Weekly Wrap-Up January 23, 2016

weekly wrap up

Mood

Well, the good news is I had no extremes last week. I was well balanced except for a horrible cold. It, and the meds I was taking, kept me down most of the time. I did get lonely a lot, which I should be use to since writing is a lonely sport, but my foggy head made it hard for me to read or write. Because I’m not a TV watcher, I grew weary of that quickly. I did finally entertain myself by watching YouTube videos because they are short. I can tell you that there’s a lot of crazy videos out there.

Weight and Fitness

Saturday, January 14 – 262.6 lbs.
Saturday, January 21 – 258.6 lbs.
Total lost – 4.0 lbs.

I’ve said it many times before, but this is the last time…I NEVER will see 260 ever again.

I expected to lose a little so I was shocked when the scale said I lost 4 lbs. I didn’t get much exercise, but I was sick. I drank fluids galore, though, so I don’t think it was water weight. I’m fully confident it will not go up next week. It won’t be long before I can say I’ll never see 250 lbs. again.

Writing

I continued to spin my wheels. I enthusiastically wrote quite a bit knowing as I wrote it that it was terrible. That was okay, though, because I knew I got my ideas on paper and a few quick edits and it’d be useable. Nope, I just couldn’t do it. My edited versions were just as bad as the original.

I did try a trick that some writers suggested. I went back a chapter and typed it all over again. Some writers do this to ensure they get cohesion and the same tone throughout the novel, but that didn’t work for me either.

I believe my next step is going to be writing a new outline. I’ve been using an outline all along, but it’s not detailed and I left many blanks. It looks like I’ll have to get much more detailed to move forward. I’m frustrated because it feels like I’m falling back, but hopeful this will give me the kick in the ass I need.

My writer’s critique group is meeting this Tuesday. Unlike our last meeting, I will be bringing material to share with the group. I love the feedback. It’s a great motivator.

Synopsis

Well, well, well. Let’s see. I was sick and out of it mentally, but no extreme highs or lows. I lost 4 lbs. I didn’t get much writing actually done, but I’ve stuck with it, I keep trying new techniques, and I wouldn’t consider dropping the project.

The only negative this past week is that I had a horrible cold. Not much I can do about that. I’m giving myself an “A” for the week.

  12 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up January 23, 2016

  1. January 23, 2017 at 18:28

    Bradley, I’d say for being sick, you still came out ahead! 4#–that’s so cool. Though, don’t make getting sick a habit-not a fun way to drop weight! And you wrote while sick. I’m sorry friend, but many of us can’t write when we’re well–not even crap! And so often, that crap turns into a little jewel when you least expect it. I give you an A+ 🙂

    • Bradley
      January 23, 2017 at 19:07

      🙂 Thank you, Mandy. I missed you. I’m trying not to make getting sick a habit, but my severe cold went away and now I have the flu. Oh well.

      • January 23, 2017 at 19:14

        Bradley, repeat after me: ” This is only a test.” Now it’s time to allow yourself to be the person that when you see someone you value greatly in this vulnerable condition, you take care of him with all the kindness and nurturing it takes until he is well. Flu sucks so bad!!! Get well 🌺

  2. January 23, 2017 at 15:27

    Bummer about the sick. Glad you’re feeling better and the week was A worthy 🙂
    I think it’s great you tried some new writing techniques. I hope your Tuesday group is helpful. You’re right to write even when it’s crap. You never know what jewels may be gleaned from mining crap. One thing’s for sure, if you don’t write, you don’t even have crap to work with!

    • Bradley
      January 23, 2017 at 15:31

      I use to have a quote on my desktop. I can’t remember by who, but it said, “You may not write well every day. But you can always edit a bad, you can’t edit a blank page.

      • January 23, 2017 at 15:31

        Truth!

  3. January 23, 2017 at 10:41

    Woo Hoo! An “A” week again. Sorry about your cold. Hope you’ve fully recovered by now. 4 pounds lost–that’s awesome. Great work.

    • Bradley
      January 23, 2017 at 11:51

      Still not out of the clear regarding being sick, but better. Thank you

  4. January 23, 2017 at 08:36

    Hooooorrrrrrrraaaaaayyyyyy that how much I was looking forward to seeing how you’re gonna grade what I already considered a great week on the scale 🙂

    • Bradley
      January 23, 2017 at 09:10

      Yeah, I’m really happy with how the week went, as you can see. Thank you for being a great cheerleader

  5. January 23, 2017 at 08:27

    “A” is pretty great! Sorry you were sick, but glad you had a good week!

    • Bradley
      January 23, 2017 at 09:09

      Thank you. Me too

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