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About Gloria Weber

Gloria Weber lives in Ohio with her husband and their two children.

#ROW80: One Week + One Day

littleROW80Title: One week plus one day is how long I have to wait to get my “redo” biopsy done.  And while all through February I survived without a second thought about it, once it hit March 1st my thinking went into overtime to make up for it.  All of February I told myself that I knew it all.  Where to go, where to park, where to check-in, what they’ll do, how to get home, and how long it takes to heal.  Been there.  Done that.  Nothing new.  Except I know it as a disappointing experience.  And so I’m scared this one will come up “do over” as well.  All over again, I’m scared.  I want answers.  I want to start the next step.

Last Week:  We had one bit of excitement but in the mildest way possible.  For one thing, we bought a Nintendo Switch.  I’ve played it once for a few hours and haven’t played since.  Not because I didn’t want to but because my dread over the title has stolen time and energy from me so that I find I don’t have time or space to do so, even though I need to sell the canola in my silo in FARM SIMULATOR.  (I have a weird taste in games).  The kids got to enjoy it, however.  We had an impromptu three day weekend (snow day on Friday) and my kids had fun playing their games (ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD and SUPER MARIO ODESSEY).

Goals:  The dread and anxiety made working on my goals hard…
Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!   (Been done)
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Done.  (Been done)
ADDED 3) Write 2k/week on SUMMER – 2,145/2,000 words!!!  They were finished on Sunday before I went to work.  I squeaked it in.  As for this week?  I have yet to start.  I will hopefully get started after this post is up.

Reading Goals
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – Over 5.  I have my log of comics read on the dining table about 10 feet from me and I’m too lazy (because it was hard enough to get myself to focus right now and write this post from aforementioned anxiety) to get up and get it.  I am three comics in the hole, however.  They are my husband’s pull and they took a bit to reach me and I was low on reading time by then.  Oh, but I did catch up with one ongoing series I follow and one we dropped.  So both progress and a setback.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – Only because I have an altered work week.  Normally, I’d be at work right now (6:33pm ET, Tuesday).  But I have off today because of stuff I’ll mention in the outro.  And that’s why I made this goal.

This Week: I have my usual work days off.  They were replaced with a full day shift on Saturday (normally a day off for me).   I don’t think it will change my plans much.  I am hoping to get back on top of my comic reading, because if I can get my trades (the next phase after single issues are caught up) under control, then I can get to reading real books once more.  And if I push through… I might just be able to do it this week.  Wish me luck?

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#ROW80: Looking forward to a quiet week (13 Week Plan Finally Explained!)

littleROW80The General Update: After weeks of something or other going on, I finally have a quiet week.  I am so happy!!!  I thrive when nothing is happening.  And since nothing is going on, let me take this chance to fully break down that 13 (really 14) week plan.

The Long 13/14 Week Goal Explanation: Back in 2015, I achieved great feats of doing because I had my life in order and I also was following a goal setting plan.  In 2016 my life fell apart.  In 2017 I picked up the pieces.  This year I am trying to rebuild toward awesomeness.  To do that,  I have modified said goal setting plan and used it to refine how my life.

This process starts by picking a main goal.  My main goal currently is to live life according to my priorities.  As my main goal is supposed to be broken down into three goals that help reach main goal, I used this to set my priorities (in order).

#1- Family | #2- Self-Care | #3- Feeling Accomplished

Those goals are broken down into three further goals.  For Family and Self-Care I basically used the goals to define what I did to make them priorities.  For example, Family meant:

#1- Being aware of family scheduled events/appointments.
#2-  Keeping the house (lived in) clean.
#3- Having a regular family game night.

