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That which hath been accomplished...
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In writing: I submitted a couple of poems/flash pieces to Nano Fiction and wrote four new poems for Napowrimo. One of the poems you can read here.

I spent a considerable amount of energy avoiding writing Chapter Three. Once, I even had the laptop out and in front of me with the blank page open, so, I, uh, started fleshing out the outline a bit more. Sometimes I just need to get a hold of the big picture in order to be able to focus on the specifics of a scene. I start to get annoyed if I don't know what to write and verge off into generalities, rather than get to the heart of the scene. It feels all wrong as I'm writing, and while I know sometimes it's best to just soldier through, it can be frustrating to put work down on a scene that you know you're probably going to have to rewrite from scratch later. At any rate, I hope the outlining will help me with getting Chapter Three done this week.

Edited to add: I just saw whipchick's mapping post on triggers, which notes how the triggering event is what really get the story started. Perfect right now, since I think (part of) the reason why I've been stuck on the opening chapters is that I've been burying the triggers a bit. Will have to think about moving them forward to get some more action going.

In exercise: It was a very good week. Did a run on Monday (which went very well), did an excellent workout with my trainer on Wednesday, another run on Thursday (which didn't go as well — in fact, it was a bit rough), and did a four mile hike on Saturday with my sister, niece, and mom (which involved lots of hills and felt great). So, I'd say I accomplished my goal with flying colors.

In other important stuff: State taxes did not get done, which is very, very bad of me. I must accomplish them this week. MUST.

I think the filing thing is kind of a spin off of the taxes thing. It would be fantastico, if I could get more organized in that regard and I keep saying I will and then, um, not. If I even just do some baby steps this week, that would be awesome.

That which must be accomplished in the coming week:
– Get California taxes done (must happen)
– Begin Chapter Three of Under the Midday Moon (write a minimum of 1,000 words and hopefully finish)
– Submit something (poetry, fiction, whatever)
– Finish at least a handful of Napowrimo poems
– Walk/Run at least three days at least 2 miles each day (2/3 + workout)
– Sort paperwork out by year for filing
– Either purchase new a new filing cabinet(s), and/or buy folders/large envelopes, and/or go through the process of sorting and putting everything in its place

Cross-posted to my website. You are welcome to comment either here or there.

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I love your poem. :) Very applicable to this past week for sure.

I'm with you on the writing though. We'll both just have to plow through it and get it done!

Congrats on the exercise though! That's awesome. :D

Thank you! I'm so glad you like the poem.

Yep, plow, plow, plow and try not to keel over from exhaustion. ;)

Or give ourselves a heart attack. ;)

I'm so glad you got so much writing done this week! And thanks for the linkback :)

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