RCC Update–June 2013

A couple of weeks ago I became a member of the Rome Construction Crew, a wonderful group of supportive bloggers and writers.  I really want to use my membership as a way to advance my writing by setting attainable goals.  Emphasis on the word attainable.  Some of you may already be aware that I have a tendency to “over-do.”  When I was (much) younger and better skilled at multitasking, “over-doing” was not too much of a problem.  But I’m older now and multitasking often leaves me feeling dissatisfied:  I might get a lot done, but none of it very well.  With that in mind, I’m revisiting the goals I set out just a short time ago.

(1) Get off my own back. Now this is a worthy goal that needs to be at #1.  If I don’t cut myself some slack, then I’ll just spent my precious remaining productive berating myself … you know, kind of like what I’m doing right now.

(2) Set up a schedule of posting that gives me time to write, but doesn’t make followers think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I want to start slow, let’s say with one original post for my blog and one original post for The Community Storyboard and one for Stuff It Tuesdays a week.  Reading this goal again made me laugh.  Really, “I want to start slow”?  I admit that as soon as I wrote it, I realized I was probably setting myself up for failure.  While, in the interim, I have managed to post to The Community Storyboard and to my own blog, I did miss on last week’s Stuff It Tuesday.  So maybe I’ll just adjust this goal down to posting to The Community Storyboard and my blog.  And maybe alternate.  That all depends on whether I:

(3) Get organized.  This probably should be Goal #2, if I want to think and act linearly.  My office at my day job is fairly organized with files and drawers and post-it notes.  But my working space at home is anything but organized.  And it’s just going to get worse as we get closer to our new cabinet installation.  OK, well, today is Saturday, so maybe tomorrow ???

(4) Write the third novel in my series, The Widow’s Club (working title). This is for July Camp NaNoWritMo and I will NOT adjust this goal.  I am psyched about actually writing a third novel in a series, getting to know my characters that much more, see what sort of trials and tribulations I can put them through.  See if any one survives ;)

So now I’m feeling a bit better about what I’m committing myself to.  At least until my next update when I again berate myself for being lax in posting to The Community Storyboard ad nauseam.


  1. Looks like a plan! I don’t know how you do it all anyway. Kudos for all you do.


  2. Nice! I will be rooting for you! :)


    • Thank you! I’ll need all the rooting I can get as long as it’s not a root canal :) And you know you have my support too!


  3. I think we all need to cut ourselves a little slack! Working and writing at the same time is not an easy thing and I think you’re doing really well.

    I’m excited for anyone who can commit to Camp NaNoWritMo – That’s some intense stuff!.


    • Yes, NaNoWriMo is intense, but right now it’s the kick in the butt I need to keep writing ;)


  4. You sound pretty organised to me. I admire your enthusiasm and power of self motivation.


    • Thank you! I have to admit, though: it’s easy to sound enthusiastic and motivated than to actually be enthusiastic and motivated :) But I am trying …


  5. I’ve just come across the RCC – would you recommend it? How does it work? :-)


    • I highly recommend RCC. I believe you probably already know many of the members. I’ve only become a member recently but it was very easy and there’s really no pressure to follow through on whatever goals you set. There’s tremendous support, though, and that’s the whole point, just to be supportive of one another. Members’ goals are varied but they tend to be around writing and losing weight (hmmmm … you think there’s a correlation between body weight and writing?). Check out the official site: http://romeconstructioncrew.com/ You fill out the request form and then Bradley sets you up with a password so you can access the forums on the site. Enjoy!


      • Shock, horror! A correlation between writing and weight issues – lol! I will look it up then, sounds good. Managed another decent walk today so that’s progress I suppose!! And…. we have sunshine- stop the press! :-)


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