Monday, September 28, 2015

Accountability Monday: ARGH! Edition

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

How I Did Last Week

Ha ha ha. Past Alicia is hilariously deluded with her expectations because those goals? None achieved.

I only got 15 revision hours complete out of my proposed 56 maximum. This revision is much harder than it looks. (That alone is a separate blog topic.) Also my goal of up to 6 hours of revision a day was way too optimistic. I work full time in a job that uses the same side of the brain used when revising. Even though I know this I'm angry at myself for not meeting or exceeding my goal.

Progress is happening though, Lurkdom. If you remember last week, I was on page 48 with almost 300 comments that needed addressing. But now? I'm closing in on page 100! And look at all this change! Looking at it this way, it's not that bad.
So much revision
Oh and that exercise thing? Yeah, that didn't happen either. Hubby is more than willing to enable my crazy revision schedule to the point where he won't prompt us to exercise. This is in part because he's still working on managing his illness and part he doesn't want to exercise either. Though, thanks to poor planning, I did manage an hour walk before the day job on Friday.

My Goal(s) For This Week 

Because of my glorious failure this past week, I'm going for conservative and specific:

  • 2 hours of revision a day.
  • 2 hours of exercise total.
  • Stretch goal-->1 hour of SNI research (Monday only)

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

Depression. It's getting harder to focus. To find motivation, especially now that the days are shorter.

Something I Love About My WIP

Right now I'm in the stage of revision where I hate everything about this project. (Especially the part where it insists on getting revised in the morning.) Because of my utter hate, I'll just default back to the mimes. The inanity of them helps and because I love them so hard, I'm striving for them not to be seen only a plot device. It's fun and simultaneously hard to come up with an entire backstory for a mime troupe.

Random Factoid From the Week

No factoids this week due to revision cave. Though bestie D and I may have stumbled upon the best way to handle clothes shopping: cocktails first and your body image flies right out the window.

How's your fall going? Getting lots of stuff done? Share below and then stop by Pam and Quita's blog!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Things I Love: The Happiest Cat in the World

If you've been reading this for a while, you know I have a thing about cats. If you've been reading recently, you know that I've been dealing with a lot of life crap. Further, if you know me in real life you also know that the life crap is the kind that's hard or impossible to resolve. Which, in turn, has kinda made me a sad, cynical sack.

To battle this horrible thing called depression, I use Pinterest to find pictures of things to cheer me. This usually involves looking at cats, dogs, and baby animals in general. Then I found The Happiest Cat in the World.

Yeah, he's been around for a while. But I don't care. He's adorable and seeing him just puts a smile on my face. I'm not the only one who can't resist this happy, happy cat. When I showed Hubby, he had the biggest smile he's had in forever.

That alone is important.

See more on Know Your Meme
But, Alicia, you have two cats. What is it about this cat that makes you so happy?

My cats do make me happy, but I know their temperaments. The White One is a sad cat and The Stripey One is standoffish. The only thing I know about this cat is what I glean from pictures. What I love the most is the utter contentment on its face. In almost all of the pictures, this cat looks like it has a smile--even when there are things on the cat.

So, if you're feeling down and need some cheering, click through the links here and see all the happy cat photos:

What kinds of things do you go to when you need cheering?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

How I Did Last Week

Much better. On the revision front. I did about 18 hours of revisions this past week, but I still need to step up my game if I want to actually hit my goal of having this done by mid-October. Past Alicia left me so much work to do that it's actually daunting at times. I mean, look at this screen shot from my revision session today.
Each revision item makes the WIP stronger.

This was taken when I was on page 48 and I still have 298 comments that need to be addressed. That's right, queue panic. And lack of sleep.

Alicia, what about that exercise routine you've been talking about?
Shhh... Let's not talk about that now.

My Goal(s) For This Week 

  • Achieve 2-6 hours of revision per day for SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT.
  • Actually start that exercise routine we failed to do last week. 
  • Stretch goal --> Do 1-2 hours of research and planning on The SNI per day. (This will depend on if I do SFLN revisions after the day job or not.)

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week 

The day job. Revision, as you know, takes a lot of brain power. Unfortunately, it's the same part of my brain I use during the day so any revising I do at night isn't as productive as my morning revision. But And I really don't want waking up at 4.30 AM to become a habit. I like sleeping.

Something I Love About My WIP 

The on-the-spot researching I need to do so I can add a better setting detail. For example, I listened to about 5 minutes of rebel yells today. And that there is more than one way to play Hacky Sack.

