weekly wrap up

Mood

I didn’t have a good week at all…I had a great week! Two weeks ago was good. Last week was better. Neither depression or mania reared their ugly heads, nor did I have a need for any extra anti-anxiety pills. I can’t think of one moment that I had to deal with anxiety. (at least not any more than a normal typical person.)

Looking back, in my head (which is always dangerous) I believe I have a trend for my good weeks and bad weeks. I think I’ll have a look back on previous posts and start a journal to see if I spot a trend. If there is, I can prepare to hunker down when it looks like the shit is about to hit the fan.

I decided to get back to reading again so I signed up for Goodreads 2017 Reading challenge. I chose twenty-seven books as my goal. That’s only two books a month, I figure I can handle that easily. I put a Widget to the right that displays my progress. Currently it says no books read, but I’m nearly finished with my first one.

Weight and Fitness

Saturday December 31 – 263.6 lbs
Saturday, January 7 – 260.2
Total loss – 3.4 lbs

Woo hoo! Down over 3 pounds.

In last weeks post I referred to a picture of me at my current weight, but forgot to include the picture. Here’s me on December 31, 2017. At the first of each month I will be posting updated pictures to show my progress. It’s a scary big step so wish me luck.

Last week I also goofed and said I was including links to Lose It, an online weight loss tracker. Each week Dyane of Birth of a New Brain, Marie of Merry Marie and I cheer each other on with our successes and support each other in our setbacks. I’m already a Weight Watchers member, but I enjoy Lose It because I can support fellow bloggers with our own unique set of challenges.

If you’d like to join us on this FREE program, you can leave a message for Dyane on her blog, or you can sign up for Lose It and search for Wondrous Writers Weight Loss Group. We’d love to have you join us.

Writing

Good and bad. The bad part is I really haven’t been getting any writing done. Since it was brought to my attention that certain situations wouldn’t work for many reasons, I’ve tried many times to rewrite a much-needed new character into the first couple of chapters. I’ve beaten my head into the keyboard so many times I may have a concussion. I finally wrote something that I thought may work, but felt uneasy so I let Maurice read it. He stopped reading halfway through the new material and said it was garbage ruined the flow of the entire first chapter and had no humor. It did not work. I had to agree. Maurice didn’t actually say the word “garbage,” but that was my interpretation.

The good part is I decided to move on with the later chapters. It’s hard to jump back in and keep the same tone, so I’ve been reading over a lot of material and have gotten a smidgen of new material in there. Once the manuscript is completed I can go back and make the necessary changes. It’s more work that way, but it seems like the best option. In Stephan King’s outstanding book “On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft” he says any writer should pump out 2,000 words a day. Sorry, Stephen, I haven’t been keeping up with your standards, but I’m okay that I’ve been outlining.

The newly revised Writer’s Critique group I attended is back in action after a major coupe some needed changes. We meet on Tuesday. I don’t think I’ll have anything coherent to read, so I may just sit there and critique other people’s work and listen to the group. In general, I learn as much from other people’s critiques as I do for my own material.

Synopsis

Mood was excellent. Fitness was excellent. Writing wasn’t what I wanted it to be, yet I have a good sense of accomplishment. This week was almost as good as it gets, so I’m going to round it up. I grade the week an A+