Life’s a Beach and #ROW80

This photo of me was taken on Friday, and yes, that is the beach in the background! My best friend and I have an annual tradition of taking one day in the school year, dropping off our kids, and heading to Galveston for the day. We sit in camp chairs, read books, eat snacks, and chat. We also wade into the ocean, swim, jump waves, and chat. Then we go somewhere to change clothes, eat lunch, and chat. It’s a day I look forward to and enjoy every year. What a great tradition!

However, this relaxing mini-vacation will have to last me for a little while. I will be spending the next two weeks preparing for the DFW Writers’ Conference. My hope is to have a completed first draft of my young adult contemporary novel and be ready to pitch my cozy mystery. In order to accomplish those goals, I may need to cut back on blog reading and commenting, social media time, and reading other fiction. Trust me, I will catch up when I return from the conference.

In the meantime, here’s the report on my ROW80 goals:

  • Log 5,000 words per week on young adult novel, SHARING HUNTER. This should result in a completed first draft. 4313 for the week. I didn’t quite make my goal, but I well exceeded it the last two weeks and chose to use some of my writing time to get ahead on blogging.
  • 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). Starting to delve into this one 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 read a few more chapters, but I will be taking a break from this goal until after the DFW Writers’ Conference.
  • Read through March/April issue of The Writer’s Digest. Why can’t I get to this goal?!
  • Take course from Tiffany Inman Lawson on 77 Secrets to Writing YA Fiction that Sells from the Margie Lawson Writers Academy. The class began a couple of days ago, and I’m excited.
  • Read 10 books keeping to my At-Least-3 Reading Challenge for 2012. On track. Finishing 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 Thursday. Then I ran on the beach, about a mile or so, on Friday.

My word count was not nearly as good this week, but I spent Monday and Tuesday working on blog posts for three weeks in advance. Then on Wednesday, I steam-cleaned my carpet (which is beautiful). And then there was Friday with the day at the beach. So all in all, not a bad week!

How are my fellow writers doing with ROW80 or any other challenges, classes, or goals you have? Are you working toward any deadlines or just basking in your writing time? See the line-up of fabulous ROWers HERE.

And simply because I have the beach on my mind now, here’s a song from Blotto — a band I discovered from the cassette tape clearance bin at a record store when I was in college. My five-dollar find did not disappoint. Here’s I Want to Be a Lifeguard:

28 thoughts on “Life’s a Beach and #ROW80

  1. Congratulations on hitting your word counts in the last 2 weeks – that’s great progress! 4300 words is awesome too. 🙂

    Good luck at the conference! Keep up the hard work!

  2. Wow, it sounds like you’re quite the productive writer! Great job, and way to keep up the momentum!

    I had to cite your great advice on my blog the other week in my own update, just to let you know. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Congrats on your victories. Way to go!
    I’m with you…Sometimes the simple things (like reading an issue of WD) keeps getting put off. I think I’m going to physically create a Procrastination List for those things that I put off perpetually. When I accomplish something on the list, I will take great pleasure in making note of it.
    Anyhoo, have a great week. All the best.

    1. Thanks, Steph! I do tend to put certain tasks on the bottom of my to-do list over and over. I need to elevate ’em and knock ’em out!

  4. Your beach day sounds like a lovely, relaxing afternoon! I’d love to do something like that. The only beaches around here are manmade ones, on manmade lakes, and any time the weather’s nice, they’re way too crowded to be relaxing. So maybe a day at the historical park or something. And good on you for three weeks’ worth of blogs! I so need to do that before I go on vacation this summer. Keep up the good work, and have a great week!

    1. Anytime you want to go to the beach, Jennette, I’m there! But just a day outside in the refreshing air can do wonders for one’s morale. Have a great week.

  5. You have a lot of goals, yet you seem to be doing really well with them, especially the writing ones. Congratulations! And good for you to attend the DFW Writer’s Conference. Make sure you have business cards as well as your synopsis. Have a great writing week!

  6. You are making excellent progress! And the beach mini-vacation is awesome, easy access to a beach has to be the one thing I miss most about living in the desert. Have fun at the conference. Wishing you a fabulous week.

    1. Thanks, Raelyn! I lived in Albuquerque for a while and, although I enjoyed that area, I missed the coast. Have a wonderful week yourself!

  7. Beach day sounds like a lot of fun. Good for you!

    Best of luck at the conference. You’ll do great! As far as my progress, I floundered this week. We had an unforeseen event throw off the family schedule which, in turn, threw off my personal schedule. I intend to write my goals today and get back on track. Keep on writing! 🙂

  8. Sounds like the beach day was fantastic and YAY for all those words and hitting your exercising goals!! *fist pumps and cheers!* Looks like you’ve made some great progress and good luck getting ready for the conference. Have a wonderful week!

  9. The beach sounds great – nice to get there before it’s beastly hot in a month or so. I’m probably not going to get there until it’s HOT.

    Wish I could go to DFW – good luck with your pitches! I look forward to some great news on that front. 🙂

    1. Living in South Texas almost all of my life, I’m pretty used to the super-hot days. In fact, my friend and I were commenting on the cool wind and how it could have been hotter for our taste. But I’m a cold weather wimp. Enjoy the beach whenever you get there and have a great week, Julia!

  10. Impressive. Not only did you accomplish a ton this week, but you kept a lovely tradition alive. Good for you! I really like your plan to cut back and make a big push on your WIP to get it in shape for DFW. Brilliant.

    1. It is a lovely tradition, S.J.! Thanks. I will likely have some withdrawal from visiting blogs, but something’s gotta give this close to the conference. And I know I can catch up later. Have a great week!

  11. It is a great tradition! So nice! And I’m jealous you went to the beach LOL
    And you did so well on your goals! Go, Julie, go!

  12. Hello – popping in to say Hi as I’ve newly joined ROW80. Congratulations on your achievements and also on your mini-vacation. Enjoy the conference and I hope your pitch goes well.

    1. Welcome to ROW80! I hope you find our community to be friendly and supportive; I have. Thanks for your well-wishes. Have a great writing week!

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