It is, of course, a Road Trip Wednesday day, and I've missed the last MONTH'S worth, so today's question feels pretty relevant:
This week's question is: Quarterly check-ins! We're already 1/4 of the way through the year--where are you on your reading and writing goals?
First, the good:
- I've read 27 books this year! I set a much lower goal this year than last year, but wouldn't you know it--I'm currently on pace to hit last year's goal! I've decided to compromise and bump this year's goal from 75 books to 100 books. That's not so many that I won't pick up a long book, but enough that I'll be motivated to keep finding time in my day to read.
- My February Compliment Challenge here on the blog was a lot of fun; in what was otherwise kind of a blah month, finding something nice to say each day made things a little better. All told, I got about 135 comments, contest entries, and links to shared compliments--and as it happened, a teacher I knew a little bit in grad school was about $135 away from being able to buy speakers, amps, and a monitor for his music classroom. So I decided to give $1 for each time someone participated, and completed the project. A huge thanks to all who participated--I'm sure you made many people's days, and this teacher and his students are very excited to get their equipment.
- I had big plans for you, February. Big plans. I was gonna write and write and write! I was gonna crank out a new-and-improved draft of my YA project, and make it into something I loved! Welllllllllll...that didn't quite happen. I'm at a bit of a decision point with my writing. The good news is that I've moved past the place where "Oh, just quit it, you don't have anything to say anyway," is one of my possibilities. I hung out there for about two weeks and that was a bummer. But right now, I've got three options:
- Keep trying with the WiP I wrote most of during NaNo, then completely re-outlined in a way that's much more interesting to me and near and dear to my heart...but which hit a wall early on this month when I tried to re-draft it.
- Turn my attention to the Google Doc currently titled "Shiny New Whooziwhatsit" which has an outline and the first 500 words of a new YA project I'm excited about, one that's closer to home and therefore a little scary to write.
- Investigate the small voice in my head reminding me that MG is my first love, possibly my One True Love, and annoyingly pointing out that reading good MG fiction makes me want to run through the streets proclaiming my love of books. So, maybe start experimenting with MG writing? Or at least, start reading more MG in preparation for some MG writing experiments. (Other than Wonder, and the handful I've blogged about like The Cavendish Home... and The False Prince, what MG should I be reading???)
- Also, I've been a once-a-week blogger for the last month or so. Oops. Trying to get back on the horse.