ROW80: Kicking and Screaming

Well I am Kicking and Screaming in a good way this week!
 

First of all, can you believe it’s February already? What I want to know is, what happened to January? Is it just me or am I losing it? Okay, don’t answer that question.
 

Well, I’m happy to report that last week rocked! It was a busy week but I think I’m finally regaining my sanity and falling into a schedule. I didn’t have anyone in the hospital last week which made a huge difference, although for those of you who have been inquiring, Hubby did have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon and he is still in a lot of pain. Apparently, his recovery is going to take some time. So we’re in this for the long haul, but at least we know what to expect. Thank you all for your kindness and concern.
 

So ready or not, 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 five days a week.
 
Although I did not work on my WIP again last week, I have been reading James Scott Bell’s, “Plot and Structure” book which as most of you know is amazing. In it, he suggests a daily ten minute exercise of writing sprints. So I have implemented this into my schedule and have been enjoying myself immensely. I think of it as greasing the wheels of my imagination. And while reading his book, I’ve gained confidence in the fact that I might just know what I’ve been doing in regards to how I’ve structured my novel. Who knew? It was an “Aha” moment for me and has given me a renewed determination to press forward and finish the editing on one of my WIPs.
 
 

2- Check in with Donna Newton at WWBC once a week.
 
I did connect with Donna this week. Can I just say that she is a doll! She is always there when you need her and is willing to do just about anything to help. I think after talking last week I’m slowly getting it into my head what needs to be done with my next novel. I cannot thank Donna enough for her support.
 
 

3- Participate in my online class to help authors balance writing and business with Bob Mayer.
 
If you have the opportunity to take any of Bob’s classes, this is the class to take. It will help give you the mind set on how to become a successful writer. Last week’s lesson dealt with “Change” and what we need to do to make the necessary changes in our thinking and decision making in order to succeed. For some of us this might not be an enjoyable task, but I love this kind of stuff.
 
 

4- Blog at least once a week.
 
Yep, posted on Wednesday and it was my very first interview and I was a wreck! Can I just say thank you for all your responses! You were unbelievably supportive to both myself and especially to Diane Capri for her launch of “Don’t Know Jack!” All the blog love, your comments, tweets and re-tweets on Twitter were amazing. Diane and I were both taken back at the response, but we shouldn’t have been. Because after all, it’s the WANA spirit that made the launch of her book a success! You guys are an awesome team! Someone asked me if I was working undercover for “The Today Show”. That was hilarious and a very nice compliment, but I don’t think so. I think for now I’ll stick with novel writing and my blog thank you.:)
 
 
5- Visit and support 5 bloggers per day.
 
Check. I’m seeing some awesome blog posts out there! Last week I told you all that I’m following Fabio Bueno’s advice and it’s working quite well. I’ve made it through half of my WANA1011 classmate’s blogs and it made me appreciate how much blog love I’ve received from all of you. For that I’m very grateful. But I was saddened to see that some are not blogging or have never started. I think we’re all realizing that it takes time to write these blogs and set them up on our sites, tweet, post on Facebook and more importantly, write our novels. And I know that sometimes we all might feel like giving up. I hope that won’t be the case because I see a lot of fantastic writing out there. So keep it up! Eventually I plan to make it by to see all of you!
 
 

6- Tweet at least once per day.
 
Check. No problem this week. Did that at least twice, if not three times per day. It doesn’t take long—five to ten minutes at a time. I like to skim through the columns to find those sweet tweets to RT. Again, it is my intention is to support others!
 
 

7- Exercise on my elliptical twice a week.
 
Well, uh…I got on that thing last Monday and it felt great. Then the week fell apart again. I decided this week that I’m blaming it on Diane Capri since she’s not here. Uh oh, whoops, hi Diane! LOL!! Oh well, baby steps. :)
 
 

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

Oh, and before I go I must thank Prudence McLeod for the Kreativ blogger Award! Really, I can’t believe all this blog love people. Thank you so very much!
 
