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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Goal List Week Commencing 2nd December 2012

Cake Glorious Cake - Maria A Smith

Last week there was cake! As you can see I was spoilt for choice, I can't resist a delicious slice of  cake, and I love traditional teatime treats, like Victoria sponge and Coffee cake. I'm a self confessed addict, and I don't care who knows it! Shameless, but going out for cake and tea makes me happy...we all deserve treats from time to time don't we?

There is something very comforting about sitting down to a nice pot of tea, and a sweet treat. Savouring each mouthful as we relax, and forget about what is going on all around. I don't know about you, but I find real life can be quite mad, and really you couldn't make up some of the things that happen!

I'm on the road to recovery, at last, I think I'm making progress, although I've never been quite as tired as this for a long time. I must have been very run down, and coping with everyday stuff has been tricky to say the least. I'm really glad I didn't sign up for NaNoWriMo this year, I just wouldn't have coped with it at all...

Well done to everyone who did, you did it! Its a great feeling, and one not easily explained to those who haven't completed the marathon of words that is NaNoWriMo. My advice is REST! Take time out, leave that manuscript to settle. If only for a few weeks. Do take time out for yourself.

My November plans were somewhat scotched by my health, but I did manage to work well in the early half of the month on my second draft, I've revised many scenes, and now they are broken down into much more manageable chunks I'm happier going forwards. Although my word count has slipped, I'm happy with progress made.

Also, my foray into setting up a 'Subs Club' after my writers group session is up and running. We have had two meetings, the last being yesterday, and members have submitted work to either publications or competitions. Everyone is very positive, and only time will tell how successful the group is with getting their work out there.

So what is next? December has landed. Crept up on me actually. Below is a simple list of things I'd like to do throughout the month.


  • Read - I haven't read very much fiction lately, and I have a huge reading pile I need to make a dent in, otherwise I'm not allowing myself to buy any more books! Yes, really. It has gone beyond ridiculous, the pile of 'real' books is insane, and the Kindle is hiding a lot more besides. It can't just be me, can it? Do other writers have the same issues with HUGE stacks of books waiting to be read?
  • Exercise - I want to get back to walking.
  • Novel - Tidy up more scenes.
  • Make a plan - Before the end of this year, I would like a clear plan of what I want to do in 2013 
  • Rest - I'm off for 8 whole days as of the 25th, until January 2nd 2013, and I want to organise things so that I get plenty of rest! What do you think the chances of that are? I'm determined to try my best to organise things so that I can take a proper break from everyday stuff.

This week will be spent concentrating on recovery. A little walking, some writing of course, and perhaps I'll start to plan a menu or two for the up and coming festivities. What about you, what are you going to do?

20 comments:

  1. Mmmm tea and treats. Lovely. Wishing you steady, swift recovery. :) And happy writing as well.

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  2. Sorry to hear life has been tough recently. I know the feeling, stress can make you ill. Enjoy some time out and cake of course!

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    1. Yes, I intend to take it easier, even though it is the silly season! And do you know I haven't seen any mince pies around yet? I will have to go on a search of the area.

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  3. I'm glad you're starting to feel better. I prescribe more tea and cake throughout your recovery - trust me, I'm a fiction writer ;-) we know all about cake.

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    1. We do indeed. I just wish I had time to learn to bake! Mind you, I would never get any writing done then.

      However, when I win the lottery, I shall open a real 'First Draft Cafe' especially geared up for writers, with lots of space for writerly events, and lots of cake!

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    2. Sounds like it'd be a great place, good company and excellent cake. Not sure it'd do much for the waistline but I'd drop by.

      Keep well.

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    3. There is that Sally, perhaps I'll have to have a treadmill installed too! Perish the thought...
      Otherwise we'll have to organise a walking club too, to burn off the excess. :-)

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  4. I started on one of my New Year's resolutions early. I've decided to make Sundays into reading days instead of writing at the computer - to read all the books I've bought or been given and never read. My first reading day was yesterday and I managed to read zero words. I filled my writing-now-reading time with housework. Sigh...

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    1. I can so identify with that! I can't keep on top of the housework, but feel much better now my elderly mother has informed me that 'women with clean houses, lead very boring lives'.

      I hope you manage to make Sunday a reading day.

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  5. Mmmm I love going out for tea and cake it feels so much nicer than tea and cake just had in the house. The garden centre near me sell delicious, huge slices I feel a vist coming on! I'm glad you feeling better take care. :-)

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    1. Actually the cake pictured is sold at a garden centre...

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  6. That cake looks good. Is that the Phoenix counter?

    Hope you'll soon be back on your feet. There have been some weird and horrid viruses around this year.

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  7. No, not the Phoenix counter, it is Goscote Nurseries...well worth a visit. Well stocked country garden centre, and the Tea Room is lovely, as is the new Cossington Meadows Walk nearby. Just remember not to go on Tuesday as the Tea Room is closed then.
    Believe me, that cake is so worth it...

    Here are links to both.

    http://www.goscote.co.uk

    http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/cossington-meadows/

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  8. Great cake. Victoria sponge looks seriously good. Good news that you are feeling better Maria and will be back in Writing action. I have at least 50 books to start - I think it could be a writer's thing. Have resolved to Kindle more purely for space reasons, but there is nothing like holding a book in your hand, savouring the cover and preamble, then turning to the first page.

    Still battling with the book - finally almost complete. One Chapter and the epilogue to go.

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  9. Only 50 books Keith...I must start giving them away again.

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  10. Hope you are feeling well again soon - and there's an award for you over on my blog :-) x

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  11. Hi Maria

    I have awarded you the 'Very Inspiring Blog' award - more details over at mine :-)

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