To do lists

So, I am taking the 30 Push challenge put out by Chalene Johnson http://www.30daypush.com*, (she’s the gal who does Turbofire, Turbo jam and a whole slew of others) which is a 30 day organize and achieve your goals program. This woman is crazy busy and crazy organized. She teaches a little bit day by day how to create and maintain a to do list.

The reason I bring this up is because far too often I find myself running in circles trying to figure out what the heck I am supposed to be doing next. Sometimes I remember, more often I forget and that’s how I burn food, lose glasses of milk, misplace important papers, forget about laundry loads in the washer and so on.

And I know I am not the only one.

Sometimes my writing is inhibited by the nagging feeling that I’m forgetting something. That there’s something I HAVE to do, but I just can’t remember what it was.

By keeping a to-do list, on my smartphone no less, I am finding I am getting things done and when I think of something I need to do I take a moment, put it on the list in the right catagory (today, this week or SOOOOOON) and things are getting done! If I feel like I’m forgetting something, I check my phone (I have a widget on the home screen that lists off tasks that haven’t been done) and can get reminded…oh yeah, I need to switch out laundry and get another load in. Oh yeah I need to get dinner on, oh yeah I need to call the dr office about X’s appoint and so on.

We actually remembered an appointment today that I would have totally missed if I hadn’t entered it into my phone.

Starting tomorrow I’m going to add a daily wordcount to the list. Next week, editing. Part of being a writer, part of being a writer in the business of writing and selling his/her own books, is being able to keep track of your business. Which means getting a grasp on organizational skills.

There are many methods out there, some focus on housecleaning, such as Flylady or  Unfuck Your Habitat, and I do believe there are a couple others who focus more on other organizing time but I can’t remember what those are. If you know of one, please list it in the comments. These are ways that have worked for many people in getting their lives, all areas of their lives, in order, so they can keep from wasting time and running in circles and do things they want to do, like hobbies, spending time with important people/pets that share our lives & so on.

Often times we are so caught up in trying to get shit done, that we forget to take a moment to sit back, breathe, think through, and then write out what we need to do. Whether it’s writing or any other aspect of our lives. I firmly believe that sitting down for about 15 min every day and figuring out what needs to get done, how important those tasks are to the overall goals and priorities I have, how soon those things need to get done, will go a long way in moving my life more in the direction I want to go. I also believe that this sort of thing can help other people in achieving their goals and be more productive in their lives.

I have a long way to go, I’ve got areas of things that I’ve neglected/forgotten about that I absolutely MUST get under control and soon. But I’ve got this to-do list, it’s on my phone which I’m constantly checking anyways… and I’m starting to get a handle on those things.

What methods help YOU keep yourself on track? Or are you one of those awesome folks who manage to just do it naturally?

*you can still sign up, and do it. It’s free and is, for me, a great set of skills.
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End of the year stuff

Short and sweet, my sales sucked. I am not bothered by this in the least, for several reasons. The biggest being I knew 2012 was going to suck. Hell, I made a major move, and everything has just been nuts and it still isn’t exactly squared away.

Now I am still on ‘vacation’, I’m just recouping and taking time to get RL squared away. I am thinking on what I need to do with the businesses I run. Something has to give, I know what is going to be dropped. No, writing isn’t on the table. It’s safe and secure, I couldn’t live without writing.

I’m just not hell bent on driving myself into the ground.

Here‘s a great end of year numbers post from Kristine Rusch, you can see my comment down at the bottom (I always read the comments on her blog, they’re fascinating).

I have work to do, I may add about an hour a day into my schedule to get some writing business stuff squared away. I have a lot to think on and decide, from what to do about the shorts, larger projects, covers that need to be updated, whether or not I’m going to stick with smashwords & B&N and so on.

I need to stay focused with my health stuff. Changing diet and cutting out frivolous foods and drinks. I need to get into the habit of getting to sleep sooner. I do so much better with sleep.

I think the biggest issue of 2012 was lack of proper, consistent sleep. Without rest, I’m just a vegetable.

ohohohoh

 

Over at Forward Motion they’re offering a free 2 Year Novel course. Because I’m a dork, I went ahead and signed up (I *think* it’s still possible to sign up). You start with a basic idea and build it up to writing and ready for pubbing, whichever way you decide you want to publish. The first few months are, in all reality, very slow, so I figure I am not breaking my vacation if I’m only working on something once a week. **nods**

because, you know, I feel guilty if I am not writing in some format.

