May Write Motivation: Week 2

…HOW is it that the second week of May is already over?

I know I’ve been busy lately, but I really am starting to wonder if time is moving faster. Maybe it’s not as linear as everyone thinks? (If that’s the case, we need time machines, like stat.)

Anyway, here’s how I’m fairing.

  • Edit the first draft of Monsters & Ghosts. – I am 6 pages in! I have to do a lot of rewriting on it, but it’s already worth it. I think this is going to be a great story! 😀 So excited!
  • Edit the second draft of my friend’s story. – I will attempt to get to this this weekend. We’ll see. (I have stuff I want to bring home from work and work on first, so… that’s a very big “We’ll see.”)
  • Finish and post two side stories. – I have two nearly written? Also, I’ve been email writing another couple of stories, so I might be able to piece those together and get them done too, before month’s end.
  • Stretch Goal: Finally finish that art commission you were given like, four months ago. – I… still haven’t started. I am a terrible person.
  • Stretch Goal: Edit that other story for a friend (assuming, of course, she finishes it.) – Looks like she’s nearly done! And I have the first quarter to a third already betaed, so I should be able to finish it up relatively quickly when she is finally done on it. 🙂
  • Stretch Goal: Write another 10k on the BHReboot Part 2. – I feel like a terrible fandom author. I wanted this thing done and posted in like, March, and here it is May already. I’ll work on this. I promise.
  • Extra Goal: Read three books. – I have read a whopping seven books this month. Seriously. Fifteen days, seven books. I AM A READING MACHINE. (Also, this probably explains why I haven’t gotten more done on my goals…)
  • Extra Goal: Work my way through three research books. – I have started a few of them, but I haven’t technically finished any. I really just to pick one, sit down, and finish it.
  • Extra Goal: Write my Teen Wolf and Consent master dissertation. –  I still need to rewatch the episodes and take notes on them. But I have an idea from what I remember of the episodes of how I’m going to structure this and what path it’s going to take.
  • Extra Goal: Do my 5k Training program. – I haven’t done any work outs at all this week. 😦 I am falling behind. (Okay, that’s a misnomer. I haven’t done any of my 5k training program work outs this week. But I have been walking about once, sometimes twice a week with a friend. Not to mention all the crazy exercise I get by working at the bookstore. All in all, my progress on the exercise front is doing well. 😀 So I’m happy about that.)

Other things that are coming up this month that I also need to put my attention to are a couple of birthdays–one next week!–and a major Memorial Day weekend party that will end up requiring costumes and potluck coordination. The costume will be pretty simple, I hope. I’m going in traditional ancient Grecian dress, so basically a sheet pinned and roped to me and draped artistically. Minimal sewing involved, so that’ll be nice. Also, it’ll probably be hot outside, so it’s doubly good for me.

I’m also getting my hair dyed next (Memorial Day) weekend, so I am excited, nervous, and fretting about that. Excited, because I think it’s going to look really, really good on me, nervous because I’m afraid it won’t, and fretting because it’s going to cost me $95 before the tip. (So probably $125 after all’s said and done.) Just… OMG.

Also, I have picked out a new place to move into and I will be turning in my application for lease today! So I am excited. 😀 Also, nervous and fretting because moving and money. Gah.

How is your month going? Anything exciting going on? Are your projects going well?

-Eris

 

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Write Motivation – April Week 4 and May’s Upcoming Goals

Hey guys, happy May! April has come to a close, and I still feel like I haven’t gotten as much done as I wanted. Oh well. April was also an incredibly busy month, too, so maybe I’m just being hard on myself.

This is how I fared:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. Well, I worked on it. I really only gained about 10,000 words this month. I really did want to work on it, but I ended up having to go back and reorder some plot events, and that took time. Hopefully now I am in a better spot to really make some progress.
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. None at all. 😦 Booo
  • Read two books. I finished Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin and Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. WOO! I can mark this one off the list!
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I opened my sketchbook at least. :/
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. It’s still a disaster area. 😦 (But I managed to wash a bunch of tupperware and return it to my mom’s, so… progress?
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. Critic and I are almost done with the first season! Yay! (I’m marking this off because we have been pretty good about meeting once a week and going through an entire disk. Considering that I’m getting them through Netflix, and therefore have to wait for the mail, I’m feeling pretty confident about our progress through the show.)

