Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday - January in Review

I mentioned in Monday's Post that I have some posts I'm really excited about. Unfortunately I then lost Tuesday to a migraine (seriously, it might as well be erased from the calender). My plan was to post it today... then I realized that it's the first day for February, and the first day of the month is a day that I like to reserve for looking at the month prior, and thinking about the month ahead.

My exciting and fun stuff is going to have to wait. I will tell you that it has to do with where I'm knitting in my picture, and why the gesture for "Live Love and Prosper" was my first thought for posing for said picture. Other than that, you'll find out tomorrow! I'm going to write up the post today to make sure I don't get knocked down again and miss posting it. 

Looking Back at January:
I posted on our PDX Wrimo's group that I was ready to write January off writing wise, and I was, until I looked at the numbers today. No, I didn't meet any of my goals, and that is frustrating. I had a bad month and it was hard to get anything done. BUT I still got a total of 20,781 words written between books, short stories, blog posts, and other random writing. Divide by four and you get just over 5k a week on average. 

What does that mean? Well I've decided it means January should not be written off. I didn't meet my goals, but back in the day (before I took a break from writing and found my way back through NaNoWriMo) my goal had been 5k a week. I never met it back then. Ok, maybe twice I met my goal, but it puts things in perspective.

Perspective is always a good thing. In this case it tells me that I have still grown, even if not as much as I had hoped for, and considering my health this last month, I'm more than ok with that. 

Reading wise I've done really well. I usually do when I'm sick. My goal breaks down to 15 books a month, and I read 16, and some of them were really awesome!

Looking Forward to February:
Honestly, this part I'm still figuring out. I am going to have to dial back my goals, but I'm not sure the best way to do that. I don't really want to give up any of them, but apparently my health is not going to cooperate with my dreams right now, so I need to dial it back a little. I think, at this point, that is going to mean working on one book at a time, which frustrates me because I really want to work on both! 

I will update my goals sheet to reflect my current reality by Sunday, and share about those changes then.

I look forward to seeing what books this next month ends up holding. I'm excited about the one's on my shelf from the library right now, and I'll be doing a beta read for a friend as well, which should be fun, it's my first one!

How are your goals going now that we're one month into 2012? Read any good books?

~ Ruthie ~ 


  1. I haven't read many COMPLETE books. I have some I am in the middle of (always reading more than one at a time, normally a fiction and a non fiction and poetry as well.)

    Your outlook on your goals is dynamic and refreshing. Brava to you!!

  2. Don't worry, this turned out to be a great little post. it's nice to look back for a moment and than contemplate what you are looking forward to. If you do this every month, you're going to have a nice little diary set up!

    Also, wanted to let you know that the 1 month update for the bookmark break challenge is up.

  3. Ruthie!! LOVE the picture of you and can't wait to hear all about it :)

    As for goals, I like to set realistic goals for myself that take into account my illness-The absolute WORST thing an ill person can do to themselves is put on too much stress, so just take it for what it is.

    Maybe dial back your goals a bit or be a little more accepting on yourself because you are sick! There's nothing wrong with that either-You're doing the best you can and that's all you can do :)

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