Updates are in pink:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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?
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.
Parmesan.com 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!