Sunday, 21 April 2013

Goal List Week Commencing 21st April 2013

New Walk, Leicester - Maria A Smith

My excuse for not posting my Goal list last week - I simply ran out of time, and I guess if you regularly read my blog you'll already know I'm doing the A to Z Challenge.

Writing wise, I managed very little other than planning and writing blog posts. A short story edit, and a caption competition. Thoughts of my novel have been going round and round in my head for days now, but I haven't been able to concentrate on it due to lots of other stuff happening in the 'real' world.

I also assisted a writing buddy to run a Script Writing Workshop over in Derbyshire, a fun day, spent with lots of lovely writers who were put to task to write a script, they had to pitch it to us, write the beginning, and act out the first scene. Working together in groups was an interesting situation to watch, as the creative minds got together and brainstormed story ideas.

Work has been quite stressful, its hard to keep all the balls in the air, all of the time, and apart from that, it does seem to be that business is much busier. That is a good thing.

Finally, this last week, I'm starting to feel more like the old me, hopefully all the nasty drugs I had to take for my sciatica have washed out of my system. The back is also in good condition at the moment, which is great news, I keep doing my yoga stretches, and am mindful of my posture.

I've been out on several walks over the last few weeks, surprisingly, I've felt weak, and not had the stamina or energy for anything long and challenging. I've mainly kept to the streets. Yesterday, I walked around the city of Leicester. What a fabulous day, and how lucky are we now that the hideous cold weather has finished for a while, I hope!

The week ahead is about...

Relaxing - Any which way I can, I'm missing reading fiction, and I want to go swimming, and walking. I am hopeful for a calm week.

Writing - More letters of the alphabet for the blog challenge, and a short story re-write for a competition.

Here is a list of the posts I've written in the last week.

M is for - Making Time For Yourself

N is for - New Things Tried

O is for - Organised

P is for - Prose

Q is for - Quest

R is for - Reinvent Yourself

Getting around all the blogs is proving difficult. I'm dipping in and out of them as and when I can spend time reading them. There are some fabulous bloggers out there. Two of my writing buddies, from Phoenix Writers are taking part for the first time, if you get a chance, do pop over to Kelly's Eye for writing, music, life and everything in-between where you'll find Wayne, who has recently rediscovered his passion for writing, and he sings rather well too!

Sally is over at Breaking Cover and although she hasn't been blogging for long, this secret writer is emerging from the shadows, as she put it, and her A to Z Challenge is amazing, as she travels around Leicester with her camera, snapping images of the buildings. Whether you're local, like me, or from some far flung land, you'll get a history lesson like no other.

These are just two of my many talented writing buddies, and yesterday I caught up with lots of them at our regular Saturday meeting. The writing was diverse, many genres were covered in the two hours, and the constructive critique poured out in bucket loads yesterday. I have some major editing to do from the session. I'd better go and get on with Sunday!

Happy Writing, enjoy your week ahead, and do tell me how it went, I love receiving your comments.

Girl Reading - Maria A Smith


  1. Sounds like you've been a busy bee! I sympathise with the big workload, I've been swamped myself this week. Here's to a more peaceful week ahead :)

    1. Yes, it becomes too much if it goes on for too long...the workplace can be quite stressful.

  2. A busy week. It's hard findiong time to fit everything in and relax as well.It is hard to get round all the blogs you usually read and add lots of new ones too.

    1. Hi Anne, I agree, which is why I'll still be visiting blogs long after April...and the end of the challenge.

  3. I'm hoping the trees on that gorgeous tree-lined pavement is now sprouting their spring buds! I can imagine how even more gorgeous that lane will look like with that greenery!

    Yay for your writerly achievements too! Thinking about your novel counts! Oh yes!! :-)

    Hope you continue to feel better and grow stronger! Take care

    1. The picture was only taken two days ago, and as you can see those trees are bare. I think nature is confused. I noticed a lot of the daffodils have also come up blind this year without any flowers.

      I'm glad thinking about the novel counts Kitty, makes me feel less guilty.

  4. Thanks for the plug, Maria, and thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog.

    I don’t know how you fit everything in, I feel quite ashamed. I haven’t managed any writing all weekend.

    See you soon.

    1. You probably do more than you think Sally...keep a list for a few days, and you'll be surprised.

  5. Good luck with the goals. Lovely blog.

  6. Thanks for mentioning the blog, Maria.

    It's obvious you have had a very busy, but productive week and your A-Z posts have been great throughout. I love your pic of New Walk - the light is amazing.

    Finally, Old Kitty is right - thinking about your novel still counts! Looking forward to getting back on mine in May.

    1. Yes, brilliant light for 2pm in the afternoon, I took a few shots, I'll maybe post a few more this week. :-)


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