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#ROW80 Round 04 of 2012 – Goals

Hello friends! Tomorrow starts the next round of ROW80.

Don’t know what ROW80 is?

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.

And the best part? The friends we make. The support. The sense of belonging to a tight group. Good stuff.

Anyway, I should talk about my goals, right?

My writing/revising/editing schedule is a wreck, so I’ll stick to weekly goals set every Sunday—which is also the day I post my check-ins. So I’ll state here the goals for this week, and next Sunday I’ll tell you how it went and state the goals for the next week. Okay?

Here it goes. The goals for the first week of ROW80:

  • Writing: work on DESTINY GIFT pre-edits. The deadline is Nov 20, but I want to send it to my editor at least a month earlier since I have too much on my plate … also, HHSW next set of edits should drop in at anytime and those need to be work on asap.
  • Reading: read book #56 of the year and finish critiquing my CP’s manuscript.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done!
  • Exercising: at least 4x.


How about you? Even if you’re not on ROW80, what are your goals for the last three months of the year?

Let the fun begin!


Tinker Bell in 15 Beats

Blake Snyder’s beatsheet is my new blog feature. I’ll try to have posts like this every two weeks or so, Name of movie or book in 15 Beats, and I hope this helps you too.

Two things to keep in mind: I watch most of these with my kid and that means most of the movies will be kids’ movies and I’m not paying 100% attention to the movie. Second, I’m sorta new to the method and still struggle with the Theme, the All is Lost and Dark Night of the Soul beats. In case you have better suggestions, please do so on the comments. We can discuss the points and, if I end up agreeing with you, I’ll change my beats. Deal?

 Tinker Bell in 15 Beats

1. Opening Image: London changing seasons by fairies.

2. Theme Stated (4.5%): Hm, still debating this one … Such a rare talent. Rosetta says something like they should expect great things from Tinkerbell.

3. Set-Up (1-9%): Birth of Tinkerbell.

4. Catalyst (10%): Tinkerbell becomes a Tinker fairy but she’s not very happy about it.

5. Debate (10-22.5%): Tinkerbell finds out she can’t go to the Mainland. What to do now?

6. Break Into Two (22.5%): Tinkerbell decides she wants to try other talents.

7. B Story (27%): In doubt here. Tinkerbell and the girls. Or, Tinkerbell and the lost things (since they help her gain confidence and become a real tinker by the end).

8. Fun and Games (27-50%): With Silvermist, and Iridessa and Fawn trying to become a fairy of some other talent.

9. Midpoint (50%): When Tink brings a hawk into their village and Vidia ends up being messed with.

10. Bad Guys Close In (50-68%): Tink is hopeless. She thinks her friends are against her. She turns to Vidia for help.

11. All Is Lost (68%): Tink “brings” sprinting thistles into the spring preparation area and messes everything.

12. Dark Night of the Soul (68-77%): She’s the reason spring won’t come in time. She feels worse than ever before.

13. Break Into Three (77%): Tink realizes she can fix everything, so she steps up besides the disappointment everyone feels toward her.

14: Finale (77-100%): With lost things and the help of her friends, Tink brings Spring on time. She’s allowed to go to the Mainland.

15. Final Image (100%): Tink in London with the other fairies, after bringing Spring.

*Note that the percentages are approximate. 


RTW: Best Book of September

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic:

What was the best book you read in September?


Couldn’t decide between two, even though I’m still reading one of them.

From Goodreads:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.


From Goodreads:

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


What was the best book you read in September?


TTT: Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Today’s topic is:

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished


So. I’m gonna cheat. Again.

I started a list of the series I didn’t finish and it went well over ten. Of course. But I noticed the reason were repeated …

Here’s how I’m gonna do. Point out the reason, then list the series that fits that reason.

1. Didn’t LOVE it enough to keep going (and really, I got to LOVE LOVE LOVE it to keep following a series): 

  • The Mediator by Meg Cabot
  • Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


2. Too many books on my kindle already. Dying to finish/read the next one but don’t want to spend more money:

  • The Dark Sawn series by Richelle Mead – She’s my idol. I can’t believe I didn’t read all her books yet. But there it is.
  • The Inheritance Cicle – the ebook costs $13.99, can you believe that?
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • TMI by Cassandra Clare *hides under desk*
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Archers of Avalon by Chelsea Fine
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore


3. Procrastinated. I have these on my kindle but didn’t get to them yet, and not sure when—if—I will: 

  • Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
  • Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  • House of Night by PC Cast and Kristin Cast


What about you? Which series did you drop and why?

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