I’m truly sorry that I’ve been so silent as of late. I’d planned to do a recap of 2009, but you all went through it just like I did, so there are no big surprises there. *g* Publishing has started to level off. Note: I didn’t say recover. It’s still a bronco attempting to buck everyone off. As part of my nefarious plan to better my writing skills, I’ve auditioned and been accepted into an online class. So far, it’s great. The homework is kicking my butt more than I thought it would, but ultimately that’s a good thing. I’ve already learned a lot and we’ve only done one lesson. Can’t wait to see what the next four weeks hold. 🙂
With that in mind, I probably won’t be blogging a lot until I get a few things off my plate. My intention for the New Year was to blog a couple of times of week, but make the entries meaty. No more fillers. I guess I’m already breaking that resolution. (Okay, it wasn’t exactly a resolution, since I don’t make those, but it was my intention.)
Along with my writing class, I’ve been working on my young adult urban fantasy. Figured out the problem that was plaguing the fifth chapter, which is a BIG relief. Now I’m just trying to juggle my schedule enough to get my daily word count in. That’s right, I’m back to writing six days a week. I blew it yesterday, but made up for it today. I’m also getting a lot of use out of my birthday present, Rosetta Stone French 1. I’m doing a lesson every day. The lessons move fast, but I definitely see what makes them effective. The picture match to the words and phrases really works. The writing section is still stomping me, but it’ll come eventually.
Every year I keep track of how many books I read. This year I think I read a little less than last year 08. I finished 77 books. Someday I’m going to hit a hundred. That’s my aim anyway. How did you all do with your reading this year? Read more? Less? What books stood out to you?
For me, it was the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Darkfever and Bloodfever by Karen Moning, and Magic Burns and Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I read a lot of other books, but those are the ones that stood out for me.
I’ve started off the New Year right by reading Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod. I can’t emphasis enough how terrific this book turned out to be. If you do anything creative or think about doing anything creative, you MUST pick it up.
I’m now reading The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. It’s the second book in the Percy Jackson series. Really great stuff.
The one thing I realized about last year was that I spent way too much time editing and not enough time writing. I cannot express enough the disparity between those two actions. :-O Hence the resolve to write six days a week. I’ve purposely kept the word count low to make it easy for me. Have to work back up to productivity. So far it is working.
I’m working out five days a week. The plan is to work up to six days and make it for at least forty five minutes. I’m at thirty minutes now. I was fortunate enough to receive the Wii game Just Dance for Christmas. I’m having ridiculous amounts of fun trying to match the dancers on screen, which is a trick given that I’m convinced I have two left feet. *ggg* I also got the add on pack for the Wii Active. I believe it’s called Wii Active More. Let me tell you, it is a LOT more. I thought the other one was tough. This one is really hard (if you’re as out of shape as I am). At the same time, I think it’s more fun. They’ve changed it to be more interactive. My favorite activity thus far is the sparring section. Lots of fun. Lots of sweat. Have you all picked up any new exercise toys? Don’t tell me I’m sweating alone. *wg*
Tomorrow dh and I are off to a farmer’s market. (It’s this time of year that I’m truly grateful to be in the Southwest.) We’re also hitting Daybreakers. Like I’m going to pass up a vampire flick. Is anyone else going to see it? I’m counting down the days until Legion releases. Angels, machine guns, it doesn’t get any better than that. 🙂