Anybody Need Encouragement?

psst. Guys. Over here. *waves* Do you see that?? *points and nods while doing the Running Man*

GUYS!! According to that GIANT WHITE BOX THERE, I'm at goal. The goal I set for m'self back in January-!!

[::does a little dance that I copped from Cherie Priest::]
[::shakes it::]
[::shakes it::]
[::dances a lil more::]
[::pops and locks it once for good measure::]

Can you tell I'm STOKED???

So, even though I'm not actually done with this last third of the book, and even though I'm gonna hafta recalibrate that word count goal, I'm feeling pretty encouraged. So encouraged, in fact, that I thought I'd spread it around a little!

If anyone out there could use a little encouragement, here's a fantastic little mantra I picked up from Chris Guillebeau's The Art of Non-Conformity blog:

A 4-Step Encouragement Mantra for the Journey

  1. I can do it.
  2. I could always have a regular life somewhere.
  3. But I’ve chosen a different path.
  4. And I won’t give up.
Pretty awesome stuff, right? Let's get goin' on these goals, y'all! w00t!


Alesa Warcan | June 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

And onwards you fly to the next phase of your evil plan! ; j

Zoe C. Courtman | June 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Thanks, girl!! FEELIN it today :D

Tere Kirkland | June 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Shake it, honey! That's awesome that you've surpassed your goal. Way to go.

I just started a new project, so I'm about to set some goals for myself. Staying on the path we've chosen IS tough, but I won't give up. And I bet you won't either.


The Alliterative Allomorph | June 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Congrats! That's great!!! YAY!!!!

Lizard301 | June 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Could it be the magic powers of the backlit keyboard, mayhap?

You kick SO much ass!

Christine Fonseca | June 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Congrats! And yeah...that is a fab mantra.

Anonymous | June 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Congrats, Zoe!! That is awesome! And I love your 4-step encouragement mantra. Definitely what I need to repeat over and over this week!

:) Ricki

Aubrie | June 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Congrats on reaching your goal! I'm reading the Bone Shaker right now by Cherie Priest and I love it so far.

Roland D. Yeomans | June 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Bravo, Zoe. Not everyone can endure and reach their goal. Remember : the Sistine Chapel was done one brushstroke at a time.

How are you finding THE PASSAGE? I read 22% of it and found it had more backstory than story. But that's just me.

May your book hit the bestseller lists, Roland

Alleged Author | June 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Congratulations on getting to 85,000!

Anonymous | June 30, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Woo-hoo! Nice job! :D

I'm gonna shake it wit' ya, cuz I'm totally getting into this new WIP--it's been so long (eight months) since a new idea FINALLY formed to a cohesive plot, that I'm trembling with excitement!!!! :D

Anonymous | June 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Yay, congrats! That's so awesome!

Alex J. Cavanaugh | June 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM

You did it! Time to celebrate.

Zoe C. Courtman | June 30, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Hey, Tere! Thanks for popping in, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

Jessica - thanks!! I LOVE me some momentum :D

Lisa - Nope, this mojo's all ME. (Keyboard won't get here for a coupla weeks, pbt.)

Thanks, Christine. I know, right? I loved that mantra; so simple but so...yeah.

Hi, Ricki! Thanks for stopping in! Use that mantra all you want, luv; it's a good one!

Aubrie! Thanks for popping by - I haven't gotten into Boneshaker yet, though I tried the first few chapters...I think maybe I'm not such a steampunk kinda gal. But I do love Cherie Priest :D

Roland. Always makes me smile to see your comments :D I got halfway thru THE PASSAGE and hit a freakin WALL. I'm NOT feeling the abrupt change of tone OR pacing. I'm making myself finish it, but...blah. What a let down. I hope the last bit picks up.

Thanks, Alleged! I'm so stoked!

Laura! *bumps hips together* Woot! Don't you LOVE it when inspiration strikes. Best feeling in the world :D

Thanks, Sandy! It feels pretty dang awesome. Hope to nail the ending in the next week or so!!!

Alex! I'm not quite celebrating, but I am dancin' :D Celebrating comes when I write "The End." Woot!

Thanks so much, guys!

Raquel Byrnes | June 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Bravo! Good for stuck in there and made it to your goal...that puts you ahead of 90% of the other writers out there. Tenacity...great job.

Lisa K. | June 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Congratulations, Zoe, on making your goal! And I just LOVE your mantra. It's so appropriate for those of us trying to make it in this tough writing world. I think I'm going to pin that up on my bulletin board because I often need to be reminded. Thank you!

Zoe C. Courtman | June 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Hiya, Raquel! Thanks for popping in and offering your own words of encouragement. Nice!

Hey, Lisa! Glad you liked the mantra - I found it to be dead-on, man. Dead on. Pin that sucker up!!

Vicki Rocho | June 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

That's freakin' AWESOME! Happy dancin' with you (I can do that cuz there's no one in the room with me to point and laugh)

Deb Salisbury | June 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Congrats on getting to 85,000! Well done!

Olivia Herrell | July 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM

That's awesome, Zoe, way to go!! Doing a happy dance for ya!


Carolyn V. | July 1, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Way to go!!! Yes! Congrats on finishing your goal! =D

W.C.Camp | July 10, 2010 at 9:55 PM

CONGRATS - that is awesome. That is a lot of writing. I don't have the discipline to write so much on a single topic but I write about 25000 words per month on my blog. Any writing is good - just a little every day and as you have proven, old goals melt away into new ones in no time!! W.C.C.

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