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Failing to fail faillingly Monday, November 29, 2010

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“Even when you’ve reached rock bottom, it’s easy to find that you can always go a rung lower.” ~ Me!

Today, I’ve done some major writing. Like, almost 8 full hours of writing. When I finally emerged from my desk, I was dizzy and had trouble focusing. Was I upset or even troubled by the new-found vertigo? Heck no! The idea that I written for close to 8 hours with no food or water is an achievement in itself given that I feel like I have been writing this same novel for half my life and it still isn’t complete.

I keep pushing back the date for when I’d like to start sending it out to agents and, unless I can stick to two thousand words a day, I may have to push it back to February 2011 with the rationale of, “At least it won’t be lumped together with a bunch of NaNoWriMo submissions.”

Since I am closing in on the end of another year, I figure now is as good a time as any to go out with blast and really reach for something. Of course, I’ve been making deals like this to myself in a variety of areas for years and years and rarely see much out of it. Behold! My list of failures:

  • Project 365 ~ Taking a picture everyday for a year? I don’t think I’ve done any one thing every day for a year except eat, sleep and poop and sometimes the second and third ones didn’t always happen. Last updated 9/2/10.
  • The Journey! ~ A (ha-ha!) diet blog. Last (technically) updated 8/9/10.
  • My 91-Book Challenge ~ Last updated 8/20/10.
  • Kana Cards App ~ A wonderful app that I downloaded over a year ago with a promise to myself to study Japanese every day. Last Japanese test taken 2/9/10.
  • Sheet Music Plus.com ~ A symbol of the hours spent finding and downloading sheet music to practice the piano every day. Last played??Let’s just say, there’s dust on the piano keys.
  • The mother of all failures: My LiveJournal ~ a journey detailing failure upon failure to the point that any reader might wonder if the author hadn’t decided to just end it all. Last updated 6/4/10.

Needless to say, I’ve gone through many periods of setting far stretching goals with no plan of achieving them. This time is really no different, but I figure it’s time to make a goal anyway.

For the next 30 days, I’m going to write two thousand words a day. I wrote out the number instead of writing 2,000 or 2K to really help me visualize just how much writing this will entail every day. I’d also like to work out every day between now and Christmas, but if I’m going to fail at something, I might as well make it just one failure to wrap up the year instead of multiple.

I will make an effort to post some small 100-word thing each day I hit the goal, but the real goal here is just to create one more post before the new year. 🙂


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