I set these goals for the year, see


Camp NaNoWriMo is described as NaNoWriMo Lite… but it doesn’t have to be.

When I set my goals for the year, I tried to set very concrete steps for achieving them. Inspired by a friend’s suggestion, I modeled the tasks on the notion how one trains a pet: if a dog shows a penchant for chewing up shoes, it isn’t enough to scold the dog and try to keep the shoes out of reach; you must give the dog an acceptable chew toy. In other words, replace a bad habit with a better one.

So let’s see how I’m doing:

Goal: Reduce the outrage.

Step: Listen to the Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me podcast once a week, limit the amount of time I read news during work breaks.

Progress:I missed a couple weeks of listening to Wait! Wait!…, but I am still spending less time reading serious/upsetting news throughout the day. Other than Wait! Wait… I didn’t listen to any podcasts in April. I listened to a lot more music.

Goal: Write more regularly.

Step: Spend the reclaimed break time writing. Find other ways to motivate myself to write rather than twiddle the keys.

Progress:Camp NaNoWriMo really helped with this. My posted goal is similar to what I did for regular NaNoWriMo, to finish the first draft of the current novel, including plugging some of the plotholes that became apparent toward the end by writing some scenes for earlier in the story. The draft is done… and is nearly 160,000 words. So next I need to do a lot of trimming. I have already identified some subplots (and characters) that can be removed from the tale to tighten things up. It’s still going to be a long book, but the title does include the word “Entanglement” for more than one reason!

Goal: See friends for fun more, as opposed to all of my social interactions being driven by various projects.

Step:I tried to just plan a few things.

Progress:Between each of us being sick so much, several of our friends getting long-term colds, everyone I know who is employed being swamped at work, and too many friends looking for work, this goal keeps getting trampled. As a hybrid, for the April Work Party for the Tai-Pan project, we walked over to a nearby theatre together around the time we would usually walk to dinner, and we watched the Captain America movie. That was a lot of fun, and instead of coming back to the house to resume the work party, we spent the rest of the evening talking about the movie.

I still think doing more fun things with friends is a good goal.

Goal: Paint, draw, and make music.

Step: Go to the Drink ‘n’ Draw gathers. Set aside some time to sketch each week.

Progress:I knew I couldn’t go to April’s Drink ‘n’ Draw because I was supposed to be running a Steampunk game that day. Instead, I caught the new cold running around the office and spent the weekend sleeping and being miserable.

copyright 2014 Gene Breshears

Here’s a small rendering of the current draft of the map.

On the other hand, as part of the Camp NaNoWriMo activities, I put a lot of time into improving the map for my fantasy world.

Map drawing is necessarily what I had in mind for doing more art, but it is drawing!

I listened to a lot of music and poked around at some lyrics for something I may sing somewhere later this year.

But I’m still only doing so-so on this goal.


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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. I used to publish an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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