ROW80: Alive and Kicking!

 
Is it Sunday already? Wow, where did the week go?
 

How was your week everyone? I have to say that my week went pretty well. Again, a rather peaceful week, although I did seem to pick up some kind of bug so it slowed me down a little, but all in all I have nothing to complain about. I know, can you believe it? Don’t answer that!
 

It feels great to finally be able to move forward and make some progress! :)
 
 

Okay, so are we ready? Here we go…
 
The dreaded check-in
 
Let’s take a look at how I did last week, shall we?…
 
 

Goals for Round 1:
 
 
1- Work on my current WIP.
 
This really could be combined with goal number two. But I am in the process of moving forward with both WIPs and also plotting a new story for my third novel.
 
 

2- Check in with Donna Newton at WWBC once a week.
 
Check. I did converse with Donna via email this week. Several times actually. Donna as we speak is now reading my number one WIP. She is all excited about reading it. Well Donna, let’s just see how excited you are after you’ve read it! LOL! Just kidding. I hate this part but I need to put myself out there.
 
 

3- Participate in my online class to help authors balance writing and business with Bob Mayer.
 
This will be the last week of our class. I had a lesson from the end of the previous week on “Command” which talked about taking command of our future as a writer and where the future of publishing is heading. He made some good suggestions for newbie writers and whether or not to self-pub or to publish traditionally and query for an agent. Then on Thursday Bob sent out our last lesson on “Complete” and how we now need to put what we’ve learned into action in order to succeed.
 

So as you can see I’ve now completed this goal and this will leave more time for me to work on my WIPs.
 
 

4- Blog at least once a week.
 
Yep, posted on Wednesday. I have to say that once a week is working for me. I think that it makes it easier for those who follow my blog to visit and comment. And I can’t thank you enough for all the support and wonderful comments that you leave on my site. You guys have been awesome! So awesome that I want to thank:
 

@wayneborean – “The Wana1011 Daily” and @vsandbrook – “The Internet Ready Fiction Standard” for placing an article in their e-magazines about my post this week!
 
 

5- Visit and support 5 bloggers per day.
 
I am happy to say that I have read actually more than 5 bloggers per day. As you know I made it a goal to visit everyone in the WANA1011 class and I accomplished that goal last week. I must say there are some really talented writers out there, so I want to encourage all of you to try to go visit them. And yes I am still trying to finish reading those amazing posts from the “Beauty of a Woman” Blogfest. I’m almost through. You girls are unbelievably honest and beautiful. :)
 
 

6- Tweet at least once per day.
 
Yep, I was able to meet this goal and I’ve been busy all week tweeting to support others. And I would like to take this time to thank these awesome people for all their support and Twitter love!
 

@Angela_Peart @JennettePowell @DianeCapri @DianaMurdock @_FabioBueno_ @SerenaDracis @AMckennaJohnson @Judythe2 @NatalieHarford @LenaCorazon @DebraKristi @BryanThomasS @PrudenceMacleod @GeneLempp @DebraEve @LindaAdamsVA @MyndiShafer @lisaHallWilson @jenjensen2 @colin_falconer @barrycrowther @ElaineSmothers @MarcyKennedy @LynetteBurrows
 

Thank you for your Tweets and Re-Tweets! I’m sending you all a big Hug!!!!
 
 

7- Exercise during the week.
 
I did exercise this week. I’m trying to get my husband out there on walks with me. It would seem that I am a social exerciser! I’m sure nobody’s shocked about this one. And so not to discourage him, our walks have been on the short side as his back is still bothering him. I know, not good. But I have to say he’s a good sport. :)
 

So now I’m looking forward to a fresh new start to this week.
 
 

Oh, before you go, be sure to check out these blog posts from this week that caught my eye:
 
 
I’m stealing this one from my friend Natalie Hartford because some of you have mentioned that you’ve been floundering as to what to write about on your blogs—myself included. Take a look at Anne R. Allen’s post on “What You Should Blog About”. In it she gives some very helpful suggestions on what to write that will help you build your author platform.
 