 

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Writing break

I really need to just step back and relearn to breathe. I pile on shitloads of stuff then burn out. 2012 was a hell of a year. For a lot of people, not just me. And I’m tired. So while I’ll try to keep this place updated, writing and pubbing is kindof going on a backburner while we get real life sorted out.

You see, I have some health issues I am trying to work on. Losing weight, eating healthier and being less sedentary will improve things. It is a mission for a healthier me, if I don’t, well lets just say I want my kids kids to have me around. If something doesn’t change soon, I might not be. I’ve been inconsistent with it, and though I’ve lost about 20lbs since aug, I have a lot more to lose, and habits to rearrange.

FWIW, it isn’t because of wanting to fit in a bikini, it’s an effort to avoid diabetes and improve heart health, there are some things I can’t ignore anymore.

So if people are interested, I can share that journey here, but I dunno, I’ve kept this pretty much writing/pubbing only so far, not sure I want to drag personal stuff over here. We’ll see.

I am using Beachbody products (chocolate Shakeology and Turbofire workouts) and am very happy with them to date. I hate gyms, and doing it at home makes it much easier to focus on me.

Anyways, time to tackle the office, laundry and my bedroom. If I get a chance to tonight, I’ll freewrite, but I’m refusing to feel guilty if I don’t. Take care all. I’m not quitting writing, I’m ensuring I’m around long enough to tell the tales I want to tell.

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…and I wept.

I have a kindergartner. He’s a vibrant,  busy little boy, learning about the world, a smile on his face most of the day. He loves our animals, he loves his sisters and brothers, and his hero is his daddy. He can count to thirty, is reading better every day. He loves playing Mortal Kombat; Marvel vs DC Universe, and loves playing spiderman(leaping from couch to couch throwing my yarn around as his ‘web’). He is sensitive to how others feel, often giving out random hugs if he thinks you aren’t feeling good.

Tonight, after we got back from a Christmas luau, we snuggled. We cuddled. And I cried. I cried for the parents who don’t have the opportunity to snuggle their children anymore. I cried for the school, a place of education, of learning, of hope, which saw such violence. I cried for the staff, the other students who lost their classmates and siblings. I cried for the town, the state, for the country. And I cried for me, for the guilt for feeling happy that I still have my kindergartner.

There is no rhyme or reason to human madness. Yet we still seek a reason, we try to unravel the crazy to find out why. In cases like this, I don’t know if you can really answer ‘why’ someone would do this.

So I snuggle my children, I tell my family I love them. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, none of us do. But I will make sure that my family is 100% sure that I love them. Just in case.

And honestly, I really hope my readers do the same.

Be kind to one another.

Goodnight.

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Sunday Serenity

Haven’t done a Sunday Serenity post in a while, so here you have the creek in my backyard;

 

 

So yesterday I was supposed to work on Crossroads, but instead I got caught up with a character whose story is about 25 years after Crossroads, so I wrote out a little reunion scene between him and his love interest who haven’t seen each other in about 4 or 5 years, and now he seems to have lurked away into a corner, yet again freeing my brain to play in Zander’s story. If anyone is curious, it is Zander’s son, who looks like he’s going to be as cracktastic to write about as Zander is… I can’t wait to get to his story!

So here is the snip, I don’t know what comes next (my friends are telling me reunion hawt SEX) or what led up to this scene, but enjoy;

~*~

Caladorn leaned against the door frame, watching her as she was carefully setting weapons out on the table. She didn’t see him, engrossed in what she was doing. There was a hardness to her, that hadn’t been there before, a few more scars, more confidence. Her hair pulled back in the tight braid with a few stray curls framing her narrow face. Her dark eyes locked on her weapons. She half turned and caught sight of him, halting mid-step, eyes going wide.

“Hello Amora.”

“You came!” She shrieked, he barely moved in time to brace himself for her leap at him. He caught her with a low laugh, wrapping an arm around her waist as her arms slid around his neck, legs around his waist. She kissed him and the cares and worries and annoyances fell away. When they broke apart, she slowly lowered her legs to the floor, leaning against him, not letting go .

“I said I’d visit.” He brushed her hair from her face. Her eyes were overly bright.

“Saying is one thing, doing, is another.” She tipped her head to one side, tracing the thin scar on his jawline her smile fading. “You’re not here just for a visit are you?”

~*~

 Have a happy Sunday!

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One more day

I am hideously, horribly behind in the NaNo wordcount. That’s ok, 🙂  I’m not too worried about it. It’ll carry on thru december. The ultimate goal, anyways, was just to finish Bastard Prince and Crossroads before Jan.

I will make that. I know I will.

