Goals – EOM Update – January

Here’s how the goals have come along this month:

  • I wanted to finish Recipe for Love  and have it ready for submission by January 31st (today). – I ran into a few problems story wise and am still struggling with a few parts of the relationship dynamics of the story but I am making progress. Plus this story isn’t going to be as short as I had originally anticipated.
  • I wanted to have  Entrapped sketched and outlined completely by the end of the month. – This is actually on step. I plan on starting working on this story next week.
  • I wanted to eat healthier at work for at least 2 meal a week and work up to 3 meals a week. I work in a deli where this is a lot of temptations food wise – I am actually on track with this goal as well. I have 4 go to healthier choice meals.
  • I planned on reading 2 books. – I read 3 books 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (this was a gift from a co-worker) and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I have started on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt as part of my books for February.
  • I wanted to start on the blanket for Preemie Project set (booties, hats, blankets). – I have started on the blanket I am about a quarter-way through. It is a small blanket but I am working on another crafting project as well so that is also occupying my time.

How did you do on your January goals? What were the hits and misses? What surprised you? What goal or goals did you rethink or defer or remove , if any?

Story Spark

This photo is one of many which helped spark part of the current story that I’m working on.

recipe book open

A culinary based story that has roots from my other passions – food and cooking.

Red Velvet Cake aka Waldorf Astoria Cake

And this is another one of the story sparks – Red Velvet Cake. It is simple but an easy recipe and everyone has their own twist for it. I figured it is something that could easily create a conflict between two foodie families that could possibly get out of hand. People can be very protective of their family recipes especially if it has been in the family for years.

How I Write – Changes

So the topic this week is:

What did you accomplish in 2011, what one thing would you change about last year, & What are your 2012 resolution goals?

What one thing would I change about last year?

One thing I would change about last year – balance.

I would focus on my goals and not allow unnecessary, needless or out of my control distractions divert me from my goals. I would also not be so singularly focused on my goals and pursuit of my goals that I would have more fun.

So the one thing I would change is to be more balanced. I would maintain my focus and drive but take more breaks to go outside, relax and have some fun.

Because being so singularly focused leads to burn out.

Truth Time:

Often I write 7 days a week instead of taking a break. And it could be editing or making notes or actually writing but doing something writing oriented. And for the goals group I’m in, you’re supposed to have 1 free day a week. But even doing that I didn’t progress as far as I would have liked. Burn-out was one reason which I think led to a lack of focus and motivation.

What I accomplished in 2011?

I have better control of my writing and where I want to go. I have a better road map and am not just throwing everything at the wall hoping something will stick. I have a better idea on what works for me and what my process is.

And what are my top goals for 2012?

Top 5 Writing Goals for 2012:
1. Write 2 hours a day on at least 5 days a week .
2. Blog at least 52 times
3. Read 26 books
4. Write 2 75K books (This will be in the light para series)
5. Write 2 Novellas (25-40K) (Fighting for love series – inspired by family research)

So what’s the one thing you would change about last year? What are your 2012 Goals? What did you accomplish in 2011?

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

Photo Inspiration: La Tour Eiffel

I love vintage and black & white photographs.

This is a great photograph I found on flickr. I was searching of photos of Paris. And going through a few of my own for inspiration on an old story idea. But this particular photograph really made me pause.

Driving under the Eiffel tower, 1963

January Goals

This is the list of major goals I’m working on. It’s a nice blend of rock/pebble/sand/water.

  • Finish Recipe for Love – have edited/beta’ed and ready for submission by Jan. 31.
  • Have Entrapped sketched and outlined completely by end of the month.
  • Begin eating healthier at work for at least 2 meal a week and work up to 3 meals a week.
  • Read 2 books.
  • Start blanket for Preemie Project set (booties, hats, blankets).

I’m listing them for three reasons:

1. to help hold myself accountable. If I put it out there, it’s more of a motivation to follow through  because it’s in black and white.

2. Because I said I would. This is the beginning of what will become a 2-part monthly feature on the blog (Month Goals/Month Accountability).

3. It’s also part of my mission to blog more and be more active on the blog.