thinking about holding it that long. I'd invest in a ebook version, but it's currently outside of my ebook price range (I perhaps stubbornly refuse to pay more than $8.99 for an ebook).

Pride: What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Hmmm. Probably Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer. Which I read in the original Middle English because I am a huge dork and used to do things like that. Also, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In French because I am a huge dork and used to do things like that. But it's not like any of that ever really comes up in conversation (at least not in my social circles). Unless it's a conversation about how I'm a huge dork who used to do things like that. That does come up.

Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

I like flawed characters. Perfect characters are boring. Imperfect characters are awesome. I like a hero/heroine who screws up on occasional or, perhaps, all the time. The three series I listed above? I adore them because I adore their characters. Harry Potter is, from time to time, a big jerk—and I love that. Justin de Quincy is what I want my male characters to be. And Meg Powers (the MC of the President's Daughter series) is who I want to be when I grow up. Imperfections and all. I've said this before, and I'll say it again—character is everything.

Envy: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

I'm happy to receive any book as a gift, but if John Green or Maggie Stiefvater wanted to send me copies of whatever they're working on now (even if it's just a grocery list), I'd be more than happy to accept. Or if Sharon Kay Penman wants to send me more Justin de Quincy stories (it would seem her publisher won't release any more because they don't view them to be as profitable as her other novels), that would be incredibly awesome.

That's going to do it for me today. As always, thanks for stopping by. It's always appreciated.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

As I mentioned last week, Mondays have become my official unofficial goal post day. It's incredibly exciting, I know.

And as you can probably infer from the title of today's post, I wasn't entirely successful. But I wasn't entirely unsuccessful either.

My goals from last Monday:

1. Blog three times.

Done! Strange to think that in one week, I've already blogged more in September than I did in August. Poor, sad neglected blog.

2. Complete chapters 19-20 of Second Nature.

Not exactly sure how to grade this goal. I mean, I didn't complete Chapter 20, so right there, I'm only eligible for partial credit. But then there's the curious case of Chapter 19 itself. I told you on Friday about the super fun detour the chapter took, and later that evening, I thought I had finally bushwhacked my way through to the other side and considered Chapter 19 to be (first draft) finished. Then, on Sunday morning, I intended to start work on Chapter 20, but ended up back in Chapter 19 Land. While all the scenes in that chapter are done, I still feel like there's something missing. I had intended to let it marinate and go back to it in the second draft, but I'm not sure I'll be able to let it go just yet. Anyway, I'm not counting this goal as met.

3. Read a book (Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein)

Done. Pretty damn awesome book, too. I got all emotional toward the end. And that just doesn't happen very often. I'd really like to read the companion novel (Rose Under Fire) now. Fortunately, it's being released in the US tomorrow. How's that for timing?

And now for something totally expected...this week's goals:

1. Chapter Twenty

Right now it closely resembles a black hole. I have a plan to change that landscape. It's not a complete plan, and possibly not a very good plan, but it's a start at least.

2. Take donation bags to Good Will.

It's time. They're starting to take over the house, and that's space I can use for books.

3. Speaking of books, read one this week.

This week's selection: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls fame).

That's going to do it for me today. What's on your agenda this week?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Small Celebrations

So it's Friday and that means it's time for VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things where participants blog about something they wish to celebrate from the past week. It can be related to anything you want—writing, reading, eating, sleeping, whatever. Click on the above link or the pic to the left for a complete list of participants (65, as of the writing of this post).

Anyway, here's what's made my list this week:

—The wonderful support I received from an amazing online writing community this past IWSG Wednesday. Lots of wisdom and encouragement was offered, and I truly appreciate it. Thank you, all.

—Also on the writing front, I had six scenes across three chapters in Second Nature that I wanted to finish this week, and I have since completed four of them. The fifth one was very nearly done, but it took a weird and unexpected detour at the last minute (which I simultaneously love and hate) so now I'm stuck in the weeds trying to work my way back out. Which is great because I love having to bushwhack my way through my own book. (Yeah, that's a little sarcastic. But only a little.)

—The Red Sox have been playing very well lately. Their lead in the AL East is now 6 games. Woot! This week they also have played some exciting games...most recently a huge blowout over Detroit (final score 20-4), and a extra innings win last night over the Yankees.

 —The Patriots are playing their first regular season game this Sunday. I am one of those crazy passionate fans who yells a lot at the television when her team is playing. Which is why a friend of mine recently posted this on my Facebook page:

She knows me so well.

