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message 1: by Paige (last edited Dec 30, 2009 02:27PM) (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Ok, I have employed a list idea from another writer in this group:
(WAD stands for Words A Day)

January: 300 WAD(still burnt out from NaNo)
February-March: 500 WAD
April: 10 pages of screenplay a day(ScriptFrenzy)
May-July: 300 WAD(ScriptFrenzy burnout & Vacations)
August-October: 500 WAD
November: 1,667 WAD(NaNoWriMo)
December: 100 WAD(NaNo burnout & Holidays)

Then I have some specific goals:
*Finish Portland and Edit, then work on submitting to publishers.
*Submit stuff for publishing. (Short story, poem, article)
*Finish several novels that I have started, but not finished.
*Finish my comedy screenplay.
*Write a screenplay during ScriptFrenzy.
*Write a novel during NaNoWriMo.
*Be regular on my blog and attain more followers.
*Read 5-10 books a month, and post reviews.

Wow, what a list.
Here is my blog address: http://www.paigeray.blogspot.com

Thanks for visiting. Good luck for you and your goals too!
<3 and Peace

message 2: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne (jeanne_voelker) Wow Paige, great goals and well-considered pacing. It's true that some months offer more writing time than others. I wrote my 5,000 word short story, 'Elder Cares', in September and put it through 2 edits with daughters' help before I sent it to Carlos to be considered for the 'Ménage-à-20' anthology. In October there were so many family events that there's no way I could have written an entire story in that month.

Best of luck to you with your goals. I see that you also have a darling child. In my 'daily' life, I teach young children to read, so if you have any questions about that (how to or etc.) don't hesitate to ask.

Xerxes Break(Vivian Ephona) (Ephona) | 201 comments Wow great goals. All planed out and everything Good luck!

message 4: by Paige (new)

Paige Miller | 672 comments Great goals, Paige! Very structured!

XOXO Tink *_*

message 5: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments Awesome goals, Paige :)

message 6: by Paige (last edited Dec 29, 2009 10:19PM) (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Thank you for visiting everyone. This group is always the best place to go for encouragemet. You guys rock!

Jeanne - I am really enjoying the Menage-A-20 stories. What a fun idea Carlos put together. I just may partake in your 'teaching children to read' advice. When is it a good time to start. My son just turned 3, and we are working on States and Continents, some foreign languages, and counting. I'd definitely love for him to be able to read before he starts school. :)

message 7: by Paul (new)

Paul Hi Paige. Very detailed list of goals, and sensible too, by and large.

A word about goals in general:

In theory, they must be specific and under your control..

So saying 'Get something published' is not really a goal. You can't decide whether a magazine or publisher is going to want what you offer. It's not in your power to succeed or fail at this.

Not getting at you, Paige, I've seen similar goals elsewhere in this group.

You could say 'Submit xx things for publication.' That is a goal you can succeed at. Great if someone accepts, but who cares? You're already working on the next thing.

The process: write, edit, get critiques, rewrite, edit, proofread, submit.

On to the next!

Ditto the blog. All you can do is post regularly and make it as entertaining or useful as you can. People will follow or they won't. Of course, if you are regular and entertaining, they will follow in greater and greater numbers...

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ | 814 comments Hi Paige! Good writing goals. Good luck! :)

message 9: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Hi Paul. I totally agree on what you said about getting something published. I wasn't very detailed with that aspect because it will all depend on me, what I submit. Then, what others think of it and if they feel it is something they would want to put in their publication. Basically, that goal means that I need to push myself to actually try to submit things for publication, you have to take that step first in order to even think that something will be published. LOL

I have noticed that since I am blogging more often now, that I have had more followers sign up, so that goal is basically to stay regular on my blog. I have so much fun doing it that, it really doesn't matter how many followers I get, I just would like to see people interested in what I have to say or share. Hehe!

Oh, and goals to me have always been 'I'll get around to it if I can.' They have never ruled my life or been specific. I mean, some of my goals for my life are things that I know are ridiculous, but just fun to think about. I'm sorry, I'm quite a rebel and enjoy anything untraditional... :)

Hi Brigid. Thanks for stopping by and right back at you with your writing goals. As I remember it, your list was quite detailed. You can do it!

Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ | 814 comments haha no problem. and thanks! ;D

message 11: by Paige (last edited Dec 31, 2009 03:55PM) (new)

Paige Miller | 672 comments [image error]

A bathroom, a bedroom with breakfast nook, a kitchen, and a writing room/home office. Let me know what you think!


message 12: by Elaine (new)

Elaine (Caladhiel) | 64 comments Great decorating, Tink! I love the "breakfast nook"!

message 13: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments Ooh, pretty :D

message 14: by Callie (new)

Callie (WriteRepublic) I like it!

message 15: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Tink, that's gorgeous! Exactly my style! You are the best! Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!

message 16: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments My husband is working a graveyard shift tonight due to the type of holiday today is, so I'm going to be hanging out on here for a while. Hehe.

message 17: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 446 comments ah, so will I, my dad's gonna get drunk, my moms gonna read prolly, and i'm gonna sit here

message 18: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Sucky! But also cool at the same time! At least I have my little guy to celebrate with me and watch Twilight Zone for hours...

message 19: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 446 comments Oh I'm watching Burn Notice for hours :)

message 20: by Elaine (new)

Elaine (Caladhiel) | 64 comments HAPPY NEW YEARS, PAIGE!!!

message 21: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Happy New Year Elaine, I still have roughly 30 minutes to go and a blog site that is giving me a hard time as I try to scrunch in a few more posts pertaining to 2009. Grrr. LOL

message 22: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments Looks like it's just about midnight in your neck of the woods...Happy New Year! Make it a good one :)

message 23: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Thank you Andrea. I do hope that your new year is great and full of wonderful publishing achievement.

message 24: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 446 comments Have fuN!! Ugh...I kept hearing strnage noises kind of off in the distant like a half knock. And it took me like fifteen minutes to realize that they were fireworks....

message 25: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments Fyopiagdt the CIA Pirate wrote: "Have fuN!! Ugh...I kept hearing strnage noises kind of off in the distant like a half knock. And it took me like fifteen minutes to realize that they were fireworks...."


message 26: by Paige (new)

Paige Miller | 672 comments Paige wrote: "Tink, that's gorgeous! Exactly my style! You are the best! Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!"

I'm glad you like it! Happy New Year!!!!! ;)

message 27: by Alicen (new)

Alicen Goodness! Good luck on all your goals! They seem realistic and yet lofty at the same time.

message 28: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne (jeanne_voelker) Happy New Year, to you and your family, Paige!
Before you teach your son to read, it's a good idea to advance his listening level so that he is language advanced. If he mainly likes picture books, that is normal and great, and you can also add some new things. Does he listen and understand when you read 'folk tales', eg; The Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling? (The Ugly Duckling has more difficult sentence structure than the other two I mentioned).
Will he listen to Peter Rabbit and other Beatrix Potter books? The language is rich. How about the A.A. Milne 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories (the originals, not the Disney versions).

Does he have an alphabet poster or frieze where he can see it from his bed? Sometimes people tell me that their child has plastic letters in their little desk. Fine, but that isn't enough for early reading. If there is an alphabet poster or frieze where he can see it from his bed, you can talk about some of the letters (with enthusiasm) when you're in his room.
Then, when you're not in his room, he will see it when he wakes up, or when he is supposed to be napping, but is actually awake.
When people bring their kids to me for reading lessons, I ask if the child can recognize all of the letters, upper and lower case. Or at least most of them. I only see the child once or twice per week so the parents need to teach the alphabet at home.
Dr. Seuss ABC book is good too. The first time through, the kids might want to hear/see only a few pages. That's fine. The next time through, you begin again at the beginning. This time the first few pages are a bit more interesting just because they are familiar. So you will probably get a little farther each time. Or most times anyway.

Does this give you any ideas? If you have already done all of these things, let me know and I'll tell you the next steps.

Have fun and please let me know how it's going.

message 29: by Paige (last edited Jan 02, 2010 04:01PM) (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Hi Jeanne, Happy New Year to you too!!!

I've been reading the Dr. Suess ABC book to my son since he was barely able to look at the pages. He has an extensive library already(He has a full bookshelf in his room, and the hall cupboards are becoming overfilled with books), my mother brought me all of my books from when I was a kid and we continue to purchase more all the time. He loves to sneak off into his room and look at his books, he thinks he is reading them, because he makes up the story according to the pictures or what has been read to him. He tends to choose the books with the most colorful pictures or his favorites like dinosaurs, Dr. Suess, Alexander by Judith Viorst, Little Quack, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Shel Silverstien. We have updated versions of the classic folk tales, but they are told with different vocabulary and sentence structure.

He has always been a great listener and I have read bedtime stories to him since he was about 5 months old. He also will bring books to me periodically thoughout the day and ask me to read them. I know he understands everything that I am reading to him because we have a discussion about it when we are done. He loves going to the library, it's his favorite place to go. He always wants to check out Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, he goes to it everytime we go.

