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Another month down: an "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul" update

Well, with all of you folks talking about a brand new year, I thought I would make a point of reminding you that it is also a brand new MONTH. (Yes, this is Captain Obvious, at your service!)

And those of you who follow my blog know what that means: time for an update on my progress on my book, as well as some goal setting for the new month.

As far as December, I would have to say that I did fine. If you check out my ticker below, you will discover that I DID meet my 10,000 word goal - but not by much.

10001 / 10000 words. 100% done!

A bit of fun and exciting news (LOL to me anyway) is that I actually went through and did word counts on all the chapters I've written, and I am excited to say that, with God's help, I have completed 27,021 words (albeit mostly in very rough draft form). I'm definitely making progress. My slow and steady approach (approximately 325 words a day, just about every day) appears to be working quite nicely.

One thing I determined this month, however, is that I need to take some time to read back through my manuscript thus far. I'm concerned I'm repeating myself, or possibly missing something important. There's also the consistent voice issue.

So, my January goals are going to be a bit different than in months previous. And heeeeeeerreee they are!
During the month of January 2009, Lord willing, I plan to accomplish the following:
  • Read through, taking notes and doing minor editing along the way, "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul" thus far
  • Complete 8,000 new words in "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul" (which, for the curious, comes out to 330ish words a day, assuming seven days of "nonwriting" for my first goal)
So, here you go! I plan to keep up my ticker this month, just as I did in December, though the word count may not change much, if at all, for the first week (though if I add words as I read through, I'll certainly count them!). Thank you so much, folks, for all your support during this process. It is only with your, and the Lord's, help that I am accomplishing as much as I am.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the wonderful progress You have helped me to make, and the ideas You have put into my head as I was writing my book. I pray that, if You are willing, You will allow me to continue on this path to Your glory. You are the only One who will allow me to progress in my book. May Your will be done. In Jesus' name. Amen.


  1. Amen to your prayer. I loved following your ticker through December; I'm glad you're going to do it again.

  2. I am so thrilled you are meeting your goals so far and setting new ones for this month.

    I cannot wait to get myself a copy of this book. : )

  3. Hi Joanne, it's Sherri again - thanks for your comment on my blog entry about Ezra... and I did go to the FW challenge entry and it was a very good story about David and Michal - I think you will have a very good book! Also, you are being a great example with your goal setting. I don't seem to quite be ready to share my specific goals... but maybe at least writing them out for myself will help me to stay on track.

  4. Hi Joanne,
    Wonderful to hear of the progress on your book, I'm cheering you on. And just a thought (for what it's worth...), going back to check what you've written perhaps is not so important at this stage. "Revision & Self-Editing" by James Scott Bell encourages us to throw everything on paper (or keyboard!) as fervently as we can, and during the revision phase go back and fix things, add things, etc.
    Anyways, keep up the good work.


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