My #WritersLife Goals

Ciao, amici! It’s been a week. I’m sure you’re expecting I’ve done something, especially since I asked all of you to hold me accountable.

I’ve got good news and bad news.

Good News

I worked a lot last week. And I mean A LOT. Like, 16-hour days. And I got a ton of stuff done. I completed a few client edits. All told, something like 900 pages worth of fiction.

Bad News

I didn’t get any writing done. None. I looked through my “started projects” folder. Then I looked through every online and offline storage system I have. The trilogy I wanted to start as “Staci Troilo” (this is different from the trilogy I’m excited about for my pen name at work) has disappeared. Book one was half done and books two and three had been outlined. Now? Nothing but a ghost of a memory. I think I started that trilogy before I had the catastrophic failure that made me obsessively save in seventy-eight different places, so it truly has been erased from existence. That particular series was a spinoff of a novel I already published, though the trilogy would be in a different genre. I already have the lead-in short story done (at work, we call that a cookie). And it was a fluke I found that. That short story was published in an anthology that ran out its shelf life and has been taken down. I didn’t have it on my Kindle or any cloud drive. Found a proof copy of the complete anthology on my hard drive, so the novel and outlines aren’t with it. But at least I have that. By the time all that had happened, I didn’t even feel like outlining. So, that didn’t happen, either.


  • Lots of editing.
  • No writing.
  • No outlining.

Goals for the Week

  • Complete (or at least get close to completing) 201,000-word edit.
  • Outline new trilogy (to be written as me).
  • Finish revision of book one of new trilogy (to be written under my pen name).
  • Bake awesome cake and prepare delicious dinner for my daughter’s 21st birthday. (Although I’m not writing this post on Tuesday, her birthday IS Tuesday/today. So, if I’m not around much for comments, that’s why.)

Note: Realistically, I know getting all that done is nearly impossible, but we need to shoot for the stars to get to the moon.

So, those are last week’s results and this week’s goals. Fingers crossed. Feel free to leave your results and goals below.

And to my daughter…

birthday hugs


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  1. Glad to hear the birthday bash for your daughter went well. It’s amazing how fast they grow up! My youngest is turning 20 this year. I started to think back 20 years, when my oldest was 2 1/2 and still wanted to be carried everywhere (and CUTE of course), then realized he is turning 23 this year.

    Sorry to hear about the AWOL files. And you are probably right that it was the universe telling you to try again. I like to think that’s the reason when something like that happens. I back my stuff up online to my onedrive, and less-frequent backups to an external drive. But it’s a couple of scenes I wrote longhand in a notebook that I can’t find that drives me nuts. I still look for those pages, because I loved those scenes. Maybe my Muse took them to force me to rewrite them (I didn’t think they were THAT bad).

    I would love to read new stuff from author Staci Troilo!

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    1. Well, D.L. Cross is releasing before Staci Troilo is, but I’d like to hear from Staci Troilo again, too. Fingers crossed I can do it.

      That sucks about the notebook. Why does it always seem the stuff we liked the most is the stuff that disappears? I hope you find it. Or write even better replacement scenes.

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  2. Aw, hon, I SO feel for you losing half a novel worth of work. You backup locally to hard disk? Have you thought about using the Cloud?
    Still, all that editing work is worth a big pat on the back. Take comfort in that πŸ™‚
    Happy birthday to your wee one! 21, wow, I remember that age πŸ˜‰

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    1. This novel was written before I took backups seriously. Now I have several systems in place so that won’t happen again. I choose to think it was a sign that it sucked and I’d be better off starting over. πŸ™‚

      Thanks, Jess.

      And I’ll tell the no-longer-wee-one happy birthday from you. I remember those days, too. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want her turning 21! lol

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  3. Please pass on my best wishes for your daughter’s 21st birthday. It’s a wonderful milestone. I’ve lost work I valued myself, and now, like you, I have it backed up and saved in a multitude of places. The frustration of losing it has been replaced with a determination to never have that happen again. I’m so amazed at your workload! That’s an awesome accomplishment even under the best of circumstances. Bravo!

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    1. I will absolutely pass those wishes along. Thanks.

      Losing work is a hard-earned lesson, isn’t it? Sorry you’ve been through it, too. But I have to agree; when that happened to me, I did grow determined not to lose anything again. If nothing else, we have that now, right?

      Thanks, Soooz.

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  4. Happy 21st birthday to your daughter, Staci. Baking a cake sounds good. Next person turning 21 in my family would be my granddaughter, 18 more years to go. 201,000 words edited is huge. Sorry about misplacing your folder. I hope it will show up. Sometime I clicked the icons so fast, I accidentally dragged the folder and dropped into another folder. One time, it took me forever to locate it by clicking open all the folders on the desk top. I hope it will never happen again.

    Have a wonderful birthday party with your daughter.

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    1. I have so many folders, I’d go insane. I did a search for the name of the file, including countless variations. Unless it shows up on a flash drive (and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t using them for backups then), it’s gone. I’ll just start over. I’m sure something I wrote that long ago doesn’t sound like “me” anymore, anyway.

      Thank you. The party exceeded our expectations. She was very happy, and we got to see people from out of state who we seldom get to see, so it was a fun night. Tiring, but super fun.

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      1. I know, Staci. I saved all the journals and even email correspondence and hoping they would be useful one day. They now just remind me of that part of my life. They may or may not have anything to do with my writing.

        I’m glad to hear the party turned out to be so wonderful and seeing people out of state. Probably I could start thinking about traveling to go see my granddaughter.

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      2. I’m so glad restrictions are finally lifting. And I’m sure your granddaughter would love to see you. A trip sounds like it would be good for both of you. I hope you get to go soon.


  5. My grandsons headed to the liquor store the minute they turned twenty-one, too. A rite of passage:) Your menu sounds wonderful, and the cake sounds even better! Your work load is daunting. Hope all the ideas for your new series fall into place even more like “you” this time since you’re writing under your own name. Yay for that!

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    1. Thanks, Judi. The food was good, the company even better. My daughter said she’d initially been sad that she wasn’t going to be with her college friends or get to go out to clubs, but after everyone got here, she said it was an even better way to spend her day. I was really glad to hear that. Twenty-one is a milestone she’ll always remember. I didn’t want her to be disappointed.

      I’m really hoping I pull this series off. It’s been too long since “I” published anything. Thanks, Judi.


  6. 900 pages of editing is nothing to sneeze at, Staci! In fact, I’d say that’s an amazing accomplishment. Yes, I think we’ve all had times of losing data in a crash and it’s heartbreaking. Happy 21 to your little girl!! It goes fast, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It goes way too fast. I feel like I was just pregnant with her. She couldn’t possibly be more than ten. Yet she is, and she’s planning her wedding, and I have to face it—my kids are adults. My youngest is actually LEGAL now. Sigh. I will pass on your wishes to her.

      You’re right; those edits were massive, and the one I’m doing this week is even bigger. So, those are accomplishments. I’m just itching to write and want to get out of edit-mode. I was thinking about editing for only so many hours then writing for so many, but I just want to get this edit done so I can dig into my writing projects full-on. I guess we’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

      Thanks, Jan.

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  7. I recently lost a section of rewrites and was frantic. I looked through backups and older drafts including the first draft. Nothing. I got so disheartened that I shut the computer down while saying some explicit words. When next I opened the file, the rewrites I had looked for popped up on the screen. I think my computer was telling me to go to bed that night. I’m praying you’ll find that missing mss, but if not you’re a professional and will rewrite it better than the original. Love you, girlie!

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    1. I’m so glad the technology fairies were smiling on you. (They hate me.) Those files are gone, but I’ll figure out something. I started that project so long ago, I suspect it doesn’t “sound like me” anymore, anyway, so it’s probably for the best I start from scratch.

      Thanks, Missy. (And happy birthday to your brother.) ❀

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  8. Oh my, I’d be heart-broken to lose several mss. I too have a bazillion backups so I know what you mean. I do rarely but occasionally lose a mss but it’s always after publication.

    Edit 200,000 words in a week–I am so jealous! Depending upon the edit stage, my goals are 1500 or 3000 a week. I can’t seem to move any faster!

    Good luck and I’ll be watching.

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  9. Oh, no! Losing that has to suck. I take unnecessary chances with my own work, and need to do something about it. Sounds like you have a good attitude about it, at least in public. Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday, and you get to enjoy it, too. I have been plugging along this week, but am not trying to accomplish anything specific for now.

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    1. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I said a few colorful phrases when it was all happening. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m dealing with a lot worse. This is a mere blip on the radar.

      I’ll pass on the wishes to my youngest, who (if I’m not mistaken) has already gone to the liquor store. Thanks, Craig. Wishing you a strong week.

