winter and ROW80

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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13 thoughts on “winter and ROW80”

  1. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Kathy – Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Isn’t it amazing how something as microscopic as a virus can lay you low? Lots of rest, tea, and TLC!

  2. Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb

    Hope you’re feeling better!! Love the pic at the top!

  3. Denise D. YoungDenise D. Young

    I hope you’re back on your feet soon.

    Isn’t it wonderful to find a group of like-minded bloggers to learn from and laugh with? Writing is often such a solitary profession, so it’s nice to know we don’t always have to practice it in solitude.

    Have a great week!

  4. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    SO not a fan of a weekend cold! I hope you’re already feeling tremendously better. *Nyquil cheers*

  5. Shan Jeniah BurtonShan Jeniah Burton

    We got the virus just in time for my husband’s vacation…I never made it out of bed yesterday, and I’ve made frequent visits there today, too…

    I so know what you mean about mental mush. I was working through my pre-editing plan, and had to keep stopping to sleep…even in the middle of sentences, more than once!

    May you be feeling MUCH better by the time you read this! No splitting head-ducks for you!

  6. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Ooh Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re sick. That flu is awful. it’s going around girl, so please take care of yourself. I know when I’m sick, my brain turns into mush. I did hear that it supposed to warm up in your neck of the woods. I hope that will help. Take care! 🙂

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