Sunday, January 24, 2016

ROW80 Check-in: One step forward . . . two steps back

I'd love to announce a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the release of the audiobook version of Standing Stones, BUT you've heard of those endless loops? Where you try to login, but can't? And the troubleshooting guide doesn't fix the problem? And the automatic response sends you off to "502 Bad Gateway"? again and again?

UPDATE: The longest 36 hours, but the Rafflecopter help desk came through! If you'd like to enter the giveaway NOW LIVE, hop over to my writing blog!

So that's why I'm late in posting my ROW80 update this Sunday. Here's a quick summary of otherwise reasonable progress this week -- in spite of not having packed ANYTHING yet . . . Completed = blue. Some progress = Purple.  Not yet = Red.

Progress this week:
1. DONE: Edit Rivers of Stone, 5 out of 7 days each week.
2. DONE: Completed 2 marketing steps supporting AudioBook/ACX. Rewrote & posted new blurb for Standing Stones on Amazon. Posted a note re audiobook on Facebook to positive response. PENDING: Can't log into my Rafflecopter account so I can post the giveaway. Going back and forth with their HELP desk.
Work on poetry book. Had two intense work sessions this week. Did get permission from a favorite photographer to use her photos.
4. DONE: Blogx3 and READ x10: Slower than I want but did read x10.
5. PENDING: Read 50 pages of The Frugal Book Promoter (to page 165). Still 15 pages to go to meet this week's goal.
6. DONE: Review 2+ books by indie writers each month. 
7. DONE: Exercise 3x week. Finally! Includes 2 30-minute walks.
8. PENDING: Declutter office. DONE: Keep e-mails under 100.
9. Clean up WSQ projects. Starting today.

10. Clean up SASP projects: DONE: James Parry press release, list of issues. PENDING: Media Kit questions.

The sun is shining outside. Sidewalks are clear. A football afternoon beckons, far from my characters who remain knee deep in snow, and I just finished basting that baby quilt for hand sewing. Do I get that walk in? Before lunch?

Catch up on what other ROW80 writers are up to this week HERE.

May the week ahead be a good one -- with no unexpected challenges. The waterfall below measures some 82 feet across, with a drop of 200 feet. As my mother would say, "Ooofta!"

Skógafoss Waterfall Winter Landscape Iceland
Skógafoss Waterfall Winter Landscape Iceland
by Ngaire Hart Lawson on Flickr


  1. Wow, that waterfall is impressive, but not as impressive as you are, making great strides on a long list of goals, and finding that some can't be met due to no fault of your own. Keep plugging away!

    1. Thank you, Chris. We persevere, somehow, step by step, but each day brings new opportunity -- if we can keep focused. Another reason to appreciate anew ROW80! May you have a good week as well.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you, Alberta, for visiting. I've never been to Iceland, but that waterfall is calling. Have a great week!

  3. Looks like you made a lot of progress this week. Great job!
    Good luck this week.


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