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Taxes, Allergies, & Fri the 13th: a typical ROW80 week

It’s ROW80 check-in time!  In the Owen household this week, we’re celebrating not only goals semi-fulfilled, but the successful navigation of  killer allergies, Friday the 13th, and tax preparation.

I can’t say I suffered through the tax preparation end of things; I was spectator/sympathetic ear/sandwich preparer for He-Who-Braves-the-1040.  In other words, my spectacular hubby, Paul.

cartoon via politicalhumor.about.com

So, how did I do this week?

My goals:

Writing-related:

1. post ROW80 updates on Sundays

Done!

2. blog on Tuesdays and Fridays

This past week, I posted about The Chocolate Diet on Tuesday, and about a classic Master of Mystery, Ellery Queen, on Friday.

I’m really excited about the upcoming week: this Tuesday, the ever-fabulous Jenny Hansen and I are going to swap guest posts.  Squee!  (I promise not to break anything while I’m over there, Jenny).  She and I have wanted to swap posts for a long time, but now that she is celebrating her one-year blog-a-versary, it seemed the perfect opportunity.  I will be posting on her site about the History of the Cowbell (and Jenny’s role in it), while she will be posting here about the cool features (with how-to instructions for the tech-challenged) of OneNote, a Microsoft program that I am stumbling through using to organize my novel.  Be sure to check it out this Tuesday!

3. Write one chapter per week on my work-in-progress (WIP).  I am well into Chapter 8, but not finished with it yet, unfortunately.   unexpected characters entered the scene, including one cantankerous old lady with whom I’ve dealt before.  Dialogue scenes usually take a bit longer with her in them.  That’s my excuse, at least.

Personal and Social Goals:

1. support fellow bloggers and writers through Facebook and Twitter.  I hit all the bloggers I usually read, plus I spent a few late-night and early-morning sessions this week just browsing the twitter stream for things to read and RT.  The WANA1011 Facebook group has also been a great source for posts I don’t check out regularly.  Stop by sometime; it’s a great group!

2. re-vamp my blog.  I’m nearly finished with this; there are just a couple of pages on my site where I haven’t figured out how to load posts relevant to the category right on to the page.  I’ll still be tweaking things over the next couple of weeks.  Nothing dramatic, though – the overall look will be the way it is now.

3. exercise 3x per week.  With allergies were kicking my keester, I only got two walks done (near the end of the week, when I was prescribed additional allergy meds).  But today’s walk was the Burke Lake loop – 4.6 miles.  Woot!

How has your week been?  I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great week,

Kathy

 

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Losing an hour – whose idea was that? ROW80 check-in

Hi, all, it’s time for the ROW80 check-in!

I suspect I’m not the only one putting out a post a bit later today, given that we’re all pretending it’s an hour later than it actually is (except for the sane folks in Arizona and Hawaii, who aren’t daylight-starved the way the rest of us are).

image from icanhazcheezburger.com

I think we should all check back here next week to see who has gone the longest before finding that LAST clock/watch/timer that still wasn’t set to daylight savings time and confused the heck out of us.  You know there will be at least one booby-trap out there, waiting until you’re late for work to fool you into thinking you have lots of time.

But back to this week.  How did I do?

My goals:

1. Check-ins on Sundays.
Done!

2. Blog posts on Tues/Fri schedule.

I posted a two-part series on Tuesday and Friday, a humorous mash-up of two domestic divas discussing fine dining:  the 19th century author of the enormously popular Book of Household Management, Mrs. Isabella Beeton, and 21st century expert/household name Martha Stewart.  Only in the wild frontier of the internet would such a meeting be possible.  The ladies were a handful to keep under control, I can tell you.  Several readers suggested that in the future I recruit Miss Manners to impose order.

3. Work on sequel to first book.

I am making steady progress on this, and have logged in several days with 1,000+ words!  I think I might be ready to post a word count goal.  I’ll keep closer track to see what’s realistic.  This week will be a good barometer, as I have several car/dental/volunteer time slots that will chip away at my writing time.  If I can write after getting a tooth drilled, I can keep to a decent word count any week!

4. Support fellow writers/bloggers.

It was a little hectic this week, so I didn’t get to read many new folks.  But I was able to keep up with my usual peeps, who are up to all sorts of things!  Check out Gene Lempp’s Blog Treasures for a great mash-up of informative and fun posts.

5. Exercise.

I did the 4.7 mile Burke Lake loop again today (shaved three minutes off of last week’s time, woo-hoo!), but the rest of the week was less spectacular.  I got in one big backyard debris-clearing session this week, though.

So how are my fellow ROWers doing?  Hope all of you have had a great week!

Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

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Putting “words” in the “W” – ROW80 check-in

Hi, all, it’s time for the ROW80 check-in!  I’m really excited about this one, because I actually have progress to share.

