ROW80 Update & Zumba

You would think as a sponsor of the ROW80 Writing Challenge, I would know exactly what I’m doing by now. However, I established a page on my blog for ROW80 and have thus far updated my progress there. Then I discovered this week that the Powers That Be at A Round of Words in 80 Days would prefer a distinct blog post to a page update, so here I go with Sunday and Wednesday posts as well. They will, of course, be shorter.

Here are my ROW80 goals for Round 1 of 2012:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. I got through 3 chapters of editing this week – not as much as I would like but progress nonetheless. I’m about 3/4 through.
  • Write 2,500 words per week on work in progress. Most importantly, I MUST decide which work in progress to tackle. I have two novels plotted and can’t choose which one to focus on. Both stories are tugging at my hem and begging for attention. On hold until I finish the editing.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Keeping up.
  • Comment on at least 10 blogs per week. Goal met. However, this week I want to track the number of blog posts I comment on; I haven’t taken a specific count.
  • Read one writing craft book. I got caught up reading another nonfiction book this week and did not delve into On Writing by Stephen King as planned. Hopefully, I can change that this week.
  • Read five fiction books. 2 1/2 down, 2 1/2 to go. Perhaps I should have aimed higher. I am taking on my own At-Least-3 Reading Challenge for 2012.
  • Exercise three times per week. Call me Slacker. However, I recently found out that my community is offering Zumba twice a week in the mornings. I am signing up! My body will thank me later.

In case you don’t know exactly what Zumba is, here’s an example of a few routines. I’ve seen a bunch of Zumba videos, but this one from over 5 years ago is still a great one, especially since there are both guys and gals participating and a high energy audience.

I’m thrilled to be joined by over 100 other ROW80ers! Wish them well HERE.

How’s your energy level this week? Getting your writing or editing done? Any others taking on exercise goals as well?

22 thoughts on “ROW80 Update & Zumba

  1. zumba looks so fun! let us know what you think of your class! i didn’t declare an exercise goal, but i’ve been a bit of a lump, and definitely need to start running again πŸ™‚

  2. Julie,

    That Zumba video totally got me going!! Fitness is in my goals and I think Zumba might be the answer. Something must be because parts of me are FALLING! Have a great week. πŸ™‚

  3. Zumba is great! You’ll love it πŸ˜‰
    “I MUST decide which work in progress to tackle.” I hear you. I’m finishing my novelette and I have no idea which one of my wips or ideas to go with afterward lol Good luck with that!
    Have a nice week!

  4. You will LOVE Zumba!!! It’s fantastic…takes a bit to master the steps but don’t worry…it’ll come after a class or two and you’ll be a latin dancing machine in no time!
    I think you did fantastic on your goals this past week. Amazing. I’ll be interested to hear HOW you decide between two ideas. I have three or four semi-outlined ideas that I am torn between. LOL! Good luck!!!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! I did Zumba years ago, but the location was inconvenient so I stopped. Now it’s practically in my backyard! I will definitely follow-up with how I choose my next project. I’m hoping it doesn’t involve coin-flipping or a Ouija board.

  5. I need to try Zumba. I’m so uncoordinated I’m afraid too, though. I’ve been meaning to try a 10 minute workout, but I never think of it at the right time. That’s my excuse, anyway.

    Great job on the Row80 goals. Good luck this week!

  6. Congrats on your writing progress last week – you got a ton done! I’ve actually done decently on my fitness goals, but only since I figured out how to read while on the treadmill. It’s the first time I’ve ever stuck with anything for more than a couple months, and I usually do pretty well to get my 5 workouts/week in (two of them are very short). Good luck on yours – maybe Zumba will do it for you!

  7. Sounds like you are doing well in your goals! I have also been tempted by the Zumba bug…dancing as exercise?!? Sounds awesome and fun! Perhaps I will have to dance my butt in shape as well…lol.

    I hope you have a wonderful ROW80 week!

  8. Your to-read list sounds so ambitious! I wish I could be a faster reader.

    I completely understand the dilemma of different stories pulling at you at the same time. I have a sci-fi novella that is about 1/3 written that keeps tugging at me. It’s a much smaller project than my WWII novel. Still, I feel guilty about neglecting my sci-fi story because I really love the premise.

    Zumba is fun!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Julie!

    I’ve never tried zumba, but it looks like fun. I’ve been doing very well on my fitness goals so far this year, and signed up for a ‘total body workout’ class as one of my week’s routines. It starts tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it. If not, I’ll stick with my indoor exercise DVDs and keep mixing them up.

    All the best with your reading and writing goals. I’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing and it’s fabulous. Always remember to ‘kill your darlings’! If you’re looking for other books on the subject of writing, I invite you to look back at my post from last Wednesday:

    Have a great day!

    1. Howdy Julie,
      Another great blog as usual. I really enjoy the way that your blog updates are so detailed. That is something that I will incorporate into my blog updates from now on. I wish I had the time to blog more frequently, but I’m constantly busy with work, and writing, and other obligations that my time for that is terribly small.
      I hope you enjoy the Zumba classes. I’m one of the folks who will be running in the near future. But I have some physical therapy that I need to undergo first to restore my ankles to a shape where I am not in pain when I’m walking places first. It was one of the bad parts about my last deployment, but hopefully I’ll get there in the next few months.
      Hope you get to “On Writing” soon. You’ll really enjoy it. Do you have any suggestions of writing books I might try. I’m always up for another opportunity to learn. Anyhoo have a great day!

      1. Thanks so much! My husband used to run a lot until his knees had issues. It’s tough to get back into that. Good luck.

        As to writing books, so far I’ve probably gotten the most from James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. There are some great concepts as well described in Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. I still have plenty more in my queue to get to eventually. Best wishes!

    2. Great list, Susan, and a great idea to read all those writing books! I have read Plot & Structure and Save the Cat – both of which were full of helpful advice. I will be looking back at your list when I’m ready for the next book after On Writing. Thanks for sharing it.

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