March 4, 2012

Ready to Mingle: ROW80 & #writemotivation Updates

Mom and I are going to Miami in November! Last year, our novel, Depression Cookies, was awarded the 2011 Reader's Favorite Silver Medal for Realistic Fiction, and the award ceremony is in Miami. We are so excited to mingle with other authors. I'm sure we will walk away with new writer friends and a much longer to-be-read list.

I love my writing communities, but nothing beats being surrounded in person by writers. I haven't been to a conference yet this year, although I'm hoping to remedy that, so I'm especially looking forward to some writer hobnobbing.

Now we just need to get a ROW80/#writemotivation Mix and Mingle scheduled.

Wishing aside, it's time to check in for A Round of Words in 80 Days and #writemotivation. I decided to post my #writemotivation weekly updates on Sunday along with ROW80. I do love efficiency.

First #writemotivation (which is also my "test mile" for ROW80).

1. Work on my WIP for an hour every day, except Sunday. --- DONE+
2. Do client editing work an hour a day, except Sunday. --- DONE + Sunday
3. Read and review a book every 10 days, minimum. --- DONE

Now, ROW80:

Writing: I worked an hour a day on my WIP, if not more. Mom has the chapters (we trade back and forth), so I'm planning and using my note cards. I'm finally finding a system that works... writing first thing.

Blogging: Daily. Didn't mean to, really I didn't. And I posted a new review on Mom in Love with Fiction. Another one is already written and scheduled for Tuesday!

Editing: I'm learning, slowly but surely... writing first, then editing work. It helps me keep the editor turned off during my writing time. Once I'm in the editing groove, it takes over. I'm still behind, but I'm catching up. Barring any new sickness, I should be caught up by the end of the week. (I know, I'm playing with fire by even typing that sentence.)

Social Media: Still getting around to campaigners. Limiting my social media time has done wonders for my productivity, but I admit it... I miss it.

Diet & Exercise: I ran 4 miles yesterday. Plus, I signed up for an 8K next Sunday. Wish me luck! The problem with exercising more, I'm hungry. I have to figure out some good, low calorie snack options.

Speaking of conferences, anyone know of any good ones coming up in the Washington, DC area?


Ruth Nestvold said...

Congrats on the award, Tia! Excellent news! And glad to hear you're finding a routine to make progress on both the writing and the editing. :)

Have a great week!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Ruth. I find routines really keep me focused. Otherwise, I'm like a child in a candy store. Too many options of things to do!

Rebekah Loper said...

Whoo, congrats on the book award, that must feel awesome! Good job on keeping up with your goals so far, I adore #writemotivation.

Natalie Hartford said...

FANTASTIC week Tia and here's to rocking that 8K! WOW!
Woot woot - the balance sounds fahhhbulous...

Jamie Dement (LadyJai) said...

That's awesome and welcome to #writemotivation. I'm not quite sure I know what Row80 is, but I see it all the time. Looks like you've already done good on those goals. :)

Jaleh D said...

Congratulations on the book award! Enjoy the trip and keep up with your goals. :)

Tia Bach said...

Rebeakah, Thanks. I'm looking forward to getting around to the #writemotivation folks!

Natalie, Aw, shucks. Thanks.

Jamie, ROW80 is A Round of Words in 80 Days. It's a writing challenge that runs all year (in four rounds with slight breaks between) that lets you set goals. Very similar to #writemotivation and a GREAT writing community. You should check it out.

Jaleh, Thanks!

Lissa Clouser said...

Congrats on the award and the trip to come! I'm sure you and your mom will have a blast. =)

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Lissa!