It’s ROW80 time!

Things are picking up here at Casa Owen, and I’ve made some changes to my goals that I think will help me better manage my time.

Here we go…

1. ROW80 check ins on Sundays.


2. Continue blog posting on a M/W/F schedule.

After a lot of consideration, I’ve revamped my blog to a Tuesday/Friday schedule (with Sunday ROW check-ins).  I am just a very slow blogger.  Maybe it comes from my academic background, but I research very deliberately and constantly revise, so it’s slow-going.  I used to be even slower, though, so I’m improving!

I’ll be doing “Tuesday Terrific” (which substitutes for Watercooler Wednesday), a mash-up of whatever seems most appealing in humor and pop culture at the moment, and then Fridays will be either the usual “Flashback Friday” – a history tidbit, such as my previous post on bust cream (or food) – or “Fan Friday,” which would be targeted to mystery fans.  So I’m keeping the same content, merely stretching it out over longer intervals.

3. Research and develop a new historical mystery from scratch in my WWBC group; also, provide feedback on fellow WWBCers projects.

I’ve zeroed in on textile mills for my industrialist’s empire, and I’m reading some really great resources about it.  I used to live in Willimantic, CT, which had an old thread mill that had shut down – it had been in operation since the 1840s.  I have to be careful not to delay writing up my character profiles with excessive research, though!  I’ll be reading Ellie’s latest character (a minion) and commenting either today or tomorrow.  I’m loving her WIP!

4. Revise the plot of my original sequel and continue writing it, in light of what I’ve already learned in WWBC.

No word yet from my agent about the revisions I made to the first novel (click here for last week’s news about why I heard from my agent after so long), but she promised next week.  I’m going to hold off on the sequel until I know the fate of the first book, so I’ll probably be dropping this goal from the list in the meantime.

5. Support fellow bloggers and writers.

Every chance I get!  The breadth of talent out there is amazing.

6. Manage my time better, so blogging/housework/errands don’t spill over into my writing/research time.

I did much better last week!  However, this week is when our youngest is scheduled for surgery (due to a congenital abnormality they recently found) and then he’ll be home for ten days, so I will have to be innovative.  I plan to work when he naps.

7. Exercise.

Since excuses are about as useful as Chaucerian spelling bees (Wel koude he dresse his takel yemanly but koude not spelle ful weel), I’ll simply say that I got two “small” cardio sessions in this week.  Sigh.

Chaucer image via


So, how are my fellow ROW-ers doing!  Have you been Rockin’ the ROW this week?  What have been your challenges?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Sunday,


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