Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time to Catch Up

It's been two and a half weeks without a blog update. I'm sorry I'm a blog slacker, though I do feel like a lot of things in my life have progressed. For instance, since my last blog post I've ran two half marathons and kept them under the time I wanted.
As for the Wednesday Weight-Losses, I sent out a few Emails but they were so short I didn't think they would justify a blog post. For those who are interested in weight loss, I think you will find a portion of my last note of interest:

For those who don’t know, I’m a data junkie! I love looking at and analyzing numbers. Here is what I found interesting about the results. Those who DID NOT keep track in their habit trackers lost an average of .77 pounds. Those who DID keep track lost an average of 1.87 pounds. That is a 243% improvement over those who didn’t!! So if you didn’t lose what you wanted and you didn’t keep track of your daily food, water, and exercise then by all means start tracking NOW. The ONLY difference is that one group tracked and the other didn’t.

For my WIP, I'm pretty deep into the world building. It is hard, yet rewarding, work. I am surprised at how much work is actually involved in this process. I thought the first step would be putting together the outline and while that is coming to fruition, it is the world building I'm finding to be the time-consuming process I didn't see coming.

To practice writing, I entered Karen Hoover's Weekly Flash Fiction challenge. It is fun and I would encourage more people to get into it. Best of all, it only takes an hour of your time (it's in the rules). She just changed up the schedule and, unfortunately, it doesn't fit in with mine this week so I couldn't find time for another entry. I do look forward to entering more as my schedule opens up. For those who are into poetry, she also has a weekly poetry contest of the same vein.

And the result? I won! Well, I co-won. I tied with Rebecca Blevins so we have both won the following trophy for our blog:

I am planning a blog series soon to look at different ways to outline a story. I just read a book on story structure and I've seen, and mentioned previously, a few others. I would really like to explain, analyze, and discuss each method and hopefully get feedback from all of you good folks.

I noticed my "currently reading" page is out of date. I'll get that back to speed ASAP.

Thank you everybody for sticking around. I appreciate all of my followers!


  1. Mega Congratulations on your Flash Fiction win! That is so fantastic and I can't wait to go read it! I'll have to try Karen's contest one of these weeks - I've been so crazy busy.

    That's awesome you've been working hard on your world building. I love doing that - so much fun - but at the same time as I'm having such a great time, I'm going crazy wanting to get writing!

  2. Oh my word JimJames - I read your winning story SEBASTIAN on Karen's blog and it was SO Hilarious! When I found your story on her blog, I started reading along and then you totally caught me off guard! Great stuff! You're a funny guy!

  3. Ah, thanks, Brenda! I need to do that again, it was a lot of fun!