ROW80: Week 5 Check In

Week 5 of the ROW80 writing challenge was a little bit different from the other weeks. Because I’d just finished writing a book the previous week, I’d decided to take this week off to catch up on some writing related tasks that I’d been putting off. Funny thing about time … when you think you have lots of it, you actually get less done. LOL!

Still, I accomplished a bunch of piddly little things that needed doing.

1) Write every morning:

– I was still at my desk every morning by 7:00. I worked on upcoming book blurbs, fine-tuned loglines, did a little editing, and made changes to my website. I also registered for two classes at Margie Lawson’s Writing Academy so here’s to learning something new.

– My story THE VALENTINE GRINCH is out. Big whoot! It’s part of the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies, in the Viva Le Valentine Edition. To find out more about the story, click here.

– I received a couple more edits for my Bandit Creek short story BABY FEVER and made the changes. Part of the upcoming Fool’s Gold anthology, the cover for this book is awesome. Our cover designer has already sent us the first draft and I’ll post it the minute it’s finalized. So as of this week, BABY FEVER is D-O-N-E. No more changes, tweaking or anything else. :)

– And I think I came up with a logline for my blog: Tripping my way through life. I’ll mull over it some more but it certainly describes me to a tee. If I’m not tripping and falling over something physically, then my curious and over-eager personality traits are tripping me up and making me feel like a fool. LOL! Good hands on experience for my quirky characters.

– For the upcoming week, it’s back to writing my women’s fiction novel titled STUCK WITH YOU.

2) Somehow, considering I spent less time writing this week, I also managed to spend less time on social media. Go figure that one out. Sheesh.

– I still made 45 blog visits this week, but didn’t sufficiently support my fellow WANA1011 classmates, who I love. Have I mentioned them yet?

– And I even blogged twice at my own site this week. Wow, I think that’s a new record for me. :)

3) Avoid chocolate.

– No chocolate, but on Friday night, SOMEBODY brought home chips and cheezies.

4) Exercise.

– My ankle loved the new runners and the treadmill. No problems at all. I only managed to get in three days on the treadmill though. I did, however, get a really good workout on the day I lifted my desk so I could straighten out the runner beneath my chair, headed down to the local office supply store to buy a new chair, then put it together all by myself. And surprise, not a single bolt has fallen out yet.

5) Read.

– I started two books this week: a) the new Bandit Creek book SHAFTED by Kymber Morgan and b) SLIM TO NONE by Jenny Gardiner.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. I love the logline. I’ll have to check out the anthology the Valentine Grinch sounds has me interested.
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    • Asrai, I’m glad you like the log line. It’s only taken me three months to come up with it. LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by today. :)

  2. I love the logline, too! It’s cute, funny and so you! Wow, great job on all your goals and congrats on your story coming out! so glad the shoes are allowing you to get on the treadmill–3 days is a great start! Have a super coming week!
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    • Yep, tripping would be me in a nutshell. I’m glad you think it works. The more time I spend looking at it, the better I like it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marcia. :)

  3. It’s funny how that works – more time just means stuff expands to fill it! I did the same thing as you – just finished a revision, so I gave myself an easy week. Sometimes we need that! I also never feel like I do enough to support my WANA friends – so many great blogs to read, so little time! I like your blog redesign, and as a clumsy person, love the tagline. Good luck digging back into your book this week, and have fun!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..ROW80:Just RightMy Profile

    • Oh, good, I’m not the only one whose time gets away on them. Wishing you a productive upcoming week, too, Jennette.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. Love the blog logline :) Wow you have lots going on! Best of luck with the upcoming week.
    Raelyn Barclay recently posted..Sunday Summary & #ROW80My Profile

    • Thank you, Raelyn. And thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  5. Sheila, how are you? I just found your comment from this morning in spam. That happens all the time. I apparently have a very sensitive askimet system. LOL!

    Okay, so you had a slower pace week. Awesome! We can’t keep up the same crazy pace every week. And how exciting is it that you finished your book! Hooray!

    I keep hearing more and more about this Margie Lawson. Hmm. She must be good. Is she an editor? I’m thinking that’s what I remember. Please fill me in.

    Have a great week Sheila. Good to know that your ankle is healing up and you certainly got in more exercise than I did last week. That is a never-ending battle for me.

    Ooh, and I love, love, love you new blog-line! Run with that girl! That’s a no brainer! How Fun! :)
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    • Yes, I wanted a fun log line, since what I write is fun, humerous stories. I’m so glad it comes across that way, Karen.

      And you can find Margie Lawson at She’s not an editor from a publishing house, but you can hire her to edit your work. I’ve never done so but I know people who have and they say she’s awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. i’ve been away for 10 days and came home sooo sick. but I had to stop by Sheila. I love your words. The logline is cool. but I can’t agree with your description – you are the kindest, most supportive woman I’ve ever met. and one who’s mouth never over runs.

    that’s my .02. now back to my cave.
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    • Oh Louise, how sad that you were sick while you were away. I do hope you’re feeling better now, although it’s too bad your vacation is over.

      Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by, even though you probably have hundreds of emails to catch up on. :)

    • I’m glad you like the new logline, Marcy. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know. :)

    • The challenge is working really well, Florence. You’ll have to join us next time. :) I’m just getting back at my women’s fiction novel and am hoping when I reread the chapters I’ve written that they don’t suck to much. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

    • It was a fun week, Coleen. Of course, if we accomplish anything, the week always feels more fun than when we don’t meet at least a few of our goals.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. I also like the log line. Can you use Goofy as well? Adore him! :) Glad your ankle is feeling better. Congratulations on your book being out. Yay! And the other is moving right along. You are a busy woman.
    Debra Kristi recently posted..Immortal Monday on the Epirus Bow and Mount TartarusMy Profile

    • I would love to use Goofy but Disney might sue me. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Debra. :)

  8. I love getting the piddly stuff out of the way! That makes for a fresh start to pull off some big stuff! :) Sounds like you are making lots of headway. Great job working toward your goals!

    • It’s the piddly stuff that nags in the back of our brain and doesn’t allow us to focus. It’s a relief to get it off my plate.

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather. :)

  9. Chiming in with the others. LOVE the new log line! ‘Trip’ is a great word, with lots of cool uses and meanings. And as an acronym, totally suits you. 😉

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  10. Oh, August, I love that acronym. I may just have to use that. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!


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