Sunday, July 1, 2012

Goals, Rewards, and Unwinding

This is what my brain feels like this week:

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I don't know if it's the heat, or just letting myself be pulled in too many directions. But in an attempt to unscramble this mess and  regain my focus, I've returned all of the books I had out from the library (they were beginning to feel like distractions) and I'm determined to focus on my picture book revisions. But first, I need to unwind a little. So I've turned on the A/C and watched Jane Eyre (a guilty pleasure) twice this weekend. It was the version with Ciaran Hinds and Samantha Morton, can you blame me?


Of course, I can't watch Ciaran Hinds without remembering him in Persuasion. Perhaps I'll watch that next weekend. . .if I make progress on these revisions.

What's your goal for this week?


24 comments:

  1. Great guilty pleasure! My goal for the week is to make headway with my new WIP. Luck to us all!

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  2. I understand exactly how you feel. My husbands been home all week because he got injured at work. But this week my goal is to finish up revisions on a short story and add some words to my WIP.

    Good luck!

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  3. Last week was crazy for me. I'm just hoping that this week will be normal and mean a lot of writing.

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  4. Good for you for knowing when enough is enough and taking a break! I know exactly what you mean about your mind feeling like woven rope! ;) Good luck sorting it all out.

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  5. Thanks for the glimpse into your re-charge- both the clip and your thinking. Your Jane Eyre was my watching the gymnastics Olympic Trials... and a reminder that whiles the competition is fierce and few are chosen- the reward for most is to have been part of the journey. Good for writers also.
    The question in the clip^ you have is whether to forgo convention for the sake of happiness. Still mulling that one. Jane’s response here that “it depends” could have come out of my mouth.

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  6. Ruth, we all need to recharge ... funny how a tower of unread books can be distracting, no? I too, cleared out my library piles and put away the books I've bought.

    I'm deep in revisions and recharging with Chicken soup for pet lovers!

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  7. Thanks for letting me recharge with Jane this morning. I loved the clip and it made me want to see the whole movie again with Kleenex and a big bowl of buttered popcorn. :-)

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  8. My brain's tangled too. Lots of interruptions and responsibilities unrelated to writing, but my goal is to complete a chapter and a half. Hope Jane helps you focus!

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  9. Superb choice of guilty pleasures. I think everyone should relax their expectations in summer. I just hope for a few poems and some new ideas!

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  10. I'm in the middle of attempting a project and my goal is to deliver to my beta testers the things that must be delivered this week, but it's uphill work because I'm starting from scratch and my sister and her family are visiting from Georgia so my time is not my own! :) Good luck with your goals. And if you haven't watched Sense And Sensibility yet (with Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson) I LOVE it! :)

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  11. NICE BLOG. I'M DONE FOR FOLLOWING YOUR BLOG..

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  12. I just watched the Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender. I've never seen this version. I think I'm really missing out. I'm working on a WIP revision and hope to get it out to beta readers by mid-month. Good luck with your renewed focus.

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  13. I have never seen this version. My favorite is the BBC production with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. I would be tempted as you to watch Jane Austen and Brontë classics available. Yes, that's it...a marathon!!
    Www.bbc.co.uk/drama/janeeyre/welcome.shtml

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  14. Ohhhh... good luck with revisions! I hope that tangled mess can be straightened soon!!!! :)

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  15. Hope you're successful this week with unwinding and reworking. I love Jane Eyre but have somehow missed seeing any version of it. My fav Bronte story is the BBC Pride and Prejudice. I could watch that over and over again.
    I'm working on a few sample chapters of a total novel rework for the agent. Frustrating and exciting at the same time...

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  16. I'm untangling my jet lagged brain right now, but Monday starts revisions on another wip while my other one is with the editor. Hopefully the weekend will be a restful one!
    Good luck with your revisions Ruth!

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  17. Sounds like you picked the perfect way to untangle. Being pulled in too many directions always puts me into knots.

    As for this week, I'm trying to make a dent in revisions. : )

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  18. ooh... goals. Let's see - write a few more elevator pitches. Get my room clean (this one is done thanks to help from my big sister!) and get my kids room clean (still working on it. REally. I should call Niecey Nash!)

    Sounds like your unwinding plan is fabulous. I love watching Poirot and Midsomer Murders to unwind. I don't know why, but both make me feel all mellow.

    Hope you get those revisions done soon and have a good time doing them!

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  19. I know what you mean about the library books - they can get out of hand! My goal this week is to be consistent with my writing. I've set a deadline for myself to complete my W.I.P. by the end of July, and send it to my beta readers. Have a great weekend, Ruth!

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  20. Ruth, what a cruel trick! ;) I got caught up in watching that movie part by part and forgot about my writing, and finally realized I'd seen it on TV. haha But it's so worth watching again, isn't it? My tears joined theirs. *sigh* I love a good movie, but I really must read those books.

    My goals for this week have been to work on picture book drafts and write another (for July) for '12x12 in 2012'. Also, I guess I'm sort of a beta reader for an author as I'm reading her book and checking for typos and such.
    Next week, more of the same.

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  21. Hi again. Had to pop back and let you know I've left something for you at The Write Game. Happy weekend.

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  22. It's a week later. I hope your brain is in better shape! My goals have been modest--applying for jobs, editing, writing, submitting. I'm keeping up. Mostly.

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  23. Hope you've got your brain untangled. But as I read this I was struck because I was having the same kind of week last week. Being pulled in a lot of new directions, yet knowing what I have to do / where I have to go! This week, it's revising a particular MS where revisions were requested! Good luck, Ruth!

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  24. I have watched nearly every version of Jane Eyre (including a really odd little short one from the 20s or 30s), and this one with Ciaran Hinds is one of my favorites!

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