1. The Sunday Post [14]: Reading, Writing, Links, & Life

    April 20, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As her blog says, “it’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.” For more information and rules, see here: Sunday Post Meme

    My Sunday Post is a bit short this week, but I think that’s because I was even more careful about book buying this week. I am slowly but surely making my way through books I already own and this keeps me away from social media and Goodreads, where I would often see sales. I might be missing some good ones, that I’m sure of, but really, I need to read what I have before I binge buy again.

    I’ve mentioned the past few Sundays that I’ve been walking quite a bit lately, not only to get into better shape, but also to get some much needed relaxation time in. And this week was no different. I walked every day and each walk was between 2.1 and 2.5 miles! I’m super happy about this progress. In fact I’d do a happy dance, but I need to rest my tired feet. :)

    Anyway, enough about my walking obsession. Here’s the week, in review:

    On The Blog:

    ROW80: First Week in Review

    Stalled: A ROW80 Check In

    Book Review: A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

    Audio Book Review: Dark Prince (Dark, #1) by Christine Feehan

    I posted two book reviews this week! I am so patting myself on the back for this since usually I can only manage one. :)

    Around the Web:

    How Much of a Book Addict Are You? This was cute, and it was confirmed that I do -in fact- have a book addiction. But then, this really isn’t news to me. :)

    Top Ten Reasons to Read Hard Time by Cara McKenna: This times infinity. Geezus, this book is so freaking good I can’t put it down.

    Former Navy SEAL Does The Unthinkable After Being Shot in the Stomach: This happened on April 1st, but somehow I missed it…shame on me! Anyway, this article has ‘romance hero’ written all over it. But my question is like those in the comments: is he single? And if not, does he have any single, also hot, former SEAL friends? Cause I’m single, just sayin’. ;)

    There’s a great blog/discussion on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books about Book Budgeting.

    Books Bought:

    As I mentioned, this week I was good about buying books. In fact, all of these were free (I’m not sure if they still are), except for Accidental Abduction, which was 99 cents for kindle. And since it had been on my TBR for awhile (and I’d heard it was good), I snapped that one up.

    Currently Reading:

    I finally finished Dark Prince by Christine Feehan on audio (the link to my review is noted above, under “On the Blog”).

    I also finished Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims on audio today while walking. I’m bummed that my library doesn’t seem to have the second in audio, so I might have to bite the bullet and buy that one when I’m done. Next up for my listening pleasure is Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis.

    As for actual reading, I am in the middle of Hard Time by Cara McKenna and this book is smokin hot! Hopefully I finish this tomorrow or Monday.

    Camp NaNoWriMo and ROW80:

    All is well with ROW80 (in terms of checking in at least), however, some of the reading last week kept me away from the writing. This week I’m going to ease up on the reading and focus on the writing. A bit of a change-up, but I’m cool with that. Camp NaNo ends April 30th, and I want to get closer (and maybe meet) my goals, so that will be my priority. If you want to see my specific progress on the different manuscripts I’m working on, you can check out my Easter Sunday Check-In.

    A Look At Next Week:

    I’ll have the usual ROW80 posts up, and a couple book reviews. I have been really good about getting them written right after I’ve read the book, which is helping me schedule blog posts ahead of time. It’s amazing how much time this frees up on my end!

    I had said last week I was going to work on maybe posting some of the music I listen to while writing and doing other stuff, and I managed to get that sorted. Music is really important to my writing, as I posted on the Crimson blog when my book came out about the playlist I used while writing Slow Ride (there are some great tunes here, if you want to check ‘em out). So I think it’ll be fun to highlight some of my current faves here on the blog. I just have to do one of two things: either find an music meme to hop in with, or figure out to make an image for my blog. Let’s hope I don’t break myself trying to figure this out. Has anyone out there ever done this? Any hints, tips or tricks?

    I hope everyone has had a great week and for those who celebrate, I wish you a very Happy Easter! See you next week!

     

     


  2. Easter Sunday Check-In

    April 20, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    I am posting this a bit early because I’m not sure what today will bring in terms of my writing and blogging time. Although my niece and nephew are in their teens now (so no Easter Bunny for them), my mom is out of town. So the likelihood of a dinner is pretty small. And this is okay with me. However, my sister has a really bad case of bronchitis, so I’ll likely go up there and get her and the kids something together for dinner, so she doesn’t have to worry about it and see what else she needs done.

