This 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).
#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.
#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
#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!
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What goals are you trying to achieve this fall?