Deelylah Mullin Author

March Check-In

· The one where I list all the shit I didn't get done in March. ·

March 31, 2017 4 Comments

Check-in is a monthly feature where we give a nod to our successes and what we're going to work on for the following month.

March was…interesting. There are a plethora of reasons I didn’t finish up a few things I really needed to get done, but that’ll come.

First, at the beginning of the month, I went back to teaching. It was sort of a last-minute decision fueled by the need for financial security. And, I’ll admit, a knee-jerk response to something that happened.

Second, I’m dealing with health issues that make simply planning to do something a game-changer. The medications make me sick as fuck for days a week. And they’re not working. Yes, I’ve called for a second opinion appointment. I know it’s not a quick-fix thing and it’s trial-and-error for medications, but my quality of life has been compromised beyond the disease itself.

Third, there’s a lot that happens when someone important to you dies. It affects every area of your life, no matter how much we’d like to believe we can compartmentalize.

So. Editing. I finished three manuscripts.

I wrote about 15K new words on two projects, and I’m behind getting one to my editor. But, that’s the bonus of self-publishing. I have the wiggle room to just bump back a release. Which janks with the rest of the writing I have to get done, but it is what it is.

I also learned a valuable lesson in March–I love my editor. I love my cover artist, too. Their work makes my work look a lot better.

April. Now that I’m–in theory–back in the swing of teaching, I should be able to get to a ‘new normal’. It might mean spending weekends catching up on things I couldn’t get done during the week, but it is what it is. I’m hoping to be able to take a weekend to spend out-of-town and get some serious writing done on a couple projects. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do this once a month. Mini writing retreat, if you will. Who wants me to come visit their town?!?

Editing goal: 4 full novels. Completely doable. I have a couple of these titles now, and can get to work as soon as I finish up the stuff from March (about 75 pages on a MS as of this writing on Wednesday, 3/29).

Writing goal: write 5K every day. This isn’t unrealistic if I can devote 2-2.5 hours a night to writing. I think I’ll struggle the most with this goal, but it’s the one I actually need to meet.

Work goal: be on time and not rushed with IEPs and have my grading up-to-date for progress reports on Tuesdays without having to work late. This might be a little unrealistic, but I’m hoping I can get things smoothed out and be able to move forward like a sane person.

I also need to practice self-care. This is an area in which I’ve been sorely lacking since mid-January. Everyone comes before me. But, this isn’t really anything new–I just need to make myself a priority. So, I’m scheduling a massage twice a month. I’m hoping it’ll help with my medical issues and make me feel a bunch better.

That’s really it for this month. Hoping there aren’t any hitches in my plan–because we ALL know how much I hate those.

Check out the other check-ins:

Jess  |  Bronwyn



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    Bronwyn Green

    March 31, 2017

    I sooooo hear you on the self-care. Honestly? I suck at that, and I need to get better so I don’t burn myself out. I hope you’re able to get your meds straightened out really soon so you’ve got more of a sense of normalcy.

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      March 31, 2017

      Thank you! Part of my self-care is self-advocating with medical professionals. They don’t live in my body and don’t know what it’s like to be me on meds. Burn-out is a real thing. I think part of my struggle with self-care is that I over-schedule myself–and there always seems to be something else that requires my attention.

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    Jess Jarman

    March 31, 2017

    Oh self-care….soooooo important and the thing that all too often ends up on the bottom of our lists! I know it’s something I’m trying to be more mindful of too. You can do this! And it will help with productivity and all the other things. 🙂

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      March 31, 2017

      Ugh. I know! Maybe I need to make it a goal to do ONE self-care thing that isn’t haircut or medical in nature (if I have to cut my bangs myself, it ISN’T going to be pretty!) each month or identify a specific time every day that is ME time.