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#ROW80 – Fumbling Into December

4My Holiday Fails (so far)
* The pumpkin roll cracked and crumbled, not because it was too dry but because it was too moist.
* I forgot to set up my children’s advent trees in time, but they are done now.
* I forgot to schedule the time to make my friend’s pet carrier (present for her hedgehog).
* I didn’t get enough lights for restringing my two deer.
*I haven’t finished decorating.

Honestly?  Could be worse.

Despite all those fails I am on track with most holiday things.  The baking is on time.  The outdoors is decorated.  Tree and village are up and lit each night.  I only have the decoration repairs and one box of decorations to go to be done.  And I paused writing this post to place the picture card order so we can pick it up while out grocery shopping tomorrow.  Oh, this year’s card picture is just insanity (we can’t do normal).

And my therapist is trying to help me have less to worry about and is encouraging me to add even more to my schedule… Or maybe she’s trying to break me?  No, I’ll stick with her trying to lighten my mind by giving me tasks to work on (because I do have small freak outs about these tasks when I’m having down days).

But how am I doing on my goals?

#1) Finish and submit HALLMARK
I promoted the anthology this is in at the end of the week!  See my posts announcing it, the soundtrack, and my favorite Hallmark holiday movies.  Once the story is released on its own (later on, date TBA) I’ll do another announcement and probably one promotion post about all the CW/Superhero actors that keep showing up in these.

#2) Edit PET
It is in Scrivner.  I also separated it by chapter.  AND!!! I have made my reading for notes checklist for senses and themes.  The goal for next week is starting to read for edits.

#3) Writing Business on Saturdays
Blog on Saturday: I missed last week because I was busy catching up on holiday stuff. The tree was supposed to be done Friday, but I only got it put together.  The kids and I trimmed it Saturday when I would have been writing this.  (And time with them is obviously more important.)
Send 3 Submissions: If I have time after I make the list for fudge making supplies, I’ll do this.  However, it is almost dinner and then game (Savage Worlds) time.  I might have this slip through the cracks once more.  Not that many places are open to submission this time of year.

#4) Take care of myself
Cardio 4 times a week –  4/4
Yoga 2 times a week – 2/2
Toning/Strengthening Videos 6 times a week – 4/6 – I actually have decided Saturdays I only do running or toning.  That means this should be “/5” and will be updated next week.
Drink at least 2 sports bottle of water a day – Plant Nanny has been ensuring at least this. Usually more.
Vitamins daily- Maybe I should get back to this, at least with vitamin D.  I’ve been forgetting and too busy to do that.

#5) Stay caught up on comics
I am so far behind. I need to start taking comics with me when I go places to read and catch up.  I’m 50-ish issues behind… And the annual of KLAUS comes out this week!!!

So, this week I have to set up my router extension, read PET (at least start reading it) and take edit notes, survive 3 appointments for 3 different family members, make various types of fudge, send holiday cards, finish decorating, attend a band concert for my trombone playing daughter, make my friend’s hedgehog’s present (which I hope to deliver the 11th with her surprise batch of fudge), and start wrapping presents.  I think I’m forgetting something…

What’s been your least successful goal this round?
What holiday treats are you making and sharing with others?
Are you surviving the holidays?

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#RoW80 Check-In: Better

4I really don’t know what to say about this past week.  Compared to the three before it, this week was closer to “routine.”  It wasn’t routine, but close.  And the next two weeks don’t promise to be routine either, but I think they’ll be better than those three weeks of chaos.  But I won’t know for sure until we get there.

…And that’s all I got.  Nothing mind-blowing or special.  But not every week has to be that way.  So… Onto the goals!

#1) Finish and submit HALLMARK
I’ll be promoting this November 27th through December 1st.

#2) Edit PET
I made getting this into Scrivner my goal for next week.  A small goal due to the kids’ five day weekend.

#3) Writing Business on Saturdays
Blog on Saturday: Bam!  Here it is!
Send 3 Submissions: I actually did it before I started this blog.  3/3

#4) Take care of myself
Cardio 4 times a week –  4/4
Yoga 2 times a week – 2/2
Toning/Strengthening Videos 6 times a week – 4/6 – I had an appointment after yoga on Monday, so I skipped that one and we had lots of running around to do Wednesday so I skipped it after yoga.
Drink at least 2 sports bottle of water a day – Four days ago I started using an app called Plant Nanny that expects me to drink 99 oz of water a day.  I have succeeded 3 of those 4 days.
Vitamins daily- Not so much daily, but more like as needed.  I really should get back to daily.

#5) Stay caught up on comics
I have 42 comics I need to read.  I should note that is not counting my Halloween Comic Fest, the vintage CLOAK AND DAGGERs, or the ones my husband has in his reading area.  So probably closer to 50. I need to get to reading before next week’s 10+ comic purchase.

