Sunday Tuesday! (Note: I wrote this on Sunday, but time got away from me. So, instead of posting it at 8pm, I decided to wait until today so it would have its own place among my posts.)
Looking back on my week, I’m feeling pretty good about it.
Besides my ROW80 goals, I took on two additional projects which are cutting into my writing time but are well worth it. (One day I’ll learn not to take on so much at once.)
1) I’m attending an online class with Tiffany Lawson Inman. It’s helping me immensely with my scene writing and editing. I have at least two assignments each week, which take some time to study the lecture material and apply it to my work, then do the assignment. But, it’s going well.
2) I agreed to be a beta reader for someone close to me. Trying to read the novel in a reasonable amount of time and write a critique is also cutting into my writing time, but I wouldn’t have turned this down for anything. Not only am I enjoying it, I was honored to be asked to do it.
- I wrote about 1/3 of my weekly goal on my WIP
- I’m up to 30 minutes of exercise 3 x this week-working up to 45 daily
- Did not work on polishing my short story this week
- Did all the commenting and tweeting for the week
- I am now 2 weeks ahead on my blog posts and will try to maintain that.
- I’m on track with my reading. Finished K.M. Weiland’s, Outlining Your Novel. Halfway through Roz Morris’, My Memories of a Future Life. Also, just started reading Wicked, by Gregory Maguire.
**I’m hoping to take the month of December off from my blog and blog-related activities to just write. I would still check-in at ROW 80 weekly.
That means I’d have to be a month (preferably more) ahead on posts. If any of my wonderful friends would like to help me out by guest posting for me in December, I’d be forever grateful and would certainly return the favor.**
Last, but certainly not least, writer friend, Haley Whitehall, bestowed up me the honor of being chosen for a blog award. Go ahead and look…see it over there on the right? It’s the Inspiring Blog Award. A big “THANK YOU” goes out to Haley.
Now I must choose my 5 recipients for this award. In no particular order, they are:
1. Justine Musk, at Tribal Writer, because every single time I read her blog I learn something. I learn to look at life or a particular topic in a new light. Thanks for that, Justine.
2. Leo Babauto, at Zen Habits, because he’s a work in progress like the rest of us. He’s working at changing his life, on step at a time, and it’s happening.
3. Darren Rowse, at Problogger, because he’s truly out there to help others be blogging successes, not to mention he knows what he’s talking about.
4. Larry Brooks, at Story Fix, because who knows better the mechanics of writing a great story. He’s encouraging and he’s damn smart.
5. Seth Godin, at Seth Godin’s Blog, because whether he’s talking about life, writing, marketing or anything else, Seth says it succinctly, on-point and he makes sense.
Okay, so I can’t choose just 5, so sue me.
6. Joanna Penn,at The Creative Penn, because she clearly defines how to market and self-publish, not just as a professional, but also as one who is experiencing all the joys and all the angst of doing it herself.
7. Anthony Stemke, at Grits and Groceries, because, well it’s a food blog written by a chef. “Nuff said, except that it’s awesome.
8. Danielle LaPorte, at White Hot Truth, because I love the way she thinks, she tells the truth on a variety of topics, and you’ve got to read her post on Bright Faith–it will truly inspire you to be uncool!
Now, none of these are my good friends that I hang out with everyday, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think you’re inspiring. I do. This list is kind of a gift to all of you. If there is a blogger on the list you haven’t seen before, I hope you’ll check out their blog and see if it’s one you could enjoy now and then. It’s my way of giving you a great big virtual slice of my dense, moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting!
The writers of the blogs I’ve chosen may not put the Inspiring Blog award in their sidebar, but I hope they’ll know that they inspire me every week in so many ways…almost as much as my writer friends–you know who you are.
I hope you all had a productive week, but don’t beat yourselves up if it wasn’t stellar. Life happens.
You know I love hearing from you!
*Please let me know if you’re interested in guest posting on my blog during the month of December. Just email at marichards320 AT yahoo DOT com.