Time for first Row80 Check-in!

Wow, I can’t believe 3 days  have gone by since I signed up for Row80.  Time to hold myself accountable for my actions (or lack of them, if that’s the case).

I have completed 2 beta reads so far. They were short stories but reads nonetheless.  I also helped out another beta partner on a 300 word contest entry and fell in love with the excerpt.  I also helped same beta partner with a 50-word synopsis of her novel.  Why am I better at helping other writers with their story than I am with writing my own 50-word synopsis for my own?

I have read through my first 10 chapters of my novel, and have cut, re-written, re-fined and edited to the bone.  I don’t think I can get it any tighter.  I have now taken Chapters 11 – 20 and am working on those as a box-set.  It’s coming together but taking longer than I had hoped.  I am really shooting to have this section done by Saturday.

Still no luck finding a job.  I think God wants me to be a writer and published author.

I am re-tweaking two, 300-word pieces (one a flash fiction, the other an excerpt of a kid novel I started years ago called Monsters Don’t Cry).  Don’t know which one I want to use for a contest.  Hopefully will throw them out to a couple of beta readers by the end of the week so I can decide which one I want to use for a contest.

Trying but failing to write a synopsis and query I love.  I would rather give birth to a baby elephant than write these darn things.  I realize that I had to tweak  my plot a bit to make the synopsis come together more, which is a great thing about editing.  I know the direction I need to take.  It’s finding the right, catchy words necessary to get there and pique interest.

Other than that, nothing much brewing on the writer front.  Personal life is going better.  I swear I have earth angels, as well as heavenly angels, watching over me and my family.  I could not ask for better friends.  I have surrounded myself with beautiful, wonderful people.  If I accomplish nothing else in life, this will be enough.  Thank you, God, for these amazing souls.  I am truly blessed.

Ok, off to writing, in between grilling ribs and baking up so zucchini for dinner.  Will check back in on Sunday.