This is My 99th Post

What will I do to celebrate my 100th post?  Who has any ideas?

I admit that I’m not the world’s best blogger.  I could make any excuses I want, and they wouldn’t be any different than anybody else’s: I’m a wife, a home-school mom of four children, and a caretaker to my house and garden.  I’m also trying to be a writer.  Yes, I’m a wannabe!  And, like any wannabe, I’m busy writing the sequel to the novel that I’m hoping some agent or other (or one specifically) will represent.

At this time, I’m on a summer schedule. Therefore, I’m dragging myself out of bed every morning at six a.m. to write. Once I reach my word count for the day, I still have time for family devotions, exercise, and gardening. And cleaning the house. And running the errands. And playing chauffeur. And paying the bills. And, dare I say it, cooking. I hate cooking. I used to enjoy it, but, somehow, the drudgery of cooking three meals a day for children with multiple food allergies doesn’t appeal any longer.

So, in case you want to know, here’s my summer goal: if I write 10,000 words a week, I will finish my book before the first day of the new school year. I’ve decided to accomplish this by writing 1,500 words each weekday and 2,500 words over the weekend. If I write very slowly, say 500 words an hour, my writing life will roughly equate to a twenty-hour work week. If only I were getting paid . . .

What do you think? Is it doable? Does anybody else have summer goals, or word count goals to reach in the midst of a busy life? Does anybody keep you accountable? That’s what I really need, I think.



  1. Summer goal: complete current MS. I think I can do it! Also read a good portion of the books on my book club list, time permitting, of course. Happy Forthcoming 100th Post! I suggest red velvet cake.

  2. I think that's a great goal–because it's challenging but doable. My current goal is to finish editing and making additions to my so-almost-there MS…by the end of last month. 🙂 It's in that stage where it feels so close and yet very, very far from being done. I need some accountability, too, because some days I think I'm just avoiding it!

  3. Kathryn,how much longer do you have to go? I wonder if I could make red velvet cake with rice flour and no eggs (food allergies).

  4. Rowenna, how many pages are you editing a day? have you set a goal for yourself? I could make comments on your blog regularly, all ending with, have you met your quota for this week?

  5. My summer goal is also to finish my WIP. I have given myself until end of September as a drop-dead goal, but I think I can do better. Good luck with yours and all the other exciting things you've posted about!

  6. That's quite the goal:) I plan to get my book totally revised over the summer and get my query letter ready to go by Labor day:)

  7. Terri, yours is quite the goal, too. Revising, I think, takes longer than writing a first draft.

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