This week, I am participating in BooktubeAThon, a reading challenge/game on YouTube so I’ll be directing a lot of my attention there. The challenge started at 12:01 on Monday morning so this is my video of the Day 1 activities.
Click to watch my video and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already. I’ll be blogging daily to share how things are going with that and the other things I am doing in the next few days.
My plans for this week are a little simpler than usual. I have a few days off and I plan to use the time to relax, read, write and play BooktubeAThon games. I am editing a novella that I wrote earlier this year and plan to publish within the next few weeks. It’s not always fun (or productive) editing something I wrote months ago – I spend too much time changing things around, things that don’t actually need to be changed. I waste time just rewriting the same sentences over and over, seven different ways. This can be a huge time suck but I promised myself that I wouldn’t interfere with the writing unless a sentence isn’t readable the way it is or the meaning doesn’t come through clearly. Not that I don’t want to improve the story if I can but rewriting it doesn’t always achieve that. I mean, I had something in mind when I originally wrote each sentence, right? Sometimes, changing the structure also changes the meaning or weakens my delivery. So I promised to restrain myself unless it’s necessary. Now, let’s see if I can keep the promises I make to myself.
Goals this week:
- Read the Bible everyday
- Read 8 books (listed below)
- Blog everyday
- Create/ upload 7 YouTube videos – 2 already uploaded
- Write creatively for at least 3 hrs everyday (this includes the aforementioned editing)
- Make some new friends on social media
- Send 2 pieces of snail mail to friends and family
- Run outdoors 5 times this week
- Strength train 3 times this week
- Declutter and donate some things
The books I am planning to read this week:
- Here and Gone /Haylen Beck – complete
- New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 /Shelley Oria
- A Tale For The Time Being /Ruth Ozeki
- Annie John /Jamaica Kincaid
- The Master /Colm Toibin
- The Sellout /Paul Beatty
- Rabbit, Run /John Updike
- Story of Hannah /Eva Etzioni-Halevy
If by some miracle, I complete all the books with time to spare, I will add one of the many Non Fiction reads that are on my shelves jostling for some attention, like Born To Run by Christopher McDougall, which meets another challenge I am participating in this summer.
What about you – what’s on your priority list this week?