ROW80: Kicking and Screaming!

I’m still Kicking and Screaming guys!

Why I’m posting today? I have no idea. This has got to be one of my worst ROW80 check-ins. And that’s not saying much since I’ve only been participating with this goal setting venture for six weeks. Truly, one would hope there would be more progress by now. But sad to say, no.

Well, I plead insanity by means of family (invasion); if there even is such a thing. I should ask Diane Capri. She’s an attorney. She would know about this kind of thing.

Diane, can family cause insanity?

Because slowly as each family member arrived, chaos erupted. Every day over the last week someone new appeared at our front door. Now mind you, we don’t have a large place, so by mid week our home looked like a bomb had detonated. Clothes flung here and there; luggage, boxes, bags, beer bottles, wallets, phones, keys, sunglasses, and shoes were sprawled out everywhere. Blankets, sheets, towels and pillows strung along furniture and floor since there were more bodies than beds. If we had connected all the cords from everyone’s phone chargers, I think we could’ve wired the house. And the kitchen… Well, I should have just set up a cot. But I won’t bore you with anymore of the specifics, but let’s just say I was doing okay with my goals until we hit Wednesday and then things started to rapidly deteriorate.

I think I now need to find a detox program from an overdose of too much testosterone.

Oh wait. I know just the thing!

I’m going to hop on over to August McLaughlin’s “Beauty of a Woman” Blogfest post. I think that might work. And by the time I finish reading all those amazing estrogen infused posts I hope to feel cleansed, refreshed with my womanhood restored, and fully equipped to approach the upcoming new week. Whew!

So do we really have to do this?

Okay, 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.
Obviously I did not work on my WIP again last week. Who could have time for that with the explosion that went off (homeland invasion)? I did squeeze in a little reading with James Scott Bell’s, “Plot and Structure”. And even though my eyes may have been at half-mast, I think I was able to retain a little something from what I read in order to move forward with my novel.

2- Check in with Donna Newton at WWBC once a week.
I did not have time to get in touch with Donna last week. She probably thinks that I died and fell off the the face of the planet or something. But I want to thank her for tweeting about my post last week. That was encouraging.

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 “Courage” and we were asked what our greatest attribute is. I don’t know if I have the courage to turn in my answer. LOL. No, I will get to this on Monday. Monday is when I am planning on getting my life back. And well, let’s just say I can’t wait until Monday. 🙂

4- Blog at least once a week.
Yep, posted on Wednesday. Did a little revealing about myself in that post. Something different that I don’t think people were really expecting. Then again, who knows from week to week what I might be writing about. I just hope that everyone had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. And I have another interesting post lined up for this coming week. So stay tuned.

5- Visit and support 5 bloggers per day.
This is the first time I didn’t do this. Well, that’s not really true. I did visit several blogs until Wednesday. After that I fell apart. Again, because of the family invasion.

6- Tweet at least once per day.
Okay, this didn’t happen either after Wednesday arrived. I must say that in my defense, it was a case of insanity in which I am checking with Diane on this. I think I have a verifiable case. Though I would like to take this time to thank these awesome people for all their Twitter love!

@LynetteMBurrows, @LisaHallWilson, @Angela_Peart, @DebraKristi, @DianeCapri, @KourHei, @SharlaWrites, @AugustMcLaughlin, @colin_falconer, @SJDriscoll, @DonnaNewtonUK, @SusieLindau, @GingerCalem, @SerenaDracis, @ColeenPatrick, @Allanmhhuj, @NatalieHarford, @ LenaCorazon, @_FabioBueno_, @ @LynNerdKelly, @traci_bell, @JenMariePowell, @CCMackenzie1, @KESaxonAuthor, @BethanyLopes2, @Shahw1, @AlleWells, @ReneeMJ, @JuliaIndigo, @barrycrowther, @stacygreen26, @BMcDowellOH.
I think I’ve got them all. I do apologize if I missed anyone. If you are not following these people, you should be. They really take the lead in supporting one another!
Thanks guys! I’m sending you all a big Hug!!!!

7- Exercise on my elliptical twice a week.
I’m thinking about taking this off my list of goals, but I’m going to give this one more week because of my insane family invasion. I did get one walk in with the brother-in-law if that counts for anything.

For all my family subscribers, just so you don’t disown me, I really do love you and thought we had a great time. I was kidding, okay? LOL! 🙂

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

Whew, okay I did it. I got through another week and it was awful okay, though 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? Or you have my permission to come give me a swift kick in the butt! LOL!
Thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!


24 thoughts on “ROW80: Kicking and Screaming!

    1. Karen Post author

      Jennette, all is quiet now. It’s a wonderful thing. We did enjoy our family. It was just a little crazy. I’m recuperating, but hope to have a more productive week. Thanks jen! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Oh Kathy, I love that. A blip on the screen of my future writing career. That was an amazing comment! How encouraging. Thank you Kathy! I needed that. Have a great week! 🙂

  1. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    Oh, yes! Cell phone rechargers and their cords–waiting to trip us. If you’re like me, you picked up the wrong set of keys more than once.

    You survived and are still kicking. Yay, you, Karen.

    This week will be better goal-wise, but you’ll catch yourself missing the family. We always want what we can’t have.

    1. Karen

      Oh I was crying when they left Pat. But it was funny about the cell phone cords. There wasn’t an empty electrical socket in the house. And I think I have a couple of extras that were left behind. lol It will take a couple of days, but I’ll be back to normal. I better be. I have a blog to get out for Wednesday. Best get busy! Have a great week Pat! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Diane, it was enjoyable. It’s the aftermath of the explosion that mows me over. I’m now in recovery. But I’ll bounce back. I was just having some fun with my post. There’s only so many hours in a day. And today is the start of a new quiet week. Have a good one yourself Diane! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Oh they’re gone Melinda. I’m now in recovery and up to my eyeballs with the clean-up. But it’s all good. I was just kidding around. I was in a silly mood when I wrote this post. No worries. It’s going to be a great week! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Louise, I am in a coma right now. lol

      May the force be with you my friend. It’s a lot of fun when family is there, but the aftermath is not. Have a great week Louise! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Nice to meet you too Tui! Thank you so much for coming by and introducing yourself! I love that. I appreciate your thought about how the family will stimulate my writing. I look forward to that. Hope to see you soon! 🙂

    1. Karen

      No kidding Sheila. How funny! We did have an enjoyable time with everyone. It’s just that now I am comatose from all the activity and chaos! Quiet sounds good to me Sheila. I’m breathing in the quiet right now. It’s wonderful. Have a great week! 🙂

  2. Natalie Hartford

    Girl, life happens and you gotta roll with it. Sucks but I am sure when the dust settles and you get your house back, you’ll get back on track!! You gotta give yourself permission to have FAB weeks and permission to have not-so-fab weeks!!
    You can do it. Stick with the plan and here’s to some quiet time this upcoming week!!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Thanks Natalie. I did have a good time with everyone, but I hate to fall behind on things. You know how that is. Everyone is gone now, so yes it is quiet. Ahhhhhh. Lovely. 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Fabio! Thanks for being in my cheering section! I enjoyed the family, but it’s impossible to do everything. As I said, I almost didn’t post for ROW80 today. But I wanted to press on. And it is the start of a new week! Have a great week Fabio! 🙂


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