June 12, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of this post. We really hope you will take part!

WHAT I'M READING
I just finished The 5th Wave {which was really good} and I've moved on to How My Summer Went Up In Flames. I'm still reading Great Expectations  {chapter a day classic} as well as The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry  {book club pick} and really enjoying both. It's been challenging and a bit weird to flip flop between three books, but so far it's working all right.

WHAT I'M WRITING
As you may or may not know, today is the first official day of Ready. Set. WRITE! {For details and sign-up, go HERE.} That means it's goal-setting time! I'm going to start off with goals that fall a bit toward the conservative side just so I can see how things go. My CP, Jess, and I have an existing writing arrangement that we've recently altered for the summer months, so I'll be factoring that into my weekly goals as well:

          Wednesday, June 12th
          •  revise Chapter 32 of my WIP, Watch of Night - DONE! 
          •  start creating an outline/plans for SNI, On Impact * - DONE!

          Thursday, June 13th
          •  revise Chapter 33 of Watch of Night - DONE!
          •  write at least 250 new words on SNI - DONE! {I wrote over 1000 words today.}

          Friday, June 14th
          •  revise Chapter 34 of Watch of Night - DONE!
          •  write at least 250 new words on SNI - DONE! {Another 1K day.}

          Saturday, June 15th & Sunday, June 16th
          •  days off {because: LIFE}

          Monday, June 17th
          •  revise Chapter 35 of Watch of Night - DONE!
          •  write at least 250 new words on SNI - DONE! {Only 700 words today, but that's OK.}

          Tuesday, June 18th
          •  additional revisions to Watch of Night - DONE! {Brief addition of details to a scene.}
          •  write at least 250 new words on SNI - DONE! {I wrote 1300 words today.}

***NB:  I came back and revised my writing goals for the week because I realized they were FAR too ambitious and I have no wish to set myself up to fail (and flail) right from the start. I still think they're probably overshooting, but we'll see how it goes.***

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
All of YOU! It's all kinds of inspiring making connections with you on this blog {and yours}, Twitter, Instagram, and elsewhere. You make me smile and laugh out loud, you make me feel included and encouraged, but most of all, you make me thrilled to be part of such a wonderful community. So, a thousand times, thank you! And, of course, Ready. Set. WRITE! inspires me to get writing!

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I've become part of a project that I can't yet talk about {sneaky girl is sneaky}, but soon! I've been trying to stay afloat with all of the stuff that seems to be keeping me super busy these days. Trying to get used to the fact that Hubby's heading off to Texas for a month for work. So far away and for so long. Boo. Aside form that I've been reading, revising, writing--the usual. Oh, and messing around with photo apps on my phone:


I used the meme function on my phone's Aviary app to tweak
a photo I shared for the FMSPhotoADay topic "an animal".
{That's our chubby baby, Pete. The reference is to Titanic.}

SO, WHAT'S UP WITH YOU THIS WEEK?

* A YA contemporary with a smidge of sci-fi mixed in.  I'll probably talk about it a little more as the weeks go by. For now, it's still barely more than an idea and not quite ready to be shared.

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  1. I love that picture of your cat, Jaime! (and ours is called Peter and is a bit on the chubby side too :p)

    Secret project? Ooooooooh intriguing!!!

    Where is your hubby going to in Texas? I know you'll miss him but maybe you'll get extra writing time so when he's back you can spend ALL your time with him?

    I love the way you're tackling your goals for the first week of Ready. Set. Write! Totally cheering you on! You can do it :-)

    Plus SNI? Sounds exciting!

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! She's so squishy and cute. :)

      Hubby's heading to somewhere in west Texas, not sure where just yet. It will definitely be good to have that extra writing time, but still.

      I just remembered I still need to share some details about this SNI with you. Email forthcoming! :)

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  2. Oh, it's my chubby little niece! Give Pete an extra squish for me today, seeing as she posed so nicely for that picture!

    Your goals are so organized for this week! I just went with a straightforward word count for starters, and we'll see where I go from there. Your SNI sounds awesome, and I'm glad you're devoting time to it too! :)

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    1. I will definitely give Pete a squish for you. She'll like that. Oh, and this particular pose in that particular spot is a regular occurrence. I could take a million of these photos if I wanted to. :P

      I tried to be organized with my goals, but I think next week I'll maybe be a little less detailed. So far I'm hitting my goals, but I can see how it could become difficult.