Today, sadly, can’t be dedicated to writing, however. It is a Dr. Appointment day with the munchkins.

There was more I was going to say but I just looked at the time and must zoom.

Have a good thursday people.

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Happy Thanksgiving

I meant to post the other day, but I was in a food coma. Sorry.

This year has been a very difficult one, for writing, for living, we made a major move, have had some fairly serious situations come, then go. I’m thankful for the fact that we have overcome most of those and have moved forward with getting ourselves established. Writing had been in fits and starts, and pubbing this year has not been my priority.

There’s always next year, right? I am working on a 2013 business plan, figuring out a pubbing and writing schedule and…and….re-do covers and…

yeah, lots to do.

 

ohoh, the Forward Motion Anthology is out now. I do have a story in it, which is humbling because there is some really awesome writing included.

17 authors, 17 different stories, and one prompt.

A Princess, A Boatman, and A Lizard…

Seventeen authors took up the challenge and responded with works ranging from silly to dramatic across genres such as fairy tale, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, Native American tales and more.

The 2012 Forward Motion Writer’s Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national writing talent at the venerable writer’s group. The 2012 edition includes an active table of contents with works by:

Princess Of The Mountain Forests – Susan Petroulas
Soul of Insurgence – A. Shelton
That Troublesome Bar – Gera L. Dean
A Present For Cynthia – S.E. Batt
The Warning – C. M. Clark
Convoy – Val Griswold-Ford
The Terrible Bedtime Story – Tobe Ornot
The Prince of the North – A.J. DeVial
The Adventures of Orville Bramson Esq – Catrin Pitt
Freedom of Wings – Jordan Lark
Predators – Jim Francis
Drought’s End – Connie Cockrell
The Dancing Moons – Lane Decker Davis
Bowl the Lizard – J.A. Marlow
The River Of Souls – Necia Phoenix
Six Bullets – Linda Adams
The Princess, the Lizard and the Boatman – Lazette Gifford

I’m still reading through it, I haven’t been disappointed. These are some great authors and it is an honor to be listed among them. It is available at;

Smashwords
Amazon
Kobo

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Not quite a nano post

I am still behind on my nano count, on the flip side, Bastard Prince hit 90,000 words and I’m still writing on it.

I think that, no mater what the final word count ends up as, is worth it.

And I forgot to post this (about 4 hours ago) opps!

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NaNo

I am behind on my words, life has a way of sneaking up behind you and smacking you with a cast iron skillet in the back of the head. Now that those issues have been (mostly) handled, I think. There is no Flash Fiction Friday today, mostly cause I had errands, sick kids, and backed up housework to handle. I am about to get back to the nano thingy, am doing a read through to see what I need to do.

How are you guys doing?

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Voting

If you are in the USA, you’ve probably heard that it is the General Election today. Go vote if you haven’t already. It’s important to let your voice be heard.

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Links and Things

Amazon Wipes a customer’s account and remotely locks her kindle ; I’m sorry but when I pay my HARD EARNED MONEY on an  ebook, I expect it to be there. Yes I sell my stuff through amazon, but I don’t like it. I don’t care for their ‘customer service’ or their Kindle. My books are all DRM free because I firmly believe when my readers purchase my story it thus becomes Theirs, to read, share or delete as they see fit.

 

I know it was posted on the 9th of this month, but I’m behind on my blog reading so bear with me. Dean Weasley Smith’s post on Promotion is a good one worth reading. And the followup one is good; Maybe you wrote a Good Book. Go read. I usually learn a ton from his blogs, even if I don’t always agree with him.

 

Kris Rusch is another blog I read and she has a set of excellent posts called Why Writers Disappear.

Read them in order, take your time and read the comments(especially in the first post). It is truly eye opening.

 

David Gaughran has a post I thought was interesting  about Filling the Shelves, and how we can help fill bookshelves in underfunded public schools.  Check it out, what a great thing to help with.

 

 

So those are links I remembered to save 😛

 

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ooo I missed a few days

The sick continues and RL stuff is pretty meh.

But I’ve been playing with Poser and Daz along with trying to wrap up BP (At this rate I just want to finish the damn thing before nano starts)  and trying not to feel guilty for not hitting all my goals. Life is going. Amazingly fast.

I really should cut myself some slack. I’ve got a lot going on.

Oh wow, I meant to post this last night but I got caught up writing. YAY for me for writing. And went to bed late because I was on a roll.

Bastard Prince 

57420 / 90000
(63.8%)

alrighty folks, have a great weekend. Be kind to each other.

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