Getting Back on Track and on the Road: #ROW80

As I noted last Sunday, we are going car shopping. Here’s a reminder of why we are replacing our car:

The driver who rammed into us was found responsible, and her insurance company called the car a total loss and paid us out.

While I usually use my Sunday post to say a little something about writing or life or whatever, today I am reaching out to readers to ask for your take on vehicles. We have always had small vehicles. My husband and I both drove Toyota Corollas when we met and married, and since then we have owned a Honda Civic and a Toyota Matrix as well. Now we are in the market for something bigger. We are looking at trucks and car-based as well as truck-based SUVs.

So here are my questions for you: What type of vehicle do you drive? (I’m not looking so much for make and model as size and type.) What do you like about it? What do you dislike? Would you change what you drive if you could and why? What do you suggest I pay attention to while we are out car shopping?

Hey, y’all are here, and I might as well gather up your fabulous wisdom as we hunt for the right automobile for our family.

Now for the goals. In last week’s ROW80 update, I proclaimed that nothing worthy of note had occurred with my writing goals. Life had interrupted, disrupted, and corrupted my schedule. But I swore to come back this week with check marks on my to-do list. And here I am! The goals:

  • Finish reading Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. Check mark.
  • Cheer on the ROW80 participants. Check mark.
  • Edit at least 50 pages of SHARING HUNTER, my young adult contemporary novel. Getting into Margie Lawson’s lecture packet on Deep EDITS, so I’m working from that checklist. I got some changes made throughout the WIP as I searched beginnings and endings of chapters to shore them up.
  • Exercise at least twice this week. Um…
  • Read a couple of books written by fabulous writer friends. Still working on this, but I made a lot of progress compared to last week.
  • Scread the 196 blog posts that piled up in my queue. I have caught up with all of my blog reading (although you keep writing great posts and there are so many blogging buddies I still need to visit).
  • Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER. I did not submit a new query, but I did send in a partial submission in response to a request. I also researched other agents and will be ready for next week.

So while I’m not worthy of a gold medal, I’m getting back on track..and very soon will be back on the road with a new vehicle.

Remember to leave your car-buying advice below. And tell me how your writing is going? Are you destroying your goals or facing some challenges?

As always, give back-pats and buck-kicks as needed to my fantastic fellow ROWers. You can find them HERE. Have a blessed week!

14 thoughts on “Getting Back on Track and on the Road: #ROW80

  1. I drive SUVs! Love them. I like to feel tall inside the car (as if i wasn’t tall enough outside them) and SUVs have a great ground clearance. Also the trunk space! And the comfort 😉 I owned Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV and recommend both!
    You’re still catching up from the previous week and doing a great job on it! I’m sure soon you’ll be back in full swing!
    Congrats on the partial request!
    Have a great week!

  2. I don’t drive, so can’t offer any real advice regarding the car issues. Good luck with your next choice. I have just purchased the deep edit package too – hoping to lots there. Best of luck on your goals next week 🙂

  3. My sister-in-law loves her Honda Pilot if that’s any help. I’m rereading a James Scott Bell book. I have several of his books on my Kindle. It looks like you’re back on track with your goals. Gaining momentum is always the toughest part. Harness it this week to carry you forward. Have a great week!

    1. That’s good to know, Kathrese. I liked the Pilot when we looked at it, but I don’t know if Hubby felt the same. Indeed, momentum is what I need!!! Thanks.

  4. I have an Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer and a Subaru Outback. I love them both. I like the Explorer because I like to be up high, but I love the Outback as an outstanding all-around car. It has the benefits of being roomy like an SUV, but it’s easier to drive as it’s on a car chassis. It’s center of gravity is a bit lower than an SUV. And the gas mileage is better.

    Let me just give you a hint as to how much I love my Outback – when I got divorced, I let my husband have the house and most of our stuff. I wanted my books, clothes, dogs…and the Outback.

    He stole it and totaled it before our divorce was final, but as soon as I was fiscally able I went out and got another one. And yup, I still love it as much as I ever did. It doesn’t matter that my budget is stretched like pizza dough. I love my car.

  5. Hi Julie! First, I’m so impressed with your progress this half-week. You’ve had a lot on your plate these past few weeks and you still rocked it. I’m disappointed with myself these past two days, a bit of a slacker despite knowing exactly where I’m headed with this wip. Also, my chaptermates are starting to wonder why I’m not querying. At least I can enter another contest, right? That’s what I’ll do. Querying has to wait until I finish this next book (I’m writing a trilogy, so I’m thinking it’s the right thing to have two finished. Am I on target?)

    I love my SUVs! After last year’s hurricane when my car was destroyed, my husband wanted to buy a little commuter car. I resisted, despite my desire to be “green” and save gas. We live in a metro area and I appreciate being able to see the road ahead, over the cars in front of me on the highway.

    The car we purchased is a smoother ride than our previous car (Ford Explorer), I love the look of it (sleek and stylish), and it’s good on gas-mileage, and it was a reasonable price. I’m very happy with it. (I’d be happy to give you details via email!)

    Good luck with your car shopping! 🙂

    1. Querying is a grueling process, I think. I don’t want to waste any agent’s time or mine, so I spend a while researching and crafting my query. But that means it’s a BIG to-do when it hits the list. Best wishes with that!

      I’m leaning toward SUV, but the hubby will be the one in this vehicle most of the time, so he gets the swing vote.

  6. You got a request! Love how you just snuck that in there. One small step. 😀
    I’m a Toyota girl, started with a Tercel out of college, then the corolla and the Matrix. My hubs got hit from behind in the Matrix and landed on the roof. He walked away unharmed. Needless to say, I’m going to stay a Toyota girl. We got more than expected for that Matrix and got a Rav 4 and I love it. I love the extra space the most and sitting up just a bit higher is nice too. The hubs drives a Subaru Forester and loves it. Gas mileage is always a big deal with me and if you want to go bigger I’d suggest keeping your eye on that number.
    Keep up the forward movement, Julie and have a great week. Happy shopping.

    1. Yep! It was quite lovely to have a submission request. 🙂

      I can’t believe your hubs landed on the roof! Oh my goodness!!! My husband loves Toyotas. He is interested in the Rav4, but the new edition comes out next year so he’s reluctant to buy this year’s model. We are definitely looking at other Toyotas. Thanks, SJ!

  7. I’ve always liked Toyotas. My car has had only 1 small issue (beside regular maintenance) in 7 years of owning it. I’ve always wanted an SUV and would definitely pick the Highlander (I’d love the hybrid). A friend has a 4 runner that he loves to death…think his whole goal is to put 500K miles on it before he ever gets a new car lol!

    Congrats on your request!! That’s exciting! You’ve done quite well with all that is going on. Keep it up this week 😀

  8. Congrats on the request! Here’s hoping it becomes a request for more, or an offer of representation!

    As for cars, I’m in the opposite direction of your prior commenters – I need a FUN car. 🙂 I’ve had a “practical” car exactly once. As soon as I paid it off, I traded it in on a Firebird – which I still own, is now 13 years old, and being driven by my daughter. I’ve had my V6 Camaro for three years and still smile every time I get in. It’s not a good fit for someone with more than 2 kids, but they have a more comfy ride, more trunk room, and better gas mileage than people think. So all I can say is get something that fits your needs, and don’t dismiss something you might like based on what could be old/inaccurate perceptions. Good luck finding the perfect vehicle for you!

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