Checking In and Modifying Some Goals

Here’s a quick question – anyone out there using Dragon Naturally speaking? Anyone that’s using Scrivener know if it is compatible with Dragon? My fingers just can’t keep up with my brain and I’m seeking an alternative.


Goal #1 – Only did two of my 3 posts this week – one about my crazy and possibly creepy neighbors, and one about writer-me, and the importance of words. That one kind of needed to be written upon learning that the individual who had the greatest impact on me and my writing passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Goal #2 – I am scrapping this one for now. I think I have something wonky going on with my google account, so I’m going to table this for now and bring it out again later, either as a short-term goal or in a future RoW engagement.

Goal #3 – Social Media – I’m at about 60% of my stated goal here. I’ve been in a foul mood and am trying to refrain

Goal #4 – Children’s WIPs. Nothing. Again. For some reason I seem to gravitate toward these more in the summer.  Now that I think about it, ALL my media habits seem to be seasonal – paranormals and crime novels in the fall & winter, romance and chick lit in the summer. Comedy movies in the summer, horror in the winter. Music  is the same way. Hmmm…discovering this could turn to my advantage. Tuck that aside to work with later.

Goal #5 – Catching up on my blog reading and added a few more to my follow list. Trying to comment more regularly, and I’ve definitely improved, but still just lurking on a number of them.

Goal #6 – Edits. Whoa! First, this one is being modified – no longer giving myself a page marker on this – going with a time marker instead – 4 hours a week. Which I knocked out of the park this week. Getting characters and some of the pages I’d revised into Scrivener, trying to figure out whether or not I like it, got a LOT of my read through done last night.

And I need a partner. After looking at the words, crossing them out, writing new ones in, over and over and suddenly I find myself in that position where you’ve said the same word so many times that it no longer has any meaning. I need a reader. I think later this week I’ll look into that.

Goal #7 – Short term this week: all holes on the first floor are patched and awaiting paint, upstairs will be done today. Win!

This Weeks #7: Two unrelated parts – I was given a blog award that I need to pass along, so I’m going to get that done. I’m also going to look into a reader/partner for my revisions. I need input from someone  – perhaps putting together a password page on here?? Not sure but I definitely need some input.

Goal #8 – Restarting The Scarpetta Factor. My first stab was in the ER waiting room and none of it stuck.

Goal #9 – sidebar updated.




Caffeinated Check-In


What? Oh, it’s time for my check in? I hadn’t noticed. You see, I got a new coffee maker and have been shut away in the closet with it like a pair of sixth graders playing 10 Minutes in Heaven. I’ve been cuddling and stroking the pretty red machine, saying nice things to it to make it love me.

I need my coffee maker to love me. I need it to give me coffee.

Given that this is the first morning I’ve had a cup of coffee since last check in, I’m surprised I got anything done. Cause that instant stuff doesn’t cut it. And there’s that weird head on it that makes it look life I’ve poured myself a morning Guinness. What is that?

Anyway –


Goal # 1 – Done with one to spare – 2 Rant Rave  Write random rants on Passive Aggressive me and Targeted Marketing, plus 2 10 x 10 posts. One trip down memory lane, the other the musical soundtrack to my brain. That one was a trip.

Goal #2 – I hit this marker on Wednesday, but have spent more time since then learning nothing aside from the fact that self-hosting the domain may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Goal #3 – I’m already sliding on this one. This whole thing is just alien to me. And if I count the auto post of the Rant Rave Write posts automatically to the FB page, then forwarded to Twitter as a complete and utter cop-out, I may not have done anything here since Wednesday. I am reading Tweets and trying to find people I want to follow, but the posting is tricky for me. 140 characters. Just enough for a random thought.  Random thoughts from me. Yikes.

Should I get the tree tattooed? Would bashing a frozen pumpkin feel like bashing a human head? Why isn’t history taught from the present backwards? Why was the plumed hat invented?

See? We don’t really me to Tweet like that, do we?

Goal #4 – Still tanking the kiddo works. Didn’t even open one. Come on, how hard is this? I have given myself permission to count opening the document as a success and I didn’t even pull that off?

Goal #5 – This one I did at the halfway marker. Hit the read/comment on the ROW participants, but I really need to read/respond to more non-ROW blogs. I have a limited reach here and need to do better.

Goal #6 – Read a few pages of the book I need to edit, installed Scrivener and spent three hours without tech support and one hour with tech support to make my remote access work from the laptop to the desktop with Scrivener. No actual editing, but a lot of time spent trying to make it work easily for me, so I’m totally counting this as a success.

Goal #7 – This is my weekly short-term goal. 50% here. The holiday hoopla is packed away, both from here and the stuff I take out to the nursing home for my Mom. Yay! We have a living room again. My office? Still looks like a fallout zone.

My new number #7 for this week is going to bump that one, I’m off to California on Thursday and know better than to think I’m going to be organizing anything this week. So this is going to be 3 mini-goals.

1. I must pack and have everything ready to go by Wednesday so I don’t melt down into a hot mess the night before I go. OH MY GOD I NEED A BOOK! I CAN’T FLY FOR 8 HOURS WITHOUT A BOOK! AHHHH!

2. Bite my tongue for 16 hours of fly time. At no time will I be allowed to utter the phrase from The Twilight Zone, “There’s something on the wing!” (Damn you John Lithgow) Texting this to people not on the plane will not count against me.

There's. . . something. . . on the wing!

3. On Sunday when I get home, no matter how tired I am, I have to stack up the client work I’ll be doing on Monday so I do not begin the week behind the 8 ball.

I also won the Versatile Blogger award this week (Thanks Sharon!) so I need to pass that along, but given my week, any progress at all there will be counted as a bonus – I probably can’t get to that until next week.

I’m going now. More coffee, you know.