Reading-Writing Odds and Ends

We’re going to end the blogging week with a few miscellaneous items. My week has been somewhat of a hodgepodge of many different things going on in everyone of my family members’ lives (which of course affects the family collectively and individually). And, I think the influx of way too many varying to-dos and details has somewhat trickled over into my blog piece today. Sometimes, we have those kinds of weeks, where we just have to diligently wade through the overflow that life presents to us — wave after wave. Take the waves one at a time and keep moving forward. Any progress you make, during such times, is better than none.


My hodgepodge of items for the day:

  1. My nine year-old son has come to love reading more and more as the months go by. And since my husband and I limit his extra-curriculars (video games, tv, and the like) quite a bit during the school year, I find him reading more and more to preoccupy his time. This is great! But, he’s been overly enthusiastic with his reading lately, especially since he seems to be really absorbing himself in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. There are quite a few of them, and I think he’s down to his last book. Uh-oh! I want him to keep his zeal up and find joy in reading another long series of books that will take him through the second nine-weeks of school. Little Man’s school participates in the Accelerated Reader program; so not only do I want him to read for enjoyment, but Little Man also needs to meet the requirements for his reading program. He’s been able to meet the challenge effortlessly this first nine weeks because he truly enjoys the series he’s reading. And now that he’s just about done with it, I need ideas on a whole new book series for a fourth grader . . . another series that will bring out that same passion for reading that my son’s had for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I’m researching it out; but if you have any suggestions, please send them my way. 
  2. For those of you who have been following along with the Goal-Setting Process, you know that we’re on Step 3, which has everything to do with setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goals. The assignment from last week was to take our top 9 basic goals that we identified from our lists in step 2 of the Goal-Setting Process and work on making them SMART. Honestly, I need another week to work on my goals. It takes a minute to make them truly SMART, you know. My tentative plan will be to share my nine goals (SMART-style) with you next week.
  3. My recording of the second book has been going great. I still need to switch over to using the recorder that I purchased specifically for use on my book writing, instead of using my phone. My phone is always so handy and with me when I’m out and about. Quite frankly, I find myself frequently thinking of book content ideas while I’m on-the-go. So, I just need to remember to take my recorder with me when I leave the house and that will take care of that. I’ve truly come to appreciate voice recording my book content thoughts and then typing up the recordings into my WORD document. I think I’m working more efficiently this way. For my first book, I had a lot of pre-written content (from a prior book start) that I was able to incorporate, but this second book is predominantly brand-new from the ground up (with some blog content interwoven).
  4. Again, I find myself doing a modified version of NaNoWriMo; and this time it’s happening close to the actual timeframe NaNoWriMo occurs. October is really Preptober, the month to prep for NaNoWriMo, and then writing 50,000 words toward your novel takes place in the month of November. Once again, I’m doing things Jana’s way and tweaking the event to work for my purposes. Here’s my NaNoWriMo-like version of book writing for book#2:
    • In the month of October, I’m actually prepping (outlining) and writing my book (with a separate workbook) at the same time. Revisions will take place in November and self-publishing in December. I know this is an aggressive plan for a newbie, but I’m going to give it a go.
    • I’m writing a little under half of the word count requirement for NaNoWriMo for my book. Remember: my goal at this point in my writing is to produce books that say what they need to say in an easily-consumable fashion.
    • My books are currently non-fiction and personal/professional development in nature. In the future, I’d like to get into writing children’s fiction.

Since my odds and ends post was longer than I thought it would be for a hodgepodge, I’ll make my closing short by wishing you a wonderful rest of your week and weekend. Keep reading and writing alive!

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