ROW80 time. It's been a wildly busy week, but the big event I've been working on happened yesterday. It's over, and I am feeling like the way is cleared (mostly) for getting to do the things that are most important to me. I'm feeling on the verge of a new path, and it's exciting.
A couple of writing/life thoughts before I get to my check-in. I am looking forward to year's end. I am looking forward to being done with NaNoWriMo. This will be my last year as a Municipal Liaison--I really need to stop doing things that are other people's "stuff" and focus more on my own. And doing the ML thing takes a lot of my time. We needed someone because we were suddenly without an ML four years ago, so I stepped in. And I stayed because someone needed to do it. But it's time to wrap that up.
I am also thinking.seriously about whether this will be my last year participating in NaNo at all. When it gets to be about August I find myself starting to adjust my writing schedule to try to get something new ready for NaNo, and more than once I have ended up seriously sidetracking a work-in-progress because of this. Now I'm in a writing critique group, and that is making figuring out what to so about a NaNo story even harder to figure out. I think I may need to just follow my own writing rhythms after this year. I love the camaraderie, the excitement, the push, but I don't feel like NaNo is furthering my writing life any more.
But that's a decision for after November. For now, here's a check-in:
- Do 10 minutes of writing practice from prompts twice a week--Even with the last-minute craziness that always comes during the week before a big event, I did fit this in, and that felt great. I think my writing always gets better faster when I'm doing prompts at least a couple of times a week.
- In non-NaNo weeks, write at least 1,500 words of fiction with a focus on improving my descriptions--I did about 1,200 words, but considering how busy my week was I'm feeling like this is a win.
- Read at least one page of fiction at least four times a week--I spent a nice long chunk of time on Wednesday reading the next installment of Seanan McGuire's Indexing serial, and I read a few pages of the Ann Rice novel I'm plodding through (The Wolf Gift). Not bad, and it was enough this week. I have to make sure to give myself reading time, because I feel better, happier, calmer when I get my fiction reading time, and reading stories leads to better writing.
- Continue participating in coaching circle--I finished my session as a practice coach this past week, and Thursday I'll have my wrap-up as a practice client, and then this goal will be wrapped up until January.
- Complete at least a sketchy outline for my Body Pages class--Not exactly and outline, but I had an epiphany about what Body Pages is going to look like (it's going to be a blog series), so progress was made on this.
Art/Art Journaling Goals
- Continue BOD; finish lessons before Christmas--this was the only one of my art goals I had time for this week, but I did do a birthday spread that I really like.
That's everything. And possibly the best part--it feels like enough. That's a feeling I don't get very often, so this is really good. It's good to let what I do be enough (and you should remember that what you do is enough, too).
See you Wednesday!