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2010 Second Quarter Review

It's halfway through the year already! Does anybody else remember your New Year's Resolutions? I only do because I posted them on my blog here to help keep me on track. Today, I'll look at how I'm doing compared to my first quarter review a few months ago.  At that time, my unresolved resolutions were:

1. Complete and edit the first draft (which comes after the '09 NaNoWriMo sketch) of Sleeping Beauty and the Beast of Vepreskastel. Revise the manuscript with the help of local writers' groups and conferences until it is ready to submit to agents. While waiting for rejection letters, continue working on another unfinished novel, ROSALINA'S DRAGON. Continue to fantasize about seeing my stories in print, on bookstore shelves.

Status: In progress. Ahem. I don't want to sound like a whiner, but life has gotten in the way of my progress a bit. I'm still moving forward on Sleeping Beauty and the Beast of Vepreskastel, just slower than I had hoped. I have completed my first draft of Part I of the three-part book, and tomorrow I will begin a quick round of edits before I send the partial manuscript to beta readers. At this rate, I certainly won't complete a draft by the end of the year that I can submit to agents or publishers. But I do hope that this summer, I will be able to pick up the pace for Part II, which is the longest part. 

2. Farm at least 300 square feet of my lawn.

Status: In progress. I'm finding some success here already! We have harvested a small number of strawberries, and we have spinach, basil, parsley, carrots, and onions ready to eat. All of my 300 square feet of beds are planted, and many other veggies and fruits are growing.

3. Re-roof my house.

Status: Planned. We have dates picked out later this month! I sure hope the weather holds. The roof project has expanded to include installation of at least one fan and better ventilation, possible chimney repair, and renovation of the front porch.

4. Try for a baby.

Status: Happening faster than expected! What I said about "life getting in the way" of my writing? Well, here it is. This is what's been on my mind and keeping me laid up with exhaustion and nausea. Woohoo! I'm showing much more and much earlier than average. So much for keeping it a secret until the second trimester. Mr. G and I are pleased to know that our equipment works!

 4a. Build our emergency savings fund to cover three months of expenses.
Status: In progress. We are close to having two months' worth of expenses stashed away. Slow but steady!

4b. Go to caffeine rehab.

Status: Complete. There's nothing like a touch of morning sickness to kick those coffee cravings. Temperatures near 90 degrees also help make hot beverages seem less appealing. I haven't had a cup of coffee in two months!

4c. Work out at least three times a week, including continuing my belly dance "lessons" and leading into prenatal belly dance.

Status: Mostly on track. After the nasty illness that followed our winter vacation, I got back on a nice workout schedule and built up my stamina. I even choreographed a badass belly dance to the main song that got Rammstein's latest album banned in Germany. It's a filthy, hilarious, metal as hell song. My dance involved sensuous, circular hip and chest movements and camels, deep belly rolls, my newly mastered 3/4 shimmy, and earth-shaking hip drops. The weekend I was going to film it, I realized that I couldn't do the deep belly rolls for some reason. I was all bloated or... something. Doops! The initial part of this multi-part resolution had gone a little better than expected, and I found that I was... expecting. I was very happy, though I admit I was a little sad that I had to lay off the dirty dancing in favor of gentler hip circles and other pregnancy-friendly moves. Not to mention that the song Ich tu dir weh is inappropriate even for a baby that doesn't have EARS yet. Yeah, it's that bad. From here on out, it's all folk music and ballads. I'm keeping this picture of my abs forever, because right now I feel like I'll never see them again.

How about you? Are any of your resolutions coming about faster or slower than you had intended? Have you had a good time breaking any of them? :)


  1. CONGRATS on the mini-G-in-progress!

  2. OMG, congrats!! I'm so happy for you two :)

  3. OOOOH!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS! Can you hear me squeeeeeee!!!?



    Okay, I'm really excited, sorry.

    Awesome job on all of your progress on everything! Pregnancy is fun and sucks at the same time. Labor is even better. And then the baby! What fun. You have the cutest little baby bump. I'm jealous. I looked like a beached whale because I was pregnant in the middle of the summer when there was a two week period of days over 102. Not fun!

    So am I still beta reading for you? I'm close to finishing Cinders. :)

  4. Thanks, lady-friends! :)

    Michelle: My bump might be cute now, but I'm not even TWO MONTHS along. I think I'm going to be enormous. I joke to my husband that we're probably having a litter like Octomom.

    And YES, I still want you to beta read for me, and I can't wait to read Cinders all the way through! I'm going to go back through my Part I and do some quick edits before I send it to you. Part I is about 37,000 words, so our pieces to trade will be similar in length.

  5. OMG CONGRATS! You do know that Esperanza calls us her salt & pepper twins? If you didn't, then I can tell you why later ;)

  6. Hi, Lexi! Esperanza did inform me of my saltiness in that regard. Hee hee! :)

  7. Here's to unresolved resolutions ...
    "GIT-R-DONE !"

  8. Congratulations! Being pregnant is such an exciting time - especially the first one! And you're still making excellent progress on your goals - that's wonderful! I've never been a resolution maker so I'm afraid I don't have anything to report.

  9. Max: It probably helps that you can time travel.

    Susan: Thanks! I'm still in the crappy feeling stage, but it's exciting anyway. :)

  10. Congratulations!!! Whoa, I finally caught up on my blog reading. Yay! I'm so excited that you are reproducing!!! :)


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