Row80 – 12-4-2011 – I really need to get my act together


Wow.  I haven’t given a Row80 update in forever.  I’m such a bad, bad girl.  My intentions were there but I just can’t seem to focus my mind on doing it.  There is so much going on outside of computer world that it has been difficult for me to focus.

This past week I was in Gainesville, FL taking care of my grand-daughter as she and my daughter prepared for their trip to their new home in Seattle, WA.  My cell phone was caput.  I don’t have a laptop.  My daughter didn’t have a computer at the house.  I had no cable.  I was completely isolated from the world for 6 days and it was awful.  I couldn’t write or revise which drove me mad.  On the positive side, I did manage to complete The Fiend and the Forge, the 3rd installment in Henry H. Neff’s Tapestry series.  (look for a review of this soon).

I am so far behind on the final revisions of my novel.  I was hoping to get out to betas before Thanksgiving but it didn’t work that way.  I keep finding things that I need to fix, mainly character development issues.  (I had to add a bunch of stuff about one character and I can’t seem to get her right, if that makes sense).

I won a gift card from the fabulous Jocelyn Adams.  She’s a fellow writing buddy of mine and she has written one of my favorite books, The Glass Man.  I highly recommend it.  You won’t be able to put it down.

I did 2 critiques over the past 2 days.  I hope they don’t mind my blatant honesty and straight-forwardness.  I’ve also commented on a couple of blogs I visit all the time.  By the way, congratulations to my writer friend, Jennifer Eaton, for winning a virtual blogger award.  So cool and I can’t think of anyone else who deserves it more.

I’m gearing up for two events:  one is the Brenda Drake – Can we guess your character’s age blogfest contest.  I’m really uber excited about this contest.  I love all of her contests and it’s not about winning.  Personally, I love reading what other people submit.

The next ‘event’ if you can call it that is finishing my short story to submit to a publisher for hopeful inclusion in an anthology.  Deadline is in 26 days.  Keep fingers crossed I can finish.  I’ve been doubting myself because I didn’t finish NaNo and because I haven’t finished the re-writes on my novel, but I have to stay positive and believe in myself.  I CAN do this.

Last but not least, there are a few of us who pour our hearts out on Row80 who need prayers, either for them or someone they love.  You all know who you are.  May this holiday season be kind to you and your families and may you find peace and solace during these rough and sad times.

With that said, what have all of you been up to?

Row80 check-in for October 30, 2011


I’ve been a bad girl this week and haven’t done much of anything but try to finish up novel one in my Fallhollow saga.  I keep finding things that could be done better and I’m hunting for all the ‘looks’ and other repetitive ‘telly’ words I can find and eliminate them from my vocabulary.  It has not proven to be easy.

I’ve visited a couple of blogs and sent over another short story to midlife collage. I’ll let everyone know if they accept it for another contest.

Set up my NaNoWriMo info and added some buddy partners to keep me focused.  I’m going to be a writing fiend as I HAVE to finish book one before starting on book 2.

Need to get motivated on some kind of exercise routine, even if it’s walking.  The mornings are cool enough now, I just need to get off my lazy rear end and do it.

Will take a break from writing for an hour tonight to watch Once Upon a Time.    Streamed Merlin from the UK and watched it.  I am addicted to that show.  Got a little sidetracked Friday night when I went to see Josh Groban in Tampa with my sister-in-law.  The man is funny, amazingly beautiful with a voice of an angel. I’m so glad I went but the whole time between songs I was plotting my novel, editing in my head.  I really must get a life.

Have no other plans this week except to continue to write, look for jobs and blog hop a bit.  Talk to you guys next month!

Good luck to all you NaNoWriMo freaks.  Two more days to self-inflicted insanity.  You can find me as Slavandria if anyone needs a writing buddy.  ;-0

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to writing I go…