I found this post helpful, “25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic”. Robert Lee Brewer gives some excellent advice on how it wasn’t until he got serious about his blogging efforts that he finally saw more traffic to his site.
 

Emma Burcart wrote a post this week on, “Looks are important, too!” Emma asks the question, “Do you prefer good looking characters, or average looking characters in the books you read?” What do you think? If looks are important to you in your writing, go take a peek!
 

Then last but not least, go take a few minutes and read Louise Behiel’s latest blog, “What Does It Take To Change?” Hmm, good question Louise. How many of us are really satisfied with our lives? Louise is starting a series of blogs addressing not only this, but other issues that will help us to make the needed changes that we all struggle to make.
 
 
Okay I did it. I got through another week and I’m not alone. There are others that are right beside me to help me along the way. So that I don’t irritate my wonderful supportive subscribers, feel free to delete my ROW80 posts if they start to irritate you. They probably won’t be all that interesting, unless…

Unless I can temp you all to join us over at the party at ROW80! Feel free to jump in anytime. See you there! :)
 
 

So what do you think? How did I do? I know I can still count on your support, right? Or you have my permission to come and give me a swift kick in the butt! LOL!
 
 
Thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!
Karen.

 
 
 

38 thoughts on “ROW80: Alive and Kicking!

    1. Karen Post author

      Aw Debra, no worries girl! We’ve all got a lot on our plate. Thank you so much for taking the time and dropping by to support me! Feedback, yes I am a bit anxious about that, but hopeful. Yikes, this is hard. Hope you enjoy the links and again thank you Debra! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Morgan! Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you found those posts helpful. They certainly were informative. Yes, I’ll keep plugging away and I do love the thought of a wonder-filled week of adventure! Peace be with you too Morgan. Thanks again and have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hey there Coleen! Good to see ya! Me? Inspiring? There must have been something that has shifted in the universe! LOL! Seriously, thank you Coleen! And yes, go take a peek. I think you’ll find them helpful! Have a great week Coleen! :)

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  1. Ali Dent

    Wow! You’re busy but it doesn’t sound frantic, just steady as she goes. I bet your relieved to have the online course marked off even though I’m sure you loved it. You really are inspiring to me, Karen.

    So you like blogging once a week? I’m toying with that idea. I’m toddling between 1 and 2 times, not including updates.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Ali. Thank you for dropping by. I really appreciate your support! And well, I may give the appearance of being steady, but one never knows about that one. LOL! No, I think the frantic part of this has subsided for now. And thanks for the compliment Ali. I’m glad that I could inspire you or anyone for that matter. But I’d have to say that yes, I do like blogging once a week. It was getting crazy and I was getting nothing done on my WIPs, which is the most important writing priority. I feel that I’ve regained some peace and order. So I blog only on Wednesday and then report ROW80 on Sunday. I think its more important to have quality vs. quantity and to be consistant at least for now. Thanks Ali. Hope that helps! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Sheila! Thanks for your encouragement! Yep, I finished my class. It’s kinda weird though. I’ve been taking classes since last September. But yes it will give me more time to spend on writing. And I will try to keep this up Sheila. But as you know, from week to week things are subject to change pending on outside circumstances. And in my life that could mean anything. LOL! Have a good week Sheila! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      I love it Jennette, major booty! That’s great! You are welcome girl. Anytime. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve got each other’s back. Thank you for coming by to support me Jennette and have a great week! :)

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  2. Natalie Hartford

    Fantastic week Karen – wowzers! Such inspiration and I love it – you are totally rocking it out and I am so proud of you for putting yourself out there with your WIP and Donna. I have no doubt that this will only strengthen you as a writer!!
    Tks for the shout out and the fahhhhbulous support girl. You rock!
    Natalie Hartford recently posted..ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in #16My Profile

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    1. Karen Post author

      Wowzers is right Natalie! How are you girl? You’ve got to get rid of those headaches. But seriously, thank you for all your support Natalie. I have a feeling that I’m gonna need it after Donna gets done with me. LOL!!! And thank you for mentioning that post the other day. It was amazingly informative and had to share it. Take care and have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Raelyn! Always good to see you! Thank you for the support and I’m glad you love the links to those awesome posts! They are a wealth of great information Raelyn. Thanks again for coming by. You have a good week! :)

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  3. Gene Lempp

    Great job this week, Karen and such a wonderful attitude. Donna is great (and thank you for reminding me that I desperately need to write her), I’m sure you’ll do well and get a slew of positive suggestions from her.

