Sunday #ROW80 Update: Writing, Reading, and… Cleaning?!

Hello! First Round of Words update since JuNoWriMo started yesterday, so I guess it’s time for those updated goals, isn’t it?

Yes, Kate. Yes it is.

ROW80Logocopy50,000 words in a month breaks down to 1667 words a day, which isn’t so bad on good days. Sadly, they’re not all good days, so I set my goal at 2,000+ words a day so that there’s some wiggle room when family stuff comes up and I can’t write, depression decides to kick my ass into the corner, my personal muse decides to sit his own ass in the corner and pick the dirt from under his fingernails instead of doing his share of the work… whatever.

So here are my goals for June (which will take me past the end of this round of ROW80):

  • write 2,000 words a day on TORN
  • read one novel a week
  • continue edits on BOUND after writing is done for the day so I can get that out to my dear darling special reader friends and start looking for an editor (eep!)

We’ve had some not great news concerning my husband’s job. He’s not losing it, and I’m probably not supposed to share details, but it looks like he’s going to be having a very stressful summer. Not pleased. So in addition to my writing goals, I’m making a set of goals focusing on making his home life easier and less stressful, since there’s bugger all I can do about his work life. He’s been my biggest supporter (and to be honest, my hero) through a lot of my tough times. Now it’s my turn to be at my best for him. It might affect my writing, but there’s not much I can do about that.

  • full menu plan for each week with healthy meals (eating out/getting pizza still allowed, but should be planned)
  • 10-minute tidy (or 15 on bad days) with the kids every day before AJ comes home (clutter REALLY stresses him out) and before bed
  • get the basement in shape so the kids want to play down there more and keep the upstairs tidier
  • save extra money so when he does get days off we can get out of town and he can relax (I hope), and also to buy an elliptical for days when he can’t get out to exercise (and days when I can’t get out with Jack)

That’s all I’ve got for that so far. I know from experience that if I set my goals too high I’ll fail and give up, so I’ll leave it at that for now. If you have any suggestions, though, I’m open to them, and prayers and happy thoughts over the summer would be much appreciated.  And no, he’s not a drinker, so I can’t greet him at the door with something alcoholic in hand when he gets home (and he’s going to be on-call anyway, so no drinking even if he did. Which he doesn’t. I, on the other hand, might take up drinking as a hobby. YAY!)

So what have I achieved since my last update?

  • Not much on Thursday or Friday, but yesterday was a good day. I woke up with a migraine (bloody weather), but I took a frightening amount of painkillers and cranked out 3800 words over the course of the day. Were they good words? Darned if I know. I think they were.
  • Started reading Fallen. It starts out with one of my least favourite set-ups (people who are DESTINED to fall in love and they JUST CAN’T HELP IT!), but I like the writing, and I’m going to keep going to see what happens.  It might lose me if an IMPOSSIBLY GORGEOUS AND PERFECT BOY shows up, but I’m giving it a good chance. 🙂
  • Still struggling with reading fiction on the Kobo. I’m about 12 chapters in on First of Her Kind by K.L. Schwengel. I like the story, but the format makes me put it down a lot, and that makes me sad. Would be better if I was travelling. Great for reading in the bathtub, though (except that my husband thinks I’m nuts for having the Kobo near water)
  • Holy crap, how is the living room a mess again? Nobody is doing anything! Ugh, guess I should go round up the troops to take care of that…

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Take care, and I’ll see you later (I’ve scheduled posts for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Will there be Engrish? Stay tuned to find out…)


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

6 responses to “Sunday #ROW80 Update: Writing, Reading, and… Cleaning?!

  • Ricarda

    Ah, a fantastic weekend would mean something entirely different, but it could be worse, I guess 🙂 Congrats on your wordcount for yesterday, 3.8k is bloody amazing :O

    I’m sorry your summer is gonna be so stressful, but at least your husband is keeping his job, that’s something, right?
    Are you a pasta family? If so, you could always prepare a big pot of sauce and freeze a few servings. That way, there’s always a meal at hand. Open a can of beets as impromptu salad, and you’re good to go. It’s what my mum does a lot, and no-one has complained so far. Same goes for soup and leftover rice and pasta. “We eat freezer today” is a commonly uttered sentence around here…^^
    Pizza dough is also fantastic for keeping in the freezer, and it’s really easy to just throw a few tomatoes, some salami and cheese on it. Being single _and_ lazy, that’s about the only thing that convinced me to make my own pizza; I only have to prepare the dough once, but get to enjoy multiple pizzas *yum*

    Also, if you want your kids to play in the basement more often, just give them permission to leave it cluttered and messy, if that’s possible. My brother and I had a “playroom” in the basement we were allowed to not tidy up on a regular basis , as long as we kept the rest of the house tidy. A great arrangement for everyone involved. Well, except for everyone who wasn’t careful enough to avoid stepping on a Lego brick…

  • L. Marie

    Hi, Kate
    I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s stress load. All I can say is I swear by these menu helps:
    You’re doing great on your goals!!! As for prayers and happy thoughts, you got those, girl! Glad to help in that way.

  • Christi

    Sorry about all the stress you and your hubby are encountering! Work stress can be rough. Fingers are crossed for you!

    I had similar misgivings about reading Fallen — you’ll have to let us know if it turns out to be worth a read or not.

    Also, congrats on your 3800 words — that’s a fantastic start! 🙂

  • Joe Owens

    Some days you paddle up the river, some days you drift down and others just just spin in the middle. I know how it is to get exicted and set some fantastical goals only to have the busyness of a life and family complicate the plan. Of course they are most important, but we just want to feed our love of writing. I like your plan and am rooting for your success.

  • Buffy Greentree

    I totally agree, cannot stand the number of books with ‘perfect boys’ in them. What do they look like? Well, just perfect. What does the girl like about them? That they are just so amazingly handsome. (Yes, Cassandra Clarke, I’m talking to you and your Mortal Instruments (blonde perfect boy) and Infernal Devices (dark haired perfect boy)!).
    Anyway, little rant over. Good luck with it all. I do find that helping someone else can help me manage my depression at times, if it’s not too overwhelming. Helps me focus on something other than myself.

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