ROW80: Week 10 Check In

ROW80: Week 10 Check In

Welcome to week 10 of the ROW80 writing challenge. As we near the end of this quarter’s challenge, I feel like I’m making progress. Over at the Women Unplugged blog, I whined about rewriting. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to give me their support, encouragement, and suggestions.

1) Write every morning:

– Success! Although writing currently means rewriting. I’m detailing the events of each scene on my little colored sticky notes which I stick into a scribbler. This simple task allows me to see the scene and story structure, and I’m in awe of how it illuminates the weaknesses in the story. I’m about half way through the book and am hoping to finish it up this week.

2) Social Media:

– Family commitments once again kept me running, so I spent very little time on the internet this week.

– Instead, I focused on the writing, as that must come first.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Still hanging in there. ūüôā

4) Exercise:

– Ummm, we’ll just skip this section again, although spring is finally here and it’s now warm enough to take those walks outside.

5) Read:

– I finished reading the new Lisa Lutz book TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS. If you love quirky humor about quirky families, check this series out. The heroine is a private investigator who works for her family. There are no dead people, but each book involves several cases and every case has a humorous slant.

– What’s up next? It’s a toss up between the latest Christy Hayes novel, The Sweetheart Hoax, or this week’s Bandit Creek release, Always A Lady by Victoria Chatham.

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!

ROW80: Week 9 Check In

ROW80: Week 9 Check In

Welcome to week 9 of the ROW80 writing challenge. I spent this week formatting the Bandit Creek FOOL’S GOLD Anthology book, which will be out on April 1, 2012. It’s a beautiful cover, isn’t it? April Martinez at http://graphicfantastic.com/¬†has designed all of the Bandit Creek books.

I’ve sent the book out to the other authors in the anthology so they can review it for any errors. Yay, off my desk and onto theirs. ūüôā

1) Write every morning:

– The revisions to TERMS OF SURRENDER went slow, due to the fact that the book is missing that special something that makes me exicted to rewrite it. I came up with a few ideas and will begin to implement them this week.

2) Social Media:

РLots of talk about Pinterest this week and the copyright issue. As sad as it makes me, I will probably delete the boards and my account.

– Family¬†commitments kept me running, but that’s what happens when one has elderly parents. I quit counting blog visits.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Success! ūüôā

4) Exercise:

–¬†This week, the treadmill collected more dust and I’m hoping this week is quieter so I can get back¬†on it.

5) Read:

– On Friday, I renewed my library card and pulled the new Lisa Lutz book TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS. I love this series. It’s funny, fast moving, and one of those ‘I can’t put this down!’ reads. But … I’m only on page 2.

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!

ROW80: Week 8 Check In

ROW80: Week 8 Check In

A couple of weeks ago, I read my 2012 horoscope. In a nutshell, it predicted I’d be run off my feet until October. Almost two months into the year, the prediction is holding fast. I’m dreaming about settling into a lawnchair with a good book.¬†Maybe in October when the snow is flying. So welcome to week 8 of the ROW80 writing challenge, where we’re going faster than the speed of light.

1) Write every morning:

РI stuck to the plan and devoted the morning hours to writing and completed edits on my Bandit Creek novella, WEDDING FEVER, then sent it off for final edits.

– I’ve started revisions to TERMS OF SURRENDER and hope to have the partial ready to send to the editor by the end of March.

2) Social Media:

– I’ve decided Pinterest is going to be just for my enjoyment. Looking at pictures always sets my muses to dancing, so this is the perfect spot to indulge them. If you have time, come see¬†my boards.

РDue to some family commitments, blog visits were at an all time low and I only made 26 blog stops.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Success! ūüôā

4) Exercise:

РWhat can I say, but the treadmill was lonely this week.

5) Read:

–¬†I didn’t get back to Roxy Boroughs’ Bandit Creek novella A STRANGER’S KISS, but instead did some technical reading.

– And my library card expired. I’m shocked and hoping to get down there soon to renew.

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!

ROW80: Week 7 Check In

ROW80: Week 7 Check In

One of the best things about the ROW80 writing challenge is that it forces me to¬†constantly reevaluate where I’m spending my time. So welcome to week 7, where some important things are happening and others are not.

1) Write every morning:

РI placed second in an RWA contest and received an editor request, so this week I switched gears to revise the opening chapters of my story TERMS OF SURRENDER. Even though I was at my desk every morning by 7:00, I only revised the first chapter.

– An unexpected visit from our oldest son gave me an opportunity to whine discuss why I’m not accomplishing more.¬†Despite being at my desk from 7:00 till 4:00 every day, I’m allowing myself to be distracted by volunteer commitments. While important, they should not be my primary focus.

– He convinced me to let go of some of my responsibilities. Can you hear me scream? It’s far easier to disappoint myself than it is to disappoint others. While family will always come first,¬†the writing must come second. Or as Susan Elizabeth Phillips says: Protect the writing.

2) Social Media:

– Did I mention I want to join Pinterest? Have you see it yet? It’s beautiful and¬†I’m¬†in total awe. Check out Marcia Richard’s recent post about Pinterest.

– I visited 45 blogs this week. So many wonderful people, so many interesting posts. Which is how I became obssessed discovered Pinterest.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– There were¬†chocolate chip cookies calling my name. ‘Nuff said.

4) Exercise:

– On the treadmill four days this week and took my iPad with me so I could read.

5) Read:

– I started Roxy Boroughs Bandit Creek novella A STRANGER’S KISS and it’s making the time on the treadmill fly by.

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!

ROW80: Week 6 Check In

ROW80: Week 6 Check In

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Ah, so many plans, so many good intentions, and so little done. Week 6 of the ROW80 writing challenge was a bust. I managed to get my house vacuumed. Does that count?

The rest of the time, I sat at my desk like a good little writer and stared at the computer screen. Not a single word made it past my eyeballs. Everything I read bounced back into the great unknown. In breathless anticipation, I will wait for the words to return because they were no doubt brilliant and necessary to my career as an author. 

1) Write every morning:

РAt my desk every morning by 7:00. As stated above, stared at the words on the screen for six of the seven days.

–¬†I received the last of the critiques¬†for¬†my Bandit Creek novella WEDDING FEVER. Thursday morning, the fog cleared from my brain and I worked on edits until¬†noon when I was¬†interrupted by the urge to sleep.

– For the upcoming week,¬†I’ll finish off the WEDDING FEVER changes, then send the manuscript out for professional editing.

2) Social Media, the love of my life, the bane of my existence:

–¬†I visited 59 blogs.

– The super fabulous August McLaughlin¬†hosted the Beauty of a Woman blogfest. I¬†laughed and¬†I cried at the¬†posts shared by all of the awesome women who opened a vein and spilled their guts to the world. If you missed the blogfest, check out¬†August’s page where you will find links to all of the people who participated in the day. Or you can start by reading¬†my post and then follow the link there to August’s blog.

3) Avoid chocolate.

– No chocolate. Another thumbs up week.

4) Exercise.

– Did you read my opening paragraphs? I can summarize the week in one word: sleepy.

5) Read.

– Hard to do when your eyes are closed.

– I started to read the WG2E All-For-Indies Viva Le Valentine edition — you know, the book with my story THE VALENTINE GRINCH included — and SLIM TO NONE by Jenny Gardiner¬†is on the back burner.

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!

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