ROW80 2/19 Update and Link Luv

Welcome back for another update in the trials and tribulations of my journey toward my goals.ROW80

Updates are in pink:

  1. Continue with my 13-month Health Challenge. Read about that Here.  I posted new goals for the 60 days from February 1st to March 31st in #Hotwriterbods Health Challenge, but I just made a slight change. Instead of working with weights 3 times a week for 30 minutes, I’m going 2 times a week for 60 minutes each. I’m still on track and have 11 walks in so far for the month and loving the weight workouts.
  2. Write on my projects – 4-5 days per week for a weekly total of 2,500 words. I’m too embarrassed to even tell you the tiny number of words I’ve written this week. But I have been doing research for the blog and the short stories, rewriting outlines on two of them and working on another project this week.
  3. Streamline my social media and support efforts so that I visit all my blogger friends and ROW80 friends over the course of each week. Tweeting, also, for my friends to help promote their work.  Still doing pretty well, though I do have several blogs I’m behind on reading – promoting is on track, though. I am using Pinterest now as well, to aid in branding me and my work. I wrote a post this past Friday on why it’s worth pursuing. I will be happy to invite anyone else who may interested in joining Pinterest.

If you haven’t tried a writing challenge before, ROW80 is not intimidating or full of pressure. It’s the challenge that knows you have a life. Set reasonable goals and work at meeting them each week. So many ROW80 veterans will tell you that they’ve learned a lot about themselves and the best methods they’ve found to get the job done.

Please check out ROW80 for yourself! Creator, Kait Nolan, offers a flexible, supportive atmosphere for meeting your writing goals. There are sooo many awesome people involved and they make it so much fun! Meet the Sponsors, too. They are the best cheerleaders you could ever hope to have.

My Friday post on Pinterest was so long that I decided to move my links to today’s post. Here are a few I found that made me smile and kept me interested over the past 2 weeks.

social media links

Link Luv

On Publishing & Marketing

Leadership expert and chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers has begun to use podcasts on his blog to further educate his readers in the realms of leadership, productivity, social media, publishing and more. His first podcast,  10 Ways to Generate More Blog Traffic. No matter how much you have already heard on this topic, you’ll be glad you listened to Michael’s podcast.  He drives home these important strategies. It’s no wonder people flock to his speaking engagements.

Joel Friedman, the Book Designer, asks self-publishers to heed his warning. He also announces a new course offering a roadmap to self-publishing.

Sonia Simone, CMO of Copyblogger Media, gives some great advice in her post, Are You Making These 7 Mistakes on Your About Page? I think maybe I need to adjust mine a bit, how about you?

On Writing

Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story discusses what to do when your antagonist is not your typical villain, in her post There is No Bad Guy.

Jenny Hansen recently had Margie Lawson visiting at More Cowbell to teach us how to Get Fresh: Write Heart-Pounding Visceral Responses. If you haven’t taken one of Margie’s classes, you ought to read this post and others she’s had on Jenny’s blog. Highly recommended.

At Joanna Penn’s blog, The Creative Penn, Ollin Morales guest posted with a different outlook on novel writing in Why Writing Fast is Overrated.

For Your Entertainment

Dan Blank of We Grow Media is man to follow (not in a stalker kind of way). His recent post, Being a Success Without Being a Bestseller, may make you take a second look at how you see your writing career. This article is thought-provoking – what is success for you?

Daemons, Demons and Dramatic Struggle, written by Gene Lempp of Designing From Bones, stayed with me for more than a week. I mean I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I don’t write horror or paranormal stories but, his paragraph about Inner Demons got me thinking about the reasons my protagonist and antagonist behave as they do. So much of their personality was suddenly more clear. This is a must-read, if you missed it. is  new beautiful website developed by a small group of folks in my hometown of Syracuse, NY. Parmagiano Reggiano is the only authentic and pure Parmesan cheese and it only comes from Parma, Italy. The site is brand new and not fully functional, yet, but in a month or so it will be and will offer cooking ideas and more history about the cheese and Parma in its pages. Right now you can subscribe to their site to receive news about the site and special offers. If you’re a foodie and a cook like me, you won’t want to miss out on this.

Donna Newton tells an empathic story about encountering a stranger in an odd situation in her post, Stranger at the Door – What Would You Do?

And there you have it, folks…another week of progress and great reads. How was your week of striving for goals? I love hearing from you…come on, tell me something good!


32 thoughts on “ROW80 2/19 Update and Link Luv

    • Thanks, Julie! I’ll be right there with you in Round 2 still working out. Join my group on twitter #hotwriterbods, next round and we’ll keep you motivated!

  1. I came to the party yesterday and got sidetracked before I could leave you a note to thank you for the shout-out. 🙂

    I loved the Pinterest post – it seemed that app is the latest buzz and I’ve been enjoying poking around too. Have a great week, Marcia!!

