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Small progress

Boy, the week flew by for me, so I didn’t get as far as I would have liked on my goals.  This is therefore a very quick check-in, slipping in under the midnight wire.

Writing:

Did I write one hour three times this week? Yes, I did. I put up a minimal post on Friday showcasing a dog who does some fantastic tricks, but I don’t really count that as writing.  I did write my sponsor post for this Round, which always takes me a fair amount of time. I also had a guest post go live on Cate Russell-Cole’s site, although I did write it before the Round started.

Community:

Did I visit my assigned blogs twice a week? Yes, I did.

Did I reply to all comments? Nope, but I plan to create a schedule that will keep me on track.

I did not get to the non-blog related post on Facebook or Twitter.  This goal needs to be scheduled as well, so that it stays on my radar.

Clutter:

One hour three times a week at home going through paper detritus of modern life. Done! Happy dance!

One hour three times a week going through electronic files–rename, delete, archive. Done! More happy dance!

Here’s Stuart the dancing dog performing a lovely happy dance for you:

Health:

Walk. Seriously. 30 minutes a day. I managed only two days, but it is a start.

Follow-up on all the health issues.  Yes, I even followed up on two, yes, 2, health issues.  Go me!

Family day, no working and time with family, one day per week. Yes, even though I was a bit behind on some goals, I spent all of Saturday with my family.

Reading:

Update Goodreads at least every other week. Umm, can I say this is for next week?

List and report on what I’m reading, even the dry, academic stuff.

Yes, I will do so. My youngest son has me reading Cold Days by Jim Butcher.  We are huge Dresden fans, so I need to finish so we can discuss.

During many insomniac nights, I read T. G. Ayer’s Dead Radiance and Jacquie Rogers’ Much Ado About Madams.


Go cheer on other participants here, and have a great week, everyone!

 

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ROW80 Goals for Round 2 2013

Writing, screen, Elizabeth Anne Mitchell,
Clutter free writing desk,

The following are my goals for the second Round of a Round of Words in 80 Days in 2013.  What is A Round of Words, or ROW80, as  participants like to call it? It is a writing challenge that “knows you have a life.”  Click here to read more about it from the creator of the challenge, Kait Nolan.

EDIT: Kait posted a challenge for this Round in the call for goals.  It is to be the best me possible, without comparing myself to anyone else.  Kait’s challenge leads to the same end as my goals, even though Kait’s post didn’t come out for several hours after I had posted.  It’s nice how life hands one these coincidences, isn’t it?

This Round, I am concentrating on self-care: of the person; the writer; the body; the spirit.

An added  mantra for the Round is minimize the unimportant in order to maximize the important. To that end, I am ridding myself of clutter, whether paper or electronic; concentrating on healthy habits of body and mind; and connecting rather than hibernating.

Writing:  One hour three times a week writing in the following order:

  • the academic article du jour
  • Morning Pages
  • Blog posts

Community: 

  • As a sponsor, I will visit my assigned blogs twice a week.
  • I will reply to all comments on my blogs within 2 days.
  • One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter. (Stolen, with extreme gratitude, from Raelyn Barclay)
  • One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter. (Stolen, as above)

Clutter: 

  • One hour three times a week at home going through paper detritus of modern life.
  • One hour three times a week going through electronic files–rename, delete, archive.

Health: 

  • Walk. Seriously. 30 minutes a day.
  • Follow-up on all the health issues.  Don’t want to? Sorry for ya. At least one issue per week
  • Family day, no working and time with family, one day per week. (Stolen from  Julie Glover  via Raelyn Barclay)

Reading:

  • Update Goodreads at least every other week. (Yes, stolen again from Raelyn Barclay).
  • List and report on what I’m reading, even the dry, academic stuff. (This idea is stolen from Lena Corazon, who shares her dissertation reading)

Please go check our some of the participants in this challenge here.

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ROW80 check-in and dog humor

A short post for today, focused on my reading goal.  I hope you’ll check out the authors and their work, especially Matt Hofferth, a once and (I hope) future ROWer.

I have also included a funny youtube video at the end as a bribe.

This past week I surpassed my goals in reading, and it is has been delightful to fill up on words. I started the week with K.B. Owen’s Dangerous and Unseemly, an academic mystery set in a women’s college in mid 1890’s Hartford, CT.  I attended a women’s college and taught undergraduates for several years, so I thoroughly enjoyed the academic setting. I ended the week with Myndi Shafer’s The Darkening, an entertaining sequel to Shrilugh, the first book in Myndi’s YA fantasy saga.

I have also gone back to catch up with Matt Hofferth’s excerpts that he is sharing serially in his blog, with a main character who has a voice in his head.  Sound familiar, all my writer friends? Matt’s take on this aberrant behavior that we all share (or at least I do) is very entertaining as well as the interwoven posts of behind-the-scenes writing work.

As always, please go encourage the rest of the ROWers here.

I have a dog who would like to pull this trick, but has the weight advantage to become a lead statue.  The videographer starts laughing so much, she loses sight of the dog at one point, but it is still worth a watch: