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.