FINISH April OLW Actions + I Choose by Megan Anderson

Time for an update of my monthly One Little Word goals! If you haven’t read about my FINISH intentions + actions yet, this post will make a lot more sense if you do.

My April intention was to FINISH draft. My goal was to finish the current draft of my first novel (it’s like the 9th draft or something). As I already mentioned, this intention had to be scrapped. By scrapped I don’t mean scrapbooking, I mean I actually seriously considered setting the thing on fire, so deep was my fury. I spent last year barely editing the the novel, reading a ton, and building my skills as a writer. And now that I’m seeing the manuscript with fresh eyes, I know it’s horrible. Probably still publishable, but not something I’d be proud of having my name on the cover of. I knew that a bit going in, but I thought that there would be some salvageable bits. And there are maybe 10 sentences out of hundreds of pages that are going to stick around.

I’m keeping my characters and the bones of the plot, but I’m changing the way it’s written. Most importantly, I’ve gotten rid of the gimmicks. And it’s going to be good. It just probably won’t be FINISHED in 2013. (Which is ironic, because the book is the whole reason I picked the word FINISH at the get go.)

I’ll talk more about the favorite books I’m re-reading and how they’ve helped in a few days, but for now I’ll just say that the 31 (or 34, now) book project is probably the best thing I could have decided to do to get my mind in the right place for restarting the book.

Random fun fact about me as a creative writer: I never ever use parenthetical phrases. This will surprise you, because I use parentheses in just about every paragraph on this blog (I’m doing it now!). They create a conversational tone, in case you didn’t know.

April wasn’t only for (not) FINISHing the draft, it also was for looking to the intentions for the months ahead. I tried to do things that needed to be done in order to meet the goals for the months to come. Here are the rest of the year’s intentions, and what I did to work toward them:

May FINISH wood | I will put finish on wood (hah!) on a carpentry project I will make with Poppy (my grandpa).

I decided that the pipe bookshelf (post coming soon!) was enough of a big project, and I’m going to focus instead on FINISHing a wood project I started with Poppy last year / sanding and sealing our butcher block kitchen island thing instead of starting a wood project from scratch.

Jun from start to FINISH | The editing on the final draft of my manuscript will be complete!

I’m going to have to think of a different thing for this intention to mean.

Jul FINISH fini | I will finish reading a book in French.

I read some kid’s French books to Eliza and I read Le Petit Prince, my absolute favorite book. (It doesn’t count toward this finish goal because I’ve read it many times before, and practically had it memorized in English before I read it in French, so I didn’t have to work out the vocabulary.)

Aug FINISH trip | We will come back from our first real family vacation to Yellowstone.

We have re-routed our plans. Something big is coming in August, and so is my best friend Jessica (probably). Also, Eliza’s school starts back up right smack in the middle of August. We’re thinking of taking Eliza (and maybe Jonas) on a smaller trip instead. Jessica might fly out to Kansas City, and then drive back to Denver with us and we’ll stay for a few days. It’s not the vacation we wanted, but Jessica is better than Old Faithful. And the major goal was to get Eliza to a new state.

Yellowstone, here we come in 2014.

Sept FINISHing touches | My novel will be DONE and query letters will be out of the door.

This is no longer really my big goal. I’m hoping that it will be amazing by this point, but I’m thinking that DONE is not on the docket.

Oct FINSH line | I will run a 5K (the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure).

I learned last month that this is actually in August! Ah! I have to be able to run two months earlier than I thought! I kept up with (almost) daily yoga and didn’t run very much. Since the race is actually in August, I’m thinking October 31 for a big fundraising deadline. I’m still trying to talk Jake into my idea, so I won’t mention it lest the Internet take sides.

Nov FINISH debt | Our debt will be decimated!

Getting there!

Dec FINISHed | We’ll close the doors to our Etsy shop and I will enjoy the end of the year!

The shop is on vacation, and it might stay that way. We’re trying to decide if we’re moving away from physical products forever and ever or if we’d like a self-hosted shop to go with the new blog design we’re planning.

When I signed up for One Little Word, I also signed up for I Choose, a self-paced class from Elise Blaha Cripe. These two classes totally work in harmony, and I used the info in I Choose to choose my intentions for the year. But I haven’t done much with it since, because I look for a place in my blogging calendar for a goal setting post and there is none. So I’m marrying these two classes together and choosing a few extra things to finish over the next month.

  • I will FINISH running a continuous outdoor mile.
  • I will FINISH fun projects with the kids.
  • I will FINISH reading the manual for the 7D.
  • I will FINISH more of my 34 books.
  • I will FINISH planting a bunch of veggies.
  • I will FINISH work before deadlines.
  • I will FINISH converting Jake to yoga.

Also of note:

Do you have a One Little Word? How did your intentions vs. actions work out for April?

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