Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Go After It

I'm multitasking today. The Road Trip Wednesday question over at YA Highway is this:

Quarterly Check-In: We did one back in March, so now that we're just past the halfway point of the year, how are you doing on your goals?

This goes right in with What's Up Wednesday so why not do both?!

What I'm Reading
I'm reading Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood which has been great so far. I love her world of witches and forbidden magic, although I would like her to pinpoint a year. I always assumed it was mid-1800s, but then something I read earlier in the book made me think it takes place closer to the turn of the century. Anyone know what year it takes place?

What I'm Writing
Here's where YA Highway's question comes in. Goals. Yay. I haven't really set concrete goals for myself this year. My main goal is to do a bit each day. If I'm writing, I aim for a thousand words. If I'm revising, I try to do a few chapters, a couple of hours, whatever I can fit in my day. Unfortunately, I haven't been reaching that 1k a day goal. Last summer, I took a break from writing/revising completely so that I could spend time with the kids. I felt guilty sometimes that I wasn't writing and had to keep reminding myself that my kids should be my priority anyway. This summer, I didn't want to take a complete break from writing, but I still think my kids should come first. They're home with me all day, and they want to do things with me. Of course, this makes it hard for me to fit any writing time in. During the school year, my writing time is usually after lunch until the kids get home from school. Now though, that's the worst possible time of the day to try and write which is why I think I'm getting nothing done. I'm also critiquing two manuscripts, and I've been putting that above working on my own. I've promised myself that as soon as I'm done those, that time will go to my writing. Here's hoping,

What Inspires Me Right Now
I couldn't think of anything that's inspiring me right now, and then I found this in my file of blog photos:
Enough said.

What Else I've Been Up To
As you can tell from above, I've been busy with the kids. Today I'm taking them to the beach. Yesterday we had a Just Dance 4 marathon. Tomorrow it's the library and spray park. Hot days seem few and far between here so I try to take full advantage of them.

What have you been up to?


  1. That quote is so true, because on a lot of days inspiration isn't just going to come to you. I hope you can squeeze in writing somewhere in between everything else going on. I know what that's like, having four kids at home that bore easily and need constant care and attention, and I also feel guilty if I'm not spending as much time with them as I should. Such is the way of being a writer and a mom. We just have to find that balance.

  2. I love that quote! Everyone has such awesome quotes on their blogs today!

    Also, this summer my kids are home and they are my priority, but I am trying to take a few hours for me and my writing. Whether that be early in the morning before they get up or 2-4 in the afternoon or 10 at night, I try to squeeze a little in. I know all about the not writing because there's so much else going on so I hope you can find some balance soon. Although I kind of want to have a Dance 4 marathon now (my son has discovered Minecraft and is trying to teach me - I'm more a fan of dancing.)

    I hope you have a great week!

  3. I really hope you have a wonderful time with your children this summer and still squeeze in your writing.

  4. I have the same dilemma as you although I only have one kid. When I'm focusing on writing, I feel like I should be spending more time with him, and when I take time off from writing to hang out with him, I feel guilty that I'm not being productive enough. You're absolutely right that kids always trump writing though. Hope you're able to squeeze in some good writing time and that you can enjoy it guilt free!

  5. I'm a big fan of setting realistic goals, then you're more likely to meet them. So having your kids be your first priority and writing when you can totally works for me. I say, keep having fun in the sun!

  6. I love that inspiration quote! I think BW took place in the late 1890's, but maybe SC is 1900? I'm not sure either...