To-do list for April …

I know we’re pretty much into April by now, but as this is my first week “back”, so to speak, I thought I’d start (ish) with April’s to-do list so far. The faint-hearted may sit this one out:

  • 1 week’s holiday 
  • write 1,000 words every day
  • update price list 
  • author and proof-reader edits on historical fiction #1 
  • weekly walks’ reports for 6 local newspapers
  • daily dog walk
  • edit 145,000-word auto-biography
  • update gig list weekly
  • weekly banking
  • proof-read non-fiction #1
  • proof-read new client novel
  • write sample chapter for own non-fiction
  • weekly diary work
  • 2 x dental appointments (shudder)
  • GP appointment 
  • hair appointment
  • weekly invoices/book-keeping
  • author and proof-reader edits on historical fiction #2
  • 1 x trip to Birmingham
  • ad-hoc work as it comes in from new contract

Wish me luck. 🙂

This is April's picture on the calendars.
This is April’s picture on the calendars.

Tight month

I don’t really have much to report, mostly because I’ve spent vast quantities of the past 7 days in bed. I’ve done hardly any work because I just haven’t had the energy. I didn’t go to the Leeds write-in on Saturday, I’ve not been to any gigs, and I didn’t go to visit my parents – mostly because we don’t want them catching whatever I’ve had.

And I’m hoping it’s the past tense now.

The over-the-counter drugs have been working hard for about 5 days, including night time tablets to help me sleep (not sleeping tablets). But yesterday, when I surfaced the first time, I was so woozy I spent several seconds staring down at the doorstep wondering why the milkman hadn’t been … (he might be good, but he doesn’t deliver on a Sunday, unless snow has been forecast the following day, and then it’s Sunday evening rather than Sunday morning).

So last night I went without the night time drugs … and when I woke up at 10am this morning, I felt as though I’d slept the sleep of the dead. The animals were all shut in the bedroom with me and I have no idea if I’d ignored any of them wanting out, but as they were all fast asleep and snoring … perhaps they have me on when they do manage to wake me and don’t want out at all.

It means, of course, that now February – an already short month – is tighter than ever. I have a good month’s-worth of work in. I just need to plod through it steadily:

  • edit historical novel #1
  • edit historical novel #2
  • proof-read historical non-fiction #1
  • proof-read auto-biography
  • pitch paranormal feature #1
  • weekly walks report
  • finish and submit short story for fave story market
  • finish and submit filler/reader’s letter
  • write and submit RTE (reader’s true experience)
  • arrange interviews for non-fiction #1
  • write press release for Feb book publication
  • write 1,000 words a day …

We didn’t get much snow this time, by the way, despite it being forecast last week and this week. It did snow, but not enough to stick. It’s nice walking the dog when it’s snowing because nobody else does. (Bunch of big girls’ blouses!)

In other news, I am reading quite a lot, World Without End by Ken Follett (and watching it on telly), and I finally finished the polo-necked aran jumper I’ve been knitting for about three years. So that’s something.

However, I’d best get on …

February targets (list alert)

Last week I was very, very busy.

Friday was spent mostly trying to make sense of February – bidding for any extra work I think I may need, agreeing to new jobs from existing clients, planning properly so the workload – and the income – is spread out more evenly, and making sure I make time for my work as well as everybody else’s, although everybody else’s pays the bills (mine will and should eventually).

Saturday I went along to another write-in in Leeds and I wrote over 1,200 words, which included the first draft of a short story and an outline for a new filler.

Sunday was spent weeding out work I don’t want – ie work that doesn’t pay enough or that would take me too long to make it worthwhile – and coming up with a to do list for February …

… and here it is …

Writerly

  1. Allocate 2 hours every day to WRITING
  2. Write walks report for local papers weekly
  3. Write and submit 1 story for fave story market
  4. Write and submit 1 filler or reader’s letter
  5. Write and submit 1 article or RTE (reader’s true experience)
  6. Arrange interviews for non-fiction #1
  7. Revise book proposal for non-fiction #1
  8. Write at least 1,000 words per day across all writing projects 
  9. Attend Leeds write-in at least once a fortnight
  10. Complete 1st draft of 1st story for new anthology

Editing and proof-reading

  1. Surf job boards daily (x 2)
  2. Bid for at least one job per day
  3. Try and win at least one new job per week

Jobs already in

  1. Edit historical fiction #1
  2. Edit historical fiction #2
  3. Proof-read historical non-fiction #1
  4. Draft outline for paranormal article #1

Other

  1. Enter daily competitions daily
  2. Walk dog daily – 30 minutes minimum weekdays; 1 hour minimum weekends
  3. Update gig list weekly 
  4. Update diary weekly 
  5. Raise invoices weekly 
  6. Filing daily 
  7. Shredding daily 
  8. Tidy desk daily
  9. Bake weekly 
  10. Visit parents fortnightly 
  11. Daily yoga workout
  12. 2 high-energy workouts per week
  13. 1 x < 5-mile walk
  14. Ensure I do diddley squat on my monthly Do Diddle Day

The pic at the bottom is February’s photograph in the calendar. It’ll appear again on this month’s Do Diddle Day.