Random Factoid From the Week

The Big E, which is a state fair in Western Massachusetts, has a butter sculpture every year. It uses 600 pounds of butter. The theme changes yearly and has to stay in a sealed room.
This is what 600 lbs
of butter looks like

How did you do this week? What did you do this week? Share below. Then, go visit Pam and Quita.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Accountability Monday

We're at mid-September already, Lurkdom. How is this happening? How can we make it stop? Or at least go on pause because I have a lot of stuff to do and haven't done half of it because of life.

Speaking of doing or not doing things, you're here to see how I did last week. I almost forgot. If you're new, welcome to Accountability Monday where I tell you my goals for the week and how I did last week. Anyone can join in. :)

How I Did Last Week 

Simply put, bad. I completed my read through SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT and inserted all of my handwritten notes into the manuscript, but that's it. I kept wanting to nap and read Dark Tower 5 instead.

My Goal(s) For This Week 

  • Achieve 2-3 hours of revision per day for SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT.
  • Actually start that exercise routine we failed to do last week.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Motivation and anxiety. The day job triggers my anxiety something fierce which makes everything else a major challenge. So things like reading or hours of Pinterest seem like a smarter alternative.

Something I Love About My WIP 

Right now, not much. There is so much work that still needs to be done. Damn you, Past Alicia for not working hard enough!

Random Factoid From the Week

At 13 pounds, a full grown dachshund is SMALLER than The White One and one pound heavier than The Stripey One.
Image from Pinterest

So, Pam and Quita are doing the 777 Challenge today. Go check out what they're doing!

Are you working on any goals or major things this fall? Want support/encouragement/accountability? Let me know.

Friday, September 11, 2015

7x7x7 Challenge

The fantastic Erin Funk tagged me in the 7-7-7- challenge. How does it work? Post the 7th line on the 7th page of your WIP, followed by the next 7 lines. Then, tag 7 other writers to take part in the challenge too.

This challenge was deceptively hard.Good thing I had several projects to look through. The scene below is taken from PHOENIX RISING. During this scene, my character is in jail. (Not for the first time either.)

Over the din of conversation, Walker picked up the clang of a steel door in the distance. The only time it opened was when a guard brought food in, but it was too early for that. And if it weren’t, it would be only one pair of feet with a cart. Walker clearly heard two pairs. One of which had a definite limp that he knew all too well. Rage overtook Walker’s fear as his master’s mocking laugh echoed against the walls. 
“I’m serious, Ianos. You should consider it as an alternative to… you know.” 
Walker barely registered the officer that stopped in front of the cell; he was too focused on the man next to him. A fucking week.

Since I've been out of the blogging game for a wicked long time, I'm only truly tagging Pam and Quita (more on that below). In terms of the other 6, consider you all tagged, Lurkdom.

You know how I'm going to continue my accountability on Mondays? So is Pam and Quita. The three of us will also blog on Fridays. Since blogging has become a challenge because of life, we're working on a team mentality to keep consistent. If you're interested in joining us, let me know. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Accountability Mondays: Fall Edition

Happy Labor Day to those in the US. This is one of my favorite holidays because I can thrift store shop for 50% off. On a weekday. Don't judge. But you're not here to listen to me fangirl about thrift stores. You're here for other things.

Fact: I was a very prolific blogger. Further fact: Unemployment and subsequent employment threw all of that out of the window. Because of this summer's Ready. Set. WRITE! I managed to blog more than I have in years. And because of this, I'm going to continue with the blogging.

Starting today! My new blog schedule will be Mondays and Wednesdays*. Mondays will be similar to what I've done over the summer by sharing goals and achievements. The other day will be a wild card.

For Accountability Mondays, I'll use the following headers:

  • How I Did Last Week
  • My Goal(s) for This Week
  • Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week
  • Something I Love About My WIP
  • Random Factoid of the Week

Since I consider it fall as soon as September graces the calendar, I have new goals for the season. There much smaller than the summer's goal. If I learned one thing from RSW, too many goals can force burnout.

This fall, my goals are:

  • Complete a new round of revisions for SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT now that I got beta feedback. 
  • Complete research on The SNI and complete a first draft.
  • Maintain exercise routine.
  • Stretch goal--> Begin revisions on the boy band book. Oh, and find a title for it.

And my goals for this week are:

  • Read through SFLN and make tons of notes for improvement.
  • Spend 5-10 hours revising.
  • Ease into new exercise routine with Hubby by some hardcore walking.

Feel like you need to do something like this? Join in. The more, the merrier!

*This may change into Fridays. I'm still on the fence about the second day.
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