The Perfect WiFi Spot and #ROW80

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While I have a great writing nook in my house, there are days when the to-do list at home weighs too heavily on me or I need a little background noise or different lighting to have a productive day. Thankfully, my best friend’s job requires laptop work, and we sometimes head to a coffee shop or restaurant to eat a little, chat a little, and work a lot. We’ll spend up to four or five hours in one place pounding away at our keyboards, and sometimes even order breakfast and then lunch from the same place.

However, in our quest for the perfect WiFi spot, we are down to only a few options. We end up at Dunn Bros. Coffee and Café Express more times than I care to count. (We have also gone to Starbucks, but meals aren’t their forte.) So now I’m on the quest for other spots where we can work. Important factors include:

  • Reliable WiFi connection
  • Electric outlets for recharging laptops
  • Reasonably sized tables
  • Decent lighting
  • Good drink choices
  • Breakfast/lunch menu
  • Drink dispensers that we can access on our own without having to ask a server for a refill (optional, but nice)
  • Not being shooed away with words or looks from the restaurant staff

I don’t think that’s too much to ask. So I’m opening the floor: What’s your perfect WiFi spot? What restaurant or coffee shop have you found that works for you? Do you have suggestions for places I should try?

I guess whatever I did last week, though, worked well for my writing. Here is this week’s ROW80 report:

  • Log 5,000 words per week on young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER. This should result in a completed first draft. Another fabulous week on this goal. I added 8,457 words to the novel. My WIP now sits at 56k+ words.
  • 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). The conference will be here before I know it, so I’ve got to start tackling this goal THIS WEEK.
  • If I get all of that done, edit through THE YEAR OF FIRSTS, my middle grade novel which is in second draft form and has been gathering dust for a few months. Waiting on 3 tasks above.
  • Read one writing craft book. My choice this round is Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. I only read one more chapter since last week.
  • 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 GRACELING by Kristin Cashore and reading THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY by G.K. Chesterton.
  • Post ROW80 updates on Sundays. Done.
  • Exercise three times a week — length of time to be determined. I went to Zumba on Tuesday and missed Thursday. Once a week is not enough.

It was a mixed week. I’m happy with the word count, but a few of my other goals need to move up my priority list.

How’s your week gone? Be sure to support my fellow ROWers HERE.

20 thoughts on “The Perfect WiFi Spot and #ROW80

    1. My husband is an S.A. native. Great city! Olmos Perk doesn’t seem far from where we go when we visit family in the area. I’ll keep that in mind when we’re in town and I need some writing time. Thanks, Julia!

      And yes, I’d love to see you at DFW Con next year. 🙂

      1. When you come, we should meet! Tweet with me, and we’ll set up a time/place.
        Olmos Perk doesn’t do much in the way of meals, but it’s not far from some good places nearby.

  1. So proud of you with your writing goals! You had a great week, and you’re nailing those word counts. And lucky you on having a writing nook. I wish!

    1. As to the writing nook, I ascribe to Virginia Woolf’s claim that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” I don’t know if it’s a “must” but it sure is nice work if you can get it. Thanks, Stacy!

  2. Awesome word count, Julie! It won’t be long before you have that draft finished and are pressing on to the other writing goals. I like how you planned ahead – which is a great way to keep the momentum going and something I’ll have to look into incorporating. Best of luck at DFW, I’m sure you’ll do great.

    Have a fantastic week 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gene! I’m looking forward to having that first draft done. I like the process of writing, though, so I’m happy to keep plugging away for now. Have a great week!

  3. Awesome job, Julie! You’re rocking the ROW!
    What did you think of Graceling? I really, really liked it!
    Here’s to another great week!

    1. Thanks, Juliana! I enjoyed the story and the writing of Graceling; however, the progression of the story and some inconsistencies bothered me a little. Maybe it’s just me. I’d still give it a solid thumbs-up.

  4. Favorite WiFi spot…hmm…I don’t have one, unless you count my house, LOL. But I completely understand what you’re talking about.

    Looks like you had a great week, kudos. Wishing you all the best for the upcoming one!

  5. I’m envious of your writing nook! Can’t help with the wifi, but if you ever get to Ohio, maybe! In any case, congrats on getting the words down! And better luck this week on the fitness, etc. I’m struggling a little there too.

  6. Wow, you ROW girl, ROW!! I’m so impressed with the word count. Great job!

    I go to my local public library, which has a cafe. I can sit in a quiet, sunny spot for hours and refill my beverage and purchase light snacks. They don’t mind if I bring my own lunch either (which is good for me being on a gluten- and dairy-free diet). Another place I’ve been meaning to try is a local coffee shop around the corner from my house called “Joe’s Coffee.” Thanks for the reminder by writing this post. 🙂 I wish I could help you out, but I don’t go to any chain shops for my Wi-Fiing. Good luck in your search, and keep writing.

    1. I am in love with the idea of a public library providing such a spot. I’m tempted to take your comment to my local library (which I generally love) and city council to get that happening soon.

  7. Sounds like you’re doing great on the the goals, even if there are a couple of areas for improvement. Aren’t there always? 🙂

    I never go to coffee shops, so I don’t have much to contribute, I’m afraid!

    1. Thanks, Ruth! Yes, I never seem to check off every single goal. But I guess that’s why it’s a challenge; I shoot higher than I can easily achieve.

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