    And speaking of Easter, for those who celebrate, I hope you have a blessed day and enjoy your time with friends and family.

    Now, let’s talk about my progress for the week, shall we? I really don’t want to, because I didn’t get where I wanted to be in terms of my writing goals, and I’m tempted to berate myself for this failure. HoweverI am determined(and trying hard) to be kind to myself (as Kait Nolan noted in the first post of this Round) and realize that every week is different. Some weeks I get a lot of writing time in, some weeks I don’t. I need to understand that, do what I can, and not beat myself up when life happens. Because I can always do better next week. (See, not beating myself up! *pats self on back*)

    Anyway, here are the goals I had for the week, with notes on my progress:

      1. Write 8813 words on “West Merriton”: I only wrote 6301 words and most of those were written yesterday. it was not a good week for writing. But despite not hitting my word count, I can still hit my Camp NaNo goals by the end of the week. I just need to find my focus, which got lost somewhere, last week. *looks under the bed and in the closet*
      2. Revise a minimum of 40 pages on “Wanted”: I only managed half, but I’m cool with this. I need to go slow during this revision to make sure dates, times and places are consistent since I re-wrote so much of the MS. It’s slow going but the end product will be worth it. I hope!
      3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday I’ve made this easier for myself by having a draft post for each upcoming week so I can log in, cross out what I completed, or make a note, and then make my final thoughts on the day before (or day of) check in. This is the only way I’ve stayed on track  with check-ins. (Let’s hope it lasts!)
      4. Post “The Sunday Post” on…Sunday: You can check it out, HERE. I do the same thing with this post, as I do with the check-ins. Throughout the week I add information, links, books I bought and other info to the draft post, and then I can get it up and out on Sunday. Organization, ftw!
      5. Post one book review: A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James This books was so freaking amazing-check out my review if you’d like to. It’s historical fiction, romance and a fairy tale re-telling. Totally my cat nip! I also posted a review of the audio book I listened to, Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
      6. Walk 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time I walked 7 times this week,and each walk varied from 2.1-2.5 miles! My feet and thighs are all ‘wtf are you doing, woman!’ but other than that, I’m loving it! 

     

    I’m tweaking my goals for next week just a bit, since I have the rest of a MS to read from one of my CPs (which is so good! I totally am loving it!) and I want to see if a timed goal for writing will help me get my butt in gear, as opposed to a word count goal:

      1. Write 1 hour per day on “West Merriton”
      2. Revise 20 pages this week on “Wanted”
      3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday
      4. Post the weekly meme, “The Sunday Post”, on the blog by…Sunday
      5. Post one book review
      6. Walk a minimum of 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time

     

    Last -and most important- I wanted to let y’all know that, one of my friends, and a fellow ROW-er, Fallon Brown, is publishing her first book next week!! How exciting is this?!  I know I’m freaking out, because–> New book! ROW-er! Fantastic story and characters! Awesome Cover! Good friend and Writer! Can you tell I get a bit excited over things like this? *throws confetti and dances around the house in glee, just for good measure* Here is a look at the cover and if you click it, you’ll be taken to the book’s Goodreads page with the blurb and other information:

    So, lots of excitement this week upcoming: Fallon’s book will be out, Camp NaNo is winding down, and goals need to be met. How are your goals going? Have you hit a wall yet or changed up your goals and/or routine? I hope everyone had a great week and good luck with your goals!


  3. Audio Book Review: Dark Prince (Dark, #1) by Christine Feehan

    April 19, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    Title: Dark Prince (Dark, #1)

    Author: Christine Feehan

    Publisher: Books in Motion

    Publication Date: January 19, 2006

    My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Blurb:

    Prince of the Night. 

    He came to her in the night, a predator — strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.

    Lady of the Light

    She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.

    My Thoughts:

    This is going to be short and sweet because honestly I don’t want to waste another second of my life on this damn thing. Some of my dislikes might be because I listened to the audio version. Maybe this would have been better if I’d read it, but alas, I did not.

