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A New Member of the Rome Construction Crew

Recently (okay, yesterday) I became a member of the Rome Construction Crew, and I am pretty excited about it. The crew are a wonderful group of people who I have been “following” (not stalking, following) since I rebooted my blog. From reading their posts on their goals, I could ascertain that nobody was putting the thumbscrews to anyone, no dissing or taunting if a crew member fell behind (well, ok, some good-natured ribbing now and then). Even though they have a lofty name to their crew (Rome Construction!), they are a warm and fuzzy group. Just what I need right now.

I gave serious thought to membership, to the point of making Green Embers wait a week, thinking he had missed my submission when in fact I hadn’t followed up when I said I would. Yes, off to a great start I was. I have a tendency to “over-do.” I usually have several projects of various types going on at the same time (including at my day-job). It was worse when I was on Zoloft. Now that I’m medication-free, I experience the appropriate sense of panic every time I commit myself to yet another obligation. But I still overcommit. Yet this, the RCC, feels very different.

In fact, my whole blogging experience feels very different. I don’t feel pressured by anyone, except myself. I know I’m not keeping up with reading and commenting like I had at the beginning, but no one is scolding me. I’m struggling with trying to write original posts, both for my blog and for The Community Storyboard and the Stuff It Tuesday collaborations with Writings of a Mrs, but nobody is giving me any grief over it. Nobody except me. So, in thinking about the goals I want to set for myself as a member of the RCC, I think the first one should be:

(1) Get off my own back. I am my own worst enemy. It’s been a lifetime pursuit to thwart my every chance at success and happiness. Rather than pat myself on the back for what I do accomplish, I admonish myself for what I don’t accomplish. This has to stop and it has to stop now. I think I can make that happen if I follow through on the next goals.

(2) Set up a schedule of posting that gives me time to write, but doesn’t make followers think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I want to start slow, let’s say with one original post for my blog and one original post for The Community Storyboard and one for Stuff It Tuesdays a week. That actually may be too much, but I am building some draft posts and I have plenty of writing around. I just need to:

(3) Get organized. Start taking time to go through my extant writing and sort out what may be appropriate for The Community Storyboard, for example. Organize my reading as well because I’m committed to provide reviews of books/stories from fellow bloggers (and those reviews would be original posts on my blog … two birds with one stone, except that I like birds and hate that little homily). Also, I plan to participate in the July Camp NaNoWriMo, write another 50,000 words for a third novel. And our kitchen is going to be redone in July, so getting organized would be nice. Not to mention how it would help with:

(4) Write the third novel in my series, The Widow’s Club (working title). You will be hearing a lot more about the three novels over the next several weeks (or into infinity) since once I start writing in July, there will be little to nothing of me left over for much else.

So these are my goals for the foreseeable future. I do have other goals, like ensuring that I go to yoga classes at least twice a week, that sort of thing. But for RCC, I want to focus on writing. That’s why I’m here. It’s what I do. (Well, I also knit but right now writing trumps knitting.)

So now I’ve put this all in writing and am about to send it into the blogosphere (I can hear the NSA starting to yawn). And since it’s past my bedtime, I’ll wish you all a good night.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

13 replies

      1. Hah! Don’t feel too bad, I have a hard time keeping up with my different goals, but the group is really encouraging so it makes me not feel quite so bad ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Sounds like a lot, but I think we all juggling millions of plates in hopes none drops and breaks. You can do it! As usual, I can’t wait to hear more. I’m signed up for the July one also—my first. Good luck.


    1. You’re going to camp, too? Are you going to be in a cabin? April was my first camp so I didn’t join a cabin. I’m thinking of joining one this July to see what it’s like. If you would like to share a cabin let me know. I’m pretty sure I’m using my real name for Camp: Marie Ann Bailey. And thanks for the encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. I just don’t know. Cabin or not? I’m such a newbie. Do you know if I can use some of the work I’ve already done for my memoir or does it have to be all new material? Would like to join you if you decide to go cabin.


    2. The nice thing about Camp is that, unlike the November challenge, you can write in any genre and as many (or as few) words as you like. I think you should do what you need to do to write. No one is going to know whether you’re using new material or old material, unless you tell them. Even though NaNoWriMo has a validation system for the word count, it’s still an honor system. You could upload a bunch of garbage and they wouldn’t know ๐Ÿ™‚ I think most campers abide by the honor system, but I’m sure it gets murky, especially when you wind up working on multiple projects (for some reason, long forgotten, I decided to finish my first novel while working on my second novel. I then combined word counts from each effort. I blame Spilled Ink for the inspiration to do that ;)) Since this is your first camp, you might want low-ball your word count goal. You want to have fun, not panic attacks. I’m going for 50K because I’m already crazy and can’t help myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I just checked my camper info and my username is MarieAnnBailey. If you want to email me privately about this, you can reach me at I do want to try a cabin this time and would be happy if you joined me.


  2. Wow, Marie. I am put to shame by your amazing list of goals. I feel like it’s all I can do to get through work, get through some blogs, then try and get a bit of writing done. How do you do it? You did say you were crazy, but that can’t be all there is ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Please don’t be impressed by my goals. For one thing, that is all they are. They’re not reality. In all honesty, I cheat. I have an iPad with a Verizon network … (oh, crap, now the NSA knows that I use my iPad at work). Yup, I sneak in time at my day-job during breaks, lunch, slow-running programs, to try and keep up. I sneak time first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and I’m feeling frazzled which is why I need to get organized. I have started writing original posts for my blog. I save them as drafts so I can build a backlog and reduce some the pressure that I put on myself. But, at the end of the day, being crazy is a big help ๐Ÿ˜‰


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