Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Farewell Round One - Onto the Next One
Though the weather has been all over the place - storms, hail, thunder, lightning, hail, blinding sunshine, the course has been without the usual bumps. I leave Round 1 of ROW80 humbled and excited for the next round. I've done ROW80 a couple of times now and I waffled most weeks.
But I've always taken something away, a process or new shiny idea on how to better my time, strengthen my skills, improve my weaknesses, and also how to lick my wounds and get back on that iron horse. My dedication and resolve is too strong to allow setbacks to hinder me for long. As a lifelong student, it's okay if I don't get it right the first time - it's learning - I'm supposed to learn. And if I don't learn what isn't working, I can't fix it.
Anyhow, I always grieve a little at the end of something, but I've so many things to be grateful for so, maybe that will come later.
Thank you for all the wonderful support and budding friendships. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. And thank you for reminding me that I'm not alone.
My goals this round:
1)Edit 8 pages per day - I've managed to be consistent here :)
2)Write for minimum of 30 minutes per day - Yes, even though it means starting many different stories. I need to get ideas out of my head and onto paper so I can keep focused on edits.
3)Write 1 new blog article - I'd like to bump this up to more activity. Ah, a new challenge for Round 2!
4)Stop by fellow author blogs - I've enjoyed this - I love to motivate others :)
5)Exercise 20 minutes minimum each day - I could improve here, and expect I will once the gloomy mornings are gone.
6)Get decent sleep - 4 to 5 hours is my prime sleeping amount. More than that and my brain takes longer to switch on. I find myself more alert and awake and creative with the shorter sleep. Less than 4 is unhealthy - not going there :)
7)Read - Oh my goodness yes! I've read so many good books, and have a huge TBR pile going on in my office. I don't know why I stopped making time to read before, but now that it's a priority, I'm so happy - it really keeps me balanced. I'm starting Incarceron on Friday - so can't wait!!
I look forward to creating Round 2 goals and seeing how I do. I'll also look forward to seeing everyone again :) Go team #ROW80!
And time to leave you with a couple bits of steampunkery coolness:
Yes, I'd happily sit here to create! Check out this swiveling desk laboratory. At the link you'll find many more pictures.
Beautiful clockwork by Aris Kafantaris
I look forward to seeing everyone in Round 2!
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Until next time,