Sunday Update: Much Work and a Little Play

I hope everyone’s had a suitably relaxing series of sun-soaked days at this point, full of BBQs, fireworks and toe-tickling sandy beaches.

I think many people took some time off of work this week…I didn’t. I’m smack between two major releases for a survey I coordinate at the day job, and worked my tail off last week to meet a bunch of deadlines. On top of that, I had a stomach bug that added a special element to checking off items from my endless to-do list.

The 4th was fun — spontaneous BBQ at my parents’ house, complete with early fireworks and sparklers for our pack of girls (between our two families, my brother and I have five girls, four of them ranging in age from two to five, and a 14 year old). It was fun watching my brother and hubby organize fireworks and show off for the kids. Then we went home and tucked our exhausted kids into bed, closed the windows tight, and went outside with a beer to watch the neighborhood go crazy from our front lawn.

In terms of my writing to-do list…I didn’t show up like I need to last week. I’ll do better in the coming week. Here are my goals:

1) Write 2,000 words per week of new fiction.
2) Revise Descent (Children of the Sidhe book four) and hand off to editor. Addition to this goal: Revise five chapters per week on paper, until I reach The End.
3) Read fiction every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes.
Last week, I only accomplished goal #3. I did plenty of reading, finishing up Cherie Reich’s Foxwich Chronicles. 🙂
How are you doing with your summertime goals, writing or otherwise? 

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings.

J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series.

You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

3 comments on “Sunday Update: Much Work and a Little Play

  1. Sometimes just getting one of the targets done is a conquest, especially when you’re not feeling well. You’ll do better this week. You already said you would, so now you’ve got motivation. 😀

  2. The four days I had off, Thurs-Sun, it rained EVERY day. Rained hard. We still managed to BBQ at my house Thurs (hubby was under the umbrella) and at my oldest son’s house Sat (the grill was in the garage).

    Last week was busy for you with the day job, etc. This week will be better. You’ll get a lot accomplished. 🙂

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