#Row80 Check-in and the Snow Day Saga Continues

They’ve already called off school for tomorrow. In December we had 6 snow days, and then they got for Christmas. They were supposed to go back from holiday break on Thursday, but they called it off Thursday and Friday, and now Monday.

When I looked at my calendar for December, and I noted all the snow days and vacation days, and the days I had plans to do things with and for my mom, I had 3 days on which I could get things done. And I used two of those to get my Christmas shopping done, leaving me one day in December on which to write.

Clearly the thing of feeling like I need to wait for the peace and quiet in which I do my best work hasn’t been working out really well.

So I’m happy to report that my first week of working my ROW80 goals went pretty well. Even though there was no school, even though my daughter had that rescheduled minor surgery thing and we had to spend a whole day in the hospital.

My two small, measurable goals:

  • spend at least an hour, with at least 1/2 hour unplugged, every weekday, working in the world of the Talent Chronicles, whether it be on notes or prose, but NOT on blogging, correspondence, etc.
  • finish 3 scenes per week

The second goal I was able to do. The first I did every day but Friday. On Friday I shut the computer down at 10:30 to get ready to take my daughter to an emergency “let’s not eat our young” gathering of moms and small kids at Burger King, didn’t open it again until Sunday morning, and was hardly online during this whole very family-oriented weekend. I’m not going to beat myself up about that or try to make it up. I went into overtime 3 of the 4 days I did work.

Word counts:

  • Monday: 1255
  • Tuesday: 1133
  • Wednesday: 842
  • Thursday: 1225
  • Total: 4455

Which is more than I’ve been able to do lately with the whole struggle with attention and focus and doing a lot of spinning my wheels and staring thing I’ve been into lately. So yay!

In other news…

Trivia! For those of you who use PubIt, did you ever notice Hush Money on the log-in page? Lauralynn Elliot sent me a heads-up about that this week. I usually go there at least once a day to record my numbers and never noticed. I’m there with HP Mallory and Amanda Hocking. Must have been a good day. Neat, huh?


I didn’t get a whole lot of time for reading this week, but I did jot down some things that I particularly enjoyed. So here are some links for you:

Book Marketing
Chuck Wendig’s Drop the Pen, Grab a Hammer: Building the Writer’s Platform. A fabulous post about platform that made me laugh a lot. Do I have to tell you this is NSFW? (via Kristen Lamb)

Getting the Writing Done
Kristen Lamb’s post Being More Productive- Taking on Procrastination Pixies by…Eating Frogs? is a funny and scarily accurate look at a common problem for many of us. You may see yourself in this and a number of the posts Kristen has written lately. I have. (Read this one because I subscribe to Kristen’s blog, and I’d recommend it for all my writer friends.)

The Samhain Publishing blog featured a wonderful article on romantic relationships in superhero comics and movies by Corrina Lawson, What’s So Scary About Romance? It points out a lot of the romantic relationships we’ve loved, and how they made these fictions speak to us, even though the romance isn’t supposed to be the focus. Great article by someone who obviously loves romance and superheroes. (Found via Google Alerts)

And for today’s ROW80 blog hoppers, the linky list.


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9 responses to “#Row80 Check-in and the Snow Day Saga Continues

  1. We’re sitting here waiting on the snow. On the radar, there’s a little empty space right where our house is. My husband blames it on Big Frog Mountain.

    Great word counts, Susan. You’re doing great, so don’t worry about that.

    It took me awhile to notice your book there on the Nook, but one day I just said, “Hey, that’s Hush Money!” LOL I really thought you knew. :0)

  2. Claire

    “…to take my daughter to an emergency ‘let’s not eat our young’ gathering of moms and small kids at Burger King”

    ^I died.

    Congrats on your great word count for the week! πŸ˜€

  3. Definitely don’t beat yourself up, you did fantastic!

  4. That is so cool to have your book featured on the front. Awesome!

    Good job with keeping up with your goals. πŸ™‚

  5. I wouldn’t mind if we could get some snow too… 😦

    Excellent word count, congrats!

  6. Great word count for the week, Susan!
    Good for you for going unplugged –and not eating your young. I try to schedule some time in to *not* be at the computer, usually Saturdays. It feels kind of naughty…which is probably why I like it πŸ˜€

  7. Stacey Wallace Benefiel

    You did great this week! Awesome you were on the Pubit log in page!! Right on!
    Just do what you can do this week-I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself, you always seem to. πŸ™‚

  8. Congrats, Susan! I was online when Lauralynn send me a message about PubIt. That is so cool!

    Glad you are doing well with ROW80. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait until you get Heroes done!

    And I completely understand about the “eating your young”. As I type I’m ready to do just that since my child is running around on this snow day and shooting a loud laser gun and messing with the dog while I’m trying to work from home since I couldn’t go in today and work! Arrggh! πŸ™‚

  9. Amazing word count Susan! Keep up the good work. ;o)

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