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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