The last post of this month is not one of those I wrote during the holidays, but I thought that this year I’d start putting some order in my life and in my head…at least where I can.
Hence, I’ve decided that maybe the wisest thing to do was to merge my writing and reading logs into one.
Following is the listing of the books I’m reading at the moment and the updates on the status of them. To be honest with you, what I’m trying to do, is to reduce the number of the books I’m reading at the same time, so to be mentally more organized.
Outlander– Not gone very far, I’m at page 362 on 863.
Hunger– Here no news, I’m at page 234 on 586. It still makes me anxious to read it. But it’s very good, I have to win the battle.
Irish ghost stories– Here no news, I’m still at page 42 on 1102.
Wizards first rule– Here no news, I’m still at page 114 on 764.
Memorie del sottosuolo– I found it and I’m at page 28 on 196-ish
Delitto e castigo– I went on a bit on and I’m at page 184 on 684.
The wisdom of the dead man – I’m still at page 37 on 469. Probably I will start again from the beginning in order to enjoy it more.
A Song of Ice and Fire – volume three- Here no news, I’m still at page 192 on 569.
The scorch trials– Finished. I’m really waiting to see what will happen with the third film. Muhahahaha! They’ll so made a terrible mess!
City of bones – Went on for a while. I’m at page 208 on 506.
The book thief – I’m still at page 58 on 554.
Enciclopedia. Tutta la seconda Guerra Mondiale-volume 1– I’m still at page 53 on 493.
Madame Bovary– It’s lost in the phone somewhere but haven’t touch it from the last time! Again!
Shadowmagic– Ongoing, cannot exactly quantify as it’s an audiobook too! And once again I haven’t moved from the last time.
As for the writing, folks, I’m not going that fast unfortunately, but I have to be honest, I’ve been more consistent than the past few months.
You’ll read in one of my next posts, that the wrong approach I was having in my life was related to the goal setting.
I probably expected too much from myself. But it didn’t work and the result was just frustration and interruption of what I was doing.
During my Christmas break then, I came up with the idea of trying smaller goals. But, most of all, I’m trying not to be mean with myself and not get frustrated if I don’t manage to do what I’m supposed to do.
The smaller goals correspond to three pages of notebook written daily. I know that it seems just a little.
However, here what Stephen King says and actually helps me a lot: “Write a page a day, only 300 words, and in a year, you have written a novel”
See? I’ve actually counted.
Since I’m writing on a notebook, to avoid the internet distractions and to have a portable thing on which I can write potentially everywhere, I counted that 3 notebook pages correspond to 300 words.
Ok, it’s not much. Some days I manage to write more. Still, it’s doable the most of the times.
And the big pro is that my self-confidence is benefiting from that.
Also, once a week I set the goal of publishing a post on this blog, of plotting for 30 minutes and of preparing the draft for the next week’s post.
I’m still proceeding slowly and sometimes I don’t meet my goals, but I’m working hard.
I know that some of you will do more and I respect you. I wish I could, but for the moment this is my best, considering the roller coaster-like life I’m living.
And how do you do?
How do you get organized?
Tell me in the comments below, I’m open to suggestions!