A single tear slid down the girl’s pale cheek. Her lips trembled, and she breathed slowly, evenly to prevent her sobs from ripping from her throat. Her mascara, a sickly dark brown color, stuck to her lower eyelashes, giving the appearance of a tween who has no idea how to do her face. She picked up her pencil and lowered it to the page of calculations, her hand trembling …
That’s right – it’s that time again. When children are chained to their desks and forced to learn things they don’t even need to learn just for the sake of keeping them out from under their parents’ feet.
Anywho, we’re back to dares! You missed ’em, didn’t you? Oh, c’mon, I know you did. All the fun of seeing me not accomplish things and chuckling quietly about it to yourself.
You do it. I know you do.
All jokes aside, it’s really time to get back into the swing of things and back into the school of things. (Which … makes no sense, but whatever.)
As always, we’re going to start by recapping old dares – in this case, summer goals.
I hath failed thee.
Go to bed and get up at a decent time consistently. Failed.
I didn’t even try. I don’t think I’ve gone to bed before ten in ages. Before eleven? Eh, once or twice in the last month. Before twelve? Hardly more than that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that I stayed up until one or two at least half of the summer.
Getting up early was just as bad. *sigh*
Get your driver’s license and keep practicing. Kinda.
As you know from my rantyness, I did do all the work needed to do to get a driver’s license – and more – but the dumb government won’t let me until it’s convenient to them, that being next Wednesday.
So … *growls* I should be able to mark this as a big “check!”
Make a semi-decent sum of money via hard work. Check!
I’m going to count my three-day stint at the fair as “hard work.” Even though it wasn’t backbreaking work (or even difficult), it was long (8-8, 7-6:30, 8-3) and tiring, and I returned emotionally and mentally dead.
I had to interact with people. People-interaction is not my strong suit.
But I had an AMAZING time. I got to go on a lot of carnival rides and see the rodeo
(I WANT TO BE A COWGIRL SO BAD OH MY GOODNESS I WAS SO JEALOUS BUT YET JUST HAPPY TO BE THERE) and stay with a dear friend of mine who was so supportive and sweet to me, who had never had a real job before. Honestly, she is the best.
Finish writing Once a Stratton. Failed.
I’ve decided to put OAS (OS? Once? Lil1? I don’t know what I’m going to end up calling it) aside for a time. It’s not that I’ve lost my passion for this story and the characters that go with it (Lilli+Chris= <3 ), but … I need a break from it.
So, at 41,604 words, I’m letting her rest for a time. I don’t know if/when I’ll pick her (um … she’s a she suddenly?) up again. And … that’s it.
Write Adae. Kinda.
I should mark this is failed, because I didn’t finish it, but I’ve made a little progress (including outlining and some wordbuilding), and so I say “kinda.” I will finish this book!
Finish first round of revisions of At Her Fingertips. Check!
It is currently in the hands of my amazing alpha readers. I’m hoping to retain the publishing date I set of April 2018.
Outline Beyond Her Calling. Kinda.
I did outline it, but I’m not entirely satisfied with the result.
Continue to promote your published works. Kinda.
I had TLOTV on sale one day, but other than that …? *giggles nervously*
Read North and South and Little Women. Failed.
I’m in the middle of North and South, but yeah.
Read Northanger Abbey and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Failed.
I will probably finish Northanger Abbey within the next few days, though.
I am not going to apologize, I am not going to apologize, I am not going to apologize.
Finish off review copies. Failed.
*laughs* I have read quite a few of them, though, so that’s good.
Review as many books as you possibly can. Kinda.
I reviewed a couple books. *shrugs* I hope to review some more in the coming weeks and months though. After that, I might be taking a break from reviewing for a while.
Ride horses. Check!
I did this at least! I have yet to get pictures. We always forget our camera. Like clockwork. It’s almost funny …
Visit your grandparents regularly. Failed.
*weeps* I carry so much guilt for this, y’all, that it’s not even funny. Of course, I carry this much guilt for practically everything. I am a very high-strung person. Bad Kelly.
Volunteer at the museum. Learn lots of history. Check!
At least, I think I learned lots of history …
Feel as if you’ve accomplished something at the end of every day. Failed.
*more laughter* *almost chokes on own tongue from laughing*
Practice your clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and piano. Failed.
WHO EVEN DOES THIS?!?!?!
As you can see, I didn’t do too well this summer. But then there were my June Goals, which I think went a little better?
|This summer …|
- I went on two vacations with my family. #AccomplishmentInItself Really, though, very boring. Even my mom admitted it, and she’s pretty chipper.
- Horse-riding lessons! #awesome
- Published two books! Okay, can I just take a moment here and be a wee bit proud of myself? Not too prideful, but just a wee bit? I mean … I did it! I actually did it!
- Had my very first ever job! Exciting, am I right?!
And … I honestly can’t think if there’s more that happened? There were a couple birthday parties and sleepovers and such, but nothing overly notable.
And finally …
|September 2017 Dares|
- Read ten books.
- Two must be classics.
- Lots of reviewing.
- Finish writing Adae.
- Finish with alpha readers of At Her Fingertips.
- Write another outline of Beyond Her Calling.
- Work on my website.
- Be consistent with posting.
- Continue to attempt graphic designing.
- Don’t worry. Be happy.
- Focus on God.
- Less Kell. More others.
- Visit your grandparents.
- Practice your instruments.
As you can see, I’ve cut down and simplified my dares. I always think I need to challenge myself, but right now, life is challenging. You don’t always have to go above and beyond. Sometimes you can just live a little. 😉
Also, I added a new section to my dares: “Self.” This is so dares relating to Kell-on-the-inside. ‘Cause Kell-on-the-inside needs work!
Did you enjoy my dares? What are your goals for this upcoming month? Do you ever feel a need to back off and simplify? Do you get stressed easily? What did you think about Disney’s Moana? I thought it was pretty awesome.