ROW80: Need a Break

I blogged on Thursday how fragmented my time has become, and the more fragmented, the less I get done. As you might infer from that, the motivation’s still lacking, but this week, it’s not for lack of trying. It seemed whenever I planned to spend an evening buckling down and getting some of my goals knocked out, something would come along to derail that. One night it was an unplanned dinner out (I was hungry, so no problem there, but it took longer than eating in would have). Another night, a friend dropped by. This isn’t one who doesn’t “get” the need to do the writing, but someone I hadn’t seen a probably a good couple of years, so it was worthwhile to spend an enjoyable evening with her. I just didn’t get any progress made elsewhere.

I did get my author photos taken last week, and that seemed to go well. Looking forward to meeting with my photographer to see what he’s come up with!

  • Two more scenes on short story – got about half of one scene done.
  • Lesson 10 on How to Think Sideways – Nope
  • Complete Get It Together Chapter 7 & 8 exercises – Nope
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts – Got two interval workouts done, that’s it
  • Finish web design/copywriting side job and upload to client’s web host- Nope

I really don’t like that list with no green on it, but that’s how it goes. Time to take a step back.

One of my commenters on my “Fragmented” post mentioned that illness is life’s way of making us slow down. So that’s what I’m going to do this week, along with some other plans that would make it difficult to get much done. So I’m mostly taking the week off. Any progress on any of it will be a bonus!

Here are my goals for the quarter overall:

  • Work through Lesson 18 of How to Think Sideways Working on Lesson 10 now.
  • Complete Saturn Society short story for holiday anthology – working on it!
  • Release Times Two (combined ebook of Time’s Enemy and Time’s Fugitive) – waiting until I get web design project done and short story written
  • Complete Get It Together exercises and data gathering – Chapter 3 – 6 done
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts per week – ongoing
  • BONUS: Release Hangar 18: Legacy (It’s going to need a lot of edits, but not major story stuff. Whew!)
  • BONUS: Plot out and begin writing first book in new series

What are your plans for the rest of summer, whether or not you’re doing ROW80? Ever feel like you need to take a break? What do you do, especially if the break cuts into your goals progress?

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  1. Hi Jennette, nice to meet you. I think you’re exactly right — sometimes when life is too cluttered for our minds to focus on stories, it’s time for a break to clear away some of that clutter. Maybe if you take a couple of weeks off of writing, you can get to that side job web design project and take the pressure off there. The distracting things you mention aren’t regrettable. Catching up with a friend and getting out unexpectedly are both positives. Life’s little signs to wake up to the outside world, maybe? Have a good break and you’ll come back like dynamite. 🙂

  2. I hear you, Jeannette. Even though you didn’t get that much accomplished (by your own calculations!), it looks to me like there were unplanned important things (like connecting with your friend!) that made your week more fun.

    I agree with your friend – illness is our body’s way of getting our attention. I’m glad you’re going to slow down a bit for now.

    I’m also working on HTTS, and finding it a challenge when working on a pre-existing WIP.

  3. Thanks, JR! I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

    Julia, you’re right – they were important things, so that’s why I let the writing slide. And yes, HTTS is definitely a challenge! Although I’ve changed focus to a short story, so it’s a bit easier to wrap around.

  4. Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and go with the flow of life. Good attitude for seeing that and staying determined yet practical. The point is to keep making progress even if it isn’t everything we had hoped for. Have a great week, Jennette 🙂

  5. I always love how you have your goals and then your bonus goals. That’s a great way to look at it. Sometimes, though, life throws a curve where we can’t even get the first set of goals done. I’m in the dust-self-off-go-again camp. No point in feeling guilty or frustrated. Just do what you can and write when you can. Author photos sounds like fun!

  6. Thanks, Louise! Hopefully it will help. 🙂

    Thanks, Gene! Even a little progress will be good. 🙂

    Julie, so true about dusting ourselves off and getting back up! Hopefully, we’ll both do just that!

  7. Oh boy, this sounds like my life right now. My mind’s been such a jumble of people and places and things to do that it’s been rough-going trying to get it all in order and, you know, use my time wisely. I’ve had to take a step back from blogging and writing over the last few weeks. Sometimes it’s necessary in order to stay sane. 😀