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Day 29 #30DayWritingChallenge

What are your goals for the next 30 days

I don’t really set goals for myself like that, I prefer to take it as it comes. I almost burned myself out completely when I worked at my soul-crushing job back in Sweden, and it has taken me a long time to come to this place in time. For the longest time I felt panic if I had too many thing planned in one week, even if they were fun things. So I try to go easy on myself because I have a tendency to expect too much of myself.

I hope one day I’ll be able to do a detailed plan for the coming year, or even a month. Now is not that day.

That being said: I do have a few goals

Finish my short story Find His Way Home

I’ve sent Find his way home to my trusted betas and I await their comments and opinion. Edit: I scheduled this post the other day and had planned on sending it yesterday, but I was busy with Unconditionally so I didn’t have time. I will send it today though. As soon as I get the feedback, I’ll edit/revise and finish it so I can submit it. I need to be done by February 28th.

Plan fun stuff for the blog

I want to have fun content to publish when Unconditionally is released, so potential readers will think it’s fun to hang out with me. What do you like to read about, do you have any fun suggestions? 🙂

Decide on my next project

I have a couple of things. I’ve already started a story that’s currently on hold and I’ve had an idea for a new one for a while now. I have to decide which one to work on next. I know one thing: it’s going to be a short story. I love them, and I think I’ll devote this entire year to writing them. If nothing unforeseen happens.

Edit The Locked Room

I want to continue the editing process on TLR. It’s been put on hold the last week because I had to finish Find His Way Home. But now I’ve made room for it in my schedule.

Personal goals

Celebrate my husband’s 45th birthday and my daughter’s 22nd. Hang out with a visiting friend from Sweden. Plan a fun vacation on a nice beach somewhere.

And that’s it. Do you set goals for yourself? If yes, tell me about your goals for the next 30 days! 🙂 

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Day 28 #30DayWritingChallenge

Post five things that make you laugh-out-loud

This was a hard challenge for me, I’m picky with comedy. But after racking my brain for a long time, I came up with five things:

The laughing version of Are you lonesome tonight by Elvis Presley
His laughter is incredibly infectious and I can’t help but laugh along with him. It works every time. See for yourself:

My husband’s corny jokes
He’s a master at making me laugh with private jokes that only he and I can understand.

John Inman
John Inman is a MM Romance author that has written two of the funniest books I’ve ever read: Shy and Loving Hector. One of them almost made me choke to death on toothpaste (brought my e-reader to the bathroom when I brushed my teeth, shouldn’t have done that) and I tried to read the other next to my sleeping husband. You know how it is when you’re not allowed to laugh? How the laughter explodes out of you, louder than ever? And how if you laugh in a bed, the entire bed sort of bobs? Those two things combined woke up my husband, who gave me the evil eye and suggested I take my book out to the couch 🙂

They don’t know that we know they know we know
Friends episode The One Where Everybody Finds Out (season 5, episode 14) was the first episode of Friends I ever saw. I was home from work, I was 25 and had caught chicken pox from my daughter, so I was watching TV and feeling miserable. And this episode came on. I laughed so hard I almost fell out of the couch, and after this episode I watched the entire series from the start. I still laugh every time I see it. Here’s a summary:

“Yellow,” he thought
The first chapter of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s hilarious, but this is my favorite part.

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Tell me about something that makes you laugh! 🙂

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Day 27 #30DayWritingChallenge

Conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass right now

Hmmm, I’ve stared at this prompt for the longest time, trying to understand it. Is it good kicking ass, or bad? I even googled the challenge to see if I could decipher it by looking at what others had written, and I wasn’t the only one who was confused. Then I decided it doesn’t matter. It’s not like this challenge is life or death so just write what the heck you want, Nell! 

So, here it goes.

I kick ass. I’m amazing, because I’ve written a lot of words on my WIP, finally started editing/rewriting The Locked Room, and I’ve edited and worked towards the release of Unconditionally. That’s a lot of writer work for someone who had a crappy start to the year, writer wise. 

And this year I will be a published author. How amazing is that?

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Day 26 #30DayWritingChallenge

Write about an area in your life that you’d like to improve

I want to learn how to stop procrastinating.

I’ve always been a procrastinator, for as long as I remember. I always wait until the very last minute with my projects and I wish I didn’t. On the other hand, I’m at my most creative when I have a short deadline and I work like a fiend, hammering my keyboard so hard it almost catches fire. And my projects mostly turn out fine, great even, so it’s hard to convince myself to change method.

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But I would prefer to be organized. To write a schedule and stick to it, not look at it and think Nah, I’ll do that tomorrow. 

I just don’t know how. Got any tricks up your sleeve?

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Day 25 #30DayWritingChallenge

Think on any word. Search it on Google images. Write something inspired by the 11th image

Search results for my word: special. And here’s the 11th image, and the haiku I wrote inspired by it.

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You’re the only one
that ever looked at me like
I’m someone special