Posted April 4, 2016on:
It’s official. I am the world’s most inconsistent blogger.
(It’s also official… I do NOT like WordPress’s idea of a “newer, easier to use” [I forget the exact words they used] editor. Give me the clunky thing in my Dashboard/Admin area. Love that so much!)
Anyway… I’m back.
Another Round of Words in 80 Days began today, and since I volunteered to sponsor (I haven’t ROWed in a long time, and I miss the gentle nudges to write regularly), I need to blog. Why didn’t I choose my beloved writing blog Many Worlds From Many Minds? I don’t know: maintenance reasons, emotional reasons… Just reasons.
In the spirit of a ROW, it’s time to set some goals to keep tabs on throughout the next eighty days. I’m going low-key right now with the option (one I’m sure I will exercise because I always do) of adding goals later in the ROWnd.
In fact, my first (and main) goal is going to be: Assess progress weekly and add more projects as needed.
Notice I didn’t say “adjust” or “tweak” or any of those other (sometimes weaselly) words that allow me to drop a challenging project just because something newer and shinier has come into view? Well, I’m ALL about the shiny, trust me, but I’ve come to realize how self-defeating that behavior can be.
I just spent whole weekend cleaning out (actually I still have a few more hours left on the project yet) my OneNote files, notes that have piled up since 2003, notes that had not been synced correctly when I upgraded in 2010… notes that came with seven (yes, seven!) “conflicted versions” because a random change or edit got saved on one machine and not another.
My next project is to make sure all my story files are saved, backed up and synced correctly, and that also will include digging into some scary archives. Time to pull out DOSBox and Wordperfect 5.1 to make sure I have all the comments and notes.
And in the interim… I have the goals of:
- working through three chapters weekly of James Scott Bell’s Plot& Structure (including exercises)
- catching up in my local critique group (including submitting something this week)
- typing two pages a day of old notebooks in
And THAT is enough for anyone right now.
It’s been a process of rediscovering old interests, passions and… bad habits. But thing can change. In fact, they always do.