I have 3 goals this round:
Write 2k/week: (absurdly low because I’m concentrating on the other goals) I made this one. Mostly just flash for various sites and blog hops, but it counts.
Help another writer: I’m editing for a friend. Did several chapters this week.
Do something organizational-related:
This is the one where I said “Oh… darn… well, it’s still officially Tuesday night (OK OK… wee hours of Wednesday morning) so I can do this right now and it will still count!”
Then I scurried to do something. Anything that would officially fill this goal, no matter how small.
I’ve been avoiding looking at my submission tracker because I knew I’d let more deadlines slip by. Tonight, I updated it, and was pleased to realize that I’d only missed two opportunities. One, I love my story idea but it grew wonky legs and walked off on me. The other, I never did come up with an idea for in the first place. There are still several others whose deadlines I haven’t missed, and I was also pleased to see my own note that says I shouldn’t expect to hear about my submission to Analog magazine for a few more weeks yet.
I updated the submission tracker, turning the missed entries red. I also added a new entry from a friend on Google Plus who has an interesting set of anthologies coming up.
Exercise is not one of my goals, though I know a lot of other writers are including it in theirs. I bought a family membership to the neighborhood pool and we’ve been using it, especially since it’s been so darned hot this week. I feel like I can actually get some writing (and writing-related work) done late at night now (it’s almost 2am now) because I was able to get out with hubby and the girls for a while, and the pool really cooled us off. Days we don’t go to the pool, I sit here sweating to death wishing we had air conditioning.
This round I’m doing a major re-organizational shift, which is necessary after seriously pursuing my writing career for about two and a half years now. I have a few stories published, and in the fall I will finally have both kids in school full time, allowing me to make a better commitment to my own career.
Have you ever paused your writing to do some major organizational or other writing-related stuff?