Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday: Time to be grateful

Rainy Sunday afternoon. The best mornings this week have been when I wake up with a scene unfolding and new insights into my characters. This week has been somewhat fragmented with babysitting, taking a friend in for cataract surgery, and working on a big quilt project. But some progress was made on my ROW80 goals. Blue = great progress but not this week. I'm seeing only green and red! Green = Hanging in thereRed = Nada.

Progress so far: 
--Writing: Worked on writing 4/7 days but fell down the research hole Thurs and Fri. Found some exceptional material to flesh out one minor character and an understanding of another 'country marriage.' Imagine 10 children and no birth control. See my post on Archie McKinlay on my writing blog. Did find a beta reader for Section 05. Set new goal to finish Section 05 by the end of May.
--Marketing: Since Weds, mostly thinking about how best to move forward. Thinking, though, does not lead to forward motion. New since Weds: Looked at 25 sites that review books and identified 5 that may have potential for my books.
--Declutter: E-mail inching up to 258 this afternoon, above my goal of 200. Those two marketing workshops dumped mucho new e-mails, so I will persevere.
--Review: Posted review for Caren Rich's Mystic Brew.  
--Other: No action on WSQ program. Exercise: 20-minute walks with hubby 6 out of 7 days. Swam once. Quilting: Started another comfort quilt. 

Still noodling over what incentive to offer for folks to sign up for my newsletter. Most popular? Free novel/novella. But I don't have one . . . yet. Do have two short stories, closer to flash than short, though.

Here are my goals for the coming week for A Round of Words in 80 Days  by next Sunday, May 28.

Writing: Continue to work a minimum of 5 out of 7 days on Rivers of Stone (drafting scenes or editing).
Blogging: Minimum of 3 posts/week, plus read others x8.
Marketing: Work a minimum of 4 out of 7 days.
Reading/Book Reviews: Read 2 articles on writing craft. Write at least one review by the end of May on an indie writer.
Decluttering: E-mails down to 150.
Other: Swim x3 and quilt.

And the best motivational image I found this week, otherwise known as a meme, was posted by Steven Malone on Google+. Thank you, Steven!

May you have a good week writing and reading. Why not visit other ROW80 writers and give them a helpful wave or comment! 


  1. Thanks for the mention, Beth. Sounds like quite a to do list. Good luck.

  2. Heehee, I have a friend with 13 kids. Her oldest is less than a year younger than me and her youngest is 3 months older than my third. We used to know a guy who came from a family of 24 children (1 mom, 2 dads). He had this saying:
    Early to bed and late to rise,
    makes for a family of pretty good size.

    There's this other really cute Chinese proverb that goes:
    It is not economical to go to bed early to save candles if the result is twins.


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