2019 Goals Recap – Week #8

Before anything else, I’m thrilled to announce my Learning How to Learn Fiction series is shared in The Book Designer’s 101st Carnival of the Indies! If you don’t subscribe to their blog, I highly recommend it. Lots of valuable info for the self-publishers out there.

On to week eight…

It’s nice to have a little faith in yourself from time to time, but it’s doubly nice for others to remind you (like many of my blogging friends did last week) that we all have moments when we have to just sit back and accept that the rest of the world needs more of us than we’re ready to give. Intellectually, I knew I would get my head above water again, but when your feet are tangled in seaweed and every ounce of your body is telling you to panic–this is it; you’re done; kaput–it’s difficult not to flay and drown.

1,200 daily words on average for week #8. Very happy with that given my still somewhat harried schedule.

I know this will be a busy week with work and travel for the WMG Anthology Workshop in Las Vegas, so I’m going in expecting the numbers will be a little lower than they could be. That makes things somewhat easier on my conscience.

On to the grub…

This week, I wanted to use a new food processor we bought. It’s a kitchen staple that has been showing up a lot on cooking shows my wife and I watch, so we decided it would be a worthwhile investment for all the cooking I’ll be doing this year.

So far, this thing is brilliant. It slices…it dices…it writes novels (not yet, but maybe the AI-enabled ones will in ten years and then I won’t have to cook OR write).

I couldn’t find an online version of the recipe we used (it’s in a real, actual paper book), but this seems to match up if you substitute cod for salmon (again, my apologies as you need a membership to view).

I present to you, cod cakes with garlic basil aioli!

Process some fresh basil and garlic and other good stuff…
Chop up the cod so it processes a little more evenly…
Bread ’em and smash ’em…
Fry ’em…
Eat ’em…

Hope you have a fantastic week ahead of you!


19 thoughts on “2019 Goals Recap – Week #8”

  1. GREAT daily average output, Phillip. I’m SO glad I don’t still have to have a day job. (grin) And thanks for the link to The Book Designer’s site too.

    1. Thanks, Harvey. I dream of the day when my commute begins at the coffee machine and ends at my writing desk. 🙂 Glad you found a new writing resource as well.

  2. I’m glad you’re feeling better and you managed to up your average (even though 500 words while being sick was nothing to be sneering at).

    Enjoy the anthology workshop! Even if you don’t get many words down this week, I’m sure you’ll learn a ton, which will help you in the long run.

    1. Very true, Céline. I anticipate that I will learn more than ever about writing and the business side in general during the workshop. Be sure to keep an eye out for a recap in March. 🙂

  3. Yum! Congratulations on your word count, Phillip! The few times I did NaNoWriMo, I could never write the same number of words every day. Some days I fell way short or just didn’t get the time to write, but I would always make it up. I’m glad to see you’re riding with the flow. You are not a machine and as you have a pretty active life, you do need to cut yourself some slack. You’re a dedicated writer, whether you write 0 or 1000 words in a day 🙂
    Also, congratulations being shared on The Book Design. Very cool!

    1. Thank you Marie! You’re 100% correct on averaging out the words. It’ll happen. Just hard to see the forest from the trees sometimes. A blessing as it keeps me focused and a curse as it keeps me focused… lol

    1. Thanks for the faith, John. A fish cake is headed your way…careful you don’t get the sauce on your hands opening the box. 😉

    1. Ah, I had to look that up. I remember the chef, Graham Kerr! Hmm, maybe I ought to be writing those cozy mysteries with recipes at the end of each book. 🙂

  4. Have followed the Carnival since I first started getting interested in writing; so cool to see your name on it. Looks like a fantastic workshop, the exposure and opportunities with that crowd will be amazing. Enjoy it my friend.

    Glad you’re getting back into your writing stride – not that we ever doubted you would 😉

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