And since it’s now May, I’ve signed up for the newest iteration of #WriteMotivation! Here are my new goals:

  • Edit the first draft of Monsters & Ghosts.
  • Edit the second draft of my friend’s story
  • Finish and post two side stories.

And, as always, here are some stretch goals for myself:

  • Finally finish that art commission you were given like, four months ago.
  • Edit that other story for a friend (assuming, of course, she finishes it.)
  • Write another 10k on the BHReboot Part 2

This month, I’d also like to add in a few more things that I’d like to get done, but don’t necessarily want to make them goals. (I’m not actually sure what that makes them, then. To-do lists? I don’t know.) But here’s some possible extras to accomplish this month:

  • Read three books
  • Work my way through three research books (as in, taking notes, etc.)
  • Write my Teen Wolf and Consent master dissertation (it’s no longer just a blog post guys. This thing is going to be massive.)
  • Do my 5k Training program

I have some days off coming my way in May, so hopefully I’ll actually have time to sit down and knock some of these projects out. And I’m already done a lot of progress on my 5k Training program, so as long as I keep it up this month, I’ll count it as a goal achieved! (The training program won’t actually end until June/July, after all.)

Anyway, how was your month? Any new goals you’re looking forward to accomplishing?

– Eris

April Write Motivation – Week 3

Did everyone have a good easter? I did. 🙂 (Although I am dead tired from it. Ugh, lack of sleep, but soooo worth it.)

I feel sort of ambivalent about my writing progress. I am still incredibly behind. But I also wrote a lot this last week, more than I had previously. It’s not quite evened out in my mind, but it’s also not really stressing me out, either. So yes, ambivalence.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve managed:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. I’m still behind, but I’m making progress. Also, I’ll be happy to reach 30,000 by the end of this month (hopefully halfway through the story.)
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. I… looked at it. Yeah. No progress.
  • Read two books. I am ALMOST done with A Storm of Swords! On page 746 of 924. Yay!
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I still haven’t worked on this. :/
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. Kitchen? What kitchen? I have no kitchen. *shifty eyes*
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. I will be watching the fourth disk today! This is the only goal I’m making any sort of real progress on. 😛

I did a lot of other things this last week though. I did my taxes and toured an apartment. I have to move this summer (they’re tearing down the apartments that I currently live in, so, yeah, moving is imperative.) I have an appointment to look at another apartment on Tuesday. So, I feel like that was an accomplishment all in itself.

Hopefully we all can finish our goals before this month is over. Good luck, people! 😀

– Eris

April Motivation – Week 2

…HOW IS IT TUESDAY?

I swear, it was Monday just three seconds ago. Come to think of it, yesterday was February, right? Where did March go? Is time moving faster?

I’m starting to think I should be looking for blue phone boxes mysteriously appearing.

Anyway, here’s my progress thus far:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. I am so, so very behind. I am trying to write, and going to the coffee shop is helping, but I really need more than just the 30 to 45 minutes in the morning to get caught up. I need like, 2 hours everyday, and I’m just having a hard time finding that at the moment. I also can’t really work weekends
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. Still no progress yet on this.
  • Read two books. Well, I’m on pages 639 of 924 of Storm of Swords. And I’m going to read this really short, 150 page novel after. 😀
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I WILL WORK ON THIS TOMORROW. OMG I PROMISE.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. It is still a disaster area. Oy vey.
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. I have just now put the third disk into the mail. I should get the fourth on this weekend. 😀 HALFWAY THROUGH THE FIRST SEASON WOO!

Nothing’s been marked off yet, and that saddens me. My progress is too slow. 😦 Hopefully I can figure out how to make some time open up so I can get some work done.

Anyway, how are you guys doing?