 
Whew, okay I did it. I got through another week and it really wasn’t so bad. 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 wasn’t able to meet all my goals, but I can still count on your support, right?
 
 
Awe, thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!
Karen.

 
 
 

58 thoughts on “ROW80: Kicking and Screaming

  1. Patrcia

    Fantastic work, Karen!! I’m sorry I don’t get around to your blog as often as I’d like. There are soooo many good blogs out there. I am glad to know that things have settled down a little for you and that you have a plan and are attacking it! Keep up the good work!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Patricia! Always good to see you girl! No worries. You’re right. There are a lot of good blogs out there and it’s hard to sometimes keep up with them all. Thank you for coming by to give me your support! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Em, thanks so much for coming by to support me! I know, that exercise thing seems to fall to the wayside each week. But at least I’m aware of it and I’m working on rectifying the problem. You have a great week too Em! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Natalie! Wahoo is right! As for the boost of confidence, well I don’t know about that, but what’s the old saying? Fake it til you make it? lol And about being a force and inspiration, that’s a good one. We better send out a warning signal or something, don’t ya think? Cheers to you also and I’ll be over soon to check out your author interview! Sounds awesome! Well of course it is. It’s you isn’t it? :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Gene! How was your Superbowl Sunday? Thanks for popping in and cheering me on! And what’s not to like about Donna, eh? Thank you for your concern about Hubby and you have a great week yourself! :)

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  2. Lena Corazon

    Karen, you had a fantastic week! Seriously, you got a ton done, and you should definitely feel proud of yourself.

    Thanks sooooo much for all the blog love today! Seriously, your comments were a much-needed pick-me-up. Maybe I can stop beating up on myself so much this week. ;)

    All my best to your hubby! I’m thinking good thoughts for both of you, gal!
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    1. Karen

      Oh Lena, it is always my pleasure to torment others! No really I am so glad that I could give you a pick-me-up when you needed it. We all have been there and it was my turn to encourage you as you have encouraged me in the past. I’m just looking forward to seeing Hugh Jackman girl! So get busy! And thank you for all your concern about my Hubby. Take care and have a great week Lena! :)

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    1. Karen

      Oh thank you Tameri! That’s very cool of you! I appreciate all of your support girl! I hope you’ll enjoy your subscription. If not, you can always unsubscribe! lol And when I find the secret of elliptical happiness, I’ll definitely let you know! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Janelle you did too! And you’re organizing us so we can work on our bios. I can’t thank you enough for that. Let me know what I can do to help you out with that okay? And thank you so much for coming by here today and giving me your support! It means so much! Have a good week Janelle! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Well thank you Brittney for saying that! How cool is that? I do hope you enjoy P&S. I’m loving it so far and learning a lot. Thanks for coming by to support me Brittney! Have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Well Jenny, good to see you! With all you are doing right now with work and everything, thank you for coming by to support me! And well, I’m working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone here Jenny. I’m getting there little by little. Thank you for all of your help! Have a great week! :)

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  3. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    You’re amazing, Karen. You’ve made progress on almost all your goals, helped launch DON’T KNOW JACK, took care of your husband, and supported a few dozen WANAers. Love you.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Pat, there you go again giving out those compliments. You are too kind Pat, but thank you. It was a fun, great week, wasn’t it? So everything worked out and we all gave Diane a good push in the right direction! It was team work Pat and you were part of that! Thank you as always for coming by and supporting me! You’re all heart girl! Hugs! :)

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  4. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Karen, you are so full of a positive energy and you are such a great inspiration.
    Great job on Diana’s promo – I loved the interview.
    I’ve used to go by James Scott Bell’s advice of those daily short writing sprints, and it was definitely very helpful. I need to get back to it again.
    I’m doing my first author interview tomorrow too – come over to my blog and check it out :-)

    Good luck with your goals this week. I’m cheering you on!