Pugneys, Wakefield
Pugneys, Wakefield

January review (list alert)

blog thumbnailIt’s been a busy week and today is the first time since Monday I’ve fired up the pc again. I meant to come on yesterday, but the day just disappeared beneath a pile of work. It’s been another week of proof-reading, and still is.

But I’ve also managed to do quite a lot of bitty things in between that usually get left, like empty the recycle bins or take the rubbish out or empty the washing basket (and, thus, fill up the ironing basket … ah well).

So, with such big expectations at the start of the year, how am I doing so far?

January started quite well, but I need to do a proper to-do list on a month-by-month basis. I was busy or suffering for most of the month, or wasting time gazing at the lovely snow. I’ve updated the blog, proof-read or edited 5 books, been to 2 gigs (including one birthday party), submitted 2 walks reports, and attended one write-in.

I’ve repaired a bird table, had 2 appointments in town, been to Birmingham twice and had a Do Diddle Day.

Apart from a few outlines and tidying up the WIP book, I’ve done NO writing.

Here’s the tick (or not) list:

Writerly

  1. Surf job boards daily (x 2) 
  2. Bid for at least one job per day 
  3. Allocate 2 hours every work day to WRITING 
  4. Free-write for first 15 minutes of each writing session 
  5. Write walks report for local papers weekly √ and ×
  6. Draft walks reports for longer walks for possible submission to walking mag(s)  ×
  7. Write 2 novels at least to 1st draft by year end (ongoing)
  8. Write 1st three stories of themed 14-story anthology by year end (4,000 words each) (ongoing)
  9. Write 1 story per month for fave story market ×
  10. Write enough stories suitable for Twee Tales Two – 6 more – by year end (ongoing)
  11. Write 1 filler or reader’s letter per month ×
  12. Write 1 article or RTE (reader’s true experience) per month ×
  13. Complete interviews for non-fiction #1 by end of March (ongoing)
  14. Write non-fiction #1 by end of June (ongoing)
  15. Try and win at least 1 book per week to edit or proof-read √ and ×
  16. Write at least 1,000 words per day across all writing projects 

Other

  1. Enter daily competitions daily 
  2. Walk dog daily – 30 minutes minimum weekdays; 1 hour minimum weekends and holidays 
  3. Update gig list weekly 
  4. Update diary weekly (FAVE activity) 
  5. Raise invoices weekly 
  6. Filing daily ×
  7. Shredding daily ×
  8. Bake weekly ×
  9. Visit parents fortnightly 
  10. Increase morning yoga to 30 minutes daily ×
  11. Build up to 2 high-energy workouts per week ×
  12. Drop at least a dress size by end of June (ongoing)
  13. Stop eating junk regularly √ and ×
  14. Walk 1 < 5-mile walk per month ×
  15. Ensure I always do diddley squat on my monthly do diddle day 
  16. Save up for a holidays and days out … 😉 ×

Extra

  1. Attend Leeds write-in at least once a fortnight √ and ×

Hmm, still needs work. Watch this space.

2013 Goals and Targets

Does the faint-hearted have brandy balloon to hand?

Here are my goals and targets for 2013:

Writerly

  1. Surf job boards daily (x 2)
  2. Bid for at least one job per day
  3. Allocate 2 hours every work day to WRITING
  4. Free-write for first 15 minutes of each writing session
  5. Write walks report for local papers weekly
  6. Draft walks reports for longer walks for possible submission to walking mag(s)
  7. Write 2 novels at least to 1st draft by year end
  8. Write 1st three stories of themed 14-story anthology by year end (4,000 words each)
  9. Write 1 story per month for fave story market
  10. Write enough stories suitable for Twee Tales Two – 6 more – by year end
  11. Write 1 filler or reader’s letter per month
  12. Write 1 article or RTE (reader’s true experience) per month
  13. Complete interviews for non-fiction #1 by end of March
  14. Write non-fiction #1 by end of June
  15. Try and win at least 1 book per week to edit or proof-read
  16. Write at least 1,000 words per day across all writing projects

Other

  1. Enter daily competitions daily
  2. Walk dog daily – 30 minutes minimum weekdays; 1 hour minimum weekends and holidays
  3. Update gig list weekly
  4. Update diary weekly (FAVE activity)
  5. Raise invoices weekly
  6. Filing daily
  7. Shredding daily
  8. Bake weekly
  9. Visit parents fortnightly
  10. Increase morning yoga to 30 minutes daily
  11. Build up to 2 high-energy workouts per week
  12. Drop at least a dress size by end of June
  13. Stop eating junk regularly
  14. Walk 1 < 5-mile walk per month
  15. Ensure I always do diddley squat on my monthly do diddle day
  16. Save up for a holidays and days out … 😉

And breathe …

Enjoy January’s photograph from the calendars. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Crocuses, Swinden Technology Centre, Rotherham