Yearly Archives: 2010

2011 Goals- Reading and Writing Challenges

Posted 31 December, 2010 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Read, Writers Write 1 Comment

I’m a recent faithful reader over at FictionGroupie, and Roni posted a great list today of her 2011 goals, which reminded me that I might want to set some for myself.


As everyone is already well aware, I’ve re-upped for Get Your Words Out, 2011. I’ve challenged myself to 350K words for the year. No small feat but I’m not really afraid of it. Either I’ll make it or I won’t, but I’m not trying to fail. Of those 350K words, I need to set some mini goals as to what I plan to do with those words:

A. Finish All I Wanna Do. I was hoping for only 60 chapters but it may stretch to 61 o 62.

B. Write more short stories. We all know that short and succinct is a challenge for me.

C. Get back to my original fiction piece. Maybe I will write chapter 2 next year?

D. Write a big bang- 20,000 words on a subject. GYWO will be running this.


I’ve been a busy little reader lately. I’ve discovered the world of eBooks which has made it easier and more convenient to read. I’ve never done an official reading challenge, so I’m going to join Roni here:

and here….

I read eBooks almost exclusively, so an eBook challenge should be no problem. I think I should also challenge myself to buy physical books at least once  a month. That’s probably a more difficult challenge. As for book reading, I’d like to set my goal at 50. I never counted before, but I’m guessing I’ve read about a book a month in 2010, give or take a month. I also want to REVIEW them, which is a challenge for me as well.


I’m trying to be better about being more descriptive as to the process of writing. What are my goals, what am I thinking about, what am I planning. And when a chapter/story is done, what I thought of it. What were my strong/weak points, what I could improve on. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a pretty hard nut to crack about myself. I’m not in anyway deluded that I’m an “excellent” writer. In my humble opinion, I could use some work.

So I’ll be getting down to it in 2011.

S L O W moving chapter (but at least it’s moving) and a new book!

4000 words and I haven’t even got past day one. I’m trying to make sight-seeing seem interesting by interspersing banter and funny, meaningful conversation and not making it obvious that I want to move time along. I suppose it helps that I don’t plan to detail every day of a week long vacation like I’m detailing this first day. My goal for the next 1000 words is going to get them at least to their final destination, the island of Santorini. I should aim for that tonight but I just don’t have the brain capacity, really. It’ll have to be tomorrow. I also started reading a new book that is way less of a disappointment than my last book. [Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is] an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades. It’s fantastic so far, fast paced and full of questions to be answered and […]

In which I am still awake, this is going to have to be a double chapter, but I topped 3000 words yay

In which I am still awake, this is going to have to be a double chapter, but I topped 3000 words yay

This box asks me what I think… well. I think I don’t understand the 4 and 5 star ratings of this book. I liked the story itself. It seemed to be full, however, of winding stories and retrospection, which provides us with back story. I guess I’ll have to think further about the characters and development and writing style. [Adding: Which were fine, I guess. It wasn’t impossible to understand].

These words are my own…

I have writted. I got in my 1000 words for the night. Tomorrow I’ll edit the first 1400 and type 1000 more until this chapter is complete. Seems like a nice way to pace myself and not get buried under detail and minutae. My chapter opens with my characters on a long awaited flight. I’ve spent 3 days with them on the plane… my goal today was to get them off of the plane and I did that. Now it’s time to settle down and get some reading in. I’m taking a break from Pretty Little Liars and I’ve picked up the Lonely Polygamist. I don’t know why I am drawn to stories about this life, but I am. The MC so far doesn’t seem like a strong enough man to have 4 wives, but whatever. Just getting into it. Speaking of, my to read pile is kind of scary. I’ve committed to not getting any more books (fingers crossed behind my back) until I’ve made a dent in that list. It’ll get to where I can’t remember why I thought a book would be interesting to read (why did I get a book named BUFFALO???) and then I’ll archive it and I’ll never read it. Thankfully most ebooks are free downloads so it’s not like it’s a waste of money, but… I don’t need to waste space either. Speaking of x 2… I think I am going to give myself the gift of a Nook Color. I have so many books in .epub format, which the kindle doesn’t read. Also I only have the iPhone app, which doesn’t let you add books to it. I CAN add books to my Nook for PC app but they don’t translate to the Nook app on my iPhone. I’m hoping that is something that will work for the Nook, otherwise I’m still out an eReader that is truly compatible with my iPhone. Ah well. Seems more research is in order!

My impatience is showing

My impatience is showing

So, I’m reading “Perfect” the 3rd in the Pretty Little Liars series. And it’s pretty good, for being written for an audience way younger than I. There are 8 books in this series and each book is jam packed with details that very slow unravel a helluva backstory. I find, though, that while I’m interested in what’s happening… I just want to know how it ends. I’m just not sure my attention span can hang on for 8 books. I just want to know who A is and who killed Ali and what’s up with all the secrets? I’m not all that concerned about Emily’s budding lesbianism or Aria’s dad and his mistress or Hanna’s relationship with her dad or her best friend who has serious clinging issues. Not being able to answer the question that has been lingering since book ONE is making me anxious, for some reason. I normally read the end of a book first, and maybe this ‘not knowing’ is just a new thing but.. argh! *bites nails* So… baby did a bad thing. I started looking for spoilers of each book. And I found MOST of what I’m looking for. And while I’m still kind of confused, I can relax. I know, I’m weird, but now I can read the rest of the books at my leisure and know what clues I’m looking for. I also did a little bit of writing today. About 400 words into Ch 58. Doing a lot of research on Greece, since that’s what this chapter focuses on, their trip to Greece. Not only is there a lot of scenery to read about and try to make real, but there will be a couple of important conversations. I was hoping to be done in 60 chapters. We’ll see. Interested in what I’m reading? Find me at Goodreads!

The Sweet Escape 2011

The Sweet Escape 2011

This week I recently announced that I am closing my personal blog. It wasn’t a very difficult choice to make… I hadn’t made a real post in quite some time. A few months after I started this blog, I felt like I had more to say but didn’t want to say it to people coming here expecting to read about writing and books and such. I also know a few people who enjoy my sarcastic wit (har) and such but I don’t want them to wade through posts about writing to get to some inane post about… I don’t know… Kanye West.  Well anyway, that blog ran its course and I am back to focusing on this blog and the content at this domain, The Sweet Escape. Since this is my writing blog, I obviously plan to write in it. More than that, I am hoping to transform this into a place where I can bounce ideas off of other writers, post snips and get feedback, ask questions and muse about the difficult task of buckling down and getting some writing done… because as we’ve all seen in the past year… I’m not that huge of a fan of actual writing. I’m also planning to design or locate a blog theme that says less cute and whimsy and more ‘writer with personality’. I’m always on the hunt for a new look that isn’t cluttered but is professional. I’ve tried on several looks over the last year and I’m sure I’ll try several more. I’m no WP coder or designer but I know how to find what I’m looking for. Look for some aesthetic changes to the theme here very soon. I’m also going to try to get myself to digest more of the books I read, enough to write at least a summary review of them. I read so fast that sometimes I finish a book and think, ‘wow that was good’ but I can’t put my finger on why. […]

Get Your Words Out End of Year Count

306,890. My total words for 2010. WEEE!! Well, as of right now. If I write anything else this year (doubtful) I will count it toward 2011. Not too shabby, but I’m looking toward 2011 and I need to have written 46K more words than that by this time next year. My mind is already clicking and whirring with how I am going to fill up my word count next year. Lots and lots and lots of writing- contests, blogfests, short stories, book reviews…. I can do this!