Getting Back in the Game

Time to post new goals! The second quarter of the year begins today (no fooling!), and with it, Round 2 of ROW80.

First of all, I’d like to thank those who’ve offered encouragement over the past few weeks! It means a lot to me, and really did help me keep going in what small measures I did. That is one of the best things about ROW80, is that there’s always someone to cheer us on when we’re doing well, and someone to commiserate when the going gets tough. I’m not a sponsor this round, but I do plan to visit plenty of ROW80 folks and give that all-important encouragement!

My writing goals kind of fizzled last round. I spend most of March sick and/or in a drugged stupor, and did well to get anything done at my day job (which I did). By the time I got home, no energy, mental or otherwise, for writing, workouts, or much of anything else.

2013-03-31_21-27-28_462I did get a lot of progress made on the prom dress. Unfortunately, we were not able to really determine fit until I got this far, and we discovered that it’s too big. Most of this is the length of the bodice; my daughter’s short like me. This is a vintage 1950s pattern, and those didn’t have the easy places to lengthen/shorten like modern patterns do. So there’s some taking apart and redoing coming up this week. My daughter’s prom is the last weekend in April (and the following weekend too – her boyfriend goes to a different school), so I need to really get cracking on this. I also have a website design for a family member’s startup business that’s been put off due to me being sick. Therefore, I’m going to start with small writing goals, but mostly focus on the dress and website design.

Writing goals for this round are going to focus on new words. For the overall challenge, I’d like to work up to 5,000/week. I’ve done 12k/week for NaNoWriMo, so this should be easily doable for me-except for the other priorities I have going. But that’s later. For this week, let’s start simple:

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    Dress: rework for fit and complete overdress portion (it has an underskirt and petticoats as well)
  • Web design: simple placeholder home page design
  • Writing: 1,500 words on short story

The best thing about ROW80 is we can change our goals as circumstances change, so that’s what I’ll be doing if need be. Here’s hoping I don’t have any of the kind of setbacks last month was, and hoping for the same for you! Whether or not you’re doing ROW80, what goals do you have for the next three months – or heck, for this week? I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Good goals for the next round! I hope your daughter appreciates the prom dress. My mother made my dress senior year, and it’s such a sweet memory for me.

  2. The color of that dress is fantastic! You must post a pic when its completed. 🙂

    I got bogged down by sickness in March, too. Mostly the kids, though. Good luck with your goals and enjoy this round!

  3. The dress looks like it’s going to be really pretty. Congratulations on accepting that challenge.

    Sorry you were sick. I’ve been right there with you. Yesterday was the first day I actually even felt like writing. It’s so hard to get back in the groove once you get out of it. Hang in there. You’ll get your mojo back.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. LOL Stacy – I’m with you! I didn’t eat much while I was sick, but I’m making up for it now! Here’s hoping for warm weather that’s more conducive to walking!

    Jim, you have a very full plate – good luck!

    Julie, she smiles every time she sees me finish a bit more! That’s what makes it so worthwhile. Thanks!

    Kate, hope everyone’s well now! And I’ll be sure to post pictures of the dress. Thanks!

    Patricia, it IS hard to get back in the groove! I took a writing workshop that finished up right before I got really sick, and that helped, but even a couple weeks away is tricky. Good luck to us both – and thanks!

  5. I love the color on your daughter’s prom dress! I hope we get to see the finished product.

    Goals. Ugh! I hope to find time to write forward soon. The goal I’m told I need to focus on is getting my sorry @$$ to the doctor. It will happen. Soon. I just keep pushing the kid stuff before mine. That’s what we moms do, right?

  6. Thanks Debra! I’ll definitely post pictures of the dress when it’s done. Take care of yourself, so you’ll be better equipped to take care of the kids!

  7. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, Jennette! I can relate to the feeling of having time but not energy to work on projects. I admire your sensible attitude toward setting achievable goals. Teach me how to do that? ;*)

    What is the short story that you’re working on this week? Do you ever post excerpts of your work on your blog?

  8. The dress looks beautiful, Jennette! Good luck on getting it altered!

    Definitely agree with you on altering goals to fit circumstances. Right now, a lot of what I have on my to-do list is revising, so I think I’m going to avoid daily word count goals until I get some of that out of the way.

    Have a great week, and a great new Round of Words!

  9. Sione, thanks! I learn to set lower goals after so many weeks of not meeting mine. It’s something I have to re-learn on a regular basis. 🙂 I occasionally post excerpts, but only of published material. Mainly because it’s no good until it’s finished and gone through at least one revision!

    Ruth, thanks! Revising is a whole different ball game than new words, and harder to quantify. I have a process down pretty well, so I mark off the smaller task portions. Good luck with yours!