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  3. I love the picture of your Kitty...that is so perfect! I have a boy Kitty name Poke who would lovez to meetz zay Pete!

    And I loved THE 5TH WAVE, too - my husband is actually reading it now! And speaking of husbands, I'm sorry yours will be gone for so long - but like Elodie said, maybe it will give you lots of time to tackle all of your writing goals.

    Because those are some very ambitious writing goals, indeed! Best of luck in tackling this week!

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    1. Pete would probably run, belly dragging on the floor, from Poke lol. She's a bit of a wuss. But she is definitely squishy and chubsy. :)

      THE 5TH WAVE was definitely good once I sat down with it in solid chunks of time. Picking it up and putting it down repeatedly did nothing to help me really get into it. Such a good book, though.

      I'm realizing that my goals might be overly ambitious. Though, the chapters I plan on revising actually don't need much work, so it shouldn't be too bad.

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  4. Ohmigosh that picture is hilarious!

    The 5th Wave is amazing, right!

    You are one busy lady! Have an awesome time with Ready. Steady. WRITE!

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    1. I wish I could say this particular squishy pose was a fluke thing, but it's actually a regular occurrence. :P

      THE 5TH WAVE was really, really good. I'm glad I finally sat down for solid chunks of time to read it.

      My writing goals actually sound more ambitious than they actually are. The chapter revisions are minimal at this point. :)

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  5. Um...WOW - you are so detailed about what you're going to accomplish. Maybe I should try that! And good for you - sounds like you have a serious game plan going. Good luck!

    Also, YAY for Ready. Set. WRITE!

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    1. I find that the more specific the goal, the better it works for me. I actually lay out what I want to accomplish in a day in my day timer and that helps IMMENSELY. Before I was just frittering away my time (do you like how much I sound like a geezer?) and not accomplishing anything. I like lists way too much. Like, whoa! ;-)

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  6. Hehe, your cat is so cute and the caption is SOOO perfect.

    Ooh, and I like the sound of your secret project. Contemporary with a little bit of sci-fi sounds interesting.

    Good luck with meeting your goals. I personally like the goal for Saturday. Which reminds m that I should probably think about what days I'm going to allow myself to take a break from writing completely. I don't want my brain to fry.

    And I can't wait to read The 5th Wave. Once it arrives, I'm going to put the book I'm reading on hold and find out what all the hype is about.

    Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

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    1. Sci-fi can be SO involved (I'm currently writing one), so I wanted to write something with only a hint of sci-fi in it. I made a plan yesterday and wrote out a pile of notes and I'm really excited about where this whole thing is headed. :)

      I think scheduling days off of writing--free and clear--is a great thing to do. That way you don't have that lingering guilt that you should be writing. Works for me anyway.

      Can't wait for THE 5TH WAVE to finally get to you. I didn't get it into the mail as quickly as I would have liked, but hopefully it won't take too long.

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  7. I can't imagine reading 3 books at a time. If it's 2 and one of them is a craft book, then okay, but 3 fiction ones? I would go nuts!
    Great break down of tasks! I need to be more organized ... it would certainly help.
    Ah, I hate it when my hubs go on business trips. I'm sorry about that - but you'll probably have more time for writing/revising! (always looking for the bright side =P)
    Hmm, this SNI sounds quite interesting ... I can't wait to hear more about it.

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    1. Reading 3 books at one time isn't as difficult as it seems, especially when they're so different from each other. You don't get them mixed up at all. Plus, I'm just reading a chapter of the classic each day and only one or two chapters of the book club pick each day.

      Breaking down my tasks into specific points really works for me. I love being able to check them off, so they need to be specific and attainable. So far, so good. :)

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  8. Wow, your goals are so organized, I love it! Good luck with your writing, and thanks again for the Ready. Set. Write! motivation. :)

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    1. I have to be detailed and organized or I'll rationalize and get nothing done. Plus, I love checking items off a list, so if it's measurable, I can do that much more easily. :)

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  9. LOL that cat picture!!! Your goals are really organized and I hope you get through them. I wish I could participate with Ready. Set. Write. but I know myself and even when I set goals, I don't go through with them....sigh.... I do have a goal to finish my revisions by next month, and then start up my WIP, but who knows if that will actually happen!

