Monday, July 01, 2013

Goals check for the week of June 24

Today is not only the first day of the week, but also the first day of the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, which I will be using to keep my revisions going throughout the month.  Last week was only moderately productive, but I am hoping that with the pressure of Camp NaNo, the next month will be more productive -- especially next week, when I am taking a "staycation" with the intention of spending almost the entire week on writing and some admin tasks (tracking work expenses and such) that I've been putting off.

1. Novels: Like I said, last week was only moderately productive.  I worked on my novel Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday; I actually had a free day on Saturday, and spent six whole hours working on research and revisions, but with little to show for it.  When I was marking revisions I was focusing on the writing and not really doing much about the research, just marking where I needed to double check something or do additional research.  The end result is that I have a lot to check up on now, especially in the beginning of the novel where I am establishing the setting, the characters, and other details that figure into the rest of the novel.  So I guess if you consider the amount of time I've spent on it, I actually did have a productive week, but since I only got 7 pages into the manuscript, I have a hard time thinking of it that way.

2. Blogs and websites: No progress here (and none likely until after July, unless I have a chance next week during my staycation).

3. Other writing projects: Same as above.

4. Books: I'm still reading 1920s-themed books, so I guess Les Miz (and the rest of my list) is on hold for now.  I'll get back to it soon, hopefully.  Too bad I didn't think ahead and put 1920s novels on my list instead...

5. Horses: I had a very busy week with work and other responsibilities, so the horses were somewhat ignored.  My trainer was out on Tuesday and we worked with Rondo, and I squeezed in a brief bareback ride on Panama afterward.  Then I didn't get out to the barn again until Saturday, when I rode Panama briefly bareback again, and Sunday, when V. and I rode together -- her on Panama initially and me on Rondo, but then we swapped horses for a little bit.

Not a bad week, in retrospect, although at the time it felt dismal; I guess I was able to finish strong, though, which makes quite a difference.  I am expecting good things out of the next few weeks, in any case!

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