Welcome to 2024, Everyone!
Guess what?! I finished my zero draft of Isto before my end-of-year, self-imposed deadline! Here’s a little animation I made of me and Derek dancing in celebration. (It’s my first animation, so please excuse the poor quality.)
Having completed the rough draft of version 6, I now move on to editing. This means rewriting Cameron’s POV. His timeline doesn’t flow well with the others, and critiquers say he needs more processing time for the emotional whammy he gets in his first scene. I’m also not keen on how certain reveals come about, so I’ve got some work ahead of me.
Goal for this year: make the book good enough to give to beta readers.
I feel my health goals are far more ambitious than my writing one. I want to:
* Complete a fitness program I bought some years back
* Limit myself to 1 Red Bull a day
If you know me, you know that latter one is going to be the most difficult. Resisting the temptation to overindulge is the hard part. I got used to cracking open a second serving of pure bliss-in-a-can sometime during last summer, and my waistline reflects that extra daily 28g of sugar. But I’m super picky about my energy drinks. I will happily try anything given to me, but nothing can substitute for my full-sugar 8.4 fl oz original. Maybe it’s a psychological thing, having consumed Red Bull almost daily for 22 years now, but I know what I want, and I’m not going to try to trick myself with a counterfeit.
Work kicked off its annual Colonel’s Fitness Challenge. In the past, I tried to tackle all the areas (resistance, aerobic, situps/pushups, weight loss). But my weight hasn’t changed in the past 5 years, and I’ve found it difficult to balance extensive weight lifting with everything else I want to do with my life. So I only aim to achieve my 30 hours of aerobic activity over the 10 week span of the challenge. This will include stair-stepping at my standing desk, walking at lunch, and doing HIIT exercises 3 days a week with my sis-in-law. On top of that, I will be doing the flexibility/mobility exercise program mentioned in my goals to hopefully prevent injury and mitigate the reality of being over 40.
Lots of things I’m hoping for this year.
IWSG Question of the Month – Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?
Uh… BookBub? I think I’ve heard of that. Am I supposed to actually do stuff on there? I think I might’ve logged on once and that was it, so I guess my answer is neither.
Got any lofty goals for this year? What do you hope to accomplish? Are you happy to greet 2024?