Feeling Accomplished was trickier.  I broke it down into three spheres of my life that make me feel awesome for accomplishing stuff.  Those were: work, home, and writing.  I picked one goal for each of those and I am working at those.  In the case of writing, I wrote, “Finish taking edit notes for PET.”  My home goal involves cleaning a room where I kept a fish tank, which was empty.   (*hint* *hint*)

Then I mapped out my next 13 weeks.  To be honest, most of my goals are met with accomplishing daily habits and regular tasks.  I used the three weekly target goals to draw attention to the weekly tasks I’d likely drop if I wasn’t paying attention to them.  And I told myself every week I met all three goals I got a $1 treat… Which could be saved up and spent on something like a new pet.  (*hint* *hint*)

While doing the week planning, I realized I had an odd number of weeks to work with.  I had one spanning two weeks (same goal for weeks 1 & 2, 3 & 4, so on).  So, I decided halfway through I could have a week off.  It’s smart to do that on so many levels (especially to combat and avoid burnout).  But, then I realized should I start another 13 weeks right away after finishing this set (kind of the plan), I will then have 12 weeks in a row of goal getting and risk burnout.  Which is why week 14 will be another mental health week off.  So that is why the 13 week plan is now a 14 week plan, though week 14 could be a float week between the two and not really need to be part of the plan.


Finally, My Goals:
Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!   (Been done)
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Done.  (Been done)
ADDED 3) Write 2k/week on SUMMER – Last week I wrote 2,073/2,000 words!!!  This week I am at 1,000/2,000, so I’m set up to succeed (hopefully).

Reading Goals
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 8.  I almost had 9, but I am working on a super-sized issue.  I have caught up with Aquaman and stayed up to date with my pulls. I hope to keep this trend going.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – Yup, even though I should be getting ready for work…  That explanation took a while!

So, looks like I’m going to thrive (be thankfully boring) for the next couple of weeks.  The week of March 11th… Things get more complicated then.  So, I’m enjoying this now.

If you owned Maleficient what would you name him?
What sorts of things make you feel accomplished?
How do you fend off burnout?



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#ROW80: Back to the Word Mines

littleROW80Along with ROW80 goals, I have a 13 week (which I realized part way through needs to become a 14 week) goal plan to help me live my life in a way I am happy with and in line with my priorities.  Last week was Week 7 (of 13… I mean 14), the midpoint.  That happens to be my mental health vacation week.  So, I took a scheduled week off from all my goals, ROW80 and life-wise.  And let me tell you, it was really hard for me to do that.  I kept wanting to work on stuff I was doing already and seeing other projects I wanted to do.  Thankfully I was busy with life (my husky had chemo that week and an event with friends, on top of normal weekly things) and was able to avoid my “keep working!!!” temptation.

And even though now would be a fantastic time to discuss those 13 (actually 14) week plans… I can’t!  I have to get ready for work.  So, I’m jumping into my goals.

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!   (Been done)
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Done.  (Been done)
ADDED 3) Write 2k/week on SUMMER – SUMMER is a code name, not the actual title.  It is a short story for an anthology, due out in May.  I am trying to give myself lots of time to edit it.  I just started that this week, so first week is in progress.

Reading Goals
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 5.  I stuck with reading my newest comics (just 2) and 1 comic per pick up.  As there was no school Monday, I didn’t break above the minimum.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – Last week doesn’t count as missed as it was scheduled off.  And here I am today!

I’m hoping to be caught up on my comics by the end of next week.  I’m also hoping to have a new pet come this weekend.  I’m having big hopes, but it might take longer if life keeps being as “LET ME OFF THIS RIDE!!!” chaotic as it has been.

Any guesses as to why I picked SUMMER as a code name?
What kind of pet do you think I’ll get?
Do you think I was late to work?

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#ROW80: Sick Kid + Snow Day = Late

littleROW80I’m supposed to blog on Tuesday, but…  Tuesday morning my daughter said, “I feel like crap.”  Knowing twelve-year-olds I said, “get the thermometer for me and we’ll figure out from there.”  Only, it wasn’t tween sneak.  So, I was Super Mama Bear all day.  And then I went to work.  When I came home I was dead.  Which is why I found out this morning was a snow day… I slept in like a pro!  So, that’s why I am a day late.