    Likes:

        • The idea and the world-building: the setting was also a plus. It made me want to research this area of the world and look at maps and whatnot. As for the idea, it was a good one. But when you combine these two characters with all that has to go into the first  in any series (background information, meeting all the primary and secondary characters, lore and the world itself), it was a bit overwhelming.
        • Gregory: I hope he gets a book. I also liked the other Carpathians that we are introduced to, and are on Mikhail’s side. I just hope they aren’t as obsessive and possessive as Mikhail. (More on him, later)
        • I liked that Mikhail could ease the mental anguish Raven was going through because of her ‘gift’. Her gift was not one I would ever want, nor could I survive it. So him being able to help, a definite plus.

     

    Dislikes:

        • Raven: I didn’t totally hate her. However, I disliked how she would make ridiculous decisions (like walking in the woods, ALONE, when there was a nutjob out there), and then couldn’t help herself, like at all. And there were a lot of times that she came off as whiny and helpless. And if I heard how little she was one more time I was going to punch someone in the throat. Everything about her was little this, and little that. Except her hair. Her hair was heavy. All the time, that’s what you’re told, over and over! And at one point it was so heavy she could barely lift it, because she was so damn little! I mean, seriously!? One of my other pet peeves was her waffling: one minute she was terrified of Mikhail, the next she couldn’t imagine herself without him, and then the next, she was pissed off for him making all her decisions for her. If she was okay with him being a possessive nutjob, fine. But stop the back and forth!
        • Mikhail: Look, I like a alpha hero. I even like an alpha-hole at times. But dear god, this guy was a nutjob. Raven needed a restraining order, at the very least. I know, he’s 600 years old and needs some manners and also to read some of the basic books on feminism, but still, he was a bit much, even for me. And the fact he kept his secrets for as long as he did (and the fact that she didn’t figure it out despite the obviousness of it all) bothered the hell out of me.
        • The word and word phrase repetitions: velvet; fire; heat; burning; hard; There were so many times words were repeated to the point where I was rolling my eyes heavenward, begging for salvation. Seriously, if I heard it being said how hot or hard or burning or on fire they were, I was going to kill this audiobook with actual fire. However, I somehow fought my urge to do so. (Mainly because I don’t think the library would have approved of my methods.)

     

    So with all my dislikes and low rating you’d think I’d have just DNF’ed it, huh? Nope. Not me. I had to finish it and see how it all played out. Now, I do admit to zoning out a time or two when things were just…bad, but I am glad I stuck with it to the end. At least I can say I finished it, right? And oddly, even though I’m not entirely sold on the main characters in this world, I will likely read more of this series. If for nothing else than to see what happens with the other guys and who they find as their lifemates. I just hope that I can like them a bit more than I liked Raven and Mikhail. So, while I give a below average rating, I guess it’s the mark of a good storyteller that I want to continue with this series, despite that, right?

    Oh, and before I forget, here are some buy links, if you’re so inclined: Amazon and Barnes and Noble

    Have you read this book or series? What did you think? And was I crazy to keep listening? Have you ever hated a book but wanted to continue the series despite your dislike for it? If so, what was the series? Let me know your thoughts and comments below!

    *This audio book was on loan from the local library and all opinions are my own.*


  4. Book Review: A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James

    April 16, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    Title: A Kiss At Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) 

    Author: Eloisa James

    Publication Date: July 27, 2010

    Publisher: Avon

    My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blurb:

    Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

    Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

    Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’tlove her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

    Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

    Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

    Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

    Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

    My Thoughts:

    <3!!! I mean, I cannot give enough stars, hearts, and exclamation points for this book. Fairy tale retellings are some of my favorites so, I had a feeling I would enjoy this, but I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much.

    Kate is fun, funny and proud. And has an evil step-mother who I wanted to punch in the throat a few times. The step-sister, at first glance, seems like something that doesn’t fall too far from the tree. But, she is more layered than that, and I loved seeing her develop throughout the book. And the secondary characters, including Kate’s “godmother” were great.