So, let’s get to it:

My goals:

1. Check-ins on Sundays.
Done!

2. Blog posts on Tues/Fri schedule.

I posted on Tuesday about How to celebrate Mardi Gras in front of your computer, which was a lot of fun, and Friday I did a post about Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of my favorite classic mysteries.

3. Work on sequel to first book.

Yay!  This is where I made the most progress this week; yep, I put the “word” in the ROW80 “W”!  One of my sessions last week I clocked 1600 words, which surprised me no end.  It was a dialogue scene where the policeman is grilling the family after a murder – I just went crazy with it, I guess.  These kinds of things really give a much-needed boost of enthusiasm, don’t you think?

4. Support fellow writers/bloggers.

I’ve been keeping up with everyone’s blogs just fine, and making a point of visiting new folks and those I haven’t seen in a while.  While I tweet their posts, though, I haven’t had time to chat much on twitter these days.  I’ve been doing Facebook more.  I think twitter moves a bit too fast for me, and tweets disappear fairly quickly.  I lose the thread of what folks are talking about.

5. Exercise.

The warm weather last Thursday and Friday, combined with the heap of seed packets I bought a while back, made me a gardening fiend.  I got some much-needed fresh air, sunshine and exercise cleaning out last season’s pots and clearing the backyard.  I planted lettuce outside and started several types of seed inside.  Right now there are dirt-filled containers huddled in front of all the sunny windows, even blocking off one end of the dining room table.  But my poor family is used to this.

Aside from those two gardening sessions, I got a walk in one day, and when it was too cold and windy outside (our weather is EXTREMELY changeable) yesterday, my 11-yr-old and I spent 40 minutes in front of Wii Sports.  Let us just say that my defeats were decisive, except for boxing, of all things (which annoyed him no end, hehe!).   But I was just flailing around rather than “boxing”- a good work out, though!

So how are my fellow ROWers doing?  Hope all of you have had a great week!

Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

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ROW80 – Time to Rock it for 2012!

I have a little confession to make:  I was a ROW80 “silent stalker” for a good bit of 2011.  The signs were unmistakable – blog visits to ROWers’ sites, the wistful sighs as I saw them cheer each other on over successes, and encourage one another over goals not met…and – ooh – the goal-envy.  Wow, look at those goals…they have achievable goals!

But still, I held back.  Why?  I guess it seemed like I’d be adding yet another thing to my never-ending to-do list.  The opportunities for weasel-ing out of goals seemed endless.  And in public, too (I’m a pro at weasel-ing under the radar, of course).

What changed my mind?  I’m convinced that it took the collision of two cosmic forces to change me from stalker to participant:  the New Year, and Jenny Hansen, writer and enthusiastic blogger of all things Cowbell.  She’s one of the sponsors of 2012’s Round 1, and I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her over the past 10 months or so.  With Jenny giving me “the eye,” I know I can expect a heap of Twitter writing sprints and overall butt-kicking from this California gal.

And Jenny isn’t the only one with enthusiasm, support, and words of wisdom for fellow writers.  Really, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a slew of ROWers who are uber-talented, supportive, and down-to-earth.  I want in!

the swinging cat...

My Goals:

1. ROW80 check ins on Sundays

2. Continue blog posting on a M/W/F schedule (I was really tempted to drop back to 2x per week, but I know that’s not a good idea).

3. Research and develop a new historical mystery from scratch in my WWBC group, a super awesome team of talented writers (and I have a lot to learn, believe me); also, provide feedback on fellow WWBCers projects.

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

5. Continue to read books/blogs on the writing craft.

6. Continue to read fiction books in my genre.

7. Support fellow blogger/writers with visits/promotion of their sites.

8. Manage my time better, so blogging/housework/errands don’t spill over into my writing/research time:  I’m going to reserve Tues-Wed-Thurs from 10-2 (kids’ school hours) for fiction writing.  It will be a challenge to squeeze all my blog writing into Mon/Fri/weekend bits, though – I’m a bit slow when it comes to putting together a post.

9. Exercise:  Sundays 4.6 mi walks around Burke Lake with walking buddies; 2 other shorter walks per week (I’m thinking Tues/Thurs, but we’ll see).

10. Pay more attention to what I’m eating/drinking: more water, more fruits/vegs, fewer junk food choices, healthier substitutions (pita chips and hummus instead of potato chips, for example).

 

Okay, so let’s see how much I laugh at the naive ambition of these goals over the next few weeks!  But it’s important to aim high, right?  As Robert Browning said in his poem “Andrea Del Sarto”:

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

 

All the best to my fellow ROWers, and to all of you looking to make your dreams a reality in 2012!

Happy New Year,

Kathy

 

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