Friday, January 31, 2014

Write Motivation, Write 1 Sub 1, and Celebrate the Small Things

It's the end of January, and it's time to check in on my goals.
Hmm. Where did I put those things?
I didn't post them by my desk.
I didn't carry them around.
I hid them in a file folder that I didn't recognize on my pc.

I don't think I get to eat the cookies this month. :(
Here were my specific write motivation goals for January.
In Writing:
1.      Finish Champion in Flight 3rd Draft. - eek. I didn't finish.
2.      Send the rest of the book to my proofreader(s). - see #1
3.      Write 3 pages in my journal each day and write poetry in the midst of that. - almost - 65 pages of journaling with poetry on Day 30 . . . so I made progress here.

With my blog Blog: Keep with 1-2 posts a week. Trim the size of posts. Done, except for two lengthy posts (including this one).

 Exercise/Life/Health goals:
1.      Smoothie Challenge for January. - almost done!
2.      Bike 20 miles a week on exercise bike and 12 miles a week on outdoor bike. Cross-train. - Does it count that I biked about half of this and cross-trained?
3.      Stretch every day. - about half the days.
4.      Organize my time. Keep goals and lists. - since I lost this list, obviously not!

Yikes. Ok. So how did I do for the Write 1 Sub 1 Challenge this month? Four weeks went by, and I wrote 20 poems (mostly junk), 2 stories, and made 3 submissions. Hmm. I've got the Write 1 done, but the submit part, I'm struggling with. Does it count that I have a planned submission for February 1st all written up and waiting in my e-mail dock to go out? There's a specific submission window for a particular publication.

So, my goals helped me, but were a bit beyond my reach this month. I learned some things. I remembered belatedly that my oldest daughter's birthday does have far reaching effects on my time and writing - especially since I wrote a mystery theater piece for her and 15 friends to act out on her birthday this year - and especially because I love that she loves having big parties. We both get a lot of joy out of planning and creating fun events like that, but it's also time consuming and I need to remember that when planning January goals.

Celebrating the Small Things with Viklit and fellow celebrators:
This week:
1. I found my goal list. :)
2. I ran a half mile with my youngest daughter (running hasn't been possible for a while for me, so this is a huge thing).
3. My poem, "Robot Sonnet," went live at Bewildering Stories on Monday. (And I wrote this one for Write 1 Sub 1 earlier this month)

What are you celebrating today? And how are your goals working out this month?


Julia Thorley said...

So many challenges! I've just done a month without alcohol, which was OK. Going to try for a February without biscuits - wish me luck.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cross training counts.
That's cool about your poem. And it was a Write1Sub1 poem. See, you're doing it.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Funny post. So typical in my life too. I don't cross train but try to walk a mile or two a day, need to stretch more. I lose everything. Good luck with your goals.

Lynda Dietz said...

I think you're doing just fine! The fact that you found your list and have done at least some of the stuff counts. Great job!

Julie Flanders said...

I think having the submission planned definitely counts! I loved your poem.
Kudos on finding your goal list LOL.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I love the idea of a mystery theater event for your daughter's birthday party - how fun!

And hey, accomplishing half your goals is better than not accomplishing any, or not having any goals in the first place. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm bad with sticking to my goals too. Would probably work out better if I actually keep the list. :) At least you got to do some of them so way to go!

SK Anthony said...

Congrats on robot Sonnet going live :)

Finding your goal list is a good start. So you didn't accomplish all BUT that does sound like a lot of work you writing the mystery theater piece. Amazing and how fun!

Good luck with February's goals!

CWMartin said...

I salute your work ethic. This is why I couldn't write for a living (or a profit)- for me, it needs to be fun, and fun don't want no schedule.

VikLit said...

Well done on the running, I really need to take it up again.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Julia - way to go!! No biscuits - aah! I probably should try that too. :)

Alex - Thanks! I keep putting one word down after another.

Cathrina - Way to go with the walking! I can only walk/run/stay on my feet so far, and then I have to do something else so cross-training - by which I mean any different exercise - is something I have to do. And Thanks!

Lynda - Thanks!

Julie - Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :)

Madeline - Thanks! Yes, shooting for the stars and landing on a hillside is better than staying flat on the ground . . . or something like that.

Caffee - yes, keeping the list, or being able to find it helps!

SK - Thanks! Yes, I didn't quite realize (for some crazy reason) just how much work that mystery theatre piece was going to take - 16 girls . . . multiple clues and red herrings . . . but somehow it worked out.

CW - Fun has to be a part of it, otherwise I would never get any of it done. Some of my goals are fun goals . . . I just didn't share them. :)

Viklit - Thanks! It's not my strength anymore, but I want to try again.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Your making some real strides there Tyrean!

cleemckenzie said...

Sounds like you're sticking darned close to those goals. Congratulations.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Maurice - I hope so. :) Thanks!

C.Lee - You think? I don't know. But thanks!!!

Rachna Chhabria said...

3 pages of a journal everyday is a super idea.

Anonymous said...

You've been BUSY -- glad the W1S1 challenge is working for you. The way I figure, if it gets me to write and submit work I wouldn't have otherwise (due to perceived time constraints), then it's definitely working.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, you had a lot of goals in January! I can see how your daughter's birthday would distract you, but yay you for being able to accomplish some of your goals despite that! :)

Anonymous said...

My goodness, you have a lot of goals. Maybe your next goal should be to never have more than 3 goals going at any one time ;)
But, hang on, I've just had a look at my own goal list (2 writing, 4 fitness/health, 2 further studies, 1 massive blogging one) I realise I am as bad as you!

Jack said...

It is hard to keep goals going when life hits, but you got some of them done so that is always wonderful! (Your biking goal sounds fun, I love biking.)

Heather Cashman said...

Wow! It sounds like you're doing some amazing things. Good luck in February!

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm doing pretty well so far this month on my diet! I don't stretch every day. What does that do? Maybe I need to start doing that!

Trisha said...

I think 3 subs is great, though of course I know the goal is for one per week. But you're on the right track for sure!!