#ROW80 Check-In: Short, But Not Sweet

4I’m not sure if you remember, but I have two part-time “day jobs.”  The first is at a comic shop, which I do Sunday (12-5), Tuesday (4-7), and Friday (4-7).  The second job is in an office doing filing and organizing on Mondays (10 – I’m done, which is anywhere from 1-4), but the main reason I work there is as a backup person for the scheduler position.  This week, the scheduler went on vacation.  Her hours?  Try 10-4, Monday-Friday.  Thankfully, my second boss allowed me to leave early on Tuesday and Friday.

So, I worked six days in a row.  A lot of my healthy habits were murdered during this time.  (To be honest over the past 2 weeks they’ve been dying due to how busy I’ve been.)  But the distraction was welcomed.  Because it gave me time to digest what I’ve been through the past couple of weeks.  Actually this all started October 24th.  I requested blood tests because my family has a crappy health history as part of my checkup.  The short version, which I was told Friday, November 3rd that on the ultrasound of my thyroid there was a “lesion” and I need to see an endocrinologist.  Tuesday, I made an appointment. The first one available.  In January.  So… Distraction!!!!

I did make the one goal I set for myself at the end of the post last week.  I edited ROCKING CHRISTMAS WISHES (previously referred to as HALLMARK).  My other goals… Nope.  Well, here’s hoping next week I get things back on track.  I guess that’s my goal.  Getting back on track!

How do you distract yourself?
How are your goals going?

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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.


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).


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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#ROW80 Update: Reality Checks

sundayROW80Reality Check #1: I can’t always plan when I’ll miss a blog post. And by “plan” I mean knowing one week ahead of time.  However, when I saw that my kids would be home the entire weekend, I accepted the fact I wasn’t going to blog post and didn’t beat myself up about it.  And that explains why I didn’t blog last week.  It wasn’t me falling off the wagon, but a last minute change in plans.

Reality Check #2: I sleep in on Saturdays, my kids leave later in the day, and my husband comes home earlier.  For me to expect to get what I would normally do on a weekday with less time is crazy.  I’m going to “take back” some time by adjusting my workout to either running or PITT28 instead of my weird combo of both.

Reality Check #3: Where I’d thought I’d be by now-> Increased writing times and looking to increased blog posting plus maybe redoing this blog.  Where I really am-> Honestly, the writing 3 times a week and today for “writing business” is just being accomplished.    And now, I need to take time off from writing next week because I need to do a crap ton of sewing/crafting for Halloween costumes/cosplay (convention Nov 4-5).  Because I don’t have anything else I can take time from to ensure these are done in time.

Reality Check #4: I’m procrastinating on anything that isn’t a must and or on my to-do list.  I don’t just don’t do extra.  Which means, I need to make a to-do list for that stuff (and this here explains Reality Check #3).  Just maybe not now… Because I have a crap ton of appointments to make (check-ups and such), which would eat the time I’d be doing those.

And now that my reality is in order, let’s see those goals:

#1) Finish and submit HALLMARK
More on this later this round.

#2) Edit PET
On hold until I get my writing time back.

#3) Writing Business on Saturdays
Blog on Saturday: Missed last week because I was spending time with my kids.  Here this week.
Send 3 Submissions: HALLMARK was 1 and sent a couple queries out before this.

#4) Take care of myself
Cardio 4 times a week –  4/4 – I ran 3 times this week and on my writing reward day for finishing HALLMARK I did Zumba on my Xbox 360.
Yoga 2 times a week – 2/2 – We’re temporarily in our second location because the town is setting up for the Halloween event (which includes a house decorating contest I’m entered in).
Toning/Strengthening Videos 6 times a week – 5/6 – I skipped this on reward day.  But I almost feel like I could do crescent crunches for days… Super Mario jumps not so much.
Drink at least 2 sports bottle of water a day – Yes, for the most part… Wednesdays, when I am out with my husband, are troublesome.  That’s usually a 1 only day.
Vitamins daily- 75% success rate – I cut it back to just the morning instead of twice a day.  I have been more successful with that.  However, past couple of days….afternoon doses.

#5) Stay caught up on comics
Not even close.  I hope to catch up this week as I sew.  I think it is like 30, if not more, comics I am behind on.  It might be time to adjust my list even more.

Well, my husband and I want to go walk and get some of those ghost Pokemon for the Halloween event.  Then we need to make buffalo chicken salad (not a chicken salad that’s buffalo flavored, but a salad that has buffalo chicken on it).  I might get a jump on that sewing.

What realities have you had to face lately?
When you need extra time, what gets sacrificed?

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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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