February 8, 2015

Writer Recharge: Week One

{See Sara's, Katy's, Alison's, Liz's, or Elodie's blogs for details.}
It's Monday, which means it's Writer Recharge check-in time. Woo!

Here's how I did and what I hope to accomplish in the coming week:

WRITE/REWRITE
My overarching goal for February was/is to have 1/3 to 1/2 of my WiP drafted. This past week, I set a goal of adding 5000 new words to my WiP, EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING. Well, I not only met my goal, I surpassed it, coming in at 5500 words written! I'm proud of myself. J

This week → Add 6000 new words to my WiP. I know I can do it!


READ/REREAD
I planned on reading Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian's BURN FOR BURN trilogy over the course of the month, and so far I've managed to finish the first book and move on to FIRE WITH FIRE. I'm enjoying the series, so that's a plus. I'm also going to add "RUBY RED Reread with Sara, Tracey, and Rebekah" to this section. Should be tons of fun, and you're invited to join us!

STRETCH
I wanted to shut off the TV two nights this past week and do something else (read, write, whatever), but failed miserably at this. What can I say? I'm hooked on The 100 and other great shows. BUT, this week I do want to make good on this goal.

SELF
My goal was to eat fruits + veggies daily and exercise at least once (increasing this to twice, then three times, etc.). Most days I was successful in adding more fruits + veggies to my meals, but I didn't squeeze in any exercise time, so boo to that. This week → fruits + veggies + exercise twice

CONNECT
"On the nights when the TV is turned off, I'm going to make an effort to take part in writing sprints with writers online." Ditto for this week, even though I failed to follow through this past week.

FUN
I'm amending my goal of "whipping up some knit goods so I can open my Etsy shop by the end of the month". I've come to realize this week that when I'm pouring my energy into one creative venture, it takes (loads of) time away from other creative ventures.* Going forward, my goal will still be to whip up some literary-themed knit goods, but not with the added stress of opening up the shop this month. There is no rush, and it's no fun to break my neck trying to do this. Right now I'm just capital T thrilled to be writing somewhat regularly again. THAT should be my primary creative focus this month.

* Um...duh.

So, #WriterRecharge peeps, how did you do this week?


20 comments:

  1. Whoo, whoo! Congrats on surpassing your goal when it comes to your WiP :) And I think you're right about your Esty shop (even though I cannot wait for it to be open :)): taking your time and making the process enjoyable without breaking your neck sounds like a plan! I am also trying to cut down a bit on my TV time (during the day mostly).
    Cheering you on, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks! I'm very happy with the progress I made, especially after struggling for so long to get back into any kind of writing routine. With respect to the Etsy shop, I just need to keep reminding myself that it's not a priority right now. If I build up a supply and am ready to go for the fall, then I'm happy with that. Hope you have a wonderful week, Elodie! :D

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  2. Yay for ALL THE WORDS!!! I think I'm going to join in on The Ruby Red read (it'll be my first time). Sounds like fun! Have another creative week :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! It feels great to be sorta kinda back in a writing routine. It's been WAY too long. Hope you love RUBY RED! I'm happy you're joining us. :D Have a great week!

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  3. Way to go on blowing past your goal! *high fives* I feel you on the lack of exercise. Gotta get back into that swing myself. It's tough during the winter months.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! It feels great to ~finally~ be back in a writing routine of sorts. It's been forever! As for exercise, you're so right about how tough it is in the winter. Really struggling on that front. Hope this week is better!

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  4. I'm so impressed with your word count for the week, Jaime! Congrats on all your productivity. I'm certain you'll be able to hit 6K this week. I've never read RUBY RED, but I'm intrigued because you and Sara and Tracey and Rebekah all have such excellent taste in fantasy books. I'm hoping my library has it so I can join in. Best of luck with your goals this week!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I've been feeling like such a writing poser for so long now, it's nice to actually feel like a legit writer again. I'm really hoping this week is equally productive and I can maintain all of this. As for RUBY RED, it's just such a fun series. Plus, the love interest is pretty darn swoonworthy, which I ~know~ is like catnip for you. ;-) (Me too, actually.) Have a wonderful week, and good luck meeting your goals as well! :D

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  5. Congrats on surpassing your goal! :)

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  6. So proud of you on all the drafting! I hope you have another productive week, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! I'm proud of me too. ;-) (I think that's okay, right?) I really hope this week is just as productive for all of us!

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  7. Congrats on all the writing!
    I can't wait to see what you have in your Etsy shop but I agree, you can't pour yourself into to many directions at the same time. I'm always thinking I can do everything at once...
    I'm joining on the Ruby Red reread too but this will be my first time reading it :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm really eager to get this Etsy shop up and running, though I've been stumped by a number of things: wrong knitting needles, trying to decide on patterns, trying to figure out ways to make them literary-themed... And, of course, writing has taken precedence this week, which I'm totally fine with. It'll happen when it happens, I guess. Happy to hear you're joining in on the RUBY RED thing! Love that series! :D

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  8. So. Many. Words. Sounds like you've overcome your slump on this MS! I'm not quite there yet on mine, but still making progress :) Also, literary-themed knit goods? When you do open your Etsy, you better share a link! (even if it's not this month)

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  9. Literary-themed knit goods sound AWESOME. Scrolling through Etsy always makes me wish I was at all crafty, because there are so many cute things on there.

    Great job with your word count this week!

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  10. Congrats on the great word count, Jaime! :)

    I've realized the same thing about my creative ventures - when I'm super involved in one, like crocheting, I obsess over it and don't spend time on others...like writing. Oops?

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  11. So glad that you're joining us on the Ruby Red Reread! :)

    I think you have a really good point about creative endeavors. Sometimes when I do a lot of graphic design or writing at work, I don't write as much as I'd like to at night.

    Good luck with your goals this week!

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  12. Congrats on surpassing your word count goal this week! Great start to the month. And I don't blame you for not turning off the TV when The 100 is on. I just watched all of Season 1 on Netflix this week and am dying b/c I don't have season two yet. It is so good! Good luck this week.

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