30,000 WORDS. I have given myself 6-months maximum to finish the “shitty first draft” of my novel. My aim is to get at least 30,000 words written by the end of this month. We’ll see what happens from there!
KITCHEN UPDATE. My kitchen does not function properly, there is no traditional work triangle. Instead of a needless and expensive renovation, I’ve spent the last four years of living in this house deciding what to do. It came down to one simple thing: replace my cooktop with a range. The gorgeous new range is now sitting in my garage. My goal is that by the end of the month it will be installed. It will not be a simple process, but one that should not be too terribly complicated either.
CLOSET PURGE. The whole thing needs to be cleared out – clothes, shoes, hats, bags, all of it. I was looking around the other day and realized there are articles in there that I haven’t worn or used in at least two years. For this project I will embrace the whole concept ‘if it doesn’t fit and/or I don’t feel fabulous’ it goes in the donation bag. I’m sure there will be a few of them. Right now I have a walk-in closet that is made for two people – ha!
SECOND FLOOR PREP. I am converting my second floor from wall-to-wall carpeting (parts still marked with permanent stains from the previous owner – ew!) to hardwood. This month I have to clear out all of the bedrooms so that the project can be completed. The deadline for all purged and packed is March 31.
Here’s the accountability piece:
The piles are driving me bonkers – magazines, books, projects. I need to carve out some time and just get rid of the visual clutter. Gotta purge, purge, purge. I have only one trip away, for four days, in the next month. Time to focus on putting my home together. I did get a lot done! Kitchen drawers are organized, magazines were given away, office piles are gone, entry chest is organized, no more fencing to keep the dogs out of the living/dining area has lead to much more flow. It’s not to say there are no piles, but they have been greatly reduced.
I finished a couple of books last month or two – it was nice to read for pure enjoyment again. That was short lived, I’ll be doing a lot of mandatory reading now that my UofT Continuing Studies course – Creative Writing Through Reading – is getting underway. It is the second of three required courses to earn my certification. There promises to be a lot of reading and I hope to write some short pieces worthy of submission through this course. I do need to make reading BOOKS more of a priority. I came to realize over the month that I do read, a lot. So many articles and research rabbit holes. I have to set aside time to absorb works of fiction.
I’m back in my QBF Tuesday class and it’s nice to have a routine. The structure is that over ten weeks I will submit 5 pieces (2 long, approximately 3,500 words; and, 3 short, over 800 less than 1,500 words). They are peer reviewed and we all submit critiques to each other. Brian moderates and offers constructive feedback on all of the long pieces. I am hoping to have this push me to finish a few more chapters in my novel in progress. Well, my first long piece was not received as well as I may have hoped. One thing I’ve learned, you can’t make everyone happy. Beyond that, the author is the only one concerned with and responsible for the integrity of the piece. Onward!
There are always things to do around the house. The everyday projects and then the big projects that need to be scheduled. I’ve gone through the house and identified all of the areas that need to be addressed and now it’s time to map it all out, call the professionals and schedule. Once that’s done I can relax until the calendar tells me to engage. The professionals have been called, projects have been scheduled. I still have to do a few more things but they’re seasonal (the spider spray guy, poop picker-uppers, etc.) and can’t call anyone yet. Home ownership is such a process.