    Have a great coming week :)
    Gene Lempp recently posted..ROWtips Update 2-26My Profile

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    1. Karen Post author

      Well Gene, thank you. My attitude does adjust from time to time. LOL!! But about Donna. I so hope that she takes it easy on me Gene. I’m starting to freak out. Err! Thank you for all your support and encouragement! You have a great week too Gene! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Well Alica our newbie ROWer! I am so happy you joined us girl! Happy, happy, happy! I just know that you are going to Rock the ROW Alica! Thank you so much for coming by to give me encouragement and support! I really do appreciate it! Have a great week Alica! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Why thank you S.J.! It was my extreme pleasure and I’m happy that you liked those most excellent posts! Thank you for coming by to see me and for giving me your support. It means a lot! Have a great week S.J.! :)

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  4. Julie Jordan Scott

    Thank you for popping over to my blog and offering your kind words of support. You are up to a lot with your ROW80 goals… and seem to be meeting them with grace, joy and passion. Hurrah!!

    I’m going to come back so that I can check out some of your links…. fantastic service from you. GRATEFUL!

    Have a great week – I look forward to knowing you better!
    Julie Jordan Scott recently posted..February 26 #ROW80 Check In ~ Nitty Gritty Down & Dirty Telling on MyselfMy Profile

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    1. Karen Post author

      I was my pleasure to come by Julie. I’m so glad to meet you. And thank you so much for your great support and awesome compliment. If you keep coming by and saying things like this I certainly won’t stop you! LOL!!! Seriously, It was very thoughful of you to make the effort to come and see me and I’m grateful. Thank you Julie! Have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Wow Jennifer. Wow! I don’t know what to say except thank you so much for your extreme kindness and supportiveness. I try Jennifer, I try. But Jennifer, you have a very sincere heart and it shows. And I’m happy that you like the links. There’s some great information so please take a peek. Thanks for coming by to encourage me. It worked! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Why thank you Lena! I’m trying. Although I don’t know how hard my goals really are. LOL! And I’m glad you liked the links. I found them very informative. And you’re not doing so bad yourself Lena! You ARE rocking the ROW! Keep it up girl! Thank you so much for coming by to encourage and support me! It means a whole lot coming from you, especially with your extremely busy schedule. Have a great week Lena! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Good to see you Ginger my friend! Did you ever have a heck of a week girl. Glad to see that your making the rounds and are back in the groove again. Thanks for catching up with my blog and coming by to support me Ginger. Always good to see you. Have a great week! :)

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  5. Emma Burcart

    It sounds like you are doing great with your goals. I need to work on exercise, myself. I got a virus last week and it threw me off my schedule. I have learned that what I do on Monday sets up my whole week for success or failure. So tomorrow I’m going to be successful. Thanks for the linky-love! It’s much appreciated.
    Emma Burcart recently posted..Looks Are Important, Too!My Profile

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    1. Karen Post author

      That sounds awesome Emma! What a great attitude. I love your thought that Monday sets up your whole week and so tomorrow I’m going to be successful. Love that Emma! I know that your going to have a great one as I hope all of us will. Thank you Emma for coming by! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Well lists help, that’s for sure Stacy. I’m so glad you like my updates. I do try to make them upbeat and encouraging. Thanks for coming by Stacy. It’s very encouraging and supportive of you! You take care and have a good week yourself! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Good to see you April! Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I’m glad you liked the mash-up and I hope that you’ll find them helpful! Have a great week! :)

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