Let’s start by checking in with the loose goals I set myself at the end of last month:
- I would like to start working on Fifty-Five Days again, in small bites if necessary, but with no deadline in mind.
DONE. It took me a week of working half an hour a day to get through the chapter that I stalled out on at the beginning of lockdown, but once I finished that, I rewrote the mostly-okay next chapter and just finished another new fix-this-plothole chapter. I’m so close to the end of this draft I can taste it–my Camp NaNo plan is to rewrite the rest of the draft and then go back to the beginning and start the line-editing/polishing draft. I am working again, and it is good.
- I would like to start running again.
No to the running, but yes to the exercising in general. Turns out I’m not up to anything so strenuous yet, my lungs can’t handle it and my poor, sore, formerly-ill body isn’t doing so great either. I am walking, I am doing yoga and light strength training, and when I feel capable of it again, I will get back to running.
- I would like to finish the new shawl I’ve just started for someone’s Christmas present by the end of the month as well as continuing to work on the BIG HUGE cross stitch project.
No on finishing the shawl; I worked diligently on it while listening to audiobooks, but when the serious heat wave hit mid-month, I set it aside. It’s too hot to knit with wool! But yes to the cross-stitch; I didn’t quite finish the chart page but I came really close. Here’s my progress:
In reading news, I read SO MANY BOOKS thanks to a read-a-thon on Tumblr. How many? Eighteen (with two DNFs.) If that’s not my monthly record, it’s got to be close.
My goals for next month? I’ve got a big TBR planned that I’ll post about soon, possibly even too big considering I’m also doing NaNo, which is obviously the biggest goal. I may not get back to the knitting, because it’s still too hot, but I want to keep stitching when I can. Exercising everyday to the best of my capability is the most important thing, though, because I need a functioning body again, please and thank you.
After I finish writing this and set it up for posting, I’m going for a walk!