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Weekly Update (9/1/20 – 9/6/20)

Let’s get to updating on what I’ve been doing this week! I was trying to spread my updates out, but I think that one of the best ways for me to handle it what with me doing a writing challenge will be to update reading and writing in one swoop. So first!

MilWordy!

I haven’t written today (oopse), so my total is 17,185, I am intending to get 3k today (at least), so assume that my count for the week is right around 20,000 words.

Not to shabby for one week’s work. As of yet, MilWordy hasn’t actually gotten all that hard for me. It might have something to do with the fact that I’m waking up pretty early and getting my words in before noon-time rolls around. It might be the fact that I’m on the wings of that first week and I’m feeling that high. I have a year to crash, so there’s a chance it will happen.

Whatever it is, I’m going to ride it out for as long as I can and enjoy the influx of words while they’re coming easily.

My Discord Server is doing quite a few things to help out with getting our word counts in. We’re doing daily check-ins, we have an amazing spreadsheet, and we are doing blog challenges and events! I’m really hoping that we can keep our momentum going by being a community, because honestly… there’s nothing better for a writing event than a bunch of your friends doing it with you!

As to what I’ve been writing, I’ve spread it through 7 Projects so far. 2 of them are novels, I have RP going on, a journal, this blog, and then commission work and a short story collection.

That’s really one of my tricks in this particular adventure — I’m trying to have a wide variety of things that I can work on. I usually want to put at least 1k into the novel that I’m currently working on, more, if I can manage… but having little other things to dart to while I’m in the process really, does amazing things for keeping my creativity flowing when it might otherwise stagnate.

Reading

I’ve been a bit lax on my reading this week, though I’ve still gotten plenty done. I’m chugging right on through Pet Semetary, I ordered a copy of The Stand, and I am working on reading a physical copy of The Shining.

I’m doing a pretty good job of picking through Words of Radiance as well, though I really want to just sit down and have a good binge session with that. I think if I can get a 10k writing day in soon, I might reward myself in that fashion. That could be a lot of fun, and a great motivator for me.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I eventually get off of my Stephen King kick. I’m really wanting to re-read all of the Anita Blake books, so probably that? I should fly through those pretty quickly as well, so that will be a fun little boost for my reading goals!

Anyway, that’s pretty much all that’s going on with my reading and writing. Life is going how it always does. I went and got some Halloween decorations and put them up today (fight me), and I spend most of my time taking care of some very clingy children.

It’s pretty good, all things considered ❤

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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A Thought on Resolutions

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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