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2018 Affirmations Progress and Art Discoveries

Welcome back, everyone. Thank you for your continued support. It means a lot to me.

A while back, I posted some goals for 2018. Now’s the time I give you a progress report on how I’ve done.

 

  • follow site Get Into Cosmetology School
    • This goal has been basically abandoned. I thought for a while that it was my way out of a situation I felt trapped in. At the moment, I’m finding that it in fact isn’t.
  • http://economylock.com/dt_benefits/access-control-2/ Publish Two Books
    • I’m nowhere closer to this goal than I was at the beginning of the year. Between personal issues and private problems, I just haven’t been able to put in the work necessary for this goal.
  • source site Get My Weight Down to 135 lbs.
    • I am proud to say that I weigh 129.7 now! I definitely succeeded in this goal.
  • Keep Up With The House
    • I had to have a really bad wake up call in July, but now I’ve got it under my belt a lot more. I think I can keep up on it, with a little help.
  • buy benzaclin cheap Read Twelve Books
    • I have read Damn Fine Story, and that’s all. I am in the middle of reading about four books though.
  • Daily Affirmations
    • Yet another goal I have not even come close to completing.
  • Call The Boyfriend Weekly
    • Well, since we broke up, this one doesn’t matter anymore.
  • Daily Exercise for Thirty Minutes
    • I do yoga maybe three times a week, at 5am. It’s a hell of an hour to be awake, but it’s better than nothing.
  • Post On the Blog Biweekly
    • I have failed at this horribly. My apologies, guys. I dropped the ball on this one.
  • Post A Youtube Video Biweekly
    • My youtube channel where you can watch Live Write-Ins, Dramatic Readings, and Various Vlogs, has grown a little. But I haven’t been as dependable as I wanted to be.

Now, time for First Quarter Goals:

  • Publish a Book (failed)
  • Lose 10 lbs (Completed)
  • Keep up with the chores (Completed)
  • Daily exercise (half-failed)
  • Daily Affirmations (failed)
  • Read Three Books (failed)
  • Write Six Blogposts (failed)
  • Film Six or more Youtube Videos (Failed)
  • Call boyfriend Twelve Times (irrelevant)

Since we’re in the third quarter, I think I’m going to make a list of goals:

  • Publish a book
  • Keep up with chores
  • Daily exercise
  • Daily affirmations
  • Read three books
  • Write six blogposts
  • Film Six or more youtube vids
  • Do self-care at least once a day
  • Draft a good cover for the WIP I’m working on

After all, This:


Is not the best I can do. I’ve done better. I’ve been better before.

This is what I want to get back to, and surpass:

In closing, I’d just like to ask you to be patient with me, and enjoy the ride.

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2018 Goals and First Quarter Goals

2018 Goals

In the new year, my goals need to be solid and definable, reachable and challenging. It’s important to me that I challenge myself to do more than I thought possible. Last year, I didn’t post my goals, because I was afraid I would fail, and it would be humiliating. This year, I share my goals in the spirit of trying, and with the hope that accountability will make it easier to manage.

Without further ado, my goals.

  • Get Into Cosmetology School
    • This goal is more for my career, than anything else. I’ve discovered a love for looking good, and I want to learn more about making others look good too. So this is a chance to see if a more hands-on career helps me.
  • Publish Two Books
    • I’m very close to publishing a short story, Ring of Roses, and I’m in the middle of rewrites for Knight of Kuryle. The goal is to get two books under my belt by the end of the year so that I can officially call myself a published author. That should add another notch of confidence under my belt.
  • Get My Weight Down to 135 lbs.
    • This one is a very personal goal for me. I’ve been trying to get back into amateur modeling, and I have to get back into shape for it.
  • Keep Up With The House
    • I haven’t been able to keep up with the housework, and it’s causing some issues. Therefore, I have to make a resolution. This one is more for my survival than anything else, I think.
  • Read Twelve Books
    • I want to get back into reading, and last year, my goal was to read 1 book a month. I’m going with that goal again this year because it’s attainable and easily done. I’m really looking forward to it.
  • Daily Affirmations
    • This one may seem a little hokey, but honestly, it’s something I want to work on. Doing my affirmations daily should help build up my confidence and change my inner speech to the point where I can change my reactions to the world around me. I really suggest this for anyone who needs a fresh perspective on the world.
  • Call The Boyfriend Weekly
    • For those of you who don’t know, I’m in a long-distance relationship right now. Communication is key, in all relationships, and I want to be able to communicate with him.
  • Daily Exercise for Thirty Minutes
    • This is part of getting back in shape. According to several studies, thirty minutes of exercise daily can hedge off lots of medical issues.
  • Post On the Blog Biweekly
    • I want to give you guys more content and reach further in my fanbase.
  • Post A Youtube Video Biweekly
    • For those of you who don’t know, I have a youtube channel where you can watch Live Write-Ins, Dramatic Readings, and Various Vlogs. I intend to grow my audience on this platform this year, by becoming more dependable.

