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Sunday, January 17, 2010


Okay, progress on the goals as follows:

1. Ten Gingerbreads revision (not done)

2. Chicken Wizard new draft (two different drafts done! yay me!)

3. Nix the Naughty (not touched yet...still too scared to open file)

4. Wren Faire (60 k words...needs 12 k more. Get busy time!)

5. Surfiesta (8 poems done, 4 more needed)

6. The thing that niggled in my brain (done! yay me!)

Well, the month is more than half over and I am not yet half way done with the goals, so I better get my little fingers moving. And, of course, the brain needs to fire up and function as well.

5 random things that make writing easier:

1. reading something that makes you think.
2. muffins.
3. when the football game is over (and the yelling, too) Sorry, Chargers:(
4. new pillows to sleep on when the writing is done.
5. a really lovely, fresh garden salad.

Off to tackle the beast(s).



Kim said...

Wow! You are doing so well. I am totally impressed! And, yes, muffins do seem to help in many situations. We're currently into strawberry muffins around here.

Good luck with the rest of the month!

Myrna Foster said...

It looks like you are making excellent progress to me. I should hold myself accountable like this on my blog.

Do you have a journey to publication type story on here that I've missed?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

My goals have been trampled by gnomes. But I have done some things, so I've decided to not fret. I may have to organize a pep rally for myself. Sigh. Good luck with yours!

Jackee said...

Mmmm... muffins.

Elana Johnson said...

Great goals! And you've been working hard, I can tell. I mean, just getting something out of your brain is half the battle.

And muffins? WIN.

Theresa Milstein said...

I stumbled on your blog through a comment you left on another blog. Imagine my delight when I saw which books you write. Thank you for making book easy enough for my son to tackle when he was an emerging reader, but there were few subjects that interested him on his reading level.

I like the idea of having a motivation list for writing, and may create my own. Years ago, a good cup of coffee and an orange-cranberry walnut muffin at my graduate school cafeteria on 116th street in Manhattan used to get me on the subway from Queens.

storyqueen said...

Kim-Thanks for sayin'....but I'm feeling like the big beasts are the ones I haven't tackled yet. Chicken much? Me? yup.

Myrna-Hmm..a journey to publication story? Might try that sometime.

Tricia-Do NOT let the gnomes trample your goals! If you put out small bowls of peanut butter, it keeps the gnomes away...attracts squirrels, of course. Maybe you'll get a really creative squirrel...

jackee-mine were banana pecan. darn good, they were.

Elana-yes, it's true, getting anything out of MY brain is a task worthy of some kind of medal or trophy or something.

Theresa-Thank you! Come back by the old blog any'll never know what you'll find.
And I'm glad your son liked my books. It brightens up this rather stormy day.

Lisa and Laura said...

Go you!!! You're killing it in 2010 and it's fun to live vicariously through you.

Jessie Oliveros said...

You have so many WIPs, I won't blame you for not tackling all of them this month. And I had a fresh garden salad for dinner; I think it recharged my brain.

Carrie Harris said...

I am amazed. I think I need to go buy some muffins. That'll help me write as much as you, right?

Julie Dao said...

I think you're making excellent progress! I agree about the muffins... chocolate chip muffins mmm. And pillows are a must (of course).

Kelly H-Y said...

You've done well! Congrats! Love your list of five ... and, though I hadn't thought of it before, I would definitely agree with muffins! :-)

MG Higgins said...

I think you should look at this as the glass being half full. You've gotten a lot done! Your Chargers and my Cardinals. Boo.

Amy Tate said...

Wow! And I thought I was busy. New pillows? Now there's a neat idea. I don't remember the last time I bought one of those.