I made some pretty weak goals this week and couldn't even finish them.
goal: Finish reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I've been reading
this book for like a month. I've had to renew it twice from the
library. I do actually like it, though it has kind of a slow start.
(It's a character book and I am a plot-lover, so that's probably why).
It's beautifully written, the premise is genius, the world building is
amazing, I like the characters, but it's getting harder and harder to
find time to read. Blasphemy you say? I couldn't
agree more. As a writer, the first thing we have to be, are readers.
And I do read a lot. It's one of my distinguishing characteristics at
work. I read at lunch every day (and get through about 2-3 chapters, so
not really that much reading. I get distracted by food too easily).
But I've been so caught up with the other things on my list (see below)
that reading is falling behind.
Second goal: Finish revising chapters 6-7. I did finish this, but
it took me all week. I think I was also working on it last week (but
can't remember because things have been so busy). If I want to finish
my book, I am going to have to figure out how to make time for
everything. MAKING TIME. Didn't I just talk about that in a previous
blog post? Why yes I did. Stessa, you are so hypocritical...
Taking two weeks to finish revising chapters isn't really acceptable
for my timeline. I'm not trying to rush, but I am trying to finish it
at some point...
Goal number three: Finish critiquing CP's work. This is the
main reason I am behind on the other goals. (That and Ultimate
frisbee. Oh and that full time job...) But I think it's perfectly
acceptable. They are waiting for feedback from me, and I need to
give it to them. That's how CPs work. Should critiquing take up time
you could be using for your own novel? I think it's about balance.
Once I'm done this round of critiques, I probably won't have anything
for awhile, so I can focus on my own work.
Things I did instead of writing this week:
-threw a surprise
party for The Boy: This was necessary; he tore his ACL and was
pretty bummed about it, which is perfectly reasonable. He has to get
surgery and can't play Ultimate for 6 months. So this was warranted to
cheer him up. Bottom line: he was super surprised. So surprised I
thought he might have had a heart-attack...
-watched the superbowl: duh. The commercials were pretty great.
-2 frisbee games: I don't get to choose our schedule. Next week has less games so more writing time.
So those are my excuses, but it doesn't mean it's okay. Making time
is different than finding time. Last week I was just trying to find
time. This week, I will make it.