Sunday, April 8, 2012

My Week In Review

First week of school is over! I never expected to say those words again, but in order to get the day job I want (you know, the one before I'm a famous NYT Bestselling author), I need to get certified and increase my skills and knowledge. However, after five straight days of school, my poor brain is mush. Fifteen extra hours of my week went toward school. Fifteen hours! (silent scream) I hope to find a better time management system in the coming weeks.

My goals for round two include:
1) Polish my steampunk novel so it is ready to send to an agent. Survey says: Yes - since Wednesday I've deep-edited the first 10 pages.

2) Complete rough draft of steampunk WIP#2. Survey says: Didn't get to touch this.

3) Blog at least 3 times a week. Survey says: I got in two, pushing for three in the next weeks.

4) Exercise 3 - 4 times a week. Survey says: All 5 days! And then some, because of all the extra walking and taking stairs at the college.

5) Submit steampunk short story. Survey says: I expect to sub one of my stories by Wednesday.

6) Read 30 minutes daily. Suvery says: Yes. Right now all of my homework includes a lot of textbook reading. But I am reading The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade.

On a side note: My review of Dead Iron will go live on April 19th at Clockwork Reviews.

I also have a lovely cold, thanks to my most generous classmates who were coughing all around me on my second day. It's not keeping me from goals or getting work done, but I am kind of cranky ;)

Still, I'm on track.

How about you? Did you accomplish what you were looking to do this week? Need help to stay motivated? Crave encouragement? If so, join ROW80. All the info is at that link.

And to end my post I'm leaving you with some steampunkery goodness:

Steampunk Darth Vader

Steampunk iMac Mod

Marie Andrews


  1. A great week overall, Marie - bummer on the cold but that is just your initiation back to school (should have mentioned that in the brochure *smile*). Hang tough, transitions are always a bit of a hill at first but each step brings you closer to the zenith - and then its downhill in all directions and a stellar view.

    Have an awesome week, friend :)

    1. Lol! Yes, they should've mentioned the getting sick part of the school brochure. And it's a nasty cold, too - but I'm still able to think straight and work, so I'm grateful for that.

      I'm also grateful for your words of wisdom. Always inspiring :)

  2. Great work on your goals. I'm sorry you're feeling a bit under weather. I hope you feel better soon. Yet again you've found an author I haven't read. That book is totally going on the GoodReads To-Read list.

    1. Thank you Ryan :) Lousy cold...but I'm hanging in. I appreciate you stopping by :)

      You will definitely enjoy Arthur Slade!

  3. A cold makes everything seem so much more awful. Get feeling well, Marie! You kept up with your goals marvelously in spite of it. :)

    1. Thanks Nadja! Yes, I'm a bit too stubborn this round to let a cold knock me down.

  4. Hope you feel better soon and congrats on finishing the first week of class *throws glitter* You have a bunch on your plate but you seem to be organized and handling it great. I love that pic of the steampunk Imac mod by the way--I want a desk like that! :) Have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much - hoping to feel better by tomorrow! Also hoping this week is better with the whole time management thing. Isn't that Imac Mod so cool?! So inspirational! You have a great rest of your week Kat! Happy Easter :)

  5. You're doing to well Marie - Well done. I couldn't even get my update up in time this weekend so I'll do a bigger one Wednesday.

    I'm also stopping by to tell you I'm passing on an award to you - please stop by to collect it and have a great day :)

    Happy Easter

  6. Well done you!! You have managed all of that whilst dealing with your first week at school, well done! It would be so easy to let everything else slide but you haven't, great job!!! Keep up the good work and thanks for your constant 'cheerleading' at my place!

  7. The first week back at school always seems the toughest. You made it through and accomplished quite a bit on top of it. Love the picture of Darth Vader. Happy writing!