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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Goal List Week Commencing 27th April 2014

Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net

I expect you've heard the quote, 'The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray' and you'll probabably know it means, that no matter how well you plan something, always expect the unexpected. Just because you think you've done all you can, there is always that chance that something will happen and mess it up! That is what happened to me this last week.

 Remember I said I wanted to do more walking? Well, my intentions were good, Wednesday I had the opportunity for the first of my two planned walks. Albeit, it a brisk urban walk around the outskirts of the city centre. There I was, sun shining down, striding along, feeling happy, when disaster struck. I fell, crashing hard onto the pavement. A long story short, I ended up in Accident and Emergency, to be told that I'd wrecked the ligaments in my ankle, my foot had doubled in size. I could not stand. The Leicester Royal Infirmary were brilliant, the care I received was fantastic, and yes I did have to wait, but I was just glad they were there to help me. Eventually, when I got home, the severity of what had happened earlier dawned on me. There I was, in excruciating pain, unable to walk or do much anything for myself.

Since then, life has been different, I've been almost totally reliant on family and friends. I work full-time, so appointments had to be cancelled, as well as stuff I'd planned to do outside of work, like a theatre trip I've been looking forward to for a while.

Anyway, I did one walk, and it had been good whilst it lasted. My goal of walking more has to be put on hold though, as I'll be off my feet for a while.

My writing plan went well, I continued with edits all week, but I've had problems with Word, a friend thought I might need to reformat the document, but it looks like its something else. So that has been irritating, and I need to get it sorted out. Recording my WIP after editing has really helped, its something I'm going to keep doing during this rewrite. Even after you think you've cut all the crap, once you hear it read back, you cringe, and its much easier to correct. I didn't do the writing group weekly challenge, because I didn't go to the group. I thought about doing a blog post, but the  mix of pain and tiredness got to me and I just couldn't concentrate on anything much at all.

What a week!

I'm almost frightened to set my goals this week, I feel quite vulnerable, battered and bruised in the  places that made contact with the pavement. However, I have a short list.

Writing

Crack on with chapter two rewrite, its going to be tough, because its a mess, and I'm now changing things as I go along so I have a continuity issue I need to deal with too.

Reading

I have lots to keep me occupied, including an audio book, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson a plethora of magazines, Structuring Your Novel by K.M Weiland and the Telegraph each day. I am not short of material.

Crutches

Learn to get around! Thank goodness for a friend who has kindly lent me some. The NHS don't give them out - you have to hire them, or buy them.

That is it. I said it was a short list. I have no idea how the week ahead is going to pan out. At some point I shall have to go to visit my GP, for a 'Fit' note is it?

Did your week go to plan? What do you want to achieve this week? Do let me know, I always try to reply to all comments if possible. Its good to interact, and catch up with like minded folk.

Have a good week.


18 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your accident, Maria I wish you a speedy recovery. I know what you mean about best laid plans and all that! Our Easter weekend didn't go quite to plan either. Take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne, these things are here to try us so it seems.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your accident, Maria. Oh, the perils of exercise! Hope you are not in too much pain, and also that your ankle heals soon. At least you can still write and read. I enjoyed the book of Life After Life. Kate Atkinson is such a clever writer. Take care. x

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    1. Thanks Joanne, the pain has mostly been manageable, it looks like the bruising is coming out now.
      I've been looking forward to Kate Atkinson's book for a while, although the head hopping has caught me by surprise, my brain is still getting used to it.

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  3. Poor thing. :(
    I feel so rotten for you, but I have to say, your choice of picture made me laugh. Maybe more than I should have. At least you're taking it all with a hint of humour.

    Let me know if there's anything you want grabbing or sending to you. I'm sure I can help and I'd want to if you needed it.

    Take care, speak soon!
    x

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    1. Thank you Leah, I like the picture too. It suits the post I think, coz the wheel has definitely fallen off the wagon this week.

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  4. Oh, that's a shame, Maria - hope you put the enforced recuperation to good use with all that reading, and some writing!

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    1. Been writing this evening, reading over the WIP, and deciding what works, and moves the story forward, and what doesn't, and what has to go...

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  5. Hi Maria
    I like the idea of setting goals and sorry to hear that one of your goals went awry! It must be good to find yourself with time to write and edit though!! My goal this MONTH will be to spend as much time to finish writing the last few chapters of my latest book so I can start the editing stage - oh, and to organise this quarter's VAT. Yuk!
    Ange x

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    1. Hi, I don't envy you having to delve into VAT matters. Writing is much more fun than maths.

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  6. Hope you are recovering quickly. There is a Yiddish saying: Man plans, god laughs - and isn't it true?

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  7. I wish you a full recovery and hope that in the meantime you are able to read & make notes for books! :)

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  8. Take things one step at a time. The list might be short but it should be more manageable so good luck and hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I seem to have slowed down to almost a stop this week. Never mind, getting better is more important.

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  9. Oh no, what an unfortunate accident! Hope your ankle is getting better day by day and you'll be on your feet again soon. I have a love/hate relationship with being ill/not well, as I don't particularly like having to rely on other people, but on the other hand, what is better than lots of rest in bed/on the couch, spending your time watching your favorite films/tv series and reading books?

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    1. Yes, it is difficult Corianne, and I am beginning to feel institutionalised now as its been ten days since my accident. I thought I might sleep more, but that hasn't been the case.

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