Category: Goals

Reading/Watching/Gaming/Etc July 2013

Posted August 3, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Round-up. The text 'monthly round-up' beneath a wrapped package. What I've been up to the past month.

I thought I’d try something new this month, a little round up of all the things I’ve read or watched or played and a very brief description of my thoughts. I don’t actively track what I watch (or, actually, what I play) so these may be a bit bare if, indeed, they appear at all, but it’s worth a try and it might be interesting! It might also get me talking about things a little more in a format that isn’t particularly scary. We’ll see how it goes and whether it’s worth keeping up. In the case of works I’ve posted actual reviews for, I will, of course, be linking to that instead. I also won’t be including things that I didn’t finish.

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April/May 2013 Goals

Posted April 30, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

My April goals were as follows…

I Want to Read:
– Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
– The Various by Steve Augarde
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction

I’ve failed to read Moving Pictures (sadness, but I haven’t really been in a humour read and I read, like, 25 other books), but I did read Yellow Moon and The Various!

And quite against my expectations, I also made my writing goal! (Surpassed it, actually, by about a thousand words.) April started off as an abysmal writing month. I barely wrote anything for the first half, but things picked up in the last week or so. I got 10+K written the past week. I’ll take it any week! Here’s to hoping I’m back on top of things for May!
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March/April 2013 Stats and Goals

Posted March 31, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

In non-reading news, I’ve been battling Baldur Gate’s: EE‘s multiplayer and… Just. The frustration. I give up. I GIVE UP. I have tried everything the internet threw at me to try. Getting multiplayer to work with that game (without third party software) is HORRIBLE. *rubs temples* I’m too sulky and stroppy to try and deal with it further. No, this totally did NOT eat up my day.

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February and March Goals

Posted March 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

As I wouldn’t blame you for not recalling, my goals for February were the following:

For February I Want to Read:
– Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
– Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
– Possession by A.S. Byatt

For February I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

As I mentioned at the end of the first week of February, I was well on track toward reaching my goals. I finished up Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper, I finished the story I was working on and started to rework The Passage of Pearl. I suspect to have that ready somewhere in April/May at the latest unless the story decides to throw wrenches at me.

It’s taken me far, far longer to work on The Passage of Pearl as I’d anticipated and I’m not 100% sure that what I’m doing is working, but either way I’ll be able to release a story I have even more pride and confidence in.

My February word count quite honestly blew me away. It stands at 30,854 words. So, yes, that’s more than double what I was aiming for. O_O March is also off to a pretty decent start. It’s not stellar — The Passage of Pearl is being a little ornery — but it’s perfectly respectable and has pushed my yearly total past 50K. I’d not expected to be at this point until the end of April, so I am really pleased and tickled by that.

For March my goals will continue to look much the same. I’m not yet willing to up my reading goals just yet. I’m thinking I’ll up it in May if I continue to make this kind of progress and I may alter my writing goals a littel come April. 12,500 words is my official goal. It’s what I need to write in a month to complete the challenge I signed up for (Inking It Out is awesome.), but I’m thinking of adding in my “I am building up a buffer for the rest of the year” counts as well. They’re a little higher, though not by all that much. Ambitious, I am not. I am incompatible with challenge ambitions, and, anyway, that’s not really my aim. My aim is to write and finish up projects and then write some more. Setting goals I can reach with (relative) ease is what’s encouraging me to push for more. Not because reaching the goal is a challenge but because I’m having fun. And, if I get stuck on something or need a break because a project isn’t fun, I can afford to without breaking my official-goal streak. It’s win-win for me. ^-^

Anyway! My March goals shall be as follows:

I Want to Read:
– Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes
– The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum
– Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction

Unofficially, my goals are to finish new drafts (and preferably the last draft) of The Passage of Pearl, Changeling’s Time and Made to Be Broken, but we’ll see how that goes. The first two are high priority pieces and I’ve got some pieces that may (read: likely will) usurp Made to Be Broken in the queue.

One day, I will learn how to make a calendar with a proper planning and wield it effectively and it will be grand and awesome, but that day is not today and I shall keep my planning tucked nicely in my head.

But there you go. March’s goals.

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January Ramblings

Posted January 31, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Well. It is now the end of January, which means it’s time to review my goals for January.

What you don’t know, because I’ve been nice and secret about it (again), is that I’ve already set my goals for February veeery early on in the month. I thought it might help encourage me to finish things. I’m not sure how well that’s working, but I’ve had to alter the reading list because I finished one of February’s books yesterday, so it seems to have a positive effect.