Quite a list, isn’t it? I’ve broken it down into quarterly goals that should help quite a bit with acheiving these goals. So without further ado, my First Quarter Goals:

  • Publish a Book
  • Lose 10 lbs
  • Keep up with the chores
  • Daily exercise
  • Daily Affirmations
  • Read Three Books
  • Write Six Blogposts
  • Film Six or more Youtube Videos
  • Call boyfriend Twelve Times

(That last one makes me sound like a stalker, doesn’t it…?)

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IWSG 04/06/16

This month’s IWSG post is about growth and change. Fitting for the spring season we’re all now entrenched in, if you think about it. April showers bring May flowers is the old saying, and that generally means that the work you put in today, yields results tomorrow. But how do you know that the results you get will be the ones you want?

I’m talking today about my own plans, but please, ask yourself these questions as well, and see if they ring true.

  1. Do I have a goal?
  2. Is this goal something I really want to work towards?
  3. Is this goal something that will make me happy?
  4. Do the steps I need to take line up with what I am capable of?
  5. Should I go past my capabilities, even if I don’t know what the result will be?
  6. If I fail, what is the worst that can happen?
  7. What is my next step?

These are questions that I ponder on a daily basis. Questions that make it difficult to move forward at times. As you well know by now, I suffer from untreated anxiety and depression, and although I’ve been on anti-anxiety/anti-depressive meds before, I cannot afford them right now. This means dealing with my own issues without the aid of medication that turns my brain from my enemy into my friend.

So, these questions can be double sided. Negative answers can pop up and wreak havoc. In this case, however I’m going to try to answer them here for you, in the most positive light I can.

  1. Yes, I have a goal. Several. The two most important are to complete my degree, and to get published.
  2. Yes, the goals are worth working towards. Not only would being a published author raise my self-esteem, it would also make it easier to find work. ‘Published Author’ looks impressive on a resume, after all. And education is it’s own reward.
  3. Do these goals make me happy? Somewhat. I have no doubt that being published will make me happy. And completing a degree will definately make me feel accomplished.
  4. The question here becomes difficult. Am I capable of the steps necessary? Of attending classes? Getting good grades? All while writing, editing and publishing a book? Not to mention all of the other goals I have that aren’t listed here? …I won’t know until I try. But I believe I am. I believe I can do these things, because others believe I can. My writing mentor, Chris Votey, tells me that I can accomplish this. That I can be an author. My best friend tells me that I am worth an education. That I can do it.
  5. Should I overextend myself? What if I’m not capable of acheiving these goals? Well, as my best friend reminded me today, the steps along the way are lessons, that I can then apply to new goals. There’s no need to worry so much over failure, becuase success isn’t the goal. The journey is. So I CAN overextend myself. I’ll just have to have nets waiting for when I fall.
  6. If I fail to get my degree, I’ll have to continue working in retail, or worse, not work at all and eat up my best friend’s resources. If I fail to be published, I will have wasted all the time writing these stories, getting them out of my head and onto paper. If I fail, I will be where I am now, instead of where I want to be. That… doesn’t sound so bad to me.
  7. My next steps are simple. Last week, I tested to see if I need remedial classes. This week I wait for them to tell me if my verification has come through. Everyday, I write. More and more, and then edit, carefully. Those are my next steps.

