The Roaring Twenties and #ROW80

I’m celebrating the decade of the 1920s today! For what reason? Well, because my husband and I recently went to a ’20s themed party:

Getting ready for the party.

Best-selling books of the 1920s (thanks to Printed Pages for the list from Publishers Weekly):

  • The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey (1920)
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis in (1921)
  • If Winter Comes by A. S. M. Hutchison (1922)
  • Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton (1923)
  • So Big by Edna Ferber (1924)
  • Soundings by A. Hamilton Gibbs (1925)
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine (1926)
  • Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (1927)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder ( 1928 )
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque ( 1929 ) — the only one from this list I’ve read.

Popular movies from the 1920s:

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
Nosferatu (1922)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Wings (1927)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Note: The 1st Academy Awards were presented in 1929. The first two Best Picture winners were Wings (1927) and The Broadway Melody (1929).

Hit songs from the 1920’s:

“It Had to Be You” (1924) – Isham Jones
“Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925) – Ben Bernie
“Rhapsody in Blue” (1924) – George Gershwin
“My Blue Heaven” (1927) – Gene Austin
“My Man” (1922) – Fanny Brice
“Ain’t Misbehavin'” (1929) – Fats Waller
“Sonny Boy” (1928) – Al Jolson
“Yes! We Have No Bananas” (1923) – Billy Jones
“I Ain’t Got Nobody” (1921) – Marion Harris
“Ol’ Man River” (1928) – Paul Robeson
“Stardust” (1927) – Hogey Carmichael
“When You’re Smiling” (1929) – Louis Armstrong

Before that killjoy Great Depression hit in 1929, the Roaring Twenties were a fun decade! It was great to dress up and do a little Lindy Hop dancing at the party. Don’t know what the Lindy Hop is? Well, the following is a super spruced-up version from some fabulous dancers. But the basic steps are there.

Now back to 2012, the week of October 21, and an update for ROW80:

Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. Marked up 4 chapters.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system. Studied 3 more lessons from Margie’s lecture packet.
  • Deliver to beta readers. Waiting for first two.



  • Write two short stories. I didn’t work on the stories, but I did create an outline and log 2,888 words on a plot bunny. (I know, I know. Finish my current project first.)



Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. Checking this off for the first time this round! I spent two days pulling up tile in my house, and given how incredibly sore my body is, I’m counting that as exercise. Then I did an in-home workout using my new Wii: Zumba Fitness 2 disc. A big thank-you to S.J. Maylee for keeping me accountable!
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) House is still too cluttered to get to this one, but reorganizing is coming along and I love my new floors.

How are your writing or other goals coming along? What book, movie or music from the 1920s did you enjoy? Do you have a favorite past decade you wish you could visit? 

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10 thoughts on “The Roaring Twenties and #ROW80

  1. My gosh, you’re adorable.

    I’m not super familiar with the 1920s myself. It might be fun to play with if I could. I’d love to visit the 1940s or the 1960s. though. The music, the clothes. It all looks like a blast to me.

  2. You look fabulous!! Of course I recognize “Rhapsody in Blue” and I so wish I knew how to do the lindy, it’s always looked like so much fun. More new floors, lucky girl. I know it’s a ton of work, your poor back, but so nice when it’s done. Good job of wrangling the plot bunny. You got the ideas down and remembered to return to your current WIP. Well done. Plus you got in two workouts. Hope the zumba was fun. Have a great week.

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