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maura @ 10:24 pm

One thing I’m pretty stoked about is that I’ve been keeping to my daily writing goal most of the time since the beginning of February, barring a weird low point in late March-early April. Some days it’s still hard to fit it in, like today, which was all get up (insomnia before the alarm went off yay!), get dressed, scoop the cat litter, grab my stuff, head to the gym,* work out, shower, get dressed, head to work, triage email while eating breakfast, cross some stuff off my list, go to a 2 1/2 hour meeting, get coffee, more email triage, weed the architecture books, finish some more list stuff, take the subway home, help pack up the evening’s food and head to the botanic gardens for the summer members’ picnic, eat dinner, drink pink fizzy wine, look at the amazing sky, chat w/folks we ran into that we haven’t seen in a while, catch fireflies, walk home, do the dishes, take out the trash, make Gus’s lunch,** tuck Gus in, take a shower, write a blog post.

* Now that it’s summer and there aren’t any swimming lessons on the weekends it’s been harder to fit in family gym time, so last week I started trying to go one morning each week. It’s only about a 10 minute walk from work so there’s really no excuse, though it kind of messes with my accustomed caffeine levels to have to wait til after the workout for coffee. Plus last week someone took my towel by accident when I was in the shower. But today my towel was unharmed, woo hoo!

** OMG the joie de middle school is that the child makes his own lunch! We’re practicing over the summer and he’s done it most nights this week, but tonight it was late and he needed a shower so I made it. He’s got some crazy sandwich specs and insists that the toaster be set to 7, which is awfully crunchy if you ask me.

So finding time to write amidst all of that can be hard, though all of a sudden you write out your day and bam, 300+ words, nice job! Still, I can’t write this every night.

I think I might be ready to take this to the next level and set a specific, consistent daily writing time. I want to consistently write every day, with only unusual days off for sickness and the like. And the thing about writing at different times each day, whenever I can scrape together the time, is that sometimes there’s a day like today and it’s 10pm and damn, haven’t written a thing yet. Of course the problem is when: mornings are my best writing time but won’t always work. Still, perhaps I’ll try for most mornings with flexibility if needed. There’s always something to write, for sure, so it’s not like I’ll be grasping about for things to do.

So I guess this is a heads up: expect more blagging here if the plan works.

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5 comments on “leveling up”

Anne (4 August 2012 at 12:12 am)

Seven is too high. Why do they even make seven?

maura (5 August 2012 at 10:23 am)

Inorite?!?! I can’t imagine how anyone can eat toast 7, it’s just too dang crunchy. But I’m still living in the happy he’s making his own lunch bubble so that’s good!

Anne (17 August 2012 at 12:46 am)

Well my mom’s toaster has a sandwich bag add-on so I guess to cook something big a 7 could be argued for.

Yay love this post because it inspired me to set daily art goals! Sometimes my definition is rather broad (drawing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong with icing on a cake, even if the black outline that seemed like a great idea turns to horrible rivulets because it is August in Cincinnati), but I’ve kept it going for a few weeks now…stay tuned and thx!!!

maura (20 August 2012 at 9:52 pm)

Rock on, that is awesome! I’m enacting a crazy 6am wakeup plan tomorrow to start making a big push on finishing the book I’m working on with my research partner. Broad definitions are fine in my book: sometimes I stretch it and long (non-work) emails count. But I try not to make that exception too often. Donkey Kong is hard to draw, though, esp. in icing!

Anne (22 August 2012 at 10:50 pm)

The effects of August in Cincinnati (armpitty) on cake frosting and icing* is a lesson I will not soon forget!

* There are these linguist quizzes, like “Are you from a state that tawks heelariously?” Sometimes they ask, “Do you say ‘icing’ or ‘frosting?'” The thing is, those are two different things — frosting is creamy, icing is the drawing stuff in a tube, glossy. It’s like asking “Do you say ‘wall-to-wall carpeting’ or ‘throw rug?'” ??? But I digress.

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