Summer Sanity and #ROW80

Summer has begun in my home. School is out. Kids are home. Summer activities begin. Moreover, this summer, I am co-directing a four-day church camp and writing and presenting curriculum for a much larger week-long church camp. Consequently, my days of everyone being gone and facing a 4-6 hour window of work time are over for the next few months. If this were ink, there would have been a smudge on that last sentence where my pitiful tear fell.

Don’t get me wrong: I love summer! I love my family! I love the camps! I love the beach — which I will now visit because it’s summer!

But my goals don’t go away just because summer is here. So I now have to get creative about when I will write/edit. I will likely be spotted some days at a local coffee shop downing caffeine and working early in the morning or late into the night while hubby keeps our boys from setting the house on fire. I may need to carry my laptop here, there, and everywhere, grabbing a ten-minute window when I can.

  • Log 5,000 words per week on young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER. This should result in a completed first draft.
  • If first draft is finished, edit once through SHARING HUNTER. Editing now!
  • Work on pitch and synopsis for DFW Writers’ Conference (taking place May 19-20). Working on my queries to send next week. Four agents on my list from the conference.
  • If I get all of that done, edit through THE YEAR OF FIRSTS, my middle grade novel which is in second draft form and has been gathering dust for a few months. Waiting on 3 tasks above.
  • Read one writing craft book. My choice this round is Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Read 4 chapters.
  • Read through issue of The Writer’s Digest. Scanned, but didn’t really read.
  • Take course from Tiffany Inman Lawson on 77 Secrets to Writing YA Fiction that Sells from the Margie Lawson Writers Academy. Finally catching up.
  • Read 10 books keeping to my At-Least-3 Reading Challenge for 2012. On track. I have read 8 books so far: The Killer Inside Me; Getting Rid of Bradley; Graceling; The Man Who Was Thursday; The Heart-Shaped Box; One of Our Thursdays is Missing; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; and Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunfrey. Next up: Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas.
  • Exercise three times a week — length of time to be determined. Go ahead and make me accountable. I didn’t exercise once.

There are only 3 1/2 weeks left of this round. I am going to take a break from sponsoring, given the schedule I mentioned above. If you are interested in sponsoring, contact Kait Nolan. Also, cheer on our fellow ROWers HERE.

How are y’all doing? Whether you’re in ROW80, let me know how your personal goals are going? Will the summer calendar affect your plans?

15 thoughts on “Summer Sanity and #ROW80

  1. My kid is only 5yo and I keep her at daycare even on Summer — though she always goes part time only. This way I can actually be productive, otherwise she demands my full attention at all times.
    Though this week will be tough since her daycare closed last Friday without any warning!
    And you’re doing great! Progress is progress 😉
    I can’t believe there’s only 3 1/2 weeks left of ROW80 …
    Have a great week, Julie!

    1. I love being with my kids, but having them home all the time really interrupts the workday, doesn’t it? You’re right, though: Progress is progress. I just know that my writing expectations will have to be lowered a bit. Bless your heart on the daycare! Still shaking my head over that one.

  2. I so hear you on the schedule craziness. Priorities, priorities, oh my. Exercise will always be there to come back to, just don’t forget to get back to it. But first, get those queries out! 😀

  3. Summer Sanity is quite the oxymoron, isn’t it?! 😉 I love being with my kids over the summer, and feel blessed that I can be. But, man, it sure does make writing and goals even harder to focus on. If you find things that work, please share them. Best wishes for attaining your goals AND having fun!

  4. YOU. CAN. DO. IT. I love posting about my goals. It helps me actually do them. I plan on exercising three times a week too. We can push each other along. Woot! Have fun with you summer. 😀

    1. Indeed, posting my goals and this whole ROW80 challenge has helped me focus. Best wishes with the exercise! I was going to go to Zumba last night, until my hubby and I decided to go out for Mexican food instead. LOL! How’s that for “off the wagon”?

  5. What a schedule! But there’s fun in there too and that’s important. Good luck to you and enjoy yourself and your family. I have faith you’ll get the important stuff completed. 🙂

  6. You are doing great on your goals! As for the exercise… I’m finding that one a challenge, too. It’s a new week, and a new chance to meet that goal! Good luck, especially in getting the kids to let you write!

    1. Jennette, thanks for the encouragement! I like your attitude that each week is another new chance. Our weekly reports for ROW80 reminds us of that.

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