– Eris

April WriteMotivation: Week 1

So… whoops! I’ve been so busy lately that I forgot to post my accomplishments so far for April! Here they are:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. According to my Camp NaNo stats, I am at 4,262 words. I still have several pages to type up, but even so, I know I’m several thousand words behind.
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. Like I said before, I have one already betaed. I just need to read through the edits, clean it up, and post it online. The other story I have started, but not yet finished yet.
  • Read two books. Well, I’m on pages 600-ish (I forgot already. Whoops!) of Storm of Swords. So… only like 400 more pages to read.
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I really, really, really need to get this done. Like, sooner rather than later. :/
  • Stretch Goal: Clean the kitchen. Luckily, with Critic coming over at least once a week to watch Veronica Mars, I’ve been working on cleaning the whole house to try to make it more accommodating for guests. And yeah, that includes the kitchen. It’s better than it’s been in a long while, but I still have a loooooong way to go before it’s clean. (Oh my god, I am so sorry Critic for making you sit in my messy house to watch silly teenaged detective shows with me.)
  • Stretch Goal: Watch Veronica Mars. Critic and I have managed to power our way through the first eight episodes, and we are loving it! She was even talking about buying the first season so we didn’t have to keep waiting on Netflix to deliver us more disks. 🙂

And as of today, I have started making the first (somewhat literal) steps to changing around the way I manage my time. I walked to the coffee shop from work today to see how long of a walk it was and in what kind of pedestrian terrain, and I found it short and easily doable. So, from now on, before work I am going to go hang out at the coffee shop for an hour for some distraction-free writing time. Not only should this open up a consistent block of time for me to get stuff done, but since I’m planning on parking my car in the employee parking and walking to and from the coffee shop to work (it’s like a 5 minute walk–so no biggie), it’ll have the added bonus of extra daily exercise. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to this new plan. I hope it works out.

So guys, how about you? How is your April moving along?

– Eris

March Motivation – Week 4

Well, this is it. It’s the end. March is nearly over. Winter is gone. It’s officially spring (at least, here anyway. I heard some people got snow over the weekend? What’s up with that?)

Also, Fireside Magazine’s kickstarter is nearing to a close. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you ought to. I have last year’s magazine, and it’s really, really good. (I’ve also pledged for next year’s, too. And you should consider doing so yourself. It’s worth it, I promise.)

Anyway, let’s take a look at March:

  • Print off the first part of Cloudy with a Chance of Satan. Printed!
  • Read said first part of Cloudy (with optional note-taking). Yeah, this didn’t get done.
  • Write 10k on Cloudy. Hadn’t even picked up a pen.
  • Stretch Goal: Finish Cloudy. Hahaha, no.
  • Write all posts for the Ferret Blog that I’m responsible for through April 30th. I wrote two. Posted one already. The second will be scheduled and ready to go by lunch today. And hopefully maybe a draft of the third. :/ But they’ll be done before they’re due. I’ll make sure of that.
  • Write the first draft of the Ferret Anthology story (the one that I never quite was able to do last month). I’m not even sure where I put this draft anymore.
  • Stretch Goal: Write 10k on the Beacon Hills Reboot Part Two. It’s my CampNano, so it’ll be… getting done? I hope. (Dear lord, do I hope.)
  • Edit and send back the Teen Wolf fic I’m betaing. I actually did get this done! The first part of it, anyway. She didn’t send me the second half until a week or so ago, and I’ve yet to see the last half. But she’s got the first half! Yay!
  • Finish reading A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones, awww yisssss). On page 568 of 924. (Didn’t even get a chance to look at the book this weekend.)
  • Finish that X-Men commission you promised you’d do. I really, really need to get this done.
  • Finish that tattoo design commission you also promised to do. This two.
  • Stretch Goal: Draw the Nuggetsune comics for Barenaked Critic. I wanted to get this done. I even have a first draft of it up.
  • Clean the kitchen. Like, mop and bucket and industrial sized trash bags sort of clean. Thanks to me being sick, it’s now looking worse than ever. Uuugh.
  • Stretch Goal: Organize the art closet. I think this is going to be an “End of Year” goal at this point.