    Gabriel–well, he was hot, and he was generally good. But man, he was such an idiot at times. I mean, talk about clueless! There were a few times I wanted to punch him in the throat, but he made up for those times, in the end. My main issue with him was that he went to the ball (I won’t say more than that or where Kate was at the time, because I don’t want to give it away), but I get that -at the time- he was tied up with his duty. And being a man, it took him awhile to get his head on straight and understand what his real priorities were. But still, it annoyed me that Kate was, well., there and he was going back and forth, like she was a secret that he had to hide. (And yes, I know they had to keep things secret, but still, I wanted to scream at him at that point.)

    This book provided a great balance of humor, sweetness and sexy times. And as I mentioned, the secondary characters and the way that so many of them were rooting for Kate, well it was just a true pleasure to read. Towards the end, when Gabriel told Kate what he and the others would give up to support the castle, and how he’d worked to get an advance for a book, all so he and Kate could get married and make it all work. She could barely tell him her news, he just kept going on and on! And his reaction when it finally sunk in made me giggle.

    And Chapter 41, well that was just splendid.

    Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

    “Well, I don’t. Because it’s better to live like a flame, Kate, to know a man and love him, even if he can’t be yours, than never love at all.”

    “He said it aloud, because there was no reason to be silent. “I am-undone. She has undone me.” And his hand closed around the glass slipper.”

    And the scene towards the end, with the funeral pyre. It brought everything full circle, all their conversations and time they’d spent together. It was like watching movie when Kate saw him. It was glorious and had me twirling around the room in happiness, grinning like a love sick fool. I’m looking forward to reading more from this series, in the very near future!

    You can find this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.

    *This book was a self-purchase and all opinions are my own*


  5. Stalled: A ROW80 Check-In

    April 16, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    It’s cold here. Like, so cold it snowed last night and the snow stuck–as in, the ground is covered. What is that about? The weather is so bizarre. I wish Mother Nature could decide whether it’s spring, or still winter. This back and forth is driving me nuts!

    And I say this knowing that, by July, I will likely be lamenting how humid it is and how I need to get central air in my house. I think I really need to find a place to live that isn’t too cold/snowy in the winter and lacks the humidity we get in the summer. So far, I’ve yet to have any luck though. *keeps looking*

    But anyway, this week hasn’t gotten off to a great start, in terms of my writing or my revision plans. In fact, I’ve done little of it, spending Sunday and Monday (and part of Tuesday) doing my taxes instead. And I needed an escape from reality after all those numbers, so I read a book and finished the audio book I was listening to. I did the latter by walking, a lot, and enjoying the 80 degree weather we had Sunday and Monday. (See, totally crazy weather!)  I also managed to get some yard work done with the help of my mom and nephew. I’m still not able to do as much as I used to in terms of lifting and carrying and such, but I’m getting there. And it was nice to spend time with family and get things done. (Though now that it’s covered in snow, I don’t know what the results will be when it all melts…again.)

    Anyway, I’m going to stop babbling now. *grins* Here’s a recap of my goals for the week:

    1. Write 8813 words on “West Merriton”: 0
    2. Revise a minimum of 40 pages on “Wanted”: 0
    3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday
    4. Post “The Sunday Post” on…Sunday :)
    5. Post one book review This is done and scheduled to go up tomorrow. I spent the afternoon #row80 sprint yesterday finishing a second book review and starting a third. I am trying to do my reviews right after I finish reading and that way I don’t forget and have them in my queue, ready to go.
    6. Walk 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time: I’ve hit 3 out of 5 walks so far, and each of those walks was a minimum of 2 miles (which takes anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on if I’m walking the dog, taking a leisurely pace, or speed walking). I’m taking today off though. I think. (This depends on whether it warms up at all when I get home. I’ve come to quite enjoy my walks and even with snow and cold, I think I might miss it.)

     

    As I said, I didn’t get anything done in either the writing or the revision areas. But that’s the tax man’s fault, in my opinion. Now that those are finished though, I should be able to catch up on my goals. *fingers crossed*

    How are you doing this week? Has the crazy weather had you as confused as I am? I hope you’re week is going well and good luck with your goals!


