Peppy Goals

There are ten days left in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo and I have at least 2,000 words a day to write if I want to finish on time. I could be upset, I could be depressed, I could do the usual and completely forsake writing for a week in order to crochet and watch movies before futilely racing to write in the final hours of posting time. Not This Time!

This time I won’t do any of that. Maybe it’s because I’m another year older and, ostensibly, wiser. Perhaps it stems from the fact that we moved in the middle of November last year and my final NaNo word count was so pitiful that I’ve attempted to block it from my mind. Or possibly, and most probably, is that I don’t want to teach my daughter to give up…especially on something you love. So today’s pep is really this…if you love it, if you really want it, achieve it. As Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) says in Sister Act 2: “If you wake up in the morning and you can’t think of anything but singing, than you should be a singer.” I say, if you wake up in the middle of the night and you can’t think of anything except what happens to your plotline next, you should be a writer.

Now that the semi-pep talk is over…wait, one more thing…Sister Mary Clarence also says “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention.” (If you haven’t watched the movie…WATCH THE MOVIE)

Now then, I’m all out of the almost-pep so now that its over, here are my goals for this week:

1) Write at least two articles for Yahoo! Contributors Network

2) Work my fingers off and my brain gooey to get the rest of my word count, and beyond, for Camp

3) Practice drawing some more dragons and ships…I’ve drawn exactly one full dragon so far.

I’ve named him Bill the Ner…he doesn’t much look like what I imagine my dragons to be, but he’s family 😀

4) Use my daughter’s snuggle times as actual down times. I’ve been trying to research and write…even just on my phone…during these times and I’m not getting much extra done but I am missing out on snuggles. So instead of binging on Netflix and not writing at night, I’ll binge on My Little Pony and Tinkerbell during the nap time portion of the day. It might work.

5) write this week’s short story BEFORE I post it on Sunday.

What are your goals for the week? Campers, how are your word counts coming along? Do you have any tips, advice, or comments for me…please leave them! I love to hear from you all!

 

 

Saturday Updates and Excerpts

 

Between articles, blogs, and Camp I’ve written around 6,000 words this week. Though not nearly as much as I was hoping for, I think that’s pretty respectable. However, for as much time as I spend writing, I need to amp it up a lot more and stop trolling Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest when I should be boosting my count (Seriously though, I find cool stuff so you should probably follow me on all 3! 😀 )

Though I didn’t quite get caught up on my Camp project, I did manage to bring down my minimum daily word count from 1700 to 1400. I may be able to handle that…Wait, I CAN HANDLE THAT! Now that I’ve brought you up to speed on my woeful inability to complete all of this week’s goals *sigh…bigsigh* I will leave you with something that makes me proud of what little I did accomplish last week…an excerpt from Dragons in the Deep.

Chapter 28:

“Excuse me sir,” Julie mumbled, shuffling across the cabin’s floor to whisper into Flynn’s general direction, “I have a message from Mr. Janxson for Mr. Ferdinand.”

“So give it to him,” Flynn shrugged and jerked his head toward the computer station, where Anna, Jane, and Ferdinand were gathered around Nickel as she showed off her hard work.

“I-I don’t feel comfortable with telling him this,” She whispered even more quietly, “Maybe you should do it.”

“What?” Flynn looked up from his own stack of papers and filed with a look of bewildered frustration etched across his features. “What are you talking about? Old Man Janxson probably just wants to make sure we’re being nice to his friends and thinks I’ll lie to him.”

“No sir, Mr. Janxson had me write down a very specific message about Mr. Ferdinand’s wife,” Julie was almost not making any noise at this point, so worried and embarrassed by the message that she seemed about to pass out from the anxiety of it all. “I just don’t feel right giving it to him though.”

“Julie,” Flynn spoke calmly and clearly, sometimes Julie’s anxieties made her a little stubborn and hard of hearing, “If Mr. Janxson wanted Ferdinand to get the message, it must be very important, right?” she nodded so he continued, “And Mr. Janxson entrusted this message to your care, right?”

“Only because no one else answered the line, sir.”

“But if he didn’t think you could handle, he wouldn’t have given you the task, would he?”
“I guess not.” Her voice wavered but she straightened her back with determination, “I’ll go give it to him right now.” She stopped mid turn to add, “But don’t expect me to wait on him to read it!”

Shaking his head at her obvious issues, but allowing curiosity to get the better of him, Flynn watched the ship’s steward scurry across the room, tap Ferdinand on the shoulder, hand him a piece of paper, and without saying a word, turn tail and race back out of the cabin.

“I wonder what that was all about,” Jane turned inquisitive eyes to the folded sheet in the Fairy King’s hands.

To Be Continued…

 

Wednesday Writing

I did warn you about Camp NaNoWriMo Month didn’t I? I haven’t had much time to read anything other than research so far this month. I did learn some interesting techniques for getting rid of heartburn at home. Did you know that chewing gum is supposed to help? So is licorice…very interesting.

If you want to read my articles, including one (hopefully) soon on home heartburn remedies, you can find my contributor’s profile here. Since I have 4 articles due this week and 7500 NaNo words just to catch up today, I don’t foresee this week being much better on the reading front.

So please, thrill me with vicarious reading experiences. What are YOU reading? Are you loving it? Is this a new author or new book for you? I would love to hear from you all!

My pitiful eclipse moon picture

my pitiful eclipse picture. Enjoy!

And if you are like me and feverishly working to write your count this week, tell me that too! What are you writing about? Leave a favorite sentence or two and get us fired up about your piece!

 

 

Tuesday-ish Things

Since I’m a day behind this week, today’s post will be all about GOALS (which is normally a Monday deal). I have several writing goals this week, including catching up on my Camp NaNoWriMo word count (I’m only about 15,000 words behind at the moment 😀 ). I also have 3 articles to turn in this week and, of course, my blogs (Wouldn’t want to leave you hanging!). I’m setting the total word count goal for this week at 20,000. A fairly manageable goal if I get my NaNo word count back to where it should be.

Ok, I tried to make it look as if the pen was on fire…but it just looks like a flame under the pen. pfft

My goals also include reading some of that stack of books I have in my room…they keep staring at me belligerently.

What about you? Do you have any goals to met this week? If so, what are they?

Reading Wednesday

I honestly don’t know what it is about Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief that causes me to be so slow in reading it. For some reason, I just can’t seem to make myself sit down and dive in. I am enjoying the odd narration style and the plotline, however, and hope to wade in a bit more deeply over the next few days.

Also on the docket this week is City of Glass, the third book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Having read the first two (City of Bones and City of Ashes) I am crossing my fingers that this book will help me sort out my feelings toward the characters.

I do have several other books in line, vying for my attention, but those two are my only ‘firm’ choices for the moment.

So what is on your list? Are you currently reading something that has you on the edge of your seat? Do you have a novel that is giving you trouble? Or perhaps some articles you just can’t seem to quit scrolling? I love to hear from you all so please comment below!