When I ask these seven questions, I don’t feel nearly as bad about where I am, or what to do next. Growth is just looking for a way to succeed. Nothing more. Change is the willingness to grow, and the chance. So what are you growing this april? What do your seven answers look like? Did these questions help you in any way? Let me know!

 

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Monthly Writing Update – Feb 2016

So, I’ve decided that, since I have trouble keeping up with one post a week, much less two, I’m going to switch to a Monthly Writing Update, which will generally be published on the 5th or so of every month. As always, this will include my writing progress, writing goals, reading goals, and various other goals that I feel like sharing with you guys. I hope you don’t mind the change in format, but honestly, I feel like this is a bit more… uh. Honest.

Writing Progress:

The Knight of Kuryle – Rewrite – 5,605 words – five chapters re-written

All other writing projects are on hold until I can get this done.

Posts written:

Weekly Writing Update – 1/11/16

Ab Ovo – A Review of a Literary Term

Writing Anime: Colorful – About POV changes mid-story

Writing Anime: Land of Gods and Monsters – About Magic Systems

IWSG – 2/3/16 – About Giving yourself a break.

Books Read:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

February Goals:

Do Taxes

File Fafsa

Four more Blogposts this month

Rewrite 5k more words on book

Read another book – Not sure which one yet.

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Weekly Writing Update – 1/11/16

It’s been quite a long time since we’ve done one of these! A weekly writing update is when I take a look back over the last week and determine what goals I’ve met and what goals I haven’t. Sometimes I’m proud of myself, and sometimes I’m not, and I find lately that that feels wrong. I should ALWAYS be proud of what I achieve, even if it isn’t what I wanted to achieve.  Trying to be more grateful for myself and my works is one of my goals!

Word Counts

Knight of Kuryle – Unknown wordcount (still need to download and use Scrivener to edit)

Ashes and Ink – The New Kaimi Rowe book – 25997 words – First draft

The Faery King’s Bride – A fanfic project I started a few days ago – 2702 words

Blog Posts

Pet Peeves – 07/16/15

Half a Year Gone By – 12/04/16

ISWG – New Years Resolutions – 01/06/16

Books Read

The Time MachineH.G. Wells

Kafka on the ShoreHaruki Murakami

Goals

Read:

Get a new job (my current one is disagreeable)

Finish Fafsa

File Taxes

Download Scrivener (if I can on this thing)

 

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Weekly Writing Update – 02/05/15

This has sort of turned into a biweekly writing update, hasn’t it? I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a bad egg when it comes to keeping schedules. I hope you all aren’t too bored of me, or disappointed in me for that! As it is, I’ve been having trouble at work and at home, and just about everywhere, so there’s that. But! I’m not giving up! <3 I still plan to have my first book out by June!

And on that note, here are the tallies:

Word Counts: 

First Book of the Kurylian Saga: 1.5 sections rewritten (Current total: 15,041 words)

Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – Rough Draft – Restarted

Blue Roses – 9,971 words – Dystopian Love Story

Blog Posts

None this time… I’ve been pretty bad about this!

Books Read

None this week… I’ve been having trouble finding good audio-books to listen to during my commute. Any recommendations would be awesome! Fantasy, self-help, personal finance, and horror are some of my favorites!

Goals 

Finish Real Money Answers by Patrice C. Washington

Keep Bullet Journaling

Two more blog posts for this blog this week!

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New Years Resolution BlogHop 2015

So, I missed my chance to update for Christmas, and I thought that was a damn shame. So! Instead, I’m  going to be writing up my new years resolutions for you guys! Because I plan on turning 2015 into something AMAZING. <3

Oh, and for those of you who are curious, I had a fantastic christmas! I got a heater, and new knives for my kitchen, and tupperware. And yes, I realize I sound like a horribly old adult for thinking these are amazing gifts, but they really are! ALSO, in a move that absolutely astounded me, my friend Chris Votey gave me a special copy of his book, Terran Psychosis with a special dedication to me inside, and I just about sobbed my heart out. It meant so much to me what he said in there. I won’t share it, because it was private between two friends, but let’s just say, I’ve never felt so loved.

So! Here I go, setting goals for 2015.