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    1. I wish you could participate too, Rachel! Part of why I tried to be organized with my goals is so that they would be measurable, easy to check off once I accomplish them. Unspecific goals don't work for me because I'm a pro at rationalizing. Good luck with meeting your revision goal. You can totally do it! :)

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  10. That is the best cat picture in the history of the Internet. You win, Jaime. You win!

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    1. Oh, yay! I'd like to thank Pete for posing so perfectly for this portly pic. (This response brought to you by the letter P lol.) :P

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  11. You're so organized with your writing plan, I feel like a slacker :) I'm going to tackle GREAT EXPECTATIONS sometime in the next year - we should totally start a classics fan club!

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    1. I have to be specific and organized with my goals or I'll never meet them. I am way too good at rationalizing, and besides, I love checking items off lists. And I think a classics fan club is a FANTASTIC idea. :)

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  12. My cat was sitting like Budai the other day. Not a very flattering pose for him and not looking as happy either.

    I bought the 5th Wave recently. Everyone's saying really good things about so I'm intrigued. :)

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    1. My cat sits like this (in this same spot) quite regularly. :)

      I hope you enjoy THE 5TH WAVE. I thought it was really good!

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  13. I have The 5th Wave from the library finally, so I'm going to start reading it soon!

    I can't do smaller goals like everyone else I've seen so far has - I've got to have deadlines or else I won't do it. I blame college :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. I thought it was great! (Once I sat down and got into it, anyway.)

      When I was in university for teaching, we were taught to make goals that were specific and measurable. That's what I tried to do here, because I know I will accomplish little otherwise. I'm a pro at rationalization. :/

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  14. This was a fun find - I love other writer sites! Good luck with your goals; you have some pretty ambitious ones there - I like the way you organize.

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    1. I'm happy you find us! I like finding other writer sites too. :) The goals sound more ambitious than they actually are, I think. The chapter revisions are minimal at this point. :)

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  15. Good luck with your writing goals. You remind me of how my parents set goals and to-do lists, with very specific items for a particular day or week. I certainly didn't inherit that from either of them.

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    1. I have to have detailed lists with what I want to accomplish or I'll never get anything done. Plus, I love checking items off lists. :)

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  16. I thought I might do Ready Set Write but realized I need a break for the month of June and July to polish and research. I'm so excited for everyone participating. I find it difficult to flip flop from book to book but I'm glad you're doing okay with it : ) So sad your hubby will be gone for bit but I hope you get a lot of writing and revising done in the mean time!

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    1. Breaks are always a good idea, and a great way to recharge. Polishing and researching are always fun too, in my opinion. :)

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  17. Your organization is fantastic. I love how neatly you have everything laid out!
    And I really like the sound of that SNI! I'm looking forward to seeing more about it. I really don't let myself chase SNIs because I'm a terrible multitasker (I choke trying to read too many genres at once, let alone actually think/write about them). That's great that you can do both!

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    1. I have to be detailed and organized or I won't get anything done. Plus, I like checking things off once I accomplish them. :) I'm sort of getting close to wrapping up this revision, so the SNI isn't much of a distraction. :)

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    2. P.S. Okay, I'm loving that you're updating this post and keeping track of your progress! Way to be awesome!

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  18. I love that you set daily goals for yourself and that you scheduled time off, too. I recently started giving myself permission to only write five days a week. It's been wonderful.

    Love the picture of your cat.

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    1. I have to be detailed in my goal-setting or I'll accomplish nothing. I'm way too much of a pro at rationalizing. And I think scheduling time off is important too, because then you don't have that guilt that you should be writing or whatever. It's free and clear. :)

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  19. Good grief... I love that picture of your cat. Also, I'm inspired by how you planned your goals out so specifically, day by day. I'm wondering if I should do that too. Maybe it will help keep me even more on track? Hmmm...

    HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES sounds really cute. I'm excited to hear what you think of it!

