Multi-passionate writer, author and solo-preneur

Month: January 2010

Goal Post: Week 4


I didn’t even have time for a goal update this week, and by the weekend I was too brain-fried to bother. The good news is that for the first time ever last week I earned too much to qualify for an unemployment check — which is really excellent timing, since my unemployment year expires at the end of this month. I didn’t make my “Need to make $X to make ends meet” quota, but I would have if I hadn’t spent most of Monday on unpaid hours trying to fix that broken WordPress blog.

Goal Post: Week 3

I’m running behind this week, thanks to an entire day lost to trying to figure out a problem in WordPress and making no progress.

State of the Goals – Week 2


It only took two and a half days for the combination of the cats and my uncomfortable office chair to drive me back out to the living room couch. I’m not giving up on the office yet. I think sharing my office with the cats (it’s where we keep the litter boxes, so shutting the girls out for more than an hour at a time isn’t really an option; and no, we can’t figure out a better place to keep them) would probably be more tolerable if I had a chair that didn’t give me a backache after only an hour of sitting in it. So “new office chair” is moving to the top of the list of things to buy when we have some cash to burn.

Goal Post: Week 2

[X-posted to Daydream Believer]

Today I’m drinking coffee for the first time in about six weeks, and savoring every drop. I’m also working in my office for the first time in about as long, on the theory that I’ll be more focused and productive in here than I tend to be when sitting on the couch. We shall see. Either way, the cats keep jumping up and getting in my face, apparently wanting to make out–either that or trying to tell me to get out of their chair. In here, if I don’t comply either way, they start knocking crap off of my window sill, trying to kill either me or my computer; whereas on the sofa they would just give up and go away. So the jury’s still out whether the office will be more distraction-free.

Goal Update: How Are Those Goals Coming Along?

[Cross-posted from Daydream Believer]

So far, so okay. My writing goal is going great. I’m managing a chapter a day, all of which so far have required extensive, if not complete, rewrites, so that ain’t too shabby. If I can keep up this pace I’ll be done revising it by February, at which point I’ll let a few more people read it and give me feedback before I start querying agents.

My personal goal is slightly less great. I got dressed AND put on makeup AND styled my hair every day until today, and that’s because today I woke up with a sore throat and body aches and intended (and still intend) to take lots of naps, so I figured I might as well stay in my PJs. But tomorrow I’ll need to run to the grocery store, so I can guarantee that I’ll get dressed then, and four out of five days for the first week isn’t too bad.

The business goal, so far, isn’t coming along at all. I’ve been too busy all week to touch my new web site. Today is the first day that I haven’t had something due, so if I feel like it later I might work on it, but writing this post is taking up most of the mental energy that was left over after today’s writing & revising session, so no guarantees. But I still have tomorrow and Saturday to make some progress on it, so it’s too early to declare it FAIL.

And I have accomplished other things this week, things that made money, so that’s a definite WIN.

What about the rest of you goalies? Are you kicking my butt at goal-achievement? Or are you just days away from total goal-failure? Or are you like me, and somewhere in between?


[Cross-posted from Daydream Believer]

I let the weekly goal setting fall by the wayside when the time came to start gearing up for NaNoWriMo–since that was pretty much the only goal I’d intended to focus on through the end of November, and it seemed pointless to reiterate that every week. Then, of course, life happened, and the holidays, and apart from just getting through those with my sanity intact I was pretty aimless there for a while. And although I know I said I don’t feel like setting any big goals for the year, I still have plenty of Stuff I Need To Get Done, and breaking it down into weekly goals has proven a pretty good way to get myself on track.

Happy Hoping

[X-posted to Daydream Believer]

Usually, New Year’s Day fills me with motivation and a sense of possibility. This year, it’s just kind of… there. Just another day. A day off, which is nice, and needed, but whereas in past years I’ve wanted to spend that day off diving head first into new projects and tackling resolutions, today I just want to chill.

I usually say that I don’t make resolutions, I set goals. Today I have neither, other than the writing and business-related goals I set months ago and just haven’t gotten around to yet. What I do have are hopes.

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