Attack of the Writer Blob Blog

I’ve noticed that my production level tapers off the last half of the week and I need to do something about it.
Maybe it’s the fact that I typically bake on Wednesdays, so I have a cookie hangover Thursdays.
Or the several late nights of research and writing builds up and my system crashes for a day (or two) to reset itself.
Add that to the fact that I haven’t officially exercised in about two months and you get attack of the writer blob blog.
My original Cookie Monster Blob:

Until the next time, you can see what books I’m reading, what cookies I’m eating, and what I’m working on at www.facebook.com/AuthorCarrieCox

It’s Been a Month

I haven’t blogged in over a month now. I’ve thought about it a few times but life rolled on without typing.
Haven’t read any blogs in about two weeks. Will skim through and check-up on a few right now.
Hadn’t checked Twitter or FaceBook in over 48 hours until just a few minutes ago. And that was AFTER writing half a page in Chapter Twelve of Corroded.
My birthday is less than a week away and most goals will not be perfected by then. But I’m much better off than I was a year ago.
Look for an updated blog/ramble next week….

I Did It!

I survived Blog Free February, with the bonus of not using social networking sites. But to be fair, I must list my infractions.
I cheated day one, February first, only to check Laurie Halse Anderson’s Live Journal site to see if she posted about Blog Free February since she didn’t over the weekend. She’d posted, calling for her readers everywhere to decrease their internet time to increase their creative productivity. I was geared up and wrote two and a half pages that day—more than twice my regular amount.
February tenth I received a message from from our dear old Facebook stating that my BFF from elementary school was requesting friendship. I went to that acceptance page only. Then, I sent an e-mail to tell her I wouldn’t be on FB until next month.
On February eleventh a cousin tagged me in a photo on pesky FB and one of my sisters and another cousin commented on the photo. I gave in to the curiosity and looked at the photo page and was rewarded by a black and white group shot of more than a dozen cousins from a family reunion circa 1982. And yes, I did leave a comment that it looked like I was pulling out a wedgie.
February nineteenth a BFF from middle school requested my FB friendship so, once again, I logged on to the friendship request page only. (Blog Free February didn’t mean I had to ignore my BFFs.) And while I was there I went ahead and friended all the other people who had requested I add them over the last few weeks. Yes, I had ignored many other FB requests.
And the results of my month long effort. Drum roll, please…
I doubled the productivity of my most successful writing month (since I’ve kept track of my page counts last fall.) More than tripled my average writing page count per month. I actually wrote while the kids were all awake during the day and after they were all asleep several times. I’d been limiting myself to nap-time only writing for some silly reason.
I’ve listened to more music than I have in the last few years, partly due to my new iPod and iTunes account. With my complete music collection on my computer it’s easy to listen and find inspiration while working. Long live Mitch Malloy!
Plus, I increased my mileage for exercising. Since I wasn’t checking several sites first thing in the morning (and didn’t have half a dozen or more e-mails about follow-up comments on FB) I had more time to devote to my workout before the kids woke up.
I’ve decided what I can live without: TMI and information over-load.
Aside from hiding the apps on FB (which I’ve been doing for months) I’ll be hiding some people from my news feed to cut down on the time I spend catching up with family scattered across the states and close-to-my-heart-but-far-way friends. I think I concurred the need to scroll through every posting since last visit. But in case my OCD flares and I get the urge to do so, having less people on the news feed page will shorten the time doing so.
Twitter I was only checking once a day, but I could easily go a day or more without it. It’s diffidently a good networking tool so I want to keep it around.
As for blogging… I won’t try to post weekly but I’m sure I’ll blog at least once or twice a month. I’ll probably drop a couple of the blogs I’ve been following, too.
On a side note, I’ve been awake for several hours and haven’t checked FB or Twitter of any blogs. But I will as soon as I post this. 🙂

Gearing Up for Shutting Down

This past week I’ve slowed my social networking considerably. Didn’t check Twitter all weekend and only checked Facebook once a day—and I did not post an update each time. It’s been easy to slack off, but I had a busy week with appointments and errands. I was away from the house during my productive hours so I didn’t get much writing done, either. Plus, I had a last minute church lesson to prepare Friday PM-Saturday.
In total, I wrote my blog post and a little over a page on my WIP (Work in Progress). I barely squished together my seventh chapter to submit for my next critique group meeting.
News Flash: My birthday is a little over three months away. YIKES!
Since I decided to re-write my 2009 goals to be “Before I Turn Thirty-Four” goals, I really need to get focused on the personal deadline of completing my first draft, among other things.
I have goals in eight categories: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Family, Financial, and Professional. My writing goals are “professional”, so I’m behind schedule on that. I’m halfway to reaching my physical goal—hooray for me!
Good progress on mental and emotional. Just about mastered the family goal—will need a new goal for the next year (the current one is a carry-over from the previous year). Been mediocre on the spiritual and social aspects, but I’m humble enough to admit it. And the financial front totally stinks—diffidently a carry-over for next year!
How have those of you that create goals been doing?
I’ll be taking notes of my productivity during February so I can see how it goes and will report back on the second of March.
Toodles!

You Want Me to Do What?!

My post last week sparked some interesting conversations. I had more feedback than ever before, thank you Megan for commenting so many times, including a response from Laurie Halse Anderson. LHA is one of my writing heroes—it was super generous of her to offer me advice. THANK YOU!
Besides LHA’s comment on my post (go back and read it if you haven’t) she added the ideas into her own blog http://halseanderson.livejournal.com/279838.html and is calling for a Blog Free February.
I am going to accept the “BFF” challenge—including NOT reading blogs—as well as take a hiatus from Twitter and Facebook. I’ll still use my e-mail and internet since I use both for conducting the businesses of life (critique group, financial, etc) but will do so sparingly.
It would be great if everyone I know takes this challenge so I don’t miss any news/tidbits as posted in said places. (Yeah, I know… fat chance!)
But for now, here’s the latest from my reading corner:
I’m reading The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale and laughing a lot during the evening hours. It’s an honest look at the inner workings of a religious wife/mother, with a ton of humor and fairytale-ish happenings. Charmingly deep. Deeply charming.
The daytime reading, besides scripture study, is The ABCs of Writing for Children complied by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. The collected quotes make it perfect for stop-n-go reading while mothering the little princess, and princes, too.