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1. Attitude of
Gratitude (Thanksgiving every day). Decided to change this one to:
Attitude of Love! (Working on it.) I had some accountable, measurable goals for this month, and I didn't really do them, unless we count praying when I'm actually irritable.
2. Writing between 10,000 and 25,000 words a month, depending on the month.
I'm at around 7,000 words. I felt excited and then I fizzled. Stress happened.
3. Submit a short story, poem, or article twice a month.
Eek! No, Well, maybe . . . if you count a certain article for a joint blog with the 2017 IWSG Anthology authors for our upcoming website.
4. Walking: 700+ miles for the entire year.
This started awesome! I walked 27 miles in the first two weeks of the month! Then, I got sick.
5. Back to Biking: 1500+ miles for the entire year.
Started slow but built up momentum and had 25 miles biked on an indoor bike when I got sick.
6. Yoga: Each month, do 10-20 sessions of 20 minutes each.
Hahahaha. Nope. I did 2 sessions of 20 minutes with my youngest daughter who is in a yoga class.
7. Reading: keep new book consumption between 25-52 books for the year. I have a budget on time and money. (see #11)
Well, I read library books, then I re-read Freefall and Unreal Encounters. I spent some money on e-books.
8. Pursue storytelling.
Yes - I started a Biblical storytelling group at my church and went to the first meeting. They've met twice without me now, because (you know why, right) I'm sick.
9. Continue to teach writing.
Um, well, Yes, and No. I taught twice and then got sick.
10. Enjoy my family.
Yes and no.
Good- My husband celebrated his 50th birthday! We had lots of friends over.
Not - Homework (for 2 daughters) and work-work load (for my hubs) have been heavy.
Good - My oldest turned 18! She celebrated quietly - but her friends made some plans for her.
Not so good- I was too sick to really prepare much of a celebration for my daughter.
This is an ongoing goal. I am looking at making flight reservations for the United States Nationals for Canoe and Kayak in Florida (in August).
12. Self-publish 2-3 simple writing prompt books
For a while, I had numbers that seemed to show that I've marketed myself as a writing author who writes about writing. (That's definitely true here.) My writing prompt books sell steadily, so I'm considering two more "lengthy" writing prompts books this year.
13. Submit/Query Captain Wrath novel (needs better title) to a publisher/editor/agent.
Not ready yet.
14. Pay attention to marketing
Um, didn't happen other than my monthly check-in.
15. Finish home organization projects.
Definitely didn't happen.
So, the sick thing really hit me hard this month. I have multiple issues going on with my upper digestive tract (stomach and esophagus) and some gallbladder issues that I hope will be resolved soon. It's going terribly slow - or at least it seems like it since I'm in pain, exhausted, nauseous, and I've had to give up caffeine. Really, I mean to find out that I'm really, really sick is one thing, but to take away the caffeine - it's cruel and unusual punishment. I'm mainly joking about this, trying to keep a good sense of humor desite having some super-stressed days about all of it.
My goal for February is to regain health.
On the good/awesome news side of things (because there is always good news), the IWSG Anthology group of authors for 2017 is awesome! We are working on a website - well, someone more talented is, I'm just writing a few small bits. One of my hint fiction stories was featured in The Best of 2016 at Nail Polish Stories, and I got paid some gratuities for my novella, Eight if By Sea - more than I expected, that's why I mention it. All good things.
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