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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Goal List Week Commencing 6th January 2013

Trees in Winter - Maria A Smith

Before I get down to setting goals for the week ahead, I thought I'd recap on things I've done in the first few days of this year.

It was back to work for me on the 2nd, and surprisingly busy. Its always hard to get going again after the holidays, a succession of lazy days, late nights and changed routines make for some adjustment to get back into the swing of things again. I'll probably be there by the end of next week!

Writing

I managed to edit another chapter of my novel, and get some good constructive feedback from the writers group. It requires changes, as I expected, and I'll get on that next week. The only other writing I did was here on the blog. I'm happy with what I've done.

I've also booked onto a half day writing workshop in a few weeks time, I'm really looking forward to  it, I love learning.

Walking

I got out for a great walk in the countryside.

Reading

Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz - Read the first 4 chapters.

Photography

Took my camera out into the countryside with me, and got some lovely shots, like the one above, lots of winter trees, and sunshine!

Its been a happy first week. Now its time to set some achievable goals for the week ahead. I'm not going to overwhelm myself, instead I'm going to keep things very simple.

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Writing

Continue working on my novel

Flash fiction, 200 words on the theme of a derelict or empty building

A couple of blog posts

Attend Phoenix Writers

Reading

Continue reading 'Fear Nothing' by Dean Koontz

Walking

I'm going to try and do as many short brisk walking sessions as I can this week. I'm hoping for at least four, although anything is a bonus, I'm aiming to strengthen my lungs, and get fit again.

Those are my plans. What are you up to? New year, new project?

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful picture! It reminds me I must post the one I took while out walking with my friend, Ana.

    I like your list... I'm reading S.J Bolton: Now you see me

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  2. Thank you Paula, not read 'Now You See Me', but heard very good things about it!

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  3. Oh i love Dean Koontz, he wrote one called 'Fairground' was a really good, but very dark book. I am more of a Markus Heitz reader these days though.

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    1. I'm trying to get through a mammoth reading pile, not heard of Markus Heitz, but I'll look him up now you've mentioned him. I do like Dean Koontz though, as you say, very dark. Right up my street!

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  4. Hope you manage to keep to your projects, Maria, I have promised myself that I'll finish the sequel to one of my children's books and to write and complete a book for grown-ups. See if we both succeed!

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    1. Great goals Carol! Best of luck with them, and I'll check in with you later in the year to see how you're getting on... :-)

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  5. It sounds like you've got a great start to the new year, I love your list and your suggestion the other day of 'a jar full of happiness,' I'm definitely going to try that.

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    1. Yes, definitely do it! I have dropped a couple of little notes into mine already.

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  6. Nice picture.

    Good luck with your latest goals.

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  7. I love the bare silhouettes of winter trees and they are beautifully captured in your picture.

    All the best with your writing and other goals. Our writing group will be sharing goals for the year next week. Accountability helps!

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    1. Oh that is a good idea, getting the group to set goals too. I might put that forward. :-)

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  8. Another excellent pic Maria. As always - positive and upbeat thoughts. Good focused goals and a great start to the New Year. "I never worry about action, but only about inaction" - Winston Churchill

    Light at the end of the tunnel on the book for me, then some serious comping in tandem with the Family History writing. Will keep the blog going weekly.

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  9. Glad to hear everything is going well... ;-)

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  10. it sounds like you are well on your way to a beautiful new year :)

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  11. Greetings Maria,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, here :) I'm thinking that getting out and immersing yourself in the great outdoors and capturing images on your camera, are most conducive to the inspiration of your writing. Such pawsitive, sorry, such positive resources are what I like. Which reminds me, time to take my human for a walk :) And a fabulous photo!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, Penny xx

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    1. I like your list - 6 goals for 7 days seems very achievable. Love the photo too. I went for a walk yesterday but it was around to the corner shop to buy cake so I think that sort of cancelled out the benefits!

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    2. Alex, woman after my own heart, life without cake would be terribly boring.

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    3. Penny, your reply made me smile...

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  12. What a lovely picture - and a wonderful quote! You've made a brilliant start to the year - and reminded me that I haven't read any Dean Koontz for ages. About time I did again I think :-) x

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying his book so far...great imagery.

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  13. Walking is one of my big plans for the year. I live 5 minutes from a lovely walk - I just need to buy myself some wellies! Enjoy your walks.

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    1. And perhaps a snow shovel, if next weeks weather forecast is anything to go by its looking like walking may be off the small pleasures list.

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