My mom brought him an alphabet poster that we hung up on his wall a month ago, he knows all the pictures that are associated with the letters, but he doesn't quite understand that they are on there for that reason. We have an alphabet game that we play with him from time to time and he seems to understand most of the vowels, but he also picked up H, P, D, M, Z, X, B, and S in upper-case and lower-case. The others are in the process. He has another ABC book that we use to work with him, but that's just another picture association book. He knows all of the pictures, but not the letters. I have a letters kit that I got around the holidays but I have yet to bring that out.

I have always corrected him with his speech if he said something like, "Them are soft" I would say, "no, it's they are soft." Emphasizing they. That has helped a lot and now, he sounds older than he is, at least to my family. He tells me that I am 'beautiful' sometimes, but also throws in that I am 'impossible'. Last week, he told me that the mean character on a show he was watching was 'terrifying.' I try to teach him new words everyday.

It is so fun to see him learn! I love it!
I guess you could say I have extremely high hopes for him and his life, but I do understand that he will be what he wants to be, but I'd like to jump start his ambition and love of learning early.
Thank you for the help. This is really exciting!

message 30: by Paige (last edited Jan 03, 2010 05:11PM) (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments 1/1
WC: 706
From: Portland edit and chapter 15

message 31: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Major updates on my blog if anyone is interested.



message 32: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) The pictures of the moon were gorgeous paige! You should've been down here in Bama it was CLOUDLESS, I swear I was so glaad my puppy woke up 3x that night because as she did her business I just looked at the moon :D so pretty

I have a mission for this thread: We need to pick a fabulous word for paige to use in the threads title!! :D ANNNDDDD GO!!!! lol jk...but seriously brainstorm my people :D

message 33: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Thankies!!!
I wish I could've taken the pictures as soon as I got home, but I had to wait for the new battery charge for that camera. When I got home, it was several strands of clouds and you couldn't see the moon,but it's brightness was streaming through the clouds. It was amazing.
You should've taken some pictures of your moon to share.

message 34: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) My Camera was way inside the house and our front door is LOUD so if I ran in and out to get a camera...my parents would've killed me lol :P

I do like hte idea of posting pics on my blog though. i live out in the country on a ton of acres of land so we have a lot of wilderness around us. I'll have to take some pics on a pretty day and post them for everyone :D

message 35: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments YAY! I'd so love to see what Alabama looks like. Posting pictures on the blog is fuuuuuun. I like to share my life with people too. It's gets a bit more personal than just the basics.

And I'm the person that usually hates socializing! Hehe

message 36: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) Alabama is gorgeous, believe it or not! I didn't think it would be when I moved here last August but the songs and alabamians aren't lying when they say "Alabama The Beautiful".

I think I'll do that tomorrow. Its supposed to be sunning but slightly chilly so I'll throw on a sweat suit and go for a run through the woods but I'll bring my camera to take some pics :D

message 37: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments *Sings* "Sweet Home Alabama"

Yeah, I'd like to see it's beauty.

message 38: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) The south is gorgeous period. though no where close to the pacific northwest but definitely second place :D

message 39: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Even though I haven't seent he south I would have to agree! LOL

message 40: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) Paige's....
Paige's Perfectly Proposterous (sp?) Paragraphs!

lol I have no idea :P I was trying to use all 'P's. Its a start though :P lol

message 41: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments LOL I had one that I messed with a bit, but I didn't like it
Paige's Portland Paradox of Purposely Poor Pantomiming, Jedi Learning, and Other Ridiculous Things. LOL

message 42: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments LOL Those are both great names ;)

message 43: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 446 comments Andrea wrote: "LOL Those are both great names ;)"

so true.

message 44: by TOLI (new)

TOLI | 210 comments I know I'm a little late...but just stopping in to wish you a happy 2010 and good luck on you writing!

message 45: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) I like yours!!! Put that paige!! :D

message 46: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments Thank you Toli, good luck to you too!!! :)

Really? I though that name was Proposterous, though, I am that from time to time. LOL

Ok, I'll do it!

message 47: by Paige (new)

Paige (anauthor) | 357 comments 1/2
WC: 492
From: Portland Edit & Chapter 15

message 48: by TOLI (new)

TOLI | 210 comments Nice..past your goal!

message 49: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 469 comments Great job!

message 50: by K.G. (new)

K.G. Borland (kgborland) great job paige!! :D

And I love the name and how you added Proposterous paragraphs too it :D

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