Some Weeks are Just a Bust

I did not make any of my goals this week. I could blame it on a lot of things–unexpected happenings, more commitments than usual, poor planning, not feeling well, but despite all of that I could have still met the goals. But still, it wasn’t a bad week.

I knew I had things going on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, which are a couple of my prime times for writing. But my husband was also out of town this week, so I’d expected to be able to make up for those earlier in the week.

That just didn’t happen. It started out being another tired week (and also headachey). Not whining, just sayin’. Thursday was a lot of fun–I participated on a panel at the library about romance novels, with writing friends Stacy McKitrick, Athena Grayson, Catherine Castle, CD Hersh, and Jessica Lemmon, which was a lot of fun. Several of us went to dinner afterward, where I met a new writing friend from my community, and that was great fun too, as hanging out with other writers always is.

ROW80Logo175I did some of the same Saturday, when I went to Cincinnati and met up with Jim Winter for a beer and a bite to eat, and more writing talk. Always a good time.

I’d still hoped to catch up on my writing after I got back, but that didn’t happen. Not sure why, just couldn’t get into it. I think I just need to skip some boring and unnecessary details and get to the next part where the bad guys come in. I have some friends from Columbus visiting today, but am off work tomorrow, so I’m going to push on that then.

Of course, due to the same things, not much got done on the website project, nor did my fitness get done. I did get some work done on the website last Sunday, and got 2700 words total on my writing throughout the week, so it wasn’t a total bust–just didn’t meet any of my goals all the way. This is one of those times where I have to remind myself that it’s a new week, and a new chance to meet your goals. Don’t try to catch up, just jump in where you are.

So next week’s goals will be the same: 3500 words on the WIP, 3-4x fitness, and finish that website project.

On another note, Love’s a Beach is now out in print! It’s available in both print and ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and in ebook at iTunes and Smashwords.

What about you–do you have weeks where you just can’t get it all done, for whatever reason? What do you do to get back in the groove? Please share–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. Hi Jennette:

    As always, I admire your openness about how and whether or not you’re making the progress that you feel you should. But I want to remind you that perhaps what you really needed (more than meeting goals) was to spend time with other writers. I get the distinct impression that that was nourishing for you. Maybe you needed nourishment more than accomplishing pre-set goals.

    Sometimes our bodies, minds, and life itself tell us what we need at any given time. So give yourself a break. As you say, “it’s a new week and a new time to meet goals.” Best of luck with yours this week!

  2. I’m not getting ANYTHING done while the Olympics are on. Good thing I finished that first draft, huh??? So, it’s nice to sit back and not worry about writing. Although, I am kind of missing it. Still, the Olympics aren’t on all the time, and I just don’t want to miss anything!!

    And I understand about the head-achy thing, too, as I have the same problem. I first thought it was hormones, but I think it’s more likely the weather. I think it’s supposed to warm up this week. I’ll believe it when I see (feel) it!!

  3. No, not a total bust. You had great fun this week and you added almost 3k. I think you did fabulously. Boo on the headaches. I hope this week is just as fun and super healthy. Go for it! πŸ™‚

  4. Some weeks are just like that. In the grand scheme of things, like you said, it’s a whole new week. I agree with S.J. — you might not have met your goals, but you got some things done!

  5. Lynette, thanks so much! Spending time with my writing friends was definitely well-spent, it’s the other time that was questionable. But new week, moving on!

    Stacy, I just spent 3 hours watching Olympics instead of writing, so… yeah. πŸ™‚ And yes, the weather definitely brings on my headaches. Looking forward to a few days without snow!

    SJ, thanks!

    Debra, I was glad I at least got that much done – and yes happy that it’s a new week!

  6. Sometimes brain say whoa slow down lets see what’s happening elsewhere, you socialize – I’ll work on the problem quietly in the background – brains are clever like that:)

  7. Jennette, I’ve had those weeks. Last week we had a huge snowstorm, which wouldn’t have affected my work since I work from home, except that hubby was off work for half the week. Don’t get me wrong, I love having him around, but it totally threw off my flow for the second half of the week. Fortunately I was super-productive earlier in the week, so that balanced things out.

    The library panel sounds really interesting. I hope it sparked some good conversation!

    Have a great week! πŸ™‚

  8. “Don’t try to catch up, just jump in where you are.” I think those are very wise words Jennette. It’s really hard to be creative when you’re not feeling well and are tired. We’re all going to have weeks like that. I myself am fighting a kidney infection right now and I’m in the middle of switching themes. Get what? I’m not getting anything done either. It will have to wait until I’m back on my feet. I hope you get to feeling better and have a better week! ((Hugs!)) πŸ™‚

  9. Yes! I’m falling way behind with blogging. It’s the thing that gets shuffled to the bottom when other stuff pops up I guess. Here’s to a new week though–hope you have a great one. πŸ™‚