Marriage, Fishing Film, and Whooping: #ROW80

This month, my husband and I are celebrating our 19 years of marriage. Whenever we’re in a crowd, I still think my husband is the smartest, handsomest, and funniest guy in the room. These days, we have a few more wrinkles, more love handles, and more concerns about our retirement account. But we also have two fabulous children, a lot of hard-earned wisdom about relationships and life, and a love that has deepened over time. Rather than keep up this super-sappy, aren’t-we-happy essay, let me tell you one thing we did for our anniversary weekend.

We went to a theatre in town and saw a British film called Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

This one has a big thumbs-up from me. I loved it.

Now I hate when someone gushes about a film so much that when you go see it, you’re disappointed because nothing but a personal appearance of the entire cast of the Star Wars trilogy in your living room could live up to that. So don’t go in expecting the highlight of your life, but Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a lovely comedy with interesting characterization, clever dialogue, and a quirky story that will have you rooting for fish. Yes, you heard me correctly: fish.

Speaking of rooting, I love having my ROW80 colleagues rooting for me to succeed in my goals. Your cheerleading has paid off because here is this week’s report:

  • Log 5,000 words per week on young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER. This should result in a completed first draft. Well, paint me silver and call me sterling! I logged a whopping 10,331 words on SHARING HUNTER. But don’t start whooping yet . . . because I also wrote 1,176 words on a short story. Okay, now whoop.
  • If first draft is finished, edit once through SHARING HUNTER. Waiting on #1.
  • Work on pitch and synopsis for DFW Writers’ Conference (taking place May 20-22). Not yet.
  • If I get all of that done, edit through THE YEAR OF FIRSTS, my middle grade novel. Waiting on 3 tasks above.
  • Read one writing craft book: Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for WritersCleared the first 60 pages.
  • Read through March/April issue of The Writer’s Digest. No further on this one, but I had read a few articles already.
  • Take course from Tiffany Inman Lawson on 77 Secrets to Writing YA Fiction that Sells from the Margie Lawson Writers Academy. Starting in May.
  • Read 10 books keeping to my At-Least-3 Reading Challenge for 2012. On track. Finished GETTING RID OF BRADLEY by Jennifer Cruisie and now reading GRACELING by Kristin Cashore.
  • Post ROW80 updates on Sundays. Done.
  • Exercise three times a week — length of time to be determined. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I must make this a priority!

So how is your ROW80 week shaping up? Do you need a whoop for your progress? Or a little more rooting for your success?

Be sure to check out my fab fellow writers at the ROW80 link.

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24 thoughts on “Marriage, Fishing Film, and Whooping: #ROW80

  1. What a great week! Happy Anniversary to you.
    The movie sounds right up my alley. Old Ewan is always a pleasure to watch – and in any role. :} I haven’t seen any previews for it! I’m so behind it all! Ha.
    You’ve had a productive week. Here’s to the same for this one!

    1. Thanks, Nadja! The film was only showing in 3 theaters in Houston, so it’s not everywhere. But it would even be worth renting later. Have a great week!

  2. Wow, did you crank out the words – great job! And all that while celebrating your anniversary – congrats! Now keep up that momentum in the editing! 🙂

  3. Excellent, fantastic, terrific, amazing, extraordinary work Julie! You go girl. Wow. That’s a LOT of writing in one week. Maybe that will be me in Round 3. Gotta do lots of plotting this round. The Writer’s Journey is on my to read list.

    The movie looks good, I watched the trailer and I really like Emily Blunt.

    Have another great week.

  4. Amazing word count, Julie! Congrats! Happy anniversary! It’s nice to hear women gush about their husbands after many years of being together! Wishing you another great week!

  5. OMG, what a week, wow that word count is something…day dreaming…thanks for your patients 🙂
    Happy Anniversary!! Love Jennifer Cruisie and I’m so excited for Bitterblue (hope you are enjoying Graceling), finally it’s coming. I hope you have another tremendous week!!

    1. Thanks! I am enjoying Graceling so far. I know that there are sequels, but I haven’t looked at their titles. As usual, my to-be-read pile rivals the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Have a great week!

      1. I have that same leaning tower and every day it leans more, b/c I keep adding more! The 2nd book came out a couple years ago and now finally in May the 3rd is finally arriving. It has been a long wait!! Have no idea when I’ll read it, but I know I will.

  6. Happy Anniversary! Woot! I jut completed eight years, but I feel the same about my hubby. I do hope to feel like that forever! His grandparents complete 62 years of marriage last month – I want to get there too 😉
    And what a whooping word count! I’m a little jealous LOL Because of that, I’m forgiving you missing your exercise hehehe
    Have a great one, Julie!

    1. I had been jealous of others’ word counts, and then I decided to get inspired by them. 🙂 And I so appreciate the forgiveness, Juliana. I was worried that I might need to perform exercise absolution to get it! Thanks so much.

    1. Thanks! The beauty of ROW80: You have 80 days to make progress, one bad week doesn’t sink the ship, and you have a bunch of cheerleaders whooping for you on the sidelines! We laugh at the pathetic!

      Seriously, I hope it goes better from here for you. And yes, a downed computer is a reasonable excuse for not getting some stuff done. Best wishes!

  7. Happy anniversary! I’ve been hearing good things about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen from my friends. I’ll have to try and make time to see it (I spent this past weekend reliving 6th grade and rewatching Titanic, lol). Great job on all of the writing!

    1. Thanks, Lena! Hope you can see the movie soon. I remember seeing Titanic, but I have no idea when that came out. I was definitely older than 6th grade though. LOL.

  8. Happy anniversary, and thanks for the movie review. I’ll have to try and catch that one.

    You are kicking it on goals. You inspire me. I’ve got to get to writing & embrace the fact that undone and unsettled is a way of life (thanks for your comment on that one!). Hope the words are still a’flowing.

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