If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it’s been a very good week, and also a very exerting one. There have been a lot of changes, and a lot of activity. The month changed in the middle of the week, and, since I set my goals by the month….that meant setting up a new set for March, and transitioning into it on the fly.
And then….it’s March. Here, allow me to serve you while I explain.
March is significant for several reasons, one of the biggest of which is that I begin my “Creative Chaos Marathon” in April, and it runs through July, with a variety of writing challenges and projects I want to move forward:
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: alphabet themed posts, every day but Sunday.
Story A Day May: Due to popular demand, I’ll be bringing back my Star Trek: Enterprise Trip and T’Pol fan fiction drabbles, with maybe a detour into a longer story or two along the way. I’ll be using the daily prompts at StaD to form the stories, and supplement with the word lists offered by my fellow TnT fans.
JuNoWriMo: While not affiliated with the other WriMo events, the principle is much the same – write 50K words. Last year, after two months of intense fiction writing, my attempt to keep on drafting in June meant that I fizzled in July. So, this year, I’m taking a different approach that I’m hoping will also alleviate some of the pressure of my Creative Chaos 10K Buddy, which runs from September – November. I’m going to draft blog posts for those months, so that I have a pool to draw from. I might even get crazy and go with themes that fit the months during which I intend to use them. It feels like an approach that will let me use the challenge for maximum benefit, and that 50,000 words will be an effective target that will net me a few dozen post drafts I can polish and prep for later use – my own personal blogging bank account! That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but all attempts to do it piecemeal have resulted in my using the posts before I could build a stockpile.
July CampNaNoWriMo: Another CampNaNo, another Kifo Island novel. This one’s barely a gleam in my mind’s eye, at this point, but I expect to be doing some level of planning and plotting during May and June, so, with luck and perseverance, I’ll be ready to write when the time comes.
But, before all that, there’s March. A month when I don’t have a major challenge, except for all the getting ready for the major challenges to come.
Oh, and the homeschool reports I need to submit by the fifteenth…and, although it’s not exactly a challenge, there’s also the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest, where I’ll be joining others in celebrating International Woman’s Day with two blogposts celebrating personal facets of the feminine. Did I mention that these posts need to be ready by the sixth, and I’m just now getting to the point of drafting them?
So there really is a bit of a challenge there, too…
If we were having coffee, though, you would have been sipping through all the detailing of my plans and challenges, and so I’ll pour you a refill, and offer you a cookie, while I say that these are the good kind of challenges – the kind where I grow and stretch and become.
Do you know what I mean?
What challenges do you embrace, writing or otherwise?
Do you do them “by the book” or are you more of the “make it your own” type?
Do you use challenges to spur you on to attaining your own personal goals?
I’d love to hear more about your experiences, especially since my own coffee got kind of cold while I was talking! Share with me, or find all of the #weekendcoffeeshare posts at their new home; Nerd in the Brain, where they are hosted by Emily and her dinosaurs. If it’s after Friday, March 3, you can also get to this week’s link here.