Best way to meet a goal?…don’t set one.

Well.

I started out last week with the best of intentions, but I didn’t meet many of my goals. This leads me to believe that I’m better off not setting any. Kidding.

I did get through quite a bit last week. I got through a rough draft of my novel outline and started a bit of writing. However, I’ve already taken a step back to revisit the outline. It needs more, and I think I need to run it by a dearfriendwhoshouldhaveherownblogbecauseshe’ssofunnyandreadsover100booksperyear*.

Other accomplishments of late? Mayorships and badges galore on foursquare! Go, me.

*Yeah, I called you out on it, Kim. You owe it to the book blogging world :)

Sunday updates and goals – Progress!

We have progress! Yay! Here are the numbers:

  • # of words written: zippo, but I started an outline
  • Blog posts: two (three if you count this one)
  • Contract work: After finishing a complete rough draft last week, I haven’t done a single thing this week
  • Office de-cluttering: One box organized; one bag of trash
  • Books read: One

These are my goals for this week:

  • # of words written: finish outline
  • Blog posts: two (other than this one)
  • Contract work: Need to reconnect with client on needs
  • Office de-cluttering: get through two boxes
  • Books read: one
  • Play with my daughter: always!

There’s more, but I really need to get to bed at a decent time tonight. I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.

Breaking through the book barrier with The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake got me through my reading funk. Thanks TPSOLC! I finished it a couple of days ago, and it was fabulous. It was quick, original, and I loved the way it flowed. If you want a quick read, get this one. Just don’t try to get it from the library. I was on the hold list at the library when I ordered the book off Amazon. I was 25th out of 39 when I cancelled the hold, and I started out at 41.

Since we’re talking about books we recommend, I just found out that one of my favorites is coming to theaters soon. I loved “Never Let Me Go”, and I’m excited to see the movie. I’m not as excited about Keira Knightley being in it, but they didn’t consult me on the casting. Woe is me.

And that leads me to another book gone movie… “How Starbucks Saved My Life.” Ugh. This was terrible, and I can’t believe someone (Tom Hanks even – I do question his judgment these days) thought it would make a good movie. This was the best review I found:

How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Disappointing Memoir

I tried to find a good book blogger review of it, but I couldn’t find one that didn’t suck up to Michael Gates Gill as if he was the best thing since the pumpkin spice latte.

So, for good reads, skip the Starbucks memoir, but by all means, have a PSL. It’s really good iced, and I bet it would be even better with a slice of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/books/review/Genzlinger-t.html

August was a dud where reading is concerned

I am so disappointed that I didn’t keep up with my book/week goal during the month of August. I am now at least six books behind for the year, and I really hope I can catch up, although September isn’t looking much better.

Luckily, we’re going to Sydney for three weeks later this year. I may be able to catch up on some reading then. If not, I’ll just have to get some Georgette Heyer books, because I love those and plow right through them. They’re so easy to read and so quick that reading Heyer feels like cheating.

In the meantime, I’m currently reading:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

And I’m loving it! Great book so far. In fact, I’m heading to bed so I can get a little bit of reading in.

Sunday updates and goals

First, the updates… uh, not many. Maybe I’ll just start with the numbers:

  • # of words written: zippo
  • Blog posts: uno (yay! two if you count this one)
  • Contract work: Finished outlines for three user guides; one outline still in progress; wrote/edited eight topics
  • Office de-cluttering: don’t ask
  • Books read: zippo

These are my goals for this week:

  • # of words written: some
  • Blog posts: two (other than this one)
  • Contract work: Finish outline #4; write/edit 70 or so topics
  • Office de-cluttering: get through one box or put away one stack o’ crap
  • Books read: one
  • Play with my daughter: always!

My new hope is that if I put some goals out there for all the world to see, I’ll be able to stick to them. I’ll be sure to blog about how it all goes.

That’s about all I have tonight. I’m heading to bed early. Seriously. Now. Or within 10 minutes, whichever comes first.