How Did I Do?

Health check time. It’s almost the end of January, and I promised that I would do a monthly review on progress. I made a number of plans at the beginning of the year -I won’t say ‘resolutions’ because… well, who ever heard of a resolution lasting longer than a month? If you’re a writer you’ll know that things change day by day. Characters start to take on a life of their own, your favourite pen runs out of ink, the laptop plays up, the cat sits on your keyboard and refuses to move, you ask yourself for the umpteenth time; ‘why do you think you can write?’

You know what I mean? If you’re not a writer, then I bet the same things happen in your daily ‘working’ life. Stuff happens. So I’ll go first shall I?

The Good…

  • 24,638 new words written for WiP The Promise 
  •  9 blogs published (two per week) at around 3,700k
  • 1 Penny and George story written
  • Managed one day of 500 calories a week (no alcohol!) – the results in Simon’s blood sugars are a great motivator.

The Not So Bad…

  • Duolingo Learn Italian… most days, currently on a 10 day streak
  • Presents wrapped and card written for important birthday

The Plain Ugly…

  • I catastrophised several times when I discovered my driving licence had expired at the end of November! Eeeks, but nearly sorted. Phew.

Not a bad month. I need to remember why things worked this month. Writing ‘new’ stuff is best achieved away from the desk, if that makes sense. I take myself off to the ‘Writing Lab’ also fondly known as Bobbus our camper van. Versatility is his middle name!

Planning out my blogs the month before with a summary of each post really did help to maintain some momentum and continuity. I’ve also grown numbers on my FB page and website, I think down to this.

Penny and George, well they are always around in one way or another, so it’s hard to ignore them. I will share a link when I’m ready.

And the catastrophising? Well, it’s hard to change a habit of a lifetime…😜

“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.” —Pauline Kael

Tell me, how was your January?

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