Cool or Clueless? #ROW80 Update

I tell my kids I’m hip and cool. But they don’t believe it. And now I realize, why should they? Here’s a snippet of conversation my husband and I had last week:

Hubby:  [reading news on computer] So Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel.
Me:  Jessica Biel?
Hubby: Yeah.
Me:  Wait, who is she?
Hubby: You remember Flashdance?
Me:  Oh yeah, Jessica Biel. I remember her. Isn’t she a little old for him?
Hubby: Justin Timberlake’s not that young.
Me: Yes, he is . . . compared to her. What’s with all these older women going for younger guys?
Hubby:  [clicking around a little more online] Wait, she’s young. Apparently, Jessica Beals is the actress from Flashdance; this girl is Jessica Biel.
Me: Oh. [pause] Who’s Jessica Biel?

The former Mary Camden (7th Heaven) and 'N Sync lead singer

Celebrity-wise, I’m clueless. I don’t know who’s dating whom, married to whom, cheating on whom, or divorcing whom. I don’t know anything about Snooki, other than she’s from some show called Jersey Shore. I still haven’t figured out why the Kardashians are a big hit. And I have absolutely no idea how many children Brad and Angelina now have. (Do they?)

While I don’t keep up with the celebrity news, I did keep up last week with my novel in progress! I’ll count that as hip and cool in the writer club. Here’s how it went:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Finished January 19.
  • Write 2,500 1,500 words per week on young adult novel, Sharing HunterI wrote five days last week, which was pretty dang wonderful. The #ROW80/ #teamsprinty word sprints were valuable — or invaluable, depending on how you look at it. All in all, I logged 9,281 words on my WIP! Yes, I trashed some of those, but I got several scenes written and can feel my story heating up.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Posted Me, in One Word Only and ROW80 on Sunday and The Fun Encyclopedia: Alphabet Game on Wednesday and I Know I Should Follow Your Blog But… on Friday.
  • Comment on at least 10 15 blogs per week (not counting ROW80 update comments). I commented 31 times. Good gracious! I did visit several new places. I will likely be dropping this goal next round because I’m now in the habit of visiting blogs, both favorites and newbies, and commenting when I want.
  • Read one writing craft book. Finished On Writing by Stephen King. For those asking what I thought of On Writing, I didn’t get as much out of it as others have. Check out Lesann Berry’s post in which she invites you to share you favorite writing craft book.
  • Read five eight fiction books. I have read 10 fiction books, having recently finished Devilish by Maureen Johnson.
  • Exercise three times per week. Walk one mile three times per week. I walked 1.7 miles on Tuesday on 2 miles on Saturday. I didn’t get my three times in, but I did walk more than 3 miles.
  • Read through Writer’s Digest magazine issue. Finished.

Added goals for last week:

  • Research agents and select top choices for pitch session at the DFW Writers’ Conference. I did one pass through the list and eliminated those who definitely don’t match up. I still have plenty of research to do.
  • Write and enter a scene for Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell Dirty Fighting Extravaganza. I sent my entry to Jenny on Friday with the subject line: “Look out, ninjas…I’m fighting dirty.” Regardless of what happens, it was an excellent exercise and fun to write. It made me write a lot more dialogue than I typically do in a scene.

We’re coming to the home stretch of ROW80! I’m already starting to think about how these goals will change for the next round. Hope to see you there too.

So how’s it going for you? Are you feeling cool or clueless with your ROW80 progress? Are you finishing strong? Let’s keep cheering each other on through the finish line; check out the fellow ROWers HERE.

22 thoughts on “Cool or Clueless? #ROW80 Update

  1. hey julie! i wish i was clueless about celebs, but my day job requires me to use up brain space on them 😛
    when is your conference? very exciting. pitching at them is such a useful way to get a foot in the door.
    happy sunday!

  2. Wow, you are kicking some serious booty in those goals – great job!

    I don’t follow celebrity news, either. I’m just not that interested. Besides with the writing, who has time? I’m lucky to get in an episode of House or NCIS, and that usually happens while I’m reading email.

  3. Wow Julie, you Rocked it this week! I’m impressed with all that you accomplished so who cares is you don’t know what going on in the entertainment industry! Look what you got done! I’m inspired! So have another inspiring great week girl! Thanks! 🙂

  4. OMG, almost 10K? That’s awesome! Did you sprint every day? I so need to finish my plotting stuff and dig into writing. I follow celebrity news, but not carefully. Sadly, I do know who the Kardashians are, and I’ll never understand why they’re popular.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Wow, Julie! You are doing awesome! I need to start checking back in at #teamsprinty. I need to see awesome results like you. I loved your celebrity news. I am soo like you. LOL

    1. Thanks, Debra! Would love to see you at #teamsprinty. I should be there at 1:00 CST sometime this week, and there are always great encouragers on that hashtag and #ROW80.

  6. KICKIN’ WEEK Julie – love it! Wow on all fronts – girl – you are the master at balancing it all and that word count is ahhmazing! Luv it.
    P.S. I am a celebrity dunce as well – NO IDEA and I’m ok with it. We are totally still cool!!!

    1. Now that Natalie Hartford has called me cool, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I feel all pink and pampered! 😉 Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  7. I always tell my hubby, “What’s ‘news’ today is ‘olds’ tomorrow.” I gave up TV for writing last year so I’m VERY behind. However, Flashdance was back in junior high (when I did care) and it was Jennifer Beals. 🙂

    You keep smokin’ those goals, girlfriend!!!

  8. I think you’re fabulous, Julie! Those goals ROCKED. And I wouldn’t worry too much about knowing who’s married to whom and who is having who’s baby – it’s all going to change in a year or two, anyway. Sometimes you just have to focus on what’s *important* in life, and your ROW80 goals are those important things! Way to go. 🙂

  9. I wish I was more clueless about celebs, but it seems I always hear about them and that picks my interest lol
    I see your week was awesome! Great job, Julie!
    Have another great week 😉

  10. With teen daughters it is hard for me to avoid a bit of celebrity news, but I make them pay a price in sarcasm for every tidbit they inflict on my intellect. Trust me, you are safer not knowing. Awesome word count, Julie! Love #teamsprinty.

    I used to have a “blog stop” goal as well – and used it to create the habit – kudos to you for making it work and for letting it transform into a natural flow when the time came.

    Have a fantastic week 🙂

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