Following on my earlier check-in about trying to soar instead of inching along, I do believe I am growing pinfeathers. I have made significant strides in the past few days.
Last week marked the beginning of another round of the academic writing group. Most of the participants are teaching faculty or dissertation writers, but there are a handful of us full-time day job people. I realized while working on my article last Friday that although it is different writing, the research for it is forming the infrastructure of my novel.
For example, my antagonist is something I’ve studied for years. It struck me that he (somehow, he is not an ‘it”) wouldn’t let a mere woman interview him, which works beautifully in the structure of my novel. The synergy between the scholarship and the creative writing is very exciting.
To begin work on my author blog, I am now trolling through the picture debacle. I want to put pictures on the posts, but am woefully lacking in that skillset. Luddite that I am, I have actually had several pictures disappear between my phone and my computer. Sigh.
I am slowly working through my many drafts of blog posts. I posted my answer to the Eleven Questions meme today, and have another long-overdue post scheduled for tomorrow.
I have continued my hour a day on the fiction–writing or planning, letting ideas simmer. I am going to endeavor to add an hour a day for the scholarship, especially the parts that dovetail with the novel.
Thursday and Friday, I organized and filed at the day job. It is sooo not fun, but the clear desk and concomitant clear mind helps me function.
I have walked 5,000 steps every day but Friday, which was only 3,000. We found out that our Weimaraner does not have a thyroid problem, so he and I need to up the exercise.
My next target is social media. I find myself spending far too much time on FB, and if I wrench myself out of that gravitational pull, I often go “check” Twitter, to end up there for an hour, All of you need to be far less interesting, okay? 🙂
I hope everyone has a wonderful, productive, fascinating, exciting week. As Kait said, the end of the round is nigh (love that word!). Take a few minutes to encourage the marathoners who are still posting their links here.
I will write at least one hour a day. Yes, with bells on.
I will continue to refine my main author blog, which may involve combining the Lapidary Prose blog with Elizabeth Anne Mitchell. Figuring out what to do about pictures, and trying to attain better skills.
As I’ve returned to being a sponsor, I will visit all my 8’s twice a week. This has become a habit. It may take me 24 hours, but I do get there.
I will catch up with Facebook, Twitter, and my other sites for no more than an hour daily. I have been overdoing this goal, and need to work on backing off.
I will reply to all comments on my blogs. I am keeping up with comments, most of them within 12 hours.
Walk at least 1,000 steps a day, preferably 2,000, tracked by a pedometer. I got 5,000 steps 6 out of 7 days, and 3,000 the 7th.
Use the stairs going upstairs; if I want to, I can cheat going downstairs. It’s definitely a habit now.
I have let many dear friends fall off my radar these past few months. I will stay in contact with the group daily, if only briefly, and weekly individually. Fail at the individual contacts.
I will stay in better touch with my daughters on Facebook or by phone. My sons are back home, so my only trouble connecting with them is that they have vampire schedules. Not so great the past few days. I’m going to spend several hours watching football after I post this check-in, though.