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.