1. JennyBean
    January 24, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Had to find your Swamp Sludge post first so that I could comment, and all I can say is that I’m very impressed, very, very impressed. You have fortitude, woman! xoxo


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      January 24, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Jenny. I’m not sure it’s fortitude as much as it is desperation. I don’t like the thought of taking medication and will do anything I have to in order to avoid it. I bit the bullet with the thyroid meds because there really isn’t a natural alternative. But with everything else,…yeah, I’ll do whatever I have to. As long as it doesn’t involve liver and Brussels sprouts. 🙂


  2. Shelly Immel
    January 23, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Even high achievers need some slack for sickness. Sounds to me like you have plenty of goals: MS ready for beta readers by Feb. 1, 10 more blog posts by Apr 23, etc. Maybe you need a visual way of measuring your progress. Perhaps a wall chart where you get to add another block for every chapter edited, building your tower chapter by chapter for the grand opening on Feb. 1. (Kind of like the thermometer for United Way giving.)

    In any case, speak kindly to yourself. You are working hard and making good choices, especially making sure you get to the pool so you are strong for everything else. <3


  3. Karen McFarland
    January 22, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    I’m so sorry that you’ve been sick Kristy. I’ve been busy with my Hubby that I had no idea. I do hope that you are in recovery! You know with everything that we’ve all got going on in our lives, I think it’s smart to re-evaluate from time to time our goals. You’re being smart about this. So don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re doing great! Keep it up girl! 🙂


  4. Myndi Shafer...one stray sock away from insanity.
    January 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, so sorry that you’ve been sick! Oh, stomach viruses…is there anything worse? Hopefully you’re on the upswing of it, and will back to your normal self soon. Wishing you health and satisfying progress this week!!


  5. Natalie Hartford
    January 22, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Gotta hate it when a virus wreaks havoc on our lives but it sounds like you are still accomplishing a ton and well on your way with a solid plan. Here’s to feeling better and 100% back to yourself.


  6. Fabio Bueno
    January 22, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    It seems editing should be your priority. We can’t predict if we’re going to edit a number of pages per day, but we can set one or two hours. Maybe write your ROW80 goal for editing in terms of time.
    I sympathize with your slow week(s). As you know, I had one too. 🙂 The important thing is that you know your priorities.
    All the best!


  7. Debra Kristi
    January 22, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    Good luck with the editing. I look forward to hearing about your progress. My problems having me thinking I need to step back and move to editing for now. Maybe I need to spend more time familiarizing myself with my story again after all the time I lost. Reading your post has me leaning even more in that direction.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      January 22, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      I will have to do that with my next WIP, Debra. Reread it and work on editing because I’ve been away from it for so long. I’ll also have to familiarize myself with the characters backgrounds and back stories again.

      But sometimes we have to take a few steps back in order to move forward. Or at least move forward without every inch of the way being an uphill struggle. Sometimes we also have to go with our gut…and if yours is telling you that’s the way to go for now, it’s probably exactly what you need to do. 🙂


  8. Louise Behiel
    January 22, 2012 @ 2:39 am

    sorry you’re still not back to your regular self, Kristy. If you figure out the editing goals, let me know, please. I usually use hours or pages, but it’s hard to figure out in advance, simply because some pages are diamonds and some are not. get well


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      January 22, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

      I’m getting there, Louise, thanks! And you are SO right about the difference in pages. Some might need 5 minutes of tweaking, and others might need two solid hours of rewriting. Editing goals are tough to set! 🙂


  9. Jackie Cutler Allen
    January 22, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    thank you Kristy for all your help and nagging to get me started doing what the Lord challenged me to do. 🙂


  10. breeanaputtroff
    January 22, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    You make me smile, Kristy. 🙂 Awesome on the three solid weeks of swamp sludge.

    Let me know if you figure out a way to set goals for editing … that stuff takes on a life of its own that I have NO IDEA how to measure! 🙂


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      January 22, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I’m never really sure what to write for these updates, which is why I don’t do a blog on Wednesdays.

      As for the goal-setting for editing…I’m not sure there is a way to pin it down. For instance, the first two chapters of the book don’t need much at all. The last SEVERAL chapters will need a LOT (as well as a few in between). So chapter goals are a waste.

      I think the only thing that would work is going at it from the direction of time…an hour, two hours, whatever works. But then you have things like an unplanned doctors appointment which can steal two or three hours from your day. Not to mention SOME parts of your book can leave you feeling like you’ve run a marathon, especially if you’re sleep deprived, as I am today, lol.


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