So, that’s it.  I’m not sure if I’ll post next week.  I put blog post or 3 queries, because the holiday weekend.  We’ll see what happens.  If not, see you again for the ROCKING CHRISTMAS WISHES promotions.

Do you have any apps to help you have good habits?
Would you rather have 1 more hour a day or 1 more day a week?
(^That’s what I need to catch up on my comics!)

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#ROW80 Check-In: Lots of YAYS!

4I almost missed checking in two weeks in a row, but I’m taking five minutes to do a speedy check-in.  First, let’s catch up.

Last weekend was Halloween in my town.

There was Ghoulfest on Saturday as well as Halloween Comic Fest.  The best part about this was the guy dressed up as Freddy Kruger walking through town, waving at traffic.  I grabbed some comics though I am still behind on my reading.  Good news is I did read some stuff this week!  (Just not as much as I should have.)  I didn’t go to Ghoulfest, however, but I mention it because part of Ghoulfest is the town decorating contest, which this year was extended to the school district.  That said… MY HOUSE WON 3rd PLACE!!!!!!  That’s my first YAY!

Then came Sunday which was Trick-or-Treat.  The day was cold and kinda miserable.  I had wanted my Steampunk Sailor Jupiter ready by then.  I was not ready.  I had spent a lot of time making the tails and ears for my daughter’s costume (kuro kitsune -> Black Magical Spirit Fox).  I did have enough to put together a costume, but with the cold, I had to layer it over a black shirt and some jeggings to stay warm.

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Then came this past week.  And I spent a lot of it going to the doctor.  I am not sure what is going on right now, to be perfectly honest.  I have to go see a specialist, but once I know more, I will share.

On Halloween, I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary by going to the hospital for testing.  (Fun right?)  And that night we celebrated our son’s 16th birthday with a Super Mario Mega Mushroom cake I made.  Wednesday was Parent/Teacher conferences for my daughter.  Thursday was my son’s IEP (where we discussed his education plans and adjustments needed for his autism, for those unfamiliar with an IEP).  And I worked like mad the whole week to finish my cosplay.  I wish I had planned better so I could have tested the hairstyle I wanted (abandoned) and had figured out how to attach the bows better (last minute safety pinning that was super frustrating).

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So, why was I in a hurry to finish my cosplay?  Well, because this weekend was the N.E. Geek Expo.  That’s a local geek culture con.  I feel so darn lucky to be friends with some of the people that have been involved in it through the years.  I snagged this picture of me from a friend of mine because I had not really thought stuff through (like how to pose when people asked for a picture) or taking pictures of my outfit before the con (when my hair was not as all over the place).  Maybe I’ll do a photo shoot later and explain what I made in a blog post someday.

23130717_1801942079863185_3221166632438690066_nBut I should also point out that this is the con my daughter worked so hard all summer to get her cosplay ready for.  And she got to wear it like a champ!  Neither of us, though, entered a costume contest.  We left early (I had a monster headache from being an idiot and not drinking anything at all until almost noon).  So we missed the Adult contest by a couple of hours.  Today is the kids’ contests, but we are not attending as I have to “work” (more like enjoy) the comic shop today.

20171104_142048Okay, so I’m not going over my goals like normal because I practically failed everything due to all the above.  And I’m okay with that!

So, let’s do a YAY! recap:
Had a great Halloween
Won 3rd Place for Halloween Decorations
Son turned 16
Celebrated 13 years married to an awesome man
Finished my cosplay
Had a great time at Geek Expo

Oh… There’s one more YAY! to mention:announcement poster 2.jpg

HALLMARK’s real name is ROCKING CHRISTMAS WISHES and it was accepted for this anthology!.

My Goal for the week is to get the edits back to the publisher, despite the fact I’ll be working over double the hours I usually do.  Wish me luck!

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Things Aren’t Perfect – ROW80 Check-In

4The most exciting thing that has happened to me all week is that we got a POS (point of sale) system at the comic shop I work at.  So far, I am far from awesome at it.  I know one day I’ll rock it, just not right now.  The second most exciting thing was while browsing Christmas village stuff I found a group of 3 hens that look like my hens.  My husband bought them for me.  In other words, it has been a dull week.

So, I’m going straight to goals…

#1) Finish and submit HALLMARK
According to my editing plan, I’m behind.  I still have time.  I can catch up.  I am still going to try.  Now as to why… The first draft is uglier than a rotting fish with pussy ulcers.  The amount of work to get it into shape along with the tight deadline has been making it quite a chore to tackle.  Again, I will state it is still doable and I am not giving up yet.

#2) Edit PET
Must finish HALLMARK first.  On hold.

