Archive | August 2011

Making Progress

Again, I decided to use my template…

Goal: Keep up with my blogging. I’m pretty much on track. Instead of starting a new blog about menopause, I’ve decided to post about it on my other sites from time to time. Thursdays free2soar post reads as follows:

Responsibilities – Numerous

Ambition – Non-existent

Menopause – Today’s winner

Goal: Work on Deb’s book five days per week. This goal has been slightly revised. Deb and I have set up phone meetings. We have developed a new list of priorities, and it’s all getting very exciting. It is my goal to get the book proposal ready by September 9. When this book gets picked up by an agent and/or a publisher, you’ll be able to hear us cheering no matter where you live.

Goal: Read through a manuscript I will be editing. I’ve completed the read-through. I intend to give the author a call within the next two weeks to discuss how she wants me to go about the editing. Before that, I want to come up with several angles that would make great magazine articles so we have an option if she decides not to go ahead with it in book form.

Goal: Research and write an article I’m working on. This has proven more challenging than I thought. I want it to be more than a copy and paste kind of thing. I hope to have at least the first solid draft (perhaps the final draft) done by the end of the day.

Goal: Write my essay and research paper for my doula certification. If I devote a couple of days to the essay and three to the research paper, I should be able to get them done in short order. I have set the end of September as my new deadline. Not much change here…except I’m on track for the required reading. I would like to have almost all – if not all – of the requirements for certification done by the end of the year.

Goal: Encourage at least five ROWers each week. This past week was a good one. I’ll try to keep it up.

Goal: Figure out what we ROWers can do to celebrate when this round is done. Maybe we can have one final check-in the week after this round so we can share with one another what we did to celebrate. It’s not the same as celebrating together, but it’s something.

Have a wonderfully productive week, all.

Pluggin’ Along

The goals are the same as last time, but the answers are different.

Goal: Keep up with my blogging. I’m a little behind, but that’s OK. That other blog I was considering will have to wait.

Goal: Work on Deb’s book five days per week. Instead, I’m thinking of devoting one day per week to a single major project. In the end, I would spend at least as much time on it, and I would have enough time to get into the rhythm of the project. I got some good advice at my writers group last night. Thank you, Lisa (http://girlswithpens.com).

Goal: Read through a manuscript I will be editing. I should still be done this by the end of the week. Then I’ll have to talk to the author and see how she wants to tackle publication. Putting true stories out there can be tricky when it comes to the whole liable/slander issue. Sigh!

Goal: Research and write an article I’m working on. This is today’s project. I have one page written. By the end of the day, I would like it to be done – or close to it.

Goal: Write my essay and research paper for my doula certification. If I devote a couple of days to the essay and three to the research paper, I should be able to get them done in short order. I have set the end of September as my new deadline.

Goal: Encourage at least five ROWers each week. It’s comin’.

Goal: Figure out what we ROWers can do to celebrate when this round is done. Since I’m not on Twitter, a T-party is out – for me, at least. But T-party does have a nice ring to it. I’m probably going to spend a day painting with a friend. I’ve recently gotten back into acrylics.

Enjoy your day of writing, editing, researching…whatevering.

Making Headway

Goal: Keep up with my blogging. Done. I’m even thinking of starting another, but we’ll see.

Goal: Work on Deb’s book five days per week. I’m thinking of revamping this one. Instead of spending a little time at it every day, I’m going to try to devote more time to it at least three days per week. Overall, my newest deadlines for completion are still within grasp.

Goal: Read through a manuscript I will be editing. Ahead of schedule. Woot! The editing should start late this month or early next.

Goal: Research and write an article I’m working on. This is coming slower than I’d thought, but it should still be done this coming week.

Goal: Write my essay and research paper for my doula certification. I have to get back to these, but I have divided the necessary reading for the course into daily sections, and I’m on track with those.

Goal: Encourage at least five ROWers each week. Sorry, all, I’m a little behind.

Goal: Figure out what we ROWers can do to celebrate when this round is done. I’m not sure. What do YOU think?

Today it’s off to my hubby’s uncle and aunt’s 50th wedding anniversary. Hope you all have a good day. Talk to ya on Tuesday…

First, the Positives

It’s way too easy to focus on where we’re falling short of our goals, but I’d encourage you to take another look. Where are you succeeding?

I’m keeping up with my eight blogs. (Can you say addicted?) And that’s an accomplishment, though I never voiced it as a ROW goal.

I started reading a manuscript I will be editing. Another good thing.

I’ve begun researching for an article I’m ghostwriting.

I’ve started going through my notes to make sure we haven’t left out anything important from the book I’m co-authoring.

There. That’s reassuring.

Deep breath. And onto specifics.

Before my hubby and I go out of town on August 26, I want to have the following things accomplished:

1. finish reading Carolyn’s manuscript

2. complete the article

3. work on the memoir for at least one to two hours per day

4. encourage at least eight ROWers personally

5. complete the essay for my labour doula certification course…but that really is another story

Keep on keepin’ on, my friends.

Setting the Bar

It was absolutely wonderful to spend a week working on only one project. I was able to get so much done. I must admit it is much more difficult to feel as if I’m accomplishing all I could be when I have to divide my time.

I homeschooled my three kids. In doing so, it was my belief that the goals I set for them had to be just beyond their reach: not so low they’d trip over them, but not so high they’d give up without even trying.

And those are the goals I must set for myself, factoring in the blessings of caring for my home and my family and working on the other projects I have on the go.

It is my goal to complete the one remaining chapter this week. I also hope, by September 16, to have the appendices written. If required, I plan to have the official written proposal ready by the end of September.

So, how’s it going with you, my fellow Round of Word -ers?

Goals Scrapped

Why you might ask? Because it turns out I was aiming at a target much too close.

Deep breath…Our new goal is to have Deb’s book proposal ready to send out by the end of September.

This week I will be formatting two chapters and a chapter synopsis to send to the contact we met last week.

Next week, my goal will be to write the one chapter we haven’t written yet.

And after that, it will be all about polishing the writing, gathering the info for the appendices, and putting together the book proposal.

I hope many of you are hitting – or exceeding – your original goals.

And now that I’m back in the office (aka home from my writing retreat), I hope to get back to encouraging you, my fellow ROWers.