ROW80 Check in – Round 1, week 2


It’s ROW80 time!

Most of you know about my crawling start last week, because of my cold.  So how did this week go?


Here we go…my goals (they’ve been simplified since I started):

1. ROW80 check ins on Sundays

Yep.  (Notice how I always start with the easy one?)  NEXT…

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

I barely made this one again.  Part of the problem could be that the youngest was home sick all week, and I was still  feeling crummy, sleeping badly, and then napping (I’d be golden if I could have a “napping” blog, LOL).  Still, I’m wondering if the real issue is the schedule I’ve come up with.  But I won’t know until I get a week where I can actually adhere to it.

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

I’m reading a cool book on the Robber Barons, which is giving me lots of ideas for my characters and plot.  So I’m making headway.  I still have to read Ellie’s latest character and comment, but I should be done with that by tomorrow.  My weekend of productivity was gone when we drove 360 miles in last two days to visit the in-laws and drop the oldest back to college for the spring semester.  (I know I’m going to miss the grinning smart-@$$).

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

No, but there was an interesting development in the fate of the first novel that I’m writing the sequel for.   My agent emailed me (4 months after the novel had been “passed” on by the last publisher we tried) and proposed  sending it to a new Amazon imprint that’s looking for mysteries, with which my agent has a working relationship.  I’ve sent her the recent revisions I’d made for an unpubbed writers’ contest, so we will see what she thinks!  Kind of exciting, but trying not to jump up and down too much. 🙂

5. Support fellow bloggers and writers.

Yep, I’m still doing a lot of that, but I’m wondering if I need to schedule this better.  It’s bleeding into my writing time, and I need more self-discipline.

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

Still a big challenge; I have to make writing FIRST.

7. Exercise.

That’s still a “no” with me and youngest sick this week, but I’m hopeful that this week will be better.  In the meantime, I’ve gotta stop watching Dr. Oz – the man makes me feel SO guilty, LOL.  But he’s really cute. 🙂


How are my fellow ROW-ers doing – making all your goals?  Good luck!



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13 thoughts on “ROW80 Check in – Round 1, week 2”

  1. Paul OwenPaul Owen

    Wait, what was that about Dr. Oz? Why exactly does he make you feel guilty? Does your husband know?

  2. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    Ooooh, Kathy, I love goal #4. It is really, really hard to wait while your agent works through all the publishers (who are hardly buying new authors) and I’m so excited about the Amazon imprint. I’ll cross fingers for you.

    However, you’re doing it all the right way by moving forward on other projects. One of them will hit, plus you and the little guy will be over the bionic germs soon. 🙂

    See you on the sprint line, Chickie!

  3. Gene LemppGene Lempp

    A napping blog, now why didn’t I think of that 🙂

    You’re making progress, Kathy and that is what counts the most. Life, illness and the forces that cannot be named conspire to steal our time, so when we progress, we are winning the battle towards the future.

    Have a fantastic week, friend 🙂

  4. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    A world-class napper? I respect that. All the talk about WWBC has made my ears perk up. Maybe I shoud give that a go. Your progress looks good to me. I’ve also slacked in the exercise area, but this is a new week and I’m ready to get to it. Good luck with your goals!

  5. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    you are progressing, in spite of being sick. well done.

  6. Marcia RichardsMarcia Richards

    Great news on the Amazon imprint! I’ll be waiting to hear what happens. Good luck!
    As far as feeling like too much is getting in the way of your writing, eliminate a few things…fewer blog days, fewer blogs to read and comment on, etc. Set specific times and days when you’re pretty sure you can do it and then don’t let anything get in the way. Same with exercise…it isn’t something to put on the backburner. You can do an exercise DVD even your child is sick. He’d have a ball watching you and making fun of you! 🙂 Adopt the attitude—Me First! “If Mama’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy”

  7. Stacy GreenStacy Green

    Good week, despite being sick and having a sick kid. And good luck with the Amazon imprint – will be keeping my fingers crossed for you!


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