I’m happy to be one of the sponsors for this round. In fact, I got to write a post on What Will Get in Your Way (you know, those obstacles that pop up like moles in the whack-’em game) which appeared on the ROW80 blog on Monday.
You know that lovely saying about taking time to smell the roses? Well, I don’t think I’m doing too well with that. I feel pressure from both internal and external expectations. Some of it is poor time management on my part. I get too easily distracted. In fact, I pondered this week whether I am living more like a rose-sniffer in the field of life or just cruising through its drive-through.
This occurred to me in particular because of two events:
I broke the side mirror off my car in a fast-food drive-through. Yep, fabulous driver that I am, I was in a rush one day to get it all done and pulled into my local Schlotzsky’s. Trying to move along as quickly as possible, I was multi-tasking by setting my paper bag with sandwich on the seat, rolling up the window (old car, manual windows), and driving forward all at once. I scraped the drive-through shelf, and it ripped off my driver side mirror. Actually, the mirror was dangling, so I ripped it off the rest of the way. My car is in the shop now. That Schlotzsky’s sandwich has now cost me $124.26. It was a good sandwich, but not that good.
A friend of mine posted that she went to a speed-dating event; I replied that I was involved in a speed-marriage. With work, household, children, family activities, volunteer obligations, and much more, on some days my husband and I get about two minutes of face time before collapsing in bed at night. The good news is that I recently discovered that my children have upcoming weekend-long events which coincide, thus giving me and the hubster and entire 48 hours to be together. No drive-through marriage that weekend; it will be rose-smelling time.
Here are my ROW80 goals for Round 1 of 2012:
- Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. I finished the edits tonight! I want to have one final glance-through the manuscript to check format and then I’ll send it to the reader by the weekend.
- Write 2,500 words per week on work in progress. Most importantly, I MUST decide which work in progress to tackle. I have two novels plotted and can’t choose which one to focus on. Both stories are tugging at my hem and begging for attention. On hold until I finish the editing.
- Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. No problems here. In fact, I do well keeping up with blogging. Maybe that’s because there is a consistency to the schedule, whereas my writing and editing are flexible on when I need to get it done. I do consider from time to time getting back to blogging three times a week. But with ROW80 updates as well, perhaps twice a week is where I should stay.
- Comment on at least 10 blogs per week. I kept track this time, and I have commented on 15 blog posts. I made a point of going to a few blogs I don’t usually visit and would like to do that more. There is some great content out there!
- Read one writing craft book. Not yet into On Writing by Stephen King.
- Read five fiction books. 3 down, 2 to go.
- Exercise three times per week. Once so far. And I missed Zumba. I have a schedule conflict with the class tomorrow too, so it looks like I won’t be shaking my groove thing until next Tuesday.
- Added this week: SNIFF SOME ROSES. Spend time with family and not crossing off to-do lists.
Be sure to check out my fellow ROW80ers and wish them well HERE.