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    1. I blame teacher education and their push toward 'specific and measurable goals' for this RSW goals list. :) Plus, I seriously get a kick out of checking tasks off lists. Probably too much, actually.

      I'm enjoying HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES so far. I was really in the mood for a cute summer road trip book. :)

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  20. Ooh, sneaky secret projects? Tell, tell, tell! And contemp with a sci-fi twist? Tell even more!

    I love the writing community, too--especially the YA community. It's my very favourite part about this whole writing thing :)

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    1. Mostly contemp with a hint of sci-fi (ish). The plan is coming along nicely. :)

      The YA community is my favourite part of this writing thing, too!

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  21. Ooh, I'm excited to see that new words of SNI are on the schedule :) I'm really excited about that one. (Although, I'm also itching to see full drafts of OA and new-and-improved WON, so, can't go wrong!)

    I feel like I'm going to be really late to the party on The 5th Wave. I have SO many books waiting to be read, and I'm actually really bad about reading when I'm home (it's so easy to just stare at a screen!) so I feel like this summer might actually slow down my reading. I have to find a way to make reading part of my routine.

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    1. I really should get back to OA sometime, shouldn't I? I haven't abandoned it. I promise! :)

      I'm hoping to slip in more reading this summer, especially outside in the sun! I think you'll like THE 5TH WAVE. I really enjoyed it! :) And I know what you mean about having way too many books waiting to be read. I am so in the same boat. :/

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  22. You're planning a lot of revising. Best of luck with your secret project and the cat pic and caption is hilarious!

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    1. The revisions are actually minimal at this point, so it looks like more than it is. My cat sits like this in this particular spot fairly frequently. She's so squishy! :)

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  23. Oh I LOVE that picture of your cat, so funny!

    HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES is such a great title I need to read that one.

    Good luck with your goals, hope you meet them this week!

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    1. My cat is funny and squishy and likes to sit like this a lot. What a weirdo. :)

      HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES is cute so far. I'm enjoying that summer road trip feel to it.

      So far, so good with the goals! :)

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  24. Watching Titanic with my kids this week so I am guffawing at your photo. So hilarious! As I've mentioned several times, I'm so thrilled with R.S.W! Can't wait to see how everyone rocks it out. :0)

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    1. My cat is such a weiner. This pic was just begging for that caption. Begging. :P

      I'm happy you're enjoying RSW. I totally am too and it's just started! :)

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  25. I am *so* impressed with your timeline! But, you're right, sometimes it's easier to accomplish bite sized bits!

    Great to meet you!

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    1. I needed to make sure I had specific daily goals that I could check off as I did them. That's totally what motivates me, weird as it is. :)

      Nice to meet you too! :)

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  26. Okay, how much do I LOVE that photo of your cat?! It's hilarious and perfect. Your cat is so squishy looking too!

    I love your organized, broken down goals. I don't know if I'll ever make it to that point, but baby steps, right? I'm going to start easy and hopefully build up to more rigorous weekly goals.

    Also, thanks for the YES vote on the galactic skirt! I saw one yesterday that I liked and hope they still have it at the store when I go tonight. I don't know why I didn't just get it! (Oh right, my bleeding wallet, that's why...)

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    1. This whole Kate Winslet in Titanic pose is a regular occurrence around here. And she is definitely squishy. :)

      I have to have organized, broken down goals or I won't accomplish anything. I'm far too good at rationalizing. Plus, being able to check tasks off as I complete them is so motivating for me! (The chapter revisions are actually quite minimal at this stage, so the goals seem loftier than they actually are.)

      I think the galactic skirt idea is awesome, so you totally had my vote. You'll have to make sure you post pics at Comic Con in the super cool skirt!

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  27. OMG that photo of your cat is amazing!!

    I also love how you broke your goals. When I finish revising this month and move on to first drafting next month, I might start doing the same! I also love that you are giving yourself days off, because YES LIFE. :)

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    1. She sits like this fairly frequently and it never fails to make me laugh. :P

      I had to make sure my goals were broken down and specific to each day or I knew I'd get nothing done. Plus, I like checking items off a to-do list. I'm weird that way. Good luck finishing up your revisions! You must be excited about plunging into a first draft of something new. And I think scheduling days off is a great way to avoid feeling guilty for not writing. I guess it just makes those days off feel more free and clear, you know? :)

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  28. Everyone seems to love The 5th Wave, I just got it, I can't wait to start reading.