Absolutely pitiful. :/ But I have managed to get a lot of things done this month. Maybe most of them weren’t on the original list, but I still accomplished a lot, I think, looking back. I managed to stay employed. I got (mostly) back in the habit of working out. I got sick and healthy again! (ugh, colds.) I got the tires changed on my car, and drove down to Dallas to see Welcome to Night Vale. I finally ate at the Cheesecake Factory (a bucket list item)! I updated my Tumblr blog, and I made plans to go to SoCal this summer (more on that later).

So yeah, I think in retrospect I did manage to get a lot done. Just… most of them not writing related. (Or, any of them writing related, to be honest).

I’ll do better next month.

Speaking of next month, I have actually signed up for the April’s WriteMotivation! Here’s my new goals, with a few extras:

  • Write The Beacon Hills Reboot: Part Two. Considering it’s also my Camp NaNo, hopefully I can get this done!
  • Finish, Edit, and Post two stories. I have one already betaed, I just need to look through the edits and fix the errors on it. The other story is already started, I just need to finish it and send it off to the beta (in plenty of time for me to get it back, edit it again, and then post it before the month is up.) I should be able to do this.
  • Read two books. Since I’m halfway through Storm of Swords, I’ll probably finish that one. And then read something short. Like Carrie or maybe that middle-grade book I picked up because I liked the smiley face on it.

And, as always, I have a few stretch goals for myself. (A bit shorter than March’s, because I am slowly but surely learning how to not bite off more than I can chew.)

  • Finish at least one piece of art you had promised you’d do. I’m thinking I should probably do the X-men one first. :/
  • Clean the kitchen. Because it really, really needs to be done.
  • Watch Veronica Mars. I have the first disk, and have a play date set up to watch them with The Barenaked Critic! So excited!

I think six goals instead of fourteen are much more manageable. Maybe. Hopefully.

See you all in April!

-Eris

March Motivation – Week 3 1/2

This is a bit late. I was really sick earlier this week, and I’m still playing catch up, especially at work. And as much as I lament about not being productive, sometimes I just need to step back and realize that getting healthy is productive.

Anyway, this is my damage. I’m marking off the stuff that I KNOW I won’t be able to complete this month (mostly so I don’t have to keep looking at it.):

  • Print off the first part of Cloudy with a Chance of Satan. Printed!
  • Read said first part of Cloudy (with optional note-taking)Yeah, I don’ think I’m going to work on this any more. Well, not in March anyway. I’m looking at picking this back up in May. :/ (SO I’M GOING TO MARK IT OFF.)
  • Write 10k on Cloudy. I’ll look at it again in May.
  • Stretch Goal: Finish Cloudy. Noooope.
  • Write all posts for the Ferret Blog that I’m responsible for through April 30th. One post is already up, and one more is drafted. (Okay, scribbled out on paper.) Still have 4 more to do, and I have to get them all scheduled out an online. So… SORT OF?
  • Write the first draft of the Ferret Anthology story (the one that I never quite was able to do last month). Uugh I still need to look at this.
  • Stretch Goal: Write 10k on the Beacon Hills Reboot Part Two. It’s my Camp Nano! 😀
  • Edit and send back the Teen Wolf fic I’m betaing. HAHAHAHAHA done. The first part anyway. I’ve read the second part, BUT IN MY DEFENSE, SHE DIDN’T SEND THAT TO ME UNTIL LAST SUNDAY, so yeah. I’m going to mark this off.
  • Finish reading A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones, awww yisssss). On page 568 of 924.
  • Finish that X-Men commission you promised you’d do. Oooh my godddd I haven’t even opened my sketch book. 😦
  • Finish that tattoo design commission you also promised to doI’M SO SORRY I AM A BAD PERSON (this is going to be pushed off until next month.)
  • Stretch Goal: Draw the Nuggetsune comics for Barenaked CriticI… have the first draft? I’ll work on it. Eventually.
  • Clean the kitchen. Like, mop and bucket and industrial sized trash bags sort of clean. It’s… um. Cleaner? A bit. Just a bit.
  • Stretch Goal: Organize the art closet. This is soooo not going to happen this month.

My list looks… a little better. Sort of. Even though most of those things I marked off weren’t really completed, just… put on hiatus so I don’t have to think about them right now. :/

Anyway, how are the rest of you faring?

-Eris