Skeletons Are Awesome and #ROW80

For the last several months, I’ve been watching the TV series Bones through Netflix. I adore mysteries and intriguing characters, and I have watched with fascination as each week the forensic anthropologist uses the victim’s bones and the FBI special agent uses his intuition to solve a murder together.

But what I’ve also learned from watching this series is that I think skeletons are awesome. Although I can’t stand to watch gory movies or surgeries on TV, I’m apparently just fine with decomposing flesh and bones on a cold examination table. The one thing I often wish while viewing Bones is that they would start at the skull and pan the camera all the way down the body for me to get a really good look.

Is that creepy?

It may have all started with Adam. You see, Adam was our high school science room’s skeleton. According to our teacher, the real skeleton hanging in our room for study had been a 19-year-old male who died in an accident. We named him Adam. We treated Adam well, for the most part. Of course, there was the occasional arrangement of his phalanges or pelvic area into crude gestures. However, we were thankful for Adam and his bones so that we could see the skeletal system up close.

Then there are mummy bones, which I have happily seen in museums with Egyptian exhibits. They peek out between frayed straps of fabric and show the form of a human thousands of years old. Isn’t it amazing what bones can endure?

Moreover, I’m fascinated by x-rays. These pictures made through electromagnetic radiation show only the bones inside. I have seen my teeth many times and my children’s bones several times. (Hey, I’m raising boys; x-rays are in the job description.) I can’t help but have my eyes glued to the computer screen when the x-ray of my son’s hand or leg pops up to show how beautifully bones are formed to provide strength and flexibility.

So yeah, I think skeletons are awesome. Somehow or other, I need to feature one in a future book.

And now down to the bones of my ROW80 progress.

  • Cheer on the ROW80 participants. I don’t know why, but I could not get onto the Linky List site this week. I apologize for not being there to cheer y’all on. I did visit the ROW80 progress posts for blogs I subscribe to.
  • Revise SHARING HUNTER, my young adult contemporary novel, using Margie Lawson’s EDITS program. First task done. I read all of the dialogue aloud this week and edited as I went. I wasn’t sure how much this would change my viewpoint of what I had written, but it was very enlightening. I will read dialogue aloud for every book I write from now on.
  • Exercise at least twice each week. Done. Went to Zumba class on Monday morning. Then it was cancelled on Thursday, but my hubby came through and invited me for a long walk that evening.
  • Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER. On hold until I complete more edits.
  • Read at least 50 pages of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. Finished the book. I also started Wired for Story and read more than 50 pages of it; thus far, it is both interesting and practical in its insights based on brain science and writing.

If I did my math correctly, this round ends on September 20. That gives us less than a month to make lots of progress and finish strong.

So how is your final month going? Have you made a lot of progress? And do you like skeletons?

Wish all of the ROW80 bodies well by clicking HERE to find their progress updates.

16 thoughts on “Skeletons Are Awesome and #ROW80

  1. Skeletons are cool. I especially like animal skeletons, where you can’t quite tell what it was, but when you read the accompanying info, you’re like, Duh! Of course that’s a frog!

    Sounds like you made great progress this week! Margie’s Deep Edits is a grueling process – good luck and keep up the good work!

    1. I have a friend whose husband works for the railroad, and he brings her back animal skeletons from what the trains have accidently hit. So sad, but the skeletons are cool! Thanks, Jennette. I will indeed by grueling away this week.

  2. My mum was a nurse by trade…medicine in all its different studies fascinates me, yet I never developed a desire to follow it into a career. “Hey, I’m raising boys; x-rays are in the job description.” — LOL, so true! So are gaping cuts and stitches 🙂 And I love Bones, too.

    It sounds like you had a productive week Julie. All the best for the upcoming week!

    1. The funny thing, Raelyn, is that I HATE watching medical procedures. I’m amazed by those who can.

      Gaping cuts, scratches, x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, etc. — it’s all in the mother-of-boys job summary. LOL.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Love the skeletons, while the one we had in high school was not Adam (who sounds like a fun guy) it may well have been his cousin. With the passion you have for skeletons you should definitely make one central or play into one of your stories.

    Sounds like you had a great week. I just ordered Wired for Story and the more I hear about it the more I can’t wait to delve in and get to reading. Have a great week, Julie 🙂

    1. I’m wondering if the skeleton should be in a mystery (that would make sense) or young adult (I could get so creative with that). I hope you do a review of WIRED FOR STORY. I’d love to hear your take! Thanks, Gene.

  4. Yes, that’s creepy 🙂 I’ve spent a good amount of time with a hanging skeleton too, first in college dance classes and most recently while in my Nia training intensive classes. They are amazing, but creepy. I’m diving into my first Margie packet this week, so excited. You keep moving forward, love it. Have a fabulous week, Julie.

  5. You know, I’ve never watched Bones. Now I want to lol
    I think you’re week looks good, with lots done 😉
    Yes, I think it end Sept 20. Can’t believe it’s so close to the end already! I’m not ready! LOL
    Have a great week!

  6. I like to write about skeletons… just the ones in the closet, though. 😉

    I usually read out loud to edit anything I’m writing, but it’s particularly useful for dialogue. If I stumble at all while I’m reading, I know it doesn’t have a natural dialogue flow. Good luck with your edits. Exciting!

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