I got a glimpse of the new schedule this week and a taste of what it’s like to have your oldest in school all day. I didn’t cry, much. It was hard at times, but that’s life, it keeps changing and you have a choice to move forward or get dragged.
No burns and dirt for me, I kept moving.
Forward movement feels good. I even made my very first pitch to a couple of publishers during MFRW‘s “Write-place, Write-time” event. I received two requests yesterday!! And I have one more pitch to do this morning. Good times.
Motivation Jars (14-goals in all & $7.50 is up for grabs each week): 10-goals had real good progress or are complete. Wardrobe Jar gets $5.36 (total so far: $64.28) and NOT my political party of choice jar gets $2.14 (total so far: $10.72)
The Goals – week-10 results
Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters– done
Pick a title for Voyage Novu #1 & #2- Goal complete. Yes, I did it, feels good too.
Write 3,000 words each week or 33,000 for the round- I pulled my hair out with this task this week. I haven’t written 1st draft material in weeks, but I’ve been working hard on edits and prepping for the MFRW pitch fest. Some goals do have to sit to make way for others. BUT, I will not forget about this one, this week is it, literally for the round. WEEK 11 PRIORITY
Spend time editing at least 3 times each week- done. I spent 4-days editing this week.
Send Voyage Novu #1 to 2nd beta- Goal complete.
Finish Editing Voyage Novu #1- I tinkered with it all week in preparation for the pitch fest, I searched for this and for that and bunch of other things. I’m glad I did, because I got a request! In fact I got two! Wahoo! I’m going to take another look this week and send it out AS REQUESTED 😀
Voyage Novu#1 Query/Synopsis: finish, polish, get 2nd opinions, finalize AND send out 1st round- Goal complete. Yes, you read that right. I finished my query & synopsis this week, got 2nd opinions, and this weekend I’m showing the query to 3-publishers. THREE!
Finish first draft of Voyage Novu#2 and begin to edit- I had fabulous intentions to read through VN#2 this week, but with the pitch event prep I couldn’t get my mind to shift. WEEK 11 PRIORITY
Finish reading current craft book and start another- I started Margie Lawson’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions. Love Margie.
Workout a minimum of 200-minutes a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep and my calorielimit- done.
Study one of the Nia 52-moves each week- Downward Punch: start in the ready position, and simultaneously bring one fist and forearm down in front of the body, while the other elbow and forearm draws back to maintain vertical alignment. To punch lower, move your hips backwards. Use equal force down and back up to the ready position. Look where you punch and exhale while you punch. Engage the whole body by pushing down with your feet.
Finish the Sanjana bars and start the Opal bars (i.e. studying the song/movement structure)- No progress, another pitch casualty. WEEK 11 PRIORITY
Finish needed continuing education, enter all credits on PMI site and save my PMP certification for another 3-years- No progress, another pitch casualty. WEEK 11 PRIORITY
Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities- I got a break this week thank goodness, this week I just have a deposit to make and monthly reports to generate and distribute.
SYTYCD – season 9, top 6
Cole’s gone, I knew it. I’m not surprised, but I will miss him. It was an interesting week of performances. I was tempted to share a solo, Chehon, wow, and this will make you smile. But it’s Eliana & Cole, choreography by Mia Michaels that I had to share. It’s a piece about hatred, an emotion I despise, but their frustration is palpable and the movement is beautiful.
I had high hopes for this week, thirty-three is one of my favorite numbers. When both of your kids have birthdays in the same week and you’re hosting the huge family/friend party on Sunday, things tend not to go as planned. I got to as many posts as I could and of course I have my fav SYTYCD performance of the week below, but I’d love it if you could help me out.
Nigel reminded me of a George Ballanchine quote, “I don’t want dancers who want to dance. I want dancers who have to dance.” I agree with Nigel, this performance captures that statement, plus the lighting is fabulous.
This week the great dance show was back and all performances were choreographed by Mia Michaels. Oh, bells!! Love Mia’s choreography. But the Top-14 faced a great dancer-challenge. They’d be performing previously performed routines, routines choreographed for past seasons, making it really easy to see where this year’s dancers fall short in direct comparison to past contestants. It may have been a bit cruel, but so is the life of a dancer. One performance stood out. It was not better than the original, but stood on its own. This routine made me cry when Kayla and Kupono performed it in season five, so powerful. I do suggest watching both performances, but please watch Lindsay and Cole first.
Both performances made me cry, how about you?
Lindsay & Cole performing “Addiction” choreographed by Mia Michaels
No surprise, I have great links to share today. I’ve told the hubs to take a break until SYTYCD is over, but they’re taking the next two weeks off. Jeff will be back next week with more great music. Wait till you see the clip I have for you this week, you’re in for a real treat.
An interesting week of performances. Some great, some okay, and some strange song choices. I had no idea which performance to share until it came time for the guest performance. Sorry contestants, but you were smoked this week by Alvin Ailey. The company has been around since 1958, so no one should be surprised. Check out the power and conflict in this piece choreographed by Robert Battle.
Happy weekend folks!! Boom, bang look at all those cool links for writers. Jeff took another week off from picking out great music. Not to worry, SYTYCD had loads of fabulous performance I wanted to share this week, so which one was my favorite?
I’ve completely fallen for @smoulderingsea and his #editortips, if you miss the daily tweets you can still catch them on his blog. Here is my fav from yesterday: When editing down backstory and inner monologue, keep only what the reader needs–not what you needed to sort your story.
Dance to inspire
So many great performances this week as SYTYCD season 9 revealed their top 20. This performance was by far my fav, enjoy
Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by today. I’ve got some of my favorite links of the week for you, but I’ve given the hubs the week of from his music picks. He’s been working hard all week so I guess that’s okay 😉 Instead I’ve picked an audition from this years So You Think You Can Dance.
Love learning from folks who have been there and done that
Lots of memorable auditions this year. This one stands out because she’s a mommy who has not given up on her dream. Listen to her story, watch her beautiful moves, and stay till the end, because her daughter dances too.
My list is a little short this week, but the links are prime grade A stuff. I’m changing things up this week as well and giving my hubs a break. Please let me know what kind of inspiration the video at the bottom gives you.
There is a theme this week and it’s hitting home with me. How are you sitting in your writing life? Do you need to be reminded of a few of these things too?
Jeff will be back next week with a new music pick. This week I wanted to celebrate the start of So You Think You Can Dance season 9. It’s going to be another tremendous season, but I wanted to share one of my all time favorites from the show. Chelsie and Mark from season 4 performing NappyTabs “Bleeding Love,” this is their finale performance. Chelsie is now on Dancing with the Stars and Mark is the head dancer for Lady Gaga.
I love many things about dance, but the best part has got to be the story telling. The cross over link for me between my dancing and my writing is the story. NappyTab’s choreography here is superb, but it’s the way Chelsie and Mark feel the story through every cell in their body. The title is Bleeding Love and that’s exactly how I feel by the end.
I hope you enjoy their performance AND I hope it inspires you to write.