#3) Writing Business on Saturdays
Blog on Saturday: Obviously this is it.
Send 3 Submissions: Did it before writing this, so 3/3

#4) Take care of myself
Cardio 4 times a week –  3/4 – On Tuesday son was sent home early from school due to stomach distress.  He’s better, but I needed to use my running time to deal with that.
Yoga 2 times a week – 2/2 – On October 6th was the yoga class’s 3 year anniversary!
Toning/Strengthening Videos 6 times a week – 5/6 – I did one round of this video after yoga and runs

Drink at least 2 sports bottle of water a day – Yes, for the most part
Vitamins daily- 50% success rate – Would have been higher but I missed a couple afternoon doses.

#5) Stay caught up on comics
No.  I ended up falling behind last week with an impromptu visit from my parents.  So, after getting my pull this week, I ended up with 20 comics to read.  I have 7 to go.  I’m hoping to say differently next week.

Next week promises to be just as “exciting.”  Which, hopefully, means I can get back on track with HALLMARK and with comic reading.  In fact, even though I only scheduled the queries and this blog post for today, I think I’ll put in some extra time on HALLMARK right now.

Did you like my line, “The first draft is uglier than a rotting fish with pussy ulcers?”  How would you finish that sentence?  Are your ugly first drafts Cinderellas in the end or one of her step-sisters?

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ROW80 Round 3 Final Check-in/Round 4 Goals

4This has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but I am so freaking proud of myself that I want to lead with it.  I have reached my running goal!!!  I am so proud of me!  I do a five-minute warm-up (4mph), run for twenty minutes straight (starting at 6mph and slow down as needed, but no lower than 5mph), and then cool down with a five-minute cooldown.  NEVER in my life could I run for twenty minutes straight.  So. Freaking. PROUD!

Ok, so onto the meat of this post.  How did Round 3 go?

#1) Have written 10,700 words of HALLMARK
10,843/10,700 — Nailed it!  Actually, I originally thought that this piece would be longer, but that was part of me being rusty.  Turns out this was the rough draft finished length and I am now editing it!

#2) Take care of myself
Water: Hit or miss.  But, mostly good.
Exercise: During the ROWnd, good.  Lately?  I tried some new exercises and had trouble standing/sitting and taking a deep breath due to soreness.  I had to take a couple days off.  But, I did manage to usher in the new era in my running during that time.
Vitamins: Terrible for the past two weeks.  And the insane part is that I’m not taking them because I’m feeling great (which is probably in part because I was taking them so regularly leading up to this).

21686394_1937014942991775_6152518315153393501_n.jpg#3) Blog on Saturdays
Lesson learned.  If I have commitments on Saturday I will fail to blog.  Best just to take it off.  I missed one blog, but that was parade day.

#4) Catch up on comics (and stay caught up)
I did catch up and during the ROWnd I was caught up.  Last week, though?  Yeah, my parents came for a surprise visit on Wednesday and that disrupted my reading.  And I’m behind again.

A great ROWnd, right?  Let’s see if I can keep it up.  Here is my next set of goals.

#1) Finish and submit HALLMARK
Funny enough, I’m watching a Hallmark movie that I DVRed (Unleashing Mr. Darcy) as I write this… I know, a girl that reads stacks of comics and likes Halloween the best having a Hallmark addiction?  Absolutely!  Anyways, I have a very firm October 19th sending date.  I can do, I think.

giphy#2) Edit PET
Was this the code name I had for it before?  I’m pretty sure it isn’t.  But, I found an old version of this WIP (not the last version I did of it, though).  I’m honestly not sure what I should write next.  More UNMASKING?  Maybe edit ALCHEMIST again?  What about that cozy geeky mystery idea I have been thinking about for a year?  So, I will work on this while I think about it.

#3) Writing Business on Saturdays
By business, I mean parts that aren’t writing, but related.  Right now that comes in two forms.  The first is my weekly blogging (Saturdays), with my goal updates.  Unless, like parade Saturday, something should interfere.  The second business is sending out stuff.  I stopped in the Query process for one manuscript and have one short story that still needs a home.  I figure 3 queries a week until I’m done my list.

#4) Take care of myself
I find physical health leads to great mental health.  Great mental health makes me productive.  So… Cardio 4 times a week – Yoga 2 times a week – Toning/Strengthening Videos 6 times a week – Drink at least 2 sports bottle of water a day – Vitamins daily

giphy1#5) Stay caught up on comics
Right now this is the majority of my reading.  I need to stay on top of it, especially if I want to add to it.  (Especially on that Laughing Batman stuff… This Metal event is amazing.)

And I’ll end my goals there for now.  There is more I want to do. Much more.  I have added a new level (sending stuff out) and that’s enough for now.  Once I feel I mastered that, I’ll add another level (probably during ROWnd).

And I’m done.  Lots happened/is happening in my life (parade, surprise parent visit, the store I work at on verge of getting a POS system which makes me stupid excited), but this blog post is long enough.  I need to get going and do a few things. See you next week!

Current favorite read?
What goals are you trying to achieve this fall?

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