First, however, this week’s contest winners are: Kristie Beckman and Joanne Packham. Congratulations, ladies–you’ll be receiving your signed books soon. As always, for those who did not win, there’s a new round going on right this very moment. All you have to do is comment. Winners will be notified on next Monday’s blog.
Now, on to other things. For the last several weeks, I’ve been making and keeping charts–this is a version of a to-do list–wherein I list and check off the things I hope to accomplish in a day. Examples: regular exercise, writing my Morning Pages–(for the benefit of the probably miniscule number of readers who don’t already know, this is stream-of-consciousness journaling, a total of 3 handwritten notebook pages, as taught by Julia Cameron in her legendary book, The Artist’s Way)—along with a number of other things, obviously including my own fiction writing. The experiment began when I read a book about forming good habits and decided to get my act together, in so far as possible. In all of our lives, there are a few definite things we know for a positive fact are good for us. Knowing what these things are is one thing, obviously, and actually DOING them, well, quite another.
Have I been 100% successful? Far from it. But my personal blessing/curse is that I am as stubborn as all get out. And I am Lael-determined to establish certain chosen habits. Some squares on my chart are checked off every day–exercise being the most notable of these. I get out of bed, usually before sunrise, and I climb on my handy-dandy exercise bike, fire up a podcast or some lively music courtesy of my I-heart-radio app, and I start pedaling. Many mornings–this one being a prime example–I REALLY don’t feel like getting on that bike. I start thinking I’ll do it later, I’ve got all day, I need more time to wake up, yada-yada-yada.