Christmas Song and Belated #ROW80 Update

Santa Baby, slip a laptop under the tree
For me
Been an awful good girl
Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa Baby, a literary agent or two
To argue
Over my stunning debut
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of I’ve the fun I’ve missed
Think of all the social invitations I dissed
Next NaNoWriMo I could write just as good
If you’d check off my Christmas list

Santa baby, I want a spot
In Amazon’s shop, the top
Been an angel all year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need
A lead
On a six-figure deal
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, fill my stocking with royalty checks
What’s next?
I’ll sign my X on the line
Santa cutie, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my Christmas tree
With shiny book covers for my trilogy
I really do believe in you
Let’s see if you believe in me

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing
A string
Of movies made from my books
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry, tonight

ROW80 Update

My goals were a bit fluid this round, but here’s a summary of what I accomplished.

Writing & Editing

  • Posted three times a week: Sunday ROW80 updates, Amazing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays.
  • Interviewed four guests for my blog.
  • Wrote one short story and submitted it to an open request for an anthology.
  • Wrote a couple of chapters on another short story.
  • Rewrote one-fourth of SHARING HUNTER, a young adult contemporary novel.
  • Started a young adult mystery, the first of THE PK MYSTERIES (Everyone know what a “PK” is?). The novel stands at 23,549 words.



  • Read seven fiction books, one non-fiction book, and two short stories.
  • Read 5,129 blog posts. Okay, not really, but I know there were a lot of great posts I read during this round.


  • Exercised, then pulled a calf muscle, then exercised a little–nothing really worth patting me on the back for.
  • Sorted through numerous pictures and came within a few pages of finishing a family scrapbook.

I didn’t accomplish my biggest goal of rewriting SHARING HUNTER. But a few weeks in, I discovered some issues in the novel that I needed to think through and resolve before I pounded out another full draft.

I had been feeling frustrated that