I got this idea from Jamie Debree, who, well, is just full of good ideas, so I sincerely hope she doesn’t mind if I borrow this one. Cause it’s a good one. Just saying.
I didn’t get as much done last week as I wanted, but then again, I work best under pressure. Plus, I never get as much done in a week as I want to. The holidays are rolling around, which means my two kids are pitching me what they they want for Christmas. BB guns and pet snakes. Not happening, but thanks for playing. Honestly, I’m glad my kids feel cool enough with me to call me, talk to me, and even ask me to get them presents for Christmas. Plus, they’ve been good. Not BB gun good, but gift-certificate good.
I hit the big three-four last week, and Molly really outdid herself. She kept me in the dark for weeks, even when we were disagreeing, which I’m grateful to say isn’t as often as it used to be. She rounded up friends from work, the writer’s group, and what teeny-tiny social life I have and threw the first surprise party I’ve ever had in my life…and I have to say, wow. Talk about humbling. All these people on a Friday night at my house?! I really had no idea.
I’m less than four thousand words into the new Universal Warrior, but at least I have a clear idea as to where I want the story to go. I gave myself a three-week deadline to have the first draft done, another three weeks to get it finalized and in the hands of a professional editor (who, blessedly, I’ve already lined up), and then, well, to the masses. I have four days off in a row coming up, and as long as I stay off the damn 360, I should get loads done.
Getting my health together is proving difficult, although I’ve reduced the amount of medication I take. I haven’t registered a high blood sugar reading in weeks, thank God. I hit the gym three days a week, where I run two miles and hit the weights. I’ve managed to keep off four pounds, and my goal is 220lbs by July 2011. Although I’ve all but eliminated junk food from my routine, come January, I plan to bump the gym up to five days a week and kill pizza and fast food from the diet.
Training feels strange now; all of my techniques are designed for dealing with someone who gets close to me; I hate inside fighting. When I was younger, I could stick and move. Now I feel like I can knock down a building. Guess I have to roll with the changes, right?
So anyway, with the holiday rolling around, here are my goals for the week.
Research distribution methods for Atherean Defenders
Finalize Universal Warrior-related blog for Mark of the Stars
Complete two chapters of Atherean Defenders
Complete 15 miles on the treadmill
Increase seated bench press weight to 150
Drop one pound
Get back on the heavy bag
So, that’s it for this week. What’s everyone else doing? Thanks for reading, enjoy your holiday!
(c) Avery K. Tingle for Akting Out LLC
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