Car, Cat, and the Number 7: Did I miss the end of #ROW80?

Today is March 23. Which means that ROW80 Round 1 completed yesterday, and I failed to put up a post either Wednesday or Thursday.

I had great intentions of getting a lot of writing done at the very end and posting a fabulous “I did it!” report. But only by way of explanation, not excuse, shall I say that my cat had a severe urinary infection which resulted in laundering and cleaning areas in my house he had inadvertently marked, two vet visits, several medications, and giving him IV fluids at home? Then my husband’s car battery died, so that ate into my schedule by a few hours. Some other family issues came up as well.

When I finally had time to write something, I couldn’t think. I was attempting to restore my schedule and sanity, but felt more like this:

Still, I’m a happy girl. None of that is big stuff. My life is pretty dang good. I should feel lucky.

Speaking of lucky, Julia King tagged me for the Lucky 7 Meme, for which I must: (1) go to page 77 of my current MS; (2) go to line 7; (3) copy down the next 7 lines/sentences or paragraphs (no cheating — post as written). There are a couple of rules about tagging others, but did you see that picture up there? I’m going to hold off on that part. Here’s a bit of SHARING HUNTER, a young adult novel:

“Nothin’.” Devon’s jaw is tight, and his eyes look past Hunter.

“C’mon, Devon. Tell me what’s going on.”

Devon turns to face Hunter but just shakes his head. He starts walking again toward the dugout. Balls are flying across the field between player pairs, and a couple of guys near home plate are swinging bats with circular weights around them. Hunter follows and catches up to Devon, pulls on his shoulder to stop him. “Devon.”

Devon spins around and shoves Hunter. “Don’t touch me.”

“What?” Hunter says. “What is your problem?”

“Uncool, dude,” Devon says, shaking his head, “Just very uncool.” He saunters off.

“This is about Chloe, isn’t it?” Hunter asks. “You think I treated you wrong by going out with her.”

Now onto the final ROW80 report:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Finished January 19.
  • Write 2,500 1,500 words per week on young adult novel, Sharing HunterI now have over 23,000 words on my WIP.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. I blog regularly without problems and have even drafted several posts for the future.
  • Comment on at least 10 15 blogs per week (not counting ROW80 update comments). I ultimately achieved my goal of making blog reading and commenting a habit. I don’t feel the need to count anymore. I’m also glad that I have been visiting a broader range of sites.
  • Read one writing craft book. Finished On Writing by Stephen King.
  • Read five eight fiction books. I read 11 books, and I’m almost done with The Death Cure by James Dashner (third in the Maze Runner trilogy).
  • Exercise three times per week. Walk one mile three times per week. This goal suffered the most from my mononucleosis time. I’m letting myself off the hook and starting fresh next round.
  • Read through Writer’s Digest magazine issue. Finished.

Added goals:

We’ll be back on April 2 for Round 2. I am happy to be sponsoring yet again! Check out the final reports from my fellow ROW80 writers HERE.

Thanks for all the encouragement, y’all! It means so much.

Tag, You’re IT!

In elementary school, I hated being IT. I was puny, an awkward runner, and not particularly interested in slapping people to make them freeze or become the new IT kid. But in the blogosphere, it’s fun!

So my thanks to author friend Tiffany A. White for hunting me down on the virtual playground and tagging me for the Writer’s Platform Building Campaign hosted by Rachael Harrie.

Here are the three simple rules:

You get tagged by someone;

You list 10 random facts about yourself; and

You tag 4 more people.

As if I didn’t already feel adequately esteemed, Tia Bach at Depression Cookies passed on the Kreativ Blogger Award to me! Given my love of grammar, it was a little hard for me to type that creative spelling. Just joking! I can totally relax and enjoy this award. Thanks so much to Tia! (You gotta love the title Depression Cookies, right? And she’s as much fun as you’d expect!)

For the Kreativ Blogger Award, I have:

The privilege of thanking the person who passed on the award;

The duty of writing seven things about yourself;

The honor of passing the award to 7 blogs.

