Quest for Discovery

Quest For Discovery: Week Thirty Seven

Hello, friends!

There is a lot of things going on, so I apologize if this post turns out to be a little lengthy and a bit all over the place. You may also have noticed that this is Week 37 and my last Resolutions Update was on Week 35.

Well, that’s life for you, isn’t it?

Let’s sum it up to that and leave it at that, shall we?

In my last wrap up post, however, I teased that I was considering trying out a slightly different format, mostly so that this can actually be a productive and accurately-reflective post of how my weeks are going and if I’m actually meeting the goals I’m setting for myself. I’ve decided to go through with that.

Not too much is truly changing, in the grand scheme of things. The goals I have below are still important to me and they are still what I’m going to be chasing after. However, there are a couple of goals where I think changing the format a little bit is more helpful for me personally. My financial goal, for example. Occasionally, there is something bigger than I’m able to track–like changing health care plans in November or updating my budget–but usually, it’s the same goal–live frugally and stay aware of my money. So, instead of listing the same thing over and over, in the goal format I have below, I’m going to simply create a list of weekly goals that I hope to achieve, with the exception of my main three goals, which will keep the same format as below. And that’s because, even though they, too, also have a lot of repeating goals week after week, I like to expand upon them and discuss how they went in a little more detail.

That all felt confusing, so let’s go ahead and just see how it goes, shall we?

Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: No goal.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I have roughly 20 pages left to edit, plus an epilogue to add. I’m really excited to finish out these edits and then switch gears to editing BLOOD PRICE, which is going to take a lot more work than the polishing edits Artemis has been undergoing. Plus, almost time to research urban fantasy agents once more and freshen up that query! But, didn’t really work on it too much last week, especially after working on the blog revamp. But ready to dedicate some time to it now.

Weekly Goal: Edit 5x.

Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: No goal.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I caught up on almost all of my August books for ARCs, which means I can finally start working on my backlogged books as I’m waiting for my September ARCs to arrive in the mail. Still working on trying to balance this a little bit more (because I have plenty of non-ARCs I’m eager to read) and also working on reading more, just in general. So hopefully that can happen, too!

Weekly Goal: Read every day and write review.

Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: No goal.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Still been a little more lazy than I should be, but I think I have a new workout routine I want to try that helps me do a little less cardio, but also more strength training, while working out 5x times a week. So I want to flesh that out tonight and try it this week, see how it goes. But mostly, I really need to work on the mental health aspect of this, because that has been proper shit recently and I’m not about that life.

Weekly Goal: Finishing crafting new routine and try it out.

Weekly Goals:

  • Research agents.
  • Polish query.
  • Query?
  • Create ARC September calendar.
  • Write short story and post it for the Muses.
  • Start working on MiddleMoot presentation.
  • Check Mint three times this week.
  • Do Spanish daily.
  • Watch spending.
  • Put money in savings.
  • Start paying off credit card.
  • Catch up on emails.
  • Try out new blogging schedule.
  • Run errands (grocery store, library, get gas).
  • Start planning NC vacation.
  • Make birthday list!
  • Pray.
  • Write letters.
  • Practice a positive and happy mindset.


^^ That is what I was trying to describe with a lot of paragraphs earlier.

I think I like it.

I have a notebook where I write down all my weekly To-Do list and cross it off as each item is completed, which is really cathartic for me. But there have been times, doing these posts (which, posting them publicly, helps me stay accountable to my overarching goals and pushes me to have more “affirmatives” than “negatives”) where I’ll not achieve any goals here or made any progress, but my weekly To-Do list is completely crossed off. Because obviously, not everything on that list fits into all my goals nice and neat. Just like how that list isn’t even complete (as it doesn’t include any of my main job stuff or other miscellaneous items).

I think, for me, having that list combined with the in-depth goals most important to me each week, helps paint a better picture of how I’m succeeding and where I’m struggling, which will be really helpful.

Anyway, I hope you like it! I also hope you like the new layout and all the changes that have been made here at Thoughts Stained. I’m excited for all the “new” bookish content that will be featured here and excited to just have one space to take care of. I hope you all have a productive and positive week this week!


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