    Good luck with your writing goals for the summer! And thanks again for the Ready. Set. Write! I think it will keep me motivated!

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    1. I hope you enjoy THE 5TH WAVE. I thought it was really good and didn't feel like other stuff that I've read recently, so that's a plus.

      Good luck with your writing goals, too! :)

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  29. Loving the timeline! I have one as well, much looser than yours but still very useful as I do my rewites & edits. Good luck with your goals :)
    -Patrice

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    1. I have to have specific goals and a timeline or I'll get nothing done. I'm way too good at rationalizing and procrastinating. :)

      Good luck with your edits!

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  30. I'm so excited about Ready. Set. Write! Looking forward to meeting new friends and getting a lot of work done. How is HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES? It's on my read immediately list. :-)

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    1. I'm excited about the turnout for RSW! Very cool! It's definitely a great way to make writer friends and get writing done. So looking forward to that. :)

      HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES is cute so far. I was in the mood for a summer road trip read, so it's kind of exactly what I was looking for.

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  31. Okay I finished my first What's up Wednesday. It's so much easier writing your goals than carrying them out. I have one of the hardest parts finished so now to just do what I say I will do.

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    1. Yay! Glad you joined us. :) I find the more specific (and bite-sized) the goals, the easier it is for me to reach them. I like checking things off to-do lists, so that helps. :)

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  32. Oh wow, your husband is going to be gone for a month? Ugh, that's a long time. Good thing sneaky girl's got a sneaky project to be sneaky about.

    I miss having cats, but HG's allergic. Boo.

    Good luck accomplishing all your goals this week - you seem to have it broken down into very achievable bits and pieces! I like that you've given yourself time off for life.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, sneaks!

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    1. Yep, a whole month. Trying to see it as a whole month to get LOTS of writing done. And to work on the sneaky project with other sneaky girls. ;-)

      That's too bad HG is allergic to kitties. I am a bit too, but I love them too much.

      Achievable bits and pieces is totally the way to go with goal-setting, in my opinion. It works for me anyway. Part of it is that I love checking items off a list when I complete them. It's weirdly motivating. And I think scheduling time off is important because then it feels more free and clear and guilt-free. :)

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  33. So glad I'm not the only person who reads multiple books at once! Can't wait to read The 5th Wave. Yay for new projects. My Ready Set Write goals are for a new story idea.

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    1. Reading multiple books at once is a new thing for me, but so far it's working out all right. I think it helps that all three of them are completely different from each other, so no confusion. THE 5TH WAVE was really good. I had a hard time getting into it at first but that was only because I was picking it up and reading small chunks at a time (too busy). But after that it was smooth sailing.

      That's awesome that your RSW goals are for a new idea. I love new ideas! :)

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  34. Knowing how long it takes for me to revise a chapter of my work, I'd say your plan is still pretty ambitious. But you're probably a more efficient reviser than I am. :)

    All the best with Ready. Set. Write! Jaime!

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    1. These chapter revisions are minimal so it's not that ambitious. They're mostly okay and need just the odd tweak here and there. I still need to go back into the story as a whole and add things in, but that will come next week. :)

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  35. Sorry I'm so late replying to your comment on my blog, I've had a hectic week... I'm very impressed by your detailed goals, I'm far from being that organised! Good luck and have a great week!

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    1. No worries! :) This has been a busy week, hasn't it? Around here too.

      As for my goals, I have to take a specific, measurable approach or I'll never accomplish anything. I'm way too good at rationalizing and a pro at procrastinating.

      Hope your writing is coming along well!

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  36. I'm so excited to be in on this! Last week was busy for me so I had to pre-plan my post and couldn't make it to the other blogs until today. I'm going to be more specific in my goals for this week. I am not a specific goal type person, but I'm attempting to reform my ways. For example, working on more than 1 project. Hrm. Going to try it out.

    I LOVE that cat pic. My husband quotes that line from Titanic a lot (for totally inappropriate or bizarre things).

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