So here it goes for both:


1.  The only two theater movies I’ve ever walked out of were The Fly(1986) and District 9 (2009). I wish I had left Pet Sematary (1989) – which disturbed my dreams for weeks – but I was on a date and too shy to demand we get out of there. Obviously, I hate gore.

2.  I have narrow feet. It’s hard to find shoes! If not for online shopping at Easy Spirit, Naturalizer, and Zappos, I would have to hire a cobbler to craft shoes to fit my skinny feet.

3.  I am adamant that the toilet paper should unfurl over not under. If you try to pull the T.P. from underneath, it can start a tissue avalanche and you end up with a heap on the floor. Wasted toilet paper. A shame!

4.  I collect matchboxes. It’s a little sad because I don’t get to add to it much. The collection began with my grandmother and was carried on by my sister and me. However, this was when smoking in public areas was common, and restaurants and businesses gave out matchbooks. It’s rare now. But I still like looking at the boxes and remembering places I’ve been.

5.  I hate coffee. When I drive through Starbucks, I order a peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream. It’s absolutely delicious!

6.  I’m determined to reintroduce the word “kench” back into the English language. It’s an obsolete term that means to laugh loudly. Isn’t it great? Y’all can help by throwing it into conversation anytime you see an opportunity.

7.  I have a scar on my forehead from an injury when I was 5 years old. I was jumping on the bed (against my parents’ rule) and slammed into the door’s corner. Blood gushed all over my Mom’s white shirt as she picked me up, and I got several stitches in my head. No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

8.  I took a year of Italian in college, and the best thing about it is that I can pronounce everything on the Olive Garden menu with no problem. Ciao!

9.  I love roller coasters. My heart broke when Astroworld in Houston closed. Still, I haven’t ridden the Boardwalk Bullet – which is only 30 minutes away. It’s on my list.

Boardwalk Bullet, Kemah, Texas

10.  I live in Ron Paul’s congressional district. Make of that what you will.


It’s my turn to slap tap 4 blogger friends in this Writer’s Campaign game of tag and to deliver 7 bloggers the Kreativ Blogger Award.

Double Whammy Winners – Tagged for Writer’s Platform Building Campaign AND Kreativ Blogger Award:

Erin Brambilla – I adore reading Erin’s blog and seeing the way she expertly juggles mommyhood and authorship. She’s terrific at both!

Jolyse Barnett – Jolyse’s posts make me appreciate the beauty and joys of life. I can imagine Jimmy Buffet songs playing in the background. After all, it’s entitled Margarita Moments & Other Escapes.

Catie Rhodes – Another favorite blogger who tells true crime and paranomal like no other! Catie also throws in fun posts about movies and more. Check out her Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie blog.

Julia King – Her Writing Jewels blog has a perfect balance of writing, reading, and Julia herself. Check out this young adult author.

Kreativ Blogger Winners – Tagged for a Kreativ Blogger Award:

Jennifer McCoy – Young adult author and fabulously stylish attendee at the #TambernyParty. Check out her blog with a book of the month and a movie of the week.

Amanda Bozeman – Romantic suspense author who writes about this and that on her Danger and Dancing blog.

Anne-Mhairi Simpson – Young adult fantasy author who blogs about health, books, and interviews.

Tamberny Awards Virtual After Party

Amber & Tiffany

In case you missed it, you haven’t really missed it! Amber West and Tiffany A. White hosted a Tamberny Awards show with their picks for the Emmys. I am hosting the Virtual After Party for this event. See more details at my post: I’m Throwing an After Party! You’re welcome to continue posting anything Emmy or Tamberny related on Twitter with the hashtag #Tambernyparty.

By the way, I had not seen most of the televisions shows nominated for Emmys. However, I was doing a happy dance when Downton Abbey received awards because that show was wonderful! You can watch season one on Netflix.

What did you enjoy most about the Emmys?