ROW80: Alive and Kicking

Op-la-de, op-la-da, life goes on…

It’s Sunday, so it must be time for my weekly check-in.

By the way, Fabio Bueno says it’s okay if I break out into a song. 🙂
But don’t worry—I’m done singing—for now.

So are we ready? Okay, 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.

Yep, still plotting and developing character arcs.
I could lie here, but I won’t. I haven’t been working at this as hard as I could be. I’m going to have to set a new goal for this one.

2- Check in with Donna Newton at WWBC once a week.
Check. I did converse with Donna via email this week. As you know, Donna is now reading my number one WIP. Last week I had said that Donna was a slow reader. Apparently Donna wasn’t reading at all. Well she was reading, but just not my manuscript. Our girl Donna, you know, the hot shot scriptwriter who has connections in Hollywood. Yes, that Donna Newton. She was handed a script to read over and it kinda bumped my project off to the side for a bit. But I’ve been told that she is reading it now. Right Donna? *winks* 🙂

3- Participate in my online class to help authors balance writing and business with Bob Mayer.
As I reported to you last week, this goal is all done. Does this mean that I get to have Ice Cream now that I’m finished? Just kidding. But seriously, I’m beginning to miss Bob a little. I, after all, have been taking one of his Write It Forward online classes since last September. It feels kinda strange not having to complete a work assignment during the week. Hmm. Maybe I’m not done with Write It Forward after all. Maybe I should see if there’s something else that Bob can do to help myself and others hone our craft. I’ll have to get back to you on that…

4- Blog at least once a week.
Yep, posted on Wednesday. And this week I decided to write about an entirely different subject altogether. I decided to write about a vegetable. I know, crazy huh? But who knew that a vegetable could be so sexy! Sexy as a Rockstar! If you haven’t already, go check it out. Its health benefits could make you feel a whole lot better!

I can’t thank you enough for all the support and wonderful comments. Some of you left some great suggestions on how you enjoy that sexy vegetable Kale. Thank you guys! You’re awesome! 🙂

5- Visit and support 5 bloggers per day.
I am happy to say that I try to read more than 5 bloggers per day. And like I said last week, since I have now visited everyone from WANA1011, I thought it would be a good goal to try to go visit everyone from WANA112, although I’m not quite sure how to get a list of those bloggers. Again, if anyone has a list or knows of a list, please let me know. Thank you!

FYI, unfortunately has developed a glitch over the last week and will not allow some of us to leave comments with those of you who host your blogs on WordPress. This has been very frustrating. Just know that others are reading your posts, but were unable to leave a comment. We’ve tried. Oh, how we have tried. And will continue to try. But as Kristen Lamb suggested on Facebook yesterday, let’s be patient or email WP. Please let them know how you feel about this problem so that they will fix it. Meanwhile, we will keep on reading! 🙂

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 @DianeCapri @_FabioBueno_ @DebraKristi @GeneLempp @DebraEve @ElaineSmothers @MarcyKenned @jenmariepowell @jhansenwrites @AugstMcLaughlin @MikeSchulenberg @SusieLindau @barrycrother @DonnaNewtonUK @WritetoPrint @ColeenPatrick @MyndiShafer @LynetteBurrows @patodearosen @NatalieHartford @PatriciaFitz @kbowenwriter @JuliaIndigo @EMitchelwriter KMHuber @duolit @Angela_Peart @wayneborean @EmilyDSteele @EmmaBurcart @ShawndraRussell @KateWood_Author @KristenNador @Jenn_L_Oliver @darairene @galeminchew @patricia_sands @SaraWFoster

I can’t believe what great support I have on Twitter! I hope you all are following these amazing people!
Thank you guys for your Tweets and Re-Tweets! I’m sending you all a big Hug!!!!

7- Exercise during the week.
I am happy to say that this week started on a better note. I got a couple of walks in and because our son and daughter-in-law were visiting, I also walked their dog. I just need to keep this going into next week.

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

Oh, before you go be sure to check out these awesome blog posts from the past week that caught my eye…
The first post I want to refer you to is from Jess Witkins. I have always loved architecture and since I used to live near Taliesin west, this post perked my interest. It’s a review about a book called “Loving Frank”, Frank Lloyd Wright that is, by Nancy Horan. What a fabulous review Jess!

Diane Capri is doing a series of interviews with her friends. Ah, but these are no ordinary friends. These friends are NYTBS authors of Mystery/Thriller novels. Check out this weeks interview is with David Morrell. You know, the guy that wrote “Rambo.” Yeah, that guy.

Then I enjoyed this next post from Ginger Calem called, “Locks of Love: My Daughter’s Donation.” Well, what can I say? I’m impressed and you will be too. Go read about this remarkable young lady and what she sacrificed for cancer victims. Your daughter is truly precious Ginger!

