Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ring that Bell

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's Topic: How do you reward yourself when you meet your writing goals?

That YA Highway is asking me this and that tons of people do reward themselves is maybe an indicator that I forgot something important along the way. I promised myself a second tattoo once I sign with an agent, but I have nothing in place for short term goals. It's almost too Pavlovian for me*.

In fact, I have no idea what kind of reward would be good for me.

Good thing you guys are here to help me with the problem. My goal is to complete my second draft of Phoenix Rising by May 31st**. Because there's only 13 days left to do this in and with at least 4 of those taken over by life, my reward needs to be wicked enticing. And cheap. And not food***.

I can think of three things:
  • Use a salon gift certificate and get a massage.
  • Get new sneakers.****
  • Catch up on the last six months of comics.
Yeah. Please help me find something that will make my lack of sleep more worthwhile.

* This may or may not have something to do with the nickname "Leesh."
** That I'm nowhere near the halfway point hasn't escaped my notice.
*** This waist line needs to shrink, not expand.
**** Not cheap, but a much needed item so I can work off said waist line.
________ hit of the day: Nowhere by Murderdolls


  1. Comics. Hands down. lol
    But seriously, you should get the massage, too :D

  2. I'm in for the massage for sure. Uh, I mean I'm voting for the massage . . .

  3. Get the massage and the sneakers. You know you're going to be sore while breaking them in.

  4. Massages = yes. You've just given me the idea for a new reward, so thanks!

  5. I'm thinking you could pick up the sneakers on the way to the massage and read comics while getting said massage! :)

  6. Go with the sneakers! I got new Nike running shoes, and they've made a huge difference at the gym! :)

  7. If you can get that done in such a short amount of time, I think you deserve sneakers and a massage!

  8. Massage! Your shoulders, wrists, hands... well everything, will thank you.

    We should take some long walks at WofA!!! And I realize I just suggested long walks on the beach. YOU know what I mean.

  9. Ooooh a massage sounds like such a great idea! Good luck with your goal!

  10. dude. good sneakers are so expensive, but so fantastic!! that is an awesome goal!

  11. If you can do all that in 11 days, I think you deserve every reward on that list! :)

  12. I mean 9 days. I can do basic math :P

  13. I definitely think you should get a massage. Or maybe catch a movie (but sneak in a 100 cal bag so you won't eat the popcorn).

  14. haha - we are way too alike. I've gotten a new tattoo with each project I finish. And I set May 31 as my deadline for my WIP too - although I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.

    I say go for the massage. If your posture is anything like mine while you write, you'll need it. :)

  15. I vote massage for finishing the second draft. You could use catching up on the comics as smaller rewards along the way (e.g., finish/revise a chapter, check out one comic), depending on time constraints.

  16. I think it depends on a: which comics and b: how cute the sneakers are.


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