Anyway! I know I just linked the original post, but for completeness’ sake I’ll restate my January goals. (Now with properly spelling author’s names!)

For January I Want to Read:
– Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
– The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

For January I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

I have finished all of these. In fact, I read a ridiculous amount. I’ve read 24 items I’m calling “books” (even though some are ebooklets/short stories and some are magazines) and about 33 online items, mostly Yuletide fanfic. (I’m still not caught up!)

I wrote a grand total of 17,081 words and, although that number may yet go up later today I wouldn’t count on it. This last week has been filled with copious amounts of busy and I haven’t felt like starting on any writing. It’s not always relaxing and I was in dire need of relaxing things.

But I got there. I didn’t quite get to the three stories I wanted to have done, but considering the grief the other two were giving me I don’t mind. Two stories all polished up and ready to go is also good.

For February I Want to Read:
– Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
– Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
– Possession by A.S. Byatt

For February I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

So. There we are. Those are my goals fo February. We’ll see how it goes. XD I’ve also been trying to get back into talking about the books I’ve read, so there have been some brief burbles on GoodReads for some of the things I’ve been reading. They’re not long and I’m going on an “It’s okay to mention things I didn’t like, but mostly it needs to be positive” basis. These are both deliberate choices. Reviewing has eaten my entire life to the point of burn-out once. I don’t want that to happen again and I do want to share things I’ve enjoyed with others. So we’ll see where we go from here, really. ^-^

Hope everyone’s January was good and your February will be awesome!

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Ideas, Plans, Things, Books!

Posted January 2, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

It is now January 2nd, 2013 here. I would have made this post yesterday, but alas I did not get to sleep in time to escape the fireworks, which meant I am still catching up on a sleep deficit. *le sigh* I need a life planner. Or something.

Anyway! Mustn’t grumble too much as it also means I’ve been bouncing around like, er, a bouncy ball tossed into a room with great bouncing-inducing surfaces at high speed so it has ridiculous amounts of momentum. No. No, that doesn’t quite work as a metaphor, does it? My ability to come up with shiny examples does rather plummet, yes.

2013 will see… a lot of things hopefully. I did not win the lottery as planned (which, selfishly, I consider extremely mean of the universe, but there you are), so I’ll be working on the same old same old things. One of those things is my TBR pile!

I’ve been trying to find ways to reduce it for a while now and have finally stumbled across some that work reasonably well. And by ‘reasonably well’ I mean ‘Slowly but actually gets the thing to go down’. Huzzah! This year, I’d like to fiddle around with the format a little and we’ll see how it goes, really.

In previous years, I’ve kept one pile of “I really want to get to these books” for the whole year. I’m still doing that, but I am terribly mean and not giving you the whole list. I try to keep the list around 50 books because I know my attention span will drift after all the new and shinier books.

So! This year, to spice things up a little, I am assigning myself 3 books per month. I read about 12 a month on average, so I should be perfectly all right with just 3. 2, possibly, if one of them is a chunkster. I may not manage it. It is a new thing, so it’ll be hard to find my way into a number and schedule that works. If I do well with 3 books, I may up it to 4 or 5 later on.

I also aim to talk about the books a little. Not full-blown reviews, but little thoughts and musings. Just to start talking about books again. You can be sure I’ll talk more readily about books I enjoy, though. I like positivity and fostering it too much. (That doesn’t mean I want a lack of critical thought or aught, mind! Problematic things are problematic and that should be acknowledged. I just want to try and slant it towards also being positive.)

Anyway! What does that mean for January? It means I am using Windows 7’s sticky notes (diiiiislike, but they work?) to remind myself every day of what I am supposed to be reading and doing. (I get to remove books after I finish them, of course!) So!

For January I Want to Read:
– Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
– The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Bridge of Birds by Barry Hugarth

For January I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction (or of that syntactic essay I keep meaning to finish)

And those are my January goals (as relevant to my rambling here). I will probably revise the way I lay these out as I get more practice in writing them up and such, mind, so suggestions are more than welcome!

And for those who would like a status update: I’ve started Sword at Sunset at the end of 2012. I got a bit stuck 100 pages into it and then yesterday read through another 100. That puts me roughly halfway through the book. I am excited! (The sooner I finish it, the sooner I can reread The Hobbit and the sooner I can learn all sorts of things I never knew from the annotations!) It’s a slow book, Sword at Sunset, and it gave me some trouble settling into it, but I think I’ve found my stride now. ^-^

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