Weekly News, Goals & Prompt, April 2, 2012

Prompt o’ the Week: A shaft of sunlight from an upper window hits the face of a large grandfather clock in the living room just before one in the afternoon. As the big hand moves to twelve, a round hole in the arm aligns with a light sensor, and gears whir behind the wall until a nearby bookshelf swings out with a loud click. A shuffling noise comes from within…


Welcome to April, eh? Aside from my insanely bad judgment in staying up far, far too late last night doing my nails and watching old episodes of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman (say what you will about the giant plot holes…that romance – and Joe Lando – still makes me swoon) the day has been fairly uneventful. Then again, it’s only the lunch hour, so who knows what will happen this afternoon? But I’m hopeful all will remain somewhat calm.

Know how I thought I was done being distracted last week? Yeah, not so much. But things are *definitely* better now, and I can feel “life” coming back into focus. Things like characters and stories and writing time and housekeeping…well, everything. It’s a good feeling, though a bit daunting at the moment considering everything I let go. I’m behind several weeks now on ancillary things (thank goodness I didn’t let the writing slip more than a day or two at a time), so focus is exactly what I need to barrel ahead and get stuff done.

I’ve decided to post my weekly goals here again. While it may not be interesting or exciting for you, it’s helpful for me to lay them all out at the start of the week. Good for that whole “focus” thing. If you don’t already, I’d encourage you to try making a weekly goals list of your own. You might be surprised how handy it is, whether you hit all your goals or not (I’m normally about 50/50 with mine).

So for this week, in no particular order of importance:

– Write/post all serial chapters on time
– Devote half an hour nightly to entering data for bookkeeping purposes
– Format/publish next flash collection by Friday
– Meet calorie/fiber/exercise goals daily (if you use My Fitness Pal, friend me there)
– Write/send two main newsletters by Monday (Apr. 9th)
– Update BSB web site
– Spend a couple hours Saturday cleaning house (just because it needs it)
– Reinstate nightly load of laundry

And that’s it for this week. It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not when spread out over the week.

Here’s to focus and productivity!


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