  6. The Sunday Post [13]: Another Week, Another Sunday Post

    April 13, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As her blog says, “it’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.” For more information and rules, see here: Sunday Post Meme

     

    It is a gorgeous day outside and all I want to do is go outside and lay on the grass so I can soak up as much sun as possible. I won’t do this since the ground is still smushy from the rain we got last night, but the idea is there, so that has to count for something, right?!  I feel like the weather has really turned a page here in Central New York state. Today is in the seventies, so was yesterday, and Monday is supposed to be even nicer. It’s been great because I’ve been able to get my walking in and open a few windows in the house. I’ve also been able to open up the enclosed front porch which is my favorite place in my house. Last summer (before I got sick and ended up in the hospital), I had been cleaning it out and fixing it up so I could use it as an office during the nicer weather. For the couple months I had been able to use it, I loved it. I was so productive, feeling the summer breeze as I worked. But by the time I had come home from the hospital in November, it was closed up tight and too cold to work out there, anyway. It needed a good cleaning but I did that this morning, and I am already enjoying the benefits of it.

    And isn’t it just great, after a long winter, being able to open up the windows and let that clean air fill the house after being closed all winter? It might be my favorite time of year.

    Anyway, here’s what happened this week:

    On the Blog:

    ROW80, Round 2: Let the Writing Begin: this is where I set out my goals for the next 80 days of the ROW80 challenge

    ROW80: First Check-in: Check-ins are, generally, twice a week. I tend to forget to check in on Wednesdays, though. This week, I didn’t.

    Book Review: The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter

    The First Week of ROW80, in Review

    Around the Web:

    I got nothing for this. Between writing, reading, and the day job, I didn’t get to spend too much time looking around the web. I will try harder for next week. :)

    Books Bought and What I’m Currently Reading:

     

    I grabbed Mate of her Heart based on a review of the second book which really intrigued me. (I have to read books in order, even if they don’t need to be. I know…I’m weird. LOL)

    Dom Wars was free and since I had heard from others in some of the GR groups I’m in that it was a good book, I figured I would pick it up and get to it…eventually. When Wishes Collide was also a freebie and since I had the first in this series, I figured, what the heck?

    Moonrise, by Anne Stuart, was 99 cents so I had to snap it up. Again, an Anne Stuart novel for 99 cents?! I could not, in good conscience, pass that up.

    Black Angel was also 99 cents, and there were mixed reviews on this, but I went for it anyway. Whenever there are mixed reviews, I find I want to read the book even more since I want to see just how a book can get such diverse reactions.

    Courting Cate was also free (and something I saw on someone’s Sunday Post from last week. I can’t remember whose blog it was at the moment. Darn memory.)  And although it’s outside of my usual sub-genre, I have read a few Amish and inspirational romances that I’ve loved.

    Once again, I think I did really well keeping new book purchases low this week and my book budget -and budget in general- is happy about that. *pats self on the back for my restraint* Let’s hope it lasts!

    I am still, STILL, trying to get through Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. I don’t know if it is the narrator that is making me want to throw myself out a window, or the story itself. But I am determined to finish it-I won’t DNF it because (1) I’m hoping it makes sense when I get to the end-that all this angst and nonsense was for something; and (2) I’ve spent so much time already, if I just quit, I’ll feel like it was all a waste. . I just wish I knew how many chapters this was. For whatever reason, the audio version didn’t list them, though the narrator delineates them in the reading. I’m at 18. I’m just praying it will be over soon. [And if anyone has the ebook or kindle version and can leave me a note in the comments how many chapters in total this book is, I will be forever grateful. I might even name a child after you. Or a cat. Someday. :D ]

    I’m also reading The Will by Kristen Ashley. I was hoping to get this book done yesterday but a last minute day trip to St. Bonaventure University -my alma mater and where my cousin is considering going in the fall- scattered my best laid plains to the winds.It was a long trip (4 hours each way) but so much fun. I also stocked up on t-shirts and coffee mugs at the bookstore because one can never have enough Bona gear.

    Camp NaNoWriMo, ROW80 & Life, in general:

    I’ve been posting on the blog this week about my progress and you can check out the links in the “on the blog” section if you want to see how I’m doing. In a nutshell though, I’m still on track to hit my Camp NaNo goal (which is to write 40k words and complete the revisions of one of my manuscripts) by the end of the month. ROW80 -a writing challenge that has come to mean a lot to me over the years and through which I’ve met so many writer friends- also started this week and is helping me meet my Camp goals and my overall writing goals for the year. Even though I write, I still have a dayjob, so ROW80 helps me balance things like writing, blogging, and even my exercise goals. And that balance is a good thing, since it keeps me from flailing around like Kermit hyped up on caffeine.

