Meme by K.B. Owen, via

Meme by K.B. Owen, via

Hi gang, hope you all are doing well!

Over here at Casa Owen, it’s been a crazy time. Orthodontia visits, snow, school cancellations, and a virus that’s out to show me who’s boss, have combined to derail my productivity this week. I plowed through (ha, get it?) as best I could, but my mental processes feel like mush right now. Wish I could be clever and all, but I’m waiting for my NyQuil dose…

Before I totally fade, let’s get to my ROW80 check-in; how did I do this week?

My goals:

1. Post twice per week on my blog: a ROW80 check-in on Sundays, and an original post mid-week. During my blog tour, my total weekly count will actually be three times per week, as I’m scheduled to guest post twice a week through the beginning of March.

Done! I am so fortunate to be part of a fab group of supportive blogging peeps. This past week, I guest-posted at the site of that thriller writing duo Bayard and Holmes about the “gotcha” moments that revealed the fraudulent practices of spirit mediums in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Later that week, I returned to mystery writer Susan Spann’s site, and (just in time for Valentine’s Day) talked about the Nazi plot to kill Winston Churchill with a chocolate bar. Lots of fun!

2. Visit, comment on, and tweet posts from ten bloggers each week.

Done! I either learn a lot or laugh my head off with these guys.

3. Write and publish three SocialIn posts during this 80-day period.

Published a SocialIn post several weeks ago about 19th century sledding. There are plans in the works to get my post on spirit mediums up on SocialIn to fill a gap in the schedule. We’ll see!

5. Exclusively dedicate four hours each weekday to writing the second draft of Unseemly Secrets.

This is where I was spinning my wheels this week. If any of you read last Sunday’s check-in post Is the map upside down? you’ll know that I was pulling together a visual flowchart of my plot elements for book #3 to see what things got dropped.  After a few false starts with powerpoint, I did manage to create a table of sorts to help me see the story’s concurrent plot lines. Let us just say that I’ve left some characters high and dry, and I have a lot of fixing to do this week. I wish I could have gotten to fixing it last week, but what the hey, at least I’m not skidding off my skis in Sochi for the world to see, right?

Mountains near Sochi, via wikimedia commons.

Mountains near Sochi, via wikimedia commons.

That’s it for me…at least we don’t have more snow on the horizon. Now if I could just shake this virus…

Hope your week is going well!


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