How'd I Do? - Spring Break Resolutions + Goals


Hey, young bloods!

Today was my first day back at school after a week-and-a-half-long spring break during which I went....nowhere. Due to that, however, I posted and attempted to stick to a list of things I wanted to accomplish over break. Today, I want to update y'all on how I did!

(Featuring some pictures from the supremely talented Kristina.)

1. Get out of the house at least once a day - I'm definitely an introvert who likes to stay curled at home with my laptop and books, but I've found I'm so much happier when I get out and about. Once every day, I want to go on a short walk or excursion somewhere - maybe to a little free library, maybe to a tudor-style English manor that's open for tour near my home, maybe just up and down the street.

I mostly did this. I didn't complete it, but I only missed one day. 

2. Make substantial progress on Four Suns Falling OR Karissa Goldlock's Guide to (Almost) Utterly Everything. - I have a problem. I have way too many first drafts happening at the same time - six, last I checked, with ideas floating around for three more. I'm always putzing back and forth between the six drafts, writing a bit of one and then a bit of another, and never making lots of progress on a single one. This break, I want to focus exclusively on either Four Stars Falling, book one of my antihero + sorcery YA fantasy series, or Karissa Goldlock's Guide to (Almost) Utterly Everything, my MG steampunk standalone.

Yes, I did this! I chose to focus exclusively on Four Stars Falling. (Which I now think may end up as MG instead of YA? Why does this happen to everything I write?) And although I wouldn't say I made monumental progress, I did get some important things done, including fleshing out my revamped worldbuilding and world history, writing a good amount each day, and getting about halfway through a new outline. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how I did on this one.

3. On the topic of writing, transfer all my notebook writings onto my laptop - When I'm bored during class at school, I don't doodle - I write. As a result, my religion and chemistry notebooks are filled to the brim with short stories, poems, and scenes. Over break, I want to transfer all of them into Google Drive so that I have all my writing in one convenient spot and know what scenes from my books are written and which aren't.

I didn't finish this. I got about 2/3 of the way through, then ran out of time. :(

4. Read, read, read! - American SpringLes MiserablesAn Empire on the Edge - a lot of the books I want to either read or finish soon are SUPER long, and I don't want to get bogged down in them and fall behind in my 2017 reading challenge. I plan to get a lot of reading done over break, at least finishing Les Miserables and American Spring.

I definitely did this! Besides finishing Les Miserables and American Spring, I also finished One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and read Durarara!!, Vols 4 + 5 and Mark of the Plague. I started Wintersong as well.

5. Catch up on my diary - I've fallen behind on my diary-keeping in the past week, and I really want to catch up over break. The sooner, the better!

Yup, I did this!

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Let's chat! What did you all do on spring break/what are you planning to do? What books have you recently read? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

6 comments:

  1. Hahaha I would've failed at going outside if my parents hadn't force me. *cries* Can't I just stay in and read/write/do bloggy stuff/procrastinate all day??? And gosh. I thought spring break would be productive for writing BUT NOPE. At least I caught up on reading??? *sniffles*

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    1. I usually never venture into the outside, but I figured it would be good for my lungs to get some fresh air. XD I spend remarkably little time outside - I reckon most days I'm only outside when I'm going to or from buildings.

      Yay reading!!

      - Ellie

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  2. It sounds like you did quite well on your goals! Thank you for sharing your progress ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  3. Oooh there's no spring break for me but I'm technically on summer already! I'm hoping to get a first draft out by the start of June (when school starts for me). And wow you finished Les Mis! I started reading it last year and kind of gave up by the 60th page or something but I WILL get back to it. The writing is beautiful.

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

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  4. It's awesome to set goals for yourself, and actually see them being accomplished. This was great xD Over spring break, I definitely caught up in reading, that was a priority while I wasn't being bogged down with school. And I read 5 books! *yay* I still need to read Les Mis, but the book is so big and intimidating and.... EEEEP. Anyways, this was really cool!

    xoxo Jazzy @ http://thrivinghope.blogspot.com

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