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Final Row80 Check-in

Hi folks, this is it, the final check-in for this round of ROW80. It has been a lot of fun and it has helped to keep me on track when life got bizarre and interesting. Will I do it again? Absolutely, where do I sign up?
How did I do over all? Better than I expected to do, some things got a bit derailed, but all in all I am pleased.
 So, here we go, final check-in.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Nailed it this time. Over all I did pretty good with this one.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
I’m a bit behind that right now, but on the overall average, I’m well pleased with an average just over the mark. Truth be told here, It is spread out over all four WIPs.
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I managed to take a big bite out of this one and I hope to complete that in the next round.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I exceeded the six here and I am well pleased with that.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’ve helped a few beginners, reviewed a few first novels, and read as many blogs as I could manage, trying to encourage each one.
Six: This one got derailed by the PayPal fiasco, so I guess I’ll call it a miss this time.
Looking back I can see I was a bit ambitious in my original goals. Spring is on the way and I will have more outside work to do soon, so the next batch of goals will be reined in a bit. Still I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great writers. A super experience all round.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.

Refocusing

ROW80 check-in
It’s completely crazy; I know, but there it is. I’ve been banging my head on the desk in frustration for days now, you understand, you’ve all been there. Oh yes you have. Don’t lie to me, Buddy, I see you over there in the corner shaking your head. It’s written all over your forehead in goose eggs. You have been there, we all have.
Where exactly? Right here. It begins as you get on a roll, things are going your way, you are a freaking force of nature, unstoppable, and then life tosses a chaos grenade in front of you. Suddenly there are things coming at you from all sides, you have intrusions, obligations, friends and family who need some face time, flat tires, bad hair, and hacked computers.
So you put on the big girl panties and deal, you fix, visit, love, laugh, shop, and enjoy, until things settle down again. Ok, so now you are back at the computer, staring at a blank page, the momentum you had days before long since gone, and the blank page is staring back at you, defying you to mar its pristine surface. It is a stare down contest and of course, you flinch first. Head to desk. “Come on brain, work, dammit, work.” Repeat until ideas come or unconsciousness.
Yes indeed, here I am, scratching my head and trying to get refocused. The dust has settled for now and I have some catching up to do. Let’s begin with the ROW80 check-in.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Ok, I did manage this one. Yeaaa me! sigh
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Only managed about half that. bugger
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
Stalled here for the moment.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
Nothing done here in the past few days. Sorry!
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
From now on I will strive to double the RTs on Twitter as well as read and comment on more blogs.
Six: Publish a small collection of erotic short stories. Hey, I’ve been around for over sixty years, and this one is on my bucket list. I will make it happen in 2012.
Ok, due to all the madness brought on by PayPal’s attempts to censor what folks are allowed to read I am setting this aside. I will add a new goal instead. In future goal six will be:
Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.
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ROW80 Check-in 04/03/2012

It’s check-in time again and this week went to hell in a hand basket.  This will be a sad little report, but I swear the next one will rock. Ah well, time to ‘fess up.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
So far so good.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
This week I only managed about eight hundred words. argh
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
Nothing new to report here.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I did get a couple of reviews done.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’ve been trying to read and tweet new author’s work.
Six: Publish a small collection of erotic short stories. Hey, I’ve been around for over sixty years, and this one is on my bucket list. I will make it happen in 2012.
This is still on hold indefinitely.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
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People watching and a ROW80 Check-in

It was a hurried trip across to the city on Friday. I actually hadn’t planned to go but ended up on the boat anyway. K and I sat with a couple of fellas she knows from work. I was being quiet, just enjoying listening to the gentle banter, but K knew I was cooking a people watching post.
Now, these two fellas are nice guys, soft spoken and with nice manners. I liked them both. As I said, I was enjoying listening to the three of them. The best part came when one man confessed he had never bought clothes for himself. His mother had done it until he married then his wife took over. He claimed to have over forty shirts in the closet at home. Say what?
Not to be outdone, his buddy confessed to having twenty nine shirts which he irons himself. He wears a fresh shirt every day until all are gone then it is laundry and ironing day. K suggested he buy no-iron shirts, and he admitted he had tried them, but he likes his shirts crisp, so he prefers to iron his own. Come again?
What’s going on here? Are not men always complaining of the money women spend on clothes? Do they not complain of wives closets full to the brim while they have no room at all? Really guys? I think we have just busted another myth here, don’t you girls?
All right, with that note of victory, let have a look at the ROW80 goals.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Nailed it this time.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
I’ve nearly doubled that. Wheee!
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve only got a few more pages to finalize then the fifth book of the St. John’s Series will be ready to go.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
Finally put up that review of A Breath of Hope by Robert Taylor. Find it here:

Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above!
Six: Publish a small collection of erotic short stories. Hey, I’ve been around for over sixty years, and this one is on my bucket list. I will make it happen in 2012.
I’ve got the stories in first draft now. Just need to tidy them up a bit. There has been a hitch here as PayPal is putting huge pressure on Smashwords to ban erotic fiction. To quote D.C.McMillen, Paypal has decided to abuse its considerable position by imposing their moral beliefs on the self-publishing industry, forcing Smashwords, Bookstrand and other sites to remove certain categories of erotica from their websites. No corporation should consider itself a moral authority in any way, shape or form. This is a slippery slope, and even if this does not directly affect us as writers or readers…yet, we must stop censorship and book banning.
See petition here: 
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.

ROW80 Check-in #15

It’s check-in time again and I’m feeling a lot better about my progress.  This is turning out to be a productive week. What did I do? Let’s see:
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
So far so good since Sunday.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Rolling here. I have over 3000 words on my new WIP, another 1000+ on a book I’m revising, and now I can do some catch up for what I missed last week. Awesome!
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I did not publish a single book this week. I did, however, put the Immortal Tigress up FREE for three days on Amazon. Today is day two of that promo. Check it out here:
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I still owe Robert Taylor a review of A Breath of Hope. I will get on that this afternoon and, with luck, get it published on my blog tomorrow. Check out the book here:
Cover for 'A Breath of Hope'
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’m trying to help an aspiring author find sources of information he is unfamiliar with. It counts.
Six: Publish a small collection of erotic short stories. Hey, I’ve been around for over sixty years, and this one is on my bucket list. I will make it happen in 2012.
This has gotten pushed aside recently, but I hope to get back to it soon.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
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