Health:

  1. Eat two meals a day, every day. NO FORGETTING
  2. Wash face every day.
  3. Take a hot, relaxing bath, once a week.

Wealth:

  1. Save back $50 or more from EVERY CHECK. No exceptions.
  2. Eat out only ONCE a check. Yes, that includes little meals that only cost $10.
  3. Read/listen to an hour long of personal finance information each day.

Growth:

  1. Publish a book on Amazon by June.
  2. Publish a blog post every week.
  3. Write every day.
  4. Work on Panic-Attack-Helpful-Things
  5. Start a Garden Outside

So, these are my goals for the year 2015! Join me this year in checking these off the list, and I challenge you to post your own New Years Resolutions on your goal! Make them as extensive or as short as you can! Show me your resolve, and your power! I can’t wait to read them, and cheer along with you as we make these goals come true! Consider this the start of a New Years Resolution Bloghop! Post the link to your own post in the comments below, and as I see them, I’ll add your link to the Links on this page! <3

BlogHop Participators:
Write Accountable

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Weekly Writing Update – 08/14/14

Another week has passed, and with a harrumph rather than any kind of music. As I am now biking to and from work, my legs have put out a hit on me, in an attempt to put me out of my misery. While dodging ninja assassin attacks, I’ve managed to write some! Not on traditional things, unfortunately, but I’ve also managed to READ some! Which is amazing.

You may not know this, but if you are in debt to your library for five or more dollars, they won’t let you check anything out. After paying fifty dollars plus in back fees, I’m finally back in good with the library! *tincan laughter* No, but seriously, I am ecstatic about this. Alright, but here you go:

Word Counts

Kurylian Saga: The Sorcerer and The Swordsman – Edit one – 11 pages

Kurylian Saga: The Prince and The Corpse – Rough Draft – WC: 1,348

Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – Rough Draft – Restarted – Outline phase

Blog Posts

Nine Ways to Fix Your Stereotyped Character: A guest blog by Cindy Grigg

Researching Mystery

The Day Robin Williams Died

A Breakup Letter from Me to WB

Breaking Down Nemesis: Part one

Books Read

Doll Bones by Holly Black 

Wordcount Goals

(Changed to just goals, because honestly, I haven’t really written anything other than blogposts in about… three weeks.)

Finished Kaimi Rowe Outline

Finish  Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Four chapters of Nemesis reviewed/blogged

Start Tithe by Holly Black

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Weekly Writing Update – 08/09/13

Sorry that this is a little late. This week has been hectic. With breaking up with my significant other, as well as significant changes in my life (I’m now biking to work, for instance. Ouch. My legs are ready to disown me and move back to wherever it is they came from.) things haven’t been working out as well as I thought.

Word Counts

Kurylian Saga: The Sorcerer and The Swordsman – Edit one – 11 pages

Kurylian Saga: The Prince and The Corpse – Rough Draft – WC: 1,348

Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – Rough Draft – Restarted – Outline phase

Blog Posts

Oracle Reading

Creating Diverse Literature

Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Word count: 1,348/2500

This week’s wordcount: —-

Finished Seekerborn Outline

Edited pages of TSaTS: 21 (total)

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New: Weekly Updates!

As a dedication to my new career (upcoming) as an author, I’ve decided to do something I’ve seen some of my very favorite fanfiction authors do. It’s a little unorthodox, but at this point, I think that strange might just work for me. Also, it’s a little motivating to have to answer to all of you for a lack of growth in my word counts. Or, at least, I hope it will be!

Thanks to CelynBrum for this idea, by the by. Her fanfictions have made it to novel-lengths, and are enjoyed by thousands of tumblrites, and really, I cannot imagine a better person to follow in the footsteps of. Well, okay, a few (coughneilgaimancough), but who’s counting?

WORD COUNTS

Kurylian Saga: The Sorcerer and The Swordsman – Second Draft – WC: 130,555

Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – First draft – WC: 15,269

BLOG POSTS – 4

Writing Process Workshop

Finding your Niche in 3 Easy Steps

26 Questions No One Should Answer

The Lost Art of the Mary Sue

WEEKLY WORD COUNT GOALS

This week: 2500 words (A slow start, but I’m recovering from major Writer’s Block.)

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