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    1. Thanks, Tessa. She picked the menu, and remarkably, other than the cake, it’s a pretty easy one. Sausage and grapes in balsamic/wine reduction. Spaghetti carbonara. Zucchini fritters. Almond cake with cherries, ermine frosting, chocolate ganache on top, and slivered almonds. If I have time, I’m going to make homemade focaccia. But everything is taking longer because gluten free ingredients are just… different to work with. I just got the last of the cakes out of the oven, though. I’m going to start the frosting, then I’ll see if I have time for the bread. (I have a meeting I need to attend in the middle of all this, so it’ll be tight.) Fingers crossed!

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  10. Ugh. That’s the pits about losing all those files. I think I’d have to sit down and sob. I once lost a short story (looked everywhere for the darn thing for days) and I remember how bummed I was–and that was only a short story.

    On the upside, you sound very positive and motivated for moving ahead, so I’m sending you good vibes and writing mojo.

    In closing, a huge Happy Birthday to your daughter! Twenty-one is a special birthday for sure! πŸ™‚

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    1. I took a moment (or a wee bit more) to lament my bad luck, but I don’t have time to dwell on it, so I moved on. Hopefully the second round turns out better than the first.

      I’ll pass along your wishes. I’m sure she’ll be pleased to know her mother put her special day on her blog. And even more pleased to get wishes from my friends. πŸ™‚

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  11. Happy Birthday to your daughter, Staci! And happy baking and celebrating to you! I’m sorry to hear about your loss of your work. That’s a pretty hard blow to take, and it is why I have so many redundancies set up for … well … for everything I do on the computer, pretty much. I have Carbonite backing up my files daily, and have used them to restore everything on my computer to a new one, when the old one got fried. It was well worth the $50 annual fee. But, in case I can’t get online for any reason, I have all of my books backed up on thumbdrives, too. All my published ones, and my drafts. And because I use a private blog for my betas, I have my WIP drafts there, too.

    Now, I don’t write the same way you do, as far as outlines, etc, so I know we’re talking different approaches, but maybe one of these tricks would help in the future? And in the meantime, I hope by some miracle, you find the lost files maybe stashed in a folder with another name, or something. It could happen, and I know it would make you happier.

    Happy Birthday to your Daughter again, and I hope you have a lovely day with her! πŸ™‚

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    1. Marcia, I do all that (and more) NOW. Problem was, I didn’t do it then. I’m certain I lost the files when I suffered a catastrophic crash that cost me a lot of data. Since then, my redundancies have had redundancies. But nothing can bring back the stuff that’s gone.

      I’ll pass along your wishes. I know she’ll be tickled. Thanks.

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      1. Happy birthday to your daughter! I feel your pain for losing a book, I did that once. ..all but the first chapter. It ended up working out though. I went in a different direction a few years later and finally published it. Like you, I now save in many locations . Have a great writing week!

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      2. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that, Denise. It’s dreadful when we lose work. I’m glad to hear you liked your second version better. That’s what I’m hoping for mine.

        Thanks for the wishes; I’ll pass them along.


  12. Happy birthday to your daughter!!! I could barely breath reading about how you lost half and book and your outlines – so sorry, Staci. Maybe another fluke will uncover them in the near future – I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Enjoy the time with your daughter!

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    1. A fluke would be so nice. I’m not holding my breath, though. But thanks, Teri. I’ll take all the positive wishes I can get at the moment.

      My daughter is super excited about tonight. Not as much as if she could go out, but she’s still excited. I think we’re up to 13 people. (The benefits of moving back to your home town.) If more people decide to come, I might need to buy more food!

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  13. I love the line about shooting for the stars to get to the moon! So sorry about your files, but I’m confident what you had planned will turn out even better. And a happy twenty-first birthday to your daughter!

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    1. Thanks, Joan. I read something similar to that, and it always stuck with me. I think I’m just gong to put that box at the bottom of all my writing goals posts.

      I will pass along your wishes. Thank you.

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    1. You wouldn’t think a delicious fruit would hurt so much, but it does. I’ve got bruises galore from the lemons. (And bruised lemons don’t make good lemonade.)

      I hope things turn around for you. ❀ And thanks for the wishes. πŸ™‚

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  14. Happy, happy 21st birthday to your daughter!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    I can well understand how you felt once you discovered that those files were missing. That makes it so hard to get going again. And that edit sounds epic.

    Best of luck for the rest of your week, Staci πŸ™‚

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