Archive | April 16, 2012

All Change This Week

In the whole scheme of things, last week went really well. I was really stressed with work, and crazily busy, but I still managed to pull of my word counting goals, and eat less than the max number of calories I wanted to on quite a few of the days.

If I managed that last week with the work stress, imagine how much better this week is going to go, no that a lot of my stress (and work) has gone. Much.

So much so, that I’m going to mix it up a bit. I’m going to increase my word count goal, and decrease my calorie goal.

The last couple of weeks I’ve played ‘baby steps’ to get me back into writing. It worked, 100 words each day was so manageable, that I rocked it. When I was deciding to increase it, I really wanted to increase it. I thought 250… but then I thought, that’s not quite as manageable as 100. So… 150 it is this week. Next week I might push it up to 250, maybe just 200. I don’t know, I’ll see how I go, and see how I feel at the end of the week.

Likewise, eating 1400 calories each day, somehow seemed pretty easy. The says I managed it, I really managed it, I’m talking less that 1400, including some chocolate. If I was able to do it that well WITH chocolate, imagine if I could decrease it, and decrease the chocolate too. Maybe I’d lose more than 1lb (2 really, but I put 1 back on). I’m dropping it down to 1200. I’d really like to go as low as 1000, but that’s a massive step. If I can manage 1200 for a week or so, then I’ll think about lowering it again.

I went (window) shopping after work, and saw some really nice clothes that would look good a) if I was thinner, and b) when (if) I go on holiday. That’s two reasons right there to lose some weight. Hopefully I’m going the end of May, so I’ve got about 6 weeks to lose as much as possible. I could totally lose 12lb in that time, but I don’t want to take big steps, baby steps remember, I’m DEFINITELY going to lose 6lb. Anything else will be a bonus.

I walked home from work today – 5.16km. I stopped listening to music while I walk a few years ago (tinnitus makes me paranoid about listening to headphones too much, I save my headphone time for the gym and running), so decided to keep myself occupied another way. I used to play a game with my other half, where we’d watch aeroplanes, and I’d get him to make up stories about the people on the flight, where they were going etc. (I think secretly I always wanted him to ask me too, so I could make up somethings too, but if he ever did, I don’t remember). I decided to play that game with people walking past. I’d look at them, and work out where they were going, what they were doing etc. I decided I wasn’t allowed to chose someone whose story I’d want to make up, that would be too predictable, I’d make it up about the 5th person that walked by me…

The 5th person walked by on the phone. That gave me an idea. I developed it a little in my head, and was quite happy about the beginning of a story, or maybe just a scene in a story, seeing as there wasn’t really going to be much story, just character building.

I got home and started writing what I’d thought up, but it changed a little. Well quite a lot – a guy came on the scene (imagine, me a romance writer, thinking up a male lead too), which kind of took the scene off on another direction to the one I was planning.

It’s not much, but I think it’s enough to get me intetested to write tomorrow too. Even if it’s not, it got me WELL over my goal today. Goal = 150 word, Actual = 679 words. Woop!

Lets hope tomorrow goes well too.

The Seven Facts Tag

A couple of days ago, Em tagged me in The Seven Facts Tag game – how excellent. The idea is that you write seven facts about yourself, then tag people in it to do the same.  

I’m copying Em, who copied Juliana and using writing as the topic of the seven facts about me:

1)       Unlike many other writers, I can’t listen to music when I write. Actually, I’ve not tried since before university, so I don’t know for sure I can’t, I just prefer not to. Oddly enough though, I can sometimes write when I’m in the same room as a TV that’s on, or where computer games are being played.

2)       My writing accomplishments so far are: 1 written, but not edited Mills and Boon type romance novel; 1 half written YA novel; 2 half written chick lit romance novels, and 1 finished and edited short story. I’d like to one day actually edit something other than a 1000 word story!

3)       I don’t remember what made me want to write. I’ve read interviews where people talk about a story they wrote when they were a child, but I have no memories of that. I don’t know if I wanted to write when I was little, or even if I did that much writing. I just remember always wanting to do it. I don’t even know when I tried it for the first time, I thought it was just after uni, but then found something from when I was AT uni, so maybe there are things somewhere that go back even further. Who knows?

4)       We don’t have a desk, or even a table at home, so I do all my writing either sitting on the sofa, or sitting on my bed. You’d think my back would get sore from it, but it doesn’t.

5)       I’m doing a correspondence writing course. It’s taken a back step at the moment (that moment lasting a couple of years), but one day I’d like to finish it. My Mum is also doing the same course. She started it about 20 years ago!

6)       I hate naming novels or stories. The novel I started on 3 years ago is still called ‘Holiday’. When I finally come up with the titles to stories/novels, I tend to love them, but it’s getting there that’s hard. Ironically, I’ve got a really good name for a novel, that I totally love, but I don’t really know much about the novel, just a basic starting point! Love the title though.

7)       I really, really want to get a novel published. Not for the money, because there’s generally not much money in it (unless you become super mega famous, I doubt that), it’s not for the fame (I don’t really want to be famous, I’m very shy in real life), it’s because I want to move people with my words. I was saying the other day that it’s great when you get taken away with a novel and feel for the characters when they go through good/bad things. I want to be able to take people away, and really move them with my words.

 

So there we have it. My Seven Facts Tag. I’m supposed to tag people in this, but I’m going to be a bit different. I want to tag you reader. I don’t know much about my readers, or the people subscribed to my blog, so please, consider yourself tagged, and let me get to know you.