The past week has been a mixed bag like that.  Bad news?  The husky has cancer.  We don’t have enough info yet to know how upset we should be.  We have an appointment with a specialist tomorrow. The good news?  Our taxes are done.  Things went well with that.  With my husband’s change in work, this is his first full year at this job, there were fears.  Thankfully, they were unfounded.

If life was a mixed bag, what happened to my goals?

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!   (Been done)
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Done.  Just this week done!  Which means I am in need of new writing goals.  I’ll be deciding those this week and then taking a week off.  Because I have scheduled mental health breaks after every 6 weeks of work.  So next week, await a new goal in this section!  Then expect nothing done on it. (LOL)

Reading Goals
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 12.  When I started trying to catch back up I divided my reading into 5 waves.  Wave 1 was stuff that belonged to my daughter and I was holding hostage so I could read it before I gave it to her.  Wave 2 was everything I was super excited to read and I knew I could breeze through.  Wave 3 was stuff that was a mix of harder to read plus excited and slightly less excited but easy to read.  Wave 4 is DC’s current event: Metal! Wave 5 is thick reads.  Black Monday Murders, for example.  And well…  I’m making progress.  Progress that is technically part of next week’s update, so I’ll tell you next week.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – A day late, but close enough?

Anyways, it is 7 minutes to my bedtime: 10PM ET.  I’m a lightweight.  I’ve already stated my intent for next week within my goals.

What makes you feel good when you’re sick?
What do you do to pamper your sick loved ones?
How do you tackle that pile of reads?

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#ROW80: Making the Best of the Worst

littleROW80Biopsy Update: They need to redo my biopsy because the sample they sent for testing had “insufficient cells.”  I’m annoyed I had to wait 6 business days for this information (after I was promised 3-5 business days), but I’m not as scared to go through this again (in March, so my thyroid can heal from the first go).  At least this time I know what’s happening and how to get there.

Husky Update: Her surgery went well.  They removed the mass and cleaned her teeth up.  Her biopsy will be in Wednesday afternoon.  She’s been in a good mood and eating softened up food just fine.

Back Update: On the Friday before my birthday, I spent a long time in a chair that made my back a bit cranky.  On my birthday I picked up my son’s laundry basket and my back noped right then and there (as in lots of pain and no worky).  Standing, sitting, or anything other than laying were miserable for me.  I was sick of all the setbacks and decided not to let it stop my plans or ruin my day.  Thankfully, my husband and friend, though both wanted me to just rest, let me have my way.

Birthday Update: I’m another year older!!!  I got some great presents from my mom and husband.  My father-in-law’s usual card was a source of joy.  I loved my carrot cake and the time I spent playing Savage Rifts.  I don’t get people who don’t celebrate their birthday.  Celebrating anything is fun!

Now that you know the state of my life, let’s talk the state of my goals.

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!  On my birthday, after I hurt myself, I found myself on the couch unable to do anything.  Then I realized that I had yet to do my editing for the week.  So, I ended up doing it all at once.
2) Send 5 things out into slush – On my schedule for Thursday (back up day is Saturday).  I also need to locate a file for possible next project.

Reading Goal
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 11.  I am so happy about this right now.  Mostly because I found an extra, perfect, moment to add comic reading and I should get about 5 extra a week (depending).  I wait in my car for both my kids to finish school (state minimum bussing).  In order to be easily found I have to be at my son’s school 20 minutes early.  Then he and I go and wait another 10 minutes at my daughter’s school for her to be dismissed.  By week 2 my son was playing a Sega handheld (a Christmas gift from my father that has classic Sega games built in) while he waits.  I was inspired by him. 

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – On time and almost done.

Well, this week I hope to get 4 extra comics read, as today is a snow day (no waiting in a car and hurting my back- booyah!).  I hope to get that other Writing Goal conquered.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get my head wrapped around the timetable for my next project.

How do you spend a snow day?
Give me an update on you?  Your writing?
Are there any daily tasks you use to squeak in productivity?

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