Anyway, that's going to do it for me today. What are you celebrating this week?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Round And Round She Goes (An IWSG Post)

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (brainchild of uber blogger and Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh) is two years old today! And I'm pleased to report that it only took me two years to remember that it's IWSG and not ISWG!

Please click on the above link or the picture to the left for a complete list of participants (all 319 of us!)

So anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, I feel like I should warn y'all that I'm probably going to be all over the place today because that's just where I happen to be at the moment. I'm up, I'm down, I'm backwards, I'm forward, I'm inside out and upside down. I long for the days when I was more like this:

These days, if I think these four things, it's within the same breath. And I usually skip stages two and three.

The biggest reason, I think, for this mindset is that it's looking more and more like my planned 2013 Effigy release isn't going to happen. And it's making me sad. Very, very sad. In every sense of the word.

I truly thought it would happen this year. I'm pretty sure I said the same thing last year and maybe the year before that, but I really meant it this year. I did. I really did. I honestly did think it was going to happen. I thought I finally had all my ducks in a row and my bases covered, and all that jazz, but apparently my bases were covered by my inner Bill Buckner*, so now, instead, I'm stuck feeling like the most incompetent person in the history of the human race (not to suggest Bill Buckner is this person) and questioning whether I should keep going on this whole writing thing.

Then I track down a pen and my notebook and write another scene while planning three more, which, I find, is an answer in itself.

Of course I'm going to keep going. I can think I'm going to quit all I want, but I won't. Because here's the thing...I love being a writer. I'm not particularly successful at it (yet?), but I love it just the same. I love that my must-have accessory is a notebook and pen. I love that my friends never get insulted when I trail off in mid-sentence because I just had some awesome brainstorm I need to write down. I love that my significant other never complains when I turn the light on at 3am because I just thought of the greatest dialogue ever.

And—maybe even more important than that—I love my characters. They probably don't love me very much considering my main source of entertainment is thinking of new and fun ways to torture them, but I love them, and I love telling their stories. That's not something I'll ever give up.

So while I'm not experiencing the rousing success for which I had hoped (and keep in mind that by 'success' here, I only mean, you know, hitting the 'publish' button), I have heard it said that every day you write is a day you succeed. At least I'm doing that.

The rest will come. Maybe in 2014.

Thank you, IWSG-ers and other followers of this blog. This is an incredible community and I'm honored to be a part of it. You inspire me and challenge me and encourage me and all sorts of other things that would look good on a Hallmark card. This is particularly nice because I seriously worry that one of these days you're going to revoke my writer card and banish me from the clubhouse altogether. So, you know, thank you for not doing that. It's much appreciated.

Here's to many more years, IWSG! And here's to Alex J. Cavanaugh who started it all! Cheers!

*—Bill Buckner, in case you're not a rabid Red Sox fan, was a MLB first baseman from 1969 to 1990. He had a pretty successful career but he's most often remembered, unfortunately, in Red Sox circles for a fielding error in Game Six of the 1986 World Series that allowed the New York Mets to score the winning run. The Red Sox went on, of course, to lose the 1986 World Series, so there was not much rejoicing happening there. Unless you were a Mets fan. Then I imagine you were pretty damn pleased. Anyway, that's who he is.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Magic Monday

It's Labor Day! And while I am spending this holiday laboring, I'm thrilled this day has come. Because do you know what happens on Labor Day?

The majority of the tourists go home. At least for two weeks. Then they all come back to watch the leaves change color, but those two weeks are spectacular.

Now I know I reside in an area with a tourism-based economy, and without tourists, I would be unemployed, but I've found them to be particularly exhausting this summer and I'm looking forward to some downtime.

Because I am super far behind in...well, life and I need to at least attempt to catch up.

Which means I am going back to setting both weekly and monthly goals for myself, and (at the risk of being incredibly boring) I'm going to post them and my progress (provided there is any) on this blog because I think I was doing better when I did that. Putting goals where other people can see them helps. Accountability and all that. I hate having to admit that I didn't accomplish what I set out to do.

That said, here are my goals for September:

1. Walk/run at least two miles a day.

2. Take donation pile(s) to Good Will.

3. Complete first draft of part two of Second Nature.

4. Complete workable draft of Effigy's blurb.

And now for my goals for this week (to be completed by Sunday evening):

1. Blog three times.

2. Complete chapters 19-20 of Second Nature.

3. Read a book. (Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein)

So that's going to do it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great Monday.