My Mustache and #ROW80

Nigel Blackwell introduced me to Movember, a month during which brave guys grow mustaches to increase awareness of men’s health issues. In particular, attention and funds are given to prostate cancer initiatives. Since this is an issue which has affected my extended family, I wanted to do my part.

I’m not able to actually grow facial hair (no, not even that female ‘stache that some gals have to wax). I did consider growing out my leg hair instead; however, that doesn’t help anyone, does it? So I present the only mustache I can come up with, courtesy of

I will continue to sport the new look on my blog throughout the remainder of November, or Movember. If you wish to donate to this cause, head to their website or find charities that address men’s health issues.

Now on to my progress for the week!

ROW80 Update

Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. Made a lot of progress this week. Several chapters of rewrites.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system. Made more reference cards for writing tips from Margie’s lecture packet, like one of my favorites–backloading.
  • Deliver to beta readers. Waiting on beta reader’s feedback on first two chapters.



  • Write two short stories. Wrote quite a bit this week. I’m discovering that I’m able to approach my edits better if I’m also writing something fresh on the side. I’d been worried before about juggling two projects at once.



Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a weekWaiting for calf injury to heal. Still ouch.
  • 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.) Sorting through house, then photos. Getting there.

How are your goals coming along? How is your mustache coming along? Be sure to tell me in the comments and click HERE to cheer on my fellow ROWers.

18 thoughts on “My Mustache and #ROW80

  1. That picture is priceless, don’t forget to put it in the scrapbook, lol. Sorry the calf is still bugging, hope it makes bigger progress for you this week. Several more chapters, nice work! You did have a great week, hope you have another. Happy Thanksgiving, Julie.

    1. I had a friend who knows kind of this stuff, and she said a pulled calf muscle can take up to FOUR weeks to heal. I’m so impatient!

      Thanks, S.J.! That reminds me that I haven’t shown my hubby the pic. I wonder what he’ll think. 😉

  2. My goals aren’t coming along anywhere near as well as your mustache, but I’ve had my mustache for close to 38 years now, and it’s just now starting to look decent. Of couse, it’s now as gray as the rest of me…

  3. Hi Julie

    Thanks for mentioning Movember! Men aren’t great talkers in general, so anything that helps get male issues discussed has got help. In the past couple of weeks I’ve met and heard of quite a few people who’ve been touched by prostate cancer.

    I hadn’t found facetache before. I’ve had to related to foam and photoshop 🙂 That pic looks good, you ok to go on my mo-page?


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