    So, after this week of words, walking (I walked 6 times this week for a total of 11 miles. My feet are like “wtf are your doing to us?!), work (the grading of essays never seems to end), blogging and reading, I’m completely knackered. Next week I’ll have more of the same on the blog–a book review (or maybe two!), my ROW80 check in(s), and anything else that comes up. I’m thinking of doing some quick posts, maybe once a week, on music and my writing. All my books and characters have their “playlists”, so I’m going to try and figure out a way to share some of that with everyone out there. I will think on this and see what I can come up with.

    How was your week? Has spring finally arrived where you are? What are you doing to take advantage of the nicer weather? I hope everyone had a great week and see you next Sunday!


  7. ROW80: The First Week of the Round, in Review

    April 13, 2014 by Kat Morrisey

    The first week of RoW80 is complete! I can’t believe it. It seemed like just yesterday I was putting together my plan for the year, and this Round. Does anyone else think that sometimes time seems to speed up, especially when goals need to be met?

    In addition to my goals for ROW80, there has been a lot going on for the day job. It’s that time of year at the college where students are coming to me asking me how they can pass the class. Though a good number of students who are in the A and B range in my EN101 classes, there are more students than I’d like at the D or F level. This is mainly because they just don’t show up and/or don’t do the work. It’s really difficult for me, because I hate failing students. But I can’t pass them just because I feel bad. The numbers are the numbers, and showing no effort in class, and no desire to do the work…well, there isn’t much I can do. Let’s hope the students who are failing get their acts together before the semester ends in a few weeks.

    Anyway, let’s get on with this week’s ROW80 check-in, shall we? Here were my goals from last week, with notes about my progress:

    1. Write 9340 words a week on my Camp NaNo projects (“Wanted & “West Merriton”):
      • I only wrote 6818 words this week but even so, I’m still on track to finish by April 30th so I’m not too worried about that.
    2. Revise a minimum of 10 pages on any WiP (or a combo of WiPs) per week
      • For “Lucy” I’ve revised the first 38 (as of Wed) pages. And this was not the plan, but it happened anyway. I had to add a scene in the beginning and the next thing I knew I had revised the first third. *facepalms*
      • As for “Wanted”, I’ve revised a significant amount of pages (about 60, or one third of the MS).
      • Thoughts for the week–> Revising is exhausting and for whatever reason revisions had my focus this week.  Next week I’m going to tweak this goal a little, to balance the writing and the revisions. 
    3. Blog: check in Wednesday and Sunday for ROW80
    4. Blog: post The Sunday Post on, wait for it…….Sunday This is done and scheduled to be posted later today. :)
    5. Blog: post a minimum of one book review per week–> The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
    6. Walk a minimum of 3 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time
        • I squashed this goal! I walked six times this week! And using the MapMyWalk app on my phone, I can now figure out how many miles I’ve walked and how long it takes. This week alone, I walked about 11 miles. That’s just, crazy! I never thought I could do that, especially after being sick and my surgery. And the walking is helping me relax and sleep so much better, too. 

       

    My goals for next week are:

    1. Write 8813 words on “West Merriton” (“Wanted” is basically done in terms of “new” scenes/chapters. It had been part 1 of my Camp goal to add 10k new words to this WiP, and I did. So I will focus on revisions for this now.
    2. Revise a minimum of 40 pages on “Wanted” (I know, it seems like a lot, but I am going to ignore revisions on “West Merriton for the week”
    3. Check in for #row80 on Wednesday and Sunday
    4. Post “The Sunday Post” on…Sunday :)
    5. Post one book review
    6. Walk 5 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each time: I’m changing this from 3 times to 5. I’m feeling very motivated about this goal. 

     

    How did you do tackling your ROW80 goals during this first week? Does anyone else like to walk/exercise using the MapMyWalk app (or MapMyRun or similar app)? I hope you have a relaxing Sunday and see you next week!