  2. You’ve had a fantastic week – great job!! Everyone has been commenting that packing ought to count for exercise, and I like the idea…makes it feel like I’ve done something health related this week. You’re kicking butt on the fitness goals – definite motivation for those of us that are getting a slow start. *cough cough* I enjoyed your post on Pinterest as well. I think I’ll always use it for fun, but if it somehow works with overall social exposure, then that’s cool too! Have a great week!

    • Thanks, Lauren! h, I have my bad days but I have to keep at it…I have to be in better shape by the end of the year. 🙂 So, don’t feel badly about not being able to do traditional exercise right now…just do what you can. Glad you’re enjoying Pinterest!

  3. You’re rockin’ along with your health & fitness goals! I tried out the arc trainer at the gym and kept feeling like I was going to fall off. It will take some getting used to.
    Pininterest looks like fun. I just joined. Thanks for your tips.

    • I think once you get used to it, you’ll love it. It’s great resistance for the gluts and hamstrings as well as the quads. The movement will also tighten the abs. I love that it burns twice the calories of a treadmill. I can’t wait to move back to my hometown so I can get back to my gym and the arc trainer! Good luck with it!

  4. Wow, you’re really rocking the health challenge goal, Marcia. Awesome. You are my inspiration for finally getting me back onto my own. 🙂

    And thank you for introducing me to Pinterest. I’m so looking forward to having some fun with it!

    Here’s to a great upcoming week.

  5. Catch the beads, Marcia! 😀

    You’ve had a good week – no matter that your word count was low – because you had your head in your story. That’s part of the writing too, so don’t belittle it. (Please! Or else, I’ll have to readjust my thinking.) lol.

    Already been clicking on your links and am feeling a bit of anxiety over my About page. It’s not exactly NEW anxiety but reminder anxiety that I need to take care of it – sooner rather than later. LOL. Thanks for the clicks. Here’s more beads!

    • No, no! I believe you, don’t readjust your thinking! 🙂
      I have to go look at my About page again, too. I rewrote it a few months ago based on another article that was not as good as this one. Time to update it.
      Thanks for the beads…and they’re PINK!

  6. Fantastic week Marcia. Even if the word count is low, it sounds like you are making amazing progress. The exercise is fantastic – such an inspiration!
    I can’t wait to check out some of your links – fahhhbulous resources!
    Here’s to another bang up week ahead! 🙂

  7. Great post, I spent oodles of time exploring links. I’m glad you are sticking with your fitness program. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for the invite to Penterest. I have one board in the works, good way to express yourself.

    • Isn’t Pinterest fun? I’ll go check out your boards and we should follow each other.
      Thanks for the support on my fitness goals. I’m glad it inspires you!

  8. Great links – and congratulations on keeping up with the walking/weight workout goals. Just one thing, the Joel Friedman, book designer link is taking me to the Parmesan link mentioned further down in the post.

  9. I feel obliged to tell you I went for a long walk today too. Felt pretty good, but I did make up for it having some chocolate after dinner… 🙂 Thanks for the guest post this week, there were a lot of words in there so they should count.

    I’m going to check you your Pinterest post now. Not sure how I missed it last week…oh yeah I was sick on Friday. Have a great week!

    • I hope you’re feeling better, Nicole. Good for you going for a walk…and, even if you ate a little chocolate, you still did yourself some good!
      I love your genre series and enjoyed writing a post for it. thanks for hosting me!

  10. I’m working out a plan to streamline my social media time too so I help more Row80 and Wana friends instead of slathering myself all over the place. I’m hopping over to your Pinterest post to learn more. How is it helping you with streamlining?

    • Well, Ali, it just adds one more site to visit, BUT it’s my reward at the end of the day for doing all the other stuff. I can also see it as a great way to interact and promote my blog and future books. So, while it could get out of hand, since you could spend hours looking at pretty pictures, decide what you want to get out of it before you get started and that will help you restrain yourself. 🙂

  11. Great update Marcia, I’ve also recently joined Pinterest and Triberr, I just need to find some time to make use of the both now! lol

    • I know what you mean, Sharon! Balancing it all is tough, but you’ll get there. Triberr takes very little time, but Pinterest can capture you for more time than you might have planned. It’s worth it though. 🙂

  12. Nice job this week, Marcia. Even without the word count you are still making progress on your projects and that is what counts the most. I’m sure the word count will be there when the time comes. I haven’t taken a deep look at Pinterest yet, but with as much conversation as I’m seeing on it I have added it to my list. Been loving StumbleUpon recently – thanks to you and the invite it took me forever to get to – but loving it now.

    Have a fantastic week, Marcia 🙂

    • StumbleUpon is cool, but I think you might like Pinterest better. I do. Setting up vision boards on Pinterest is helping me. It’s like seeing my characters and what they can do rather than just imagining the scenario. It has also given me an idea of 1920s hairstyles and clothing, which really helps.
      Thanks for the encouragement, Gene and glad you’re having fun with StumbleUpon!

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