Wednesday, May 2, 2012

War Post: May 2nd Mashup & ROW Goals

Today should be a Insecure Writers Support Group post.  But I decided to make it just a Mashup and Goals like usual.  Why you might ask?  Because I wrote something separate for the IWSG.  I realized that it needed to be separate, and it was a blog post all of its own, so check it out if you are into that kind of thing.  Let's rock this Mashup and Goals peeps!

Scott Ashton made my week when I discovered his blog about Brandon Sanderson's creative writing class.  Check it out at: "Write about Dragons."

Ava Jae wrote about the challenge of Finishing in: "How to Finish Writing a Novel."

If you ever wanted to find out how many millionaires are paying in a lower tax bracket than you check out: "The Buffett Rule."

Larry Correia shares a little about how ridiculous our administration can be in: "Freaking ridiculous, child labor laws coming to family farms." (And if you want to read more go here.)

At Spirit of Ilithyia a story about the way birth is handled in this country, tune in at: "How Birth One Hundred Years Ago Impacts Birth Today."

Stephen Foster Jr. shares the thoughtfulness of a girls father and the sensitivity of a radio personality in: "Rape Away The Gay?"

Martha Wells brings us back the past, so we can recognize the future in: "Erasing Women."

Bjorn Lomberg has great news telling us we have enough food to end world hunger, but we still need more in: "How To Get Food on Every Table."

N.K. Jemisin talks about a topic I never knew came to pass in SSF (and I'm thrilled it did) in: "Why I Think RaceFail Was The Bestest Thing Evar for SFF."

And Timothy Sexton wrote an article on similar topic in: "How Martin Luther King Kept Lt. Uhura on the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise."

And for our laugh of the day I thought, let's watch Leonard Nimoy be lazy for a day. 

This week has been so much more productive than the last several.  I'm so thankful for smaller goals.  However as I was about to do a lot better, I had a friend in the National Guard take his own life.  It kinda ruined the end of the week for me.  Still here's a taste of what I accomplished in the last week.

1. Finishing Chapter Two and starting Chapter Threeof "Crimes of the Umbramancer by next week.
     I wanted to finish up Chapter Two, but unfortunately after the news I've become both depressed and busy.  Hopefully I'll finish up this week, but we'll have to see what happens at this point.

2. Write seven thousand words per week. (Between blog & fiction.)
     Well counting what I write on Twitter, Writing Group, my Scene, and getting a Blog Buffer, I have managed to get at least seven thousand in the last week.  Which I'm very grateful for.

3. Exercise five times a week.
     The end of the week I didn't make running at all.  Though I have managed to get a fair amount of walking in on Friday and Saturday, but it just doesn't get me the work out I need.  Still working this goal.

4. Finishing up my school work from my last semester in College.
     Ever have a professor tell you how hard it is to get students to do work after the semester is over.  It is true, because you have the multiple pressures of being in class, having friends with you, and most importantly, a grade that is hanging over you at the end.  But remove that and you can find yourself floundering.  I wonder if this is to all help me be a great college advisor?  I've gone through pretty much every bad situation you can think of while I've been in school.  Oh, but you didn't come here to listen to me complain.

    Nothing got done this week (Thank God for a merciful teacher).  And Pride and Prejudice is still kicking my butt.  I'll get through it though.

5. Spending time everyday with a spiritual source.
     One of my cousin's gave me a little book called Morning and Evening Daily Readings by C.H. Spurgeon.  Now I received this back around the time of my wife's grandfather's funeral, but I haven't read from it much at this point.  But I picked it up thinking, it has some really good insights, and I haven't been disappointed yet.  I've been reading since Saturday and it has given a shot in the arm to my spiritual walk.

6. Finishing homework from Group Therapy.
     I have a friend who has a motto in her home of "No Secrets."  And I love this philosophy.  But I also know that to keep such a rule you also must know how to keep certain knowledge within certain circles.  It changes what you mean when you say that you trust somebody.  So I thought I would test my own ability in following this rule and admit that I'm going to Group Therapy.  It has been wonderful because they are helping me to get through some of the challenges of my childhood in an environment with other folks like me.

Well that's everything for Goals for ROW80.  If you are interested check out the sister post to this blog for the Insecure Writers Support Group.  I'm Jayrod Garrett, the First OG and here is the ROW80 bloghop.  Look it up, comment, or join us.  There aren't any cookies, but there is certainly a lot of love, growth, and thoughtfulness in our community.  Peace peeps!


  1. Glad you're making progress. small goals can lead to big things if you let them!

    1. So true Janet. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  2. So sorry to hear of your friend. My brother ended his life and its a double edged sword. Regarding your going to group therapy and admitting it here - good for you. A brave move indeed. And hopefully a liberating decision, which in itself can be a massive step forward.

    Take some time to acknowledge your loss, use that therapy to get it out and then hopefully to accept. Never make the mistake of thinking because you feel numb, you are okay. And be prepared to feel something when you least expect it, like on a bus or in the bath. The power of letting go without restraint is marvellous and so much more important than 'a stiff upper lip'. Believe me - I'm British :P

    Best of luck for the week ahead. X

    1. To be honst Shah, I spent years thinking that numb was okay. And I'm learning that because I was numb for so long that I have to now go back and find out if was really happy before, or just being too numb to recognize the pain.

      I'm trying to make progress now in my life. I've been shackled for too long, and I know that can't be good for me, nor anybody else in my life. Thanks for the advice.

  3. I'm so sorry for your friend. Little words for something of such enormity, but nothing ever seems adequate in a situation like that. College advisers that have been there are too rare. My college life was dogged my catastrophe after catastrophe, to the point that my adviser actually demanded to see a death certificate or obituary for my 23 y.o sister in law when she passed. I had so many deaths come so quickly that my adviser thought I was lying! I still think there may have been a better way for her to handle that. As for group, you should be proud of yourself for that. It seems when things are heavy, many people hide away. By going to group, you take an active step toward dealing well with issues, which is harder, but in the end better for everyone.
    Be well!

    1. In the elegant and simple words of the Vulcans, "I grieve with thee."

      There is no shame in doing what your soul tells you it needs.

      In my case, group would be - too much. I feel the emotions of the people around me very intensely. I would be overwhelmed by that much raw and open pain, added to my own.

      So I write it out, and I raise my children in a way that I hope and feel will allow them to grow up strong and healthy and mostly unbroken (I used to be not nearly so aware or purposeful, and I know I did some damage before I realized it).

      For me, those are therapy.

      May yours bring peace and healing and strength.

      And, on another note, thank you for the smiles and laughter. I love the Lazy Nimoy video! =D

    2. Lynnette, just wow. I don't know if I could have dealt with that. Just hearing about that makes me think you must be either an amazingly strong person or have an amazingly strong network of people who support you. It is the people like you that inspire me. Cause I hope to be a strength to folks like you obviously have for others in your life. Thank you for your kind words.

    3. Shan, I love the video too. I think its perfect, because he is nothing like that in real life, but pulled off being so horrible in the video.

      As for weightier matters, I understand group being too much. Or at least seeming like it would be. My wife is also attending the therapy with me and she's tremendously sensitive, but it seems to be helping her. It might be worth a try. You've done so much for your kids and all, and I think group gives you a chance to bless others with how you've found joy amid the pain.

      Thank you for your condolences. They really do mean something.


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