And last but not least I want to include Donna Newton’s post on “So You Want to be an Author?”—Part Three. I know that I included Donna on last weeks ROW80 post, but this is an awesome series that she’s put together. On her post she likens social media to building a house. Donna breaks it all down into a step by step process like building blocks, walking us through several social media platforms that will give us a sound foundation.

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! 🙂
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Thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!


21 thoughts on “ROW80: Alive and Kicking

    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Kara! Thanks for letting me know on Facebook that you were here! I found you in spam. Thank Akismet for that. But you were saved before I hit the delete button! Yay! And well, might I just say that even though I make it look easy, it hasn’t been. As you know my husband was in an accident so things around here have been a little hectic. But I will say that ROW80 keep you focused. You might try it. The new round starts April 2nd. Come join us Kara! You are a fantastic writer! 🙂

  1. KM Huber

    More than once, I have considered that Write It Forward workshop on writing and business. Currently have a couple weeks to go with my Bob Mayer workshop (Conflict and Idea) but already am considering another workshop.

    Seems like you have had a good first round with ROW80; look forward to following your progress from here on out. Enjoy your writing tone and the spirit of your blog.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Karen! Glad to hear that you like your class. That conflict class Bob teaches is really helpful. And the writing and business class is amazingly insightful. I’m happy your enjoying my writing. It’s always good to know that I’m not boring my readers to death. LOL! Seriously, thank you Karen for telling me that. You know insecure we writers are. And thank you for your support and encouragement! Have a great week Karen! 🙂

  2. Lena Corazon

    Karen, you’ve been doing a great job! I definitely feel you on the WIP madness — I know I haven’t been working as hard as I can on it, but I *have* started poking at character profiles and whatnot and I’ve realized how essential they are to writing a good novel (I suppose this isn’t rocket science, but whatev). And I’ve been meaning to comment on your kale post! I read it on my phone the other day, and tried to remind myself to comment once I got back on my computer, but my memory seems to be going on me, lol.

    Have a great week!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Lena, you have been Rocking your world girl! Not to worry. We’ll get this novel thing down. I’m sure of it! And thank you for thinking of me Lena. You’ve been on my mind lately. I’m glad you’re doing okay and that you have a chance to enjoy life a little bit next week! Have a great time with your mom! Take care Lena and thanks for coming by! 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Marcia! I’m glad you liked the song. The Beatles are always an upbeat way to start the day! And yes, apparently this is the end of round one. Wow, where did the time go? Thanks for coming by and have a great week! 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Mike! You are terrific, do you know that? Yes, I found your list in spam and rescued it! Thank you so much Mike! That was like an awesome thing for you to take the time and do that for me. And thank you for coming by to encourage me and give me your support! Thanks Mike and you have a wonderful week! 🙂

  3. Jennette Marie Powell

    Karen, you are doing a great job! And yes, it’s time to set new goals for all of us ROW80 peeps – the round’s over Weds., can you believe it?? Looking forward to seeing you on Round 2!

    Thanks for bringing up the WP annoyances too. I’ve tried to comment on many blogs this week, only to get the “You must be logged in” error message. So annoying! I’ve found that I can log in with Twitter to comment, but I don’t want to do that because then my name links to my Twitter page, and I want it to go to my website. This apparently was intentional by the WP crew, too – so definitely barrage them with emails! So glad your site (and mine) are self-hosted!

    Keep up the awesome work on your writing and your exercising!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Jennette! Oh, is this round over? Wow, I didn’t know that. I have no idea how this works. Okay. Well then, do we post next week? And yes, I am so glad I am self-hosted. never appealed to me. I wanted to keep my own domain name. Most definitely email them Jennette! In fact, I hope that everyone lets WordPress know how we feel about this. A lot of people are not happy right now. Thanks for coming by to give me a shout out and your support! Have a great week! 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Ginger, you made me cry. Thank you for saying that. I try to keep it positive and encouraging. It’s nice to hear you acknowledge that. It means a lot! And how could I not shout out about that amazing daughter of yours. You keep an eye on her Ginger. She’s one special young lady. Thanks for coming by today to support me Ginger. *Hugs* back at you! 🙂

  4. Fabio Bueno

    Good work on your goals, Karen! I liked your post about the sexiest vegetable so much that I included it on today’s mashup.
    You can break into song any time, as long as you record your performance and post a video blog (vlog) sometime. The world needs to hear your voice, Karen!
    Fabio Bueno recently posted..ROW80 Update 11 + What’s CookingMy Profile

    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Fabio! I’m glad you like that post. It was fun! And how cool of you to include me. Wow! Thanks Fabio! Sing on a video. Moi? Ah, no. I don’t think so. Just sing Op-la-de-blah-da! 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      LOL Diane! I just don’t message Kale, but I won’t get into that! And you are welcome Diane. That was a fantastic interview! Thanks for sharing it and for coming by to support me! 🙂


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