What’s Up Wednesday–a day late. Oops!

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading kelly Mooney’s latest novel, book #2 in her Southern Comfort series.

Beautiful Innocence

Beautiful Innocence

2. 2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I just finished my New Adult/Contemporary Novel entitled, “Never Far Away.”

Tagline: He’s the only boy she’s ever loved, but she pushed away.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I have to confess, I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Something I rarely do. We recently got Netflix and I find myself addicted. I can’t seem to stop myself from watching one more episode.

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Tuesday’s Top Ten-My Beat the Heat Read-a-thon Goals

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My goals are as follows:

1. Read every day
2. Follow 5 new blogs to see what everyone else is reading
3. Add my review for “Addicted to You,” by Krista and Becca Ritchie
4. Finish reading “Before Now (Sometimes Never), by Cherly McIntyre
5. Finish reading “Love Exactly,” by Cassandra Giovanni
6. Start reading “Girl with Guitar,” by Casiey Quinn
7. Start reading “Destined,” by Jessie Harrell
8. Participate in at least one mini-challenge
9. Add at least one new book to my TBR
10.Make a new friend who shares my passion for books!

Goals

I am the type of person who needs goals or I tend to procrastinate.

Foe example, this is the first summer in five years that I did not register to run the Rochester Half Marathon or the Rochester Marathon Relay. ANd guess what? I have barely been running. Usually during the summer I run 24 miles a week and this summer I’ve only been running 10 miles. It is a little disheartening. I guess I should have known myself better and made sure I registered early so that I could get the training in. Oh well, I’ll be sure to do so next summer.

I also need goals for my writing. I set small goals for myself and then as soon as I reach that goal I set a new one. This works well for me. Sometimes I try to each a certain word count each day. Once I even participated in NANOWRIMO. Although I didn’t write an entire novel in one month, I did write almost every single day and it was fun to watch my word count go up. I also set goals in terms of chapters, refusing to stop working until the chapter is complete.

This summer I have done more reading than writing. I set out to read 15 books this summer, marking my progress on goodreads. I think I am ahead of schedule, which is a good feeling.

Well, now we all know, I am a goal-oriented person. What about you? When do you do your best work?