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh me, an inspiration? Oh not sure about that Angela. But I try. Thank you so much for the compliment. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the interview! It was a great party! And you can count on me girl. I will be there tomorrow! Ooh, can’t wait to find out who you’re interviewing! Have fun and we’ll see you there! :)

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  5. Jennette Marie Powell

    You may not have met all your goals, Karen, but you sure came close! If we meet all of our goals, that often means we’ve set the bar too low, so maybe yours is just right? Glad to hear your DH is doing ok, and here’s hoping he’s in less pain soon!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Jennette, I think you’re right. My goals do feel like they’re working. So maybe they’re just right. Thanks for your best wishes for my Hubby. Thanks so kind of you. And stay warm Jennette. Did I hear that you’ve got freezing temps? Keep up the great writing! Oh and congrats on your novel launch! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Why thank you Lynette! Alway good to see you! Hubby’s getting around okay, just not very comfortably. But he is a very good natured person thankfully. Have a great week Lynette! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Marcia, that’s really kind of you. If I start beating myself up too bad, I may just join you over there at #hotwriterbods. I love my elliptical, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy. Thanks for coming by and giving me your support! Have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      I’m counting on your words Debra! I will be working on that novel even if it kills me! lol Thanks for coming by to check on me and the Hubby. Yes, it will take a while. But there’s really nothing we can do about it but wait and see. Thanks for all your support Debra! Always good to see you! Take care of yourself! :)

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  6. Melinda

    I really want to take Bob Mayer’s class now, you keep talking about it. I’ll have to see when his next one starts. Hopefully after the 4 I’m taking end! holy cow I feel like I”m back in college.

    You are doing great, Karen!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Melinda, you crack me up girl! Holy cow, yeah! What were you thinking? 4 classes? Wow! Uh, I’d wait until you were done with them first. You might actually need a vacation after them too. But yes, do look into taking Bob’s class. It’s fantastic. Thanks for coming by and supporting me Melinda! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh hi Ali! Girl you know how to Rock it in that beautiful black dress you had on for that function with the hubby! Oh, yea! Thanks for checking up on my Hubby. Will try to keep you in the loop. And yes Bob’s class is so great. We are learning some real essential components that will give us the tools for becoming a successful person. Do check it out! Have a great week Ali! Thank you so much! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hey Rachel! You are so funny! Why thank you girl. I do appreciate your comment and compliment! Thanks for always being there to support me. You Rock! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Yea Julia! Thanks for coming to support me! I do miss you on the ROW though. How are you? Oh and yes, do go out and get P&S. It’s awesome! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Raelyn for the concern and best wishes for my Hubby. I’m with you on that one. Speedy is the word there. And thanks for your support. You have a great week too! :)

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi S.J.! Thanks so much for dropping by! Well I’m trying to work on my story. And i know you’re going to love P&S! Thank you for your best wishes for my DH! You are so nice to care. :)

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  7. Sheila Seabrook

    You did wonderfully, Karen. I love Fabio’s idea of passing the blog-love around and visiting everyone’s sites. And every week, I tell myself I’m going to implement that goal. LOL! Okay, this week. :)

    Keep up the great work and I hope your husband starts feeling better soon, as in more pain-free.
    Sheila Seabrook recently posted..ROW80: Week 5 Check InMy Profile

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    1. Karen

      Aw, thank you Sheila! Fabio is great at supporting others as are you! And that system he came up with has helped a lot. So go for it Sheila. And thank you also for your concern for my husband. You are always so kind and encouraging. Have a great week! :)
      Karen recently posted..ROW80: Kicking and ScreamingMy Profile

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you so much for coming by to support me Shah! Oh you must check out the WANA thing. You will love it and gain so many new supportive friends. I promise to work at staying positive. Thanks Shah! :)

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  8. Diane Capri

    *laughs* Well, Karen, I guess if you’re going to give me the “credit” for all that blog, twitter and FB love this week, I’ll also have to take the “blame” for your lack of elliptical work, hmmm? You are soooooo right on the WANAs, though! What a great, great crew! I’m sooooooooooooooooo glad to be on your team!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Uh oh, you caught me Diane. Whoops. Well, right back at ya girl! I’m glad to be on your team! I would have to say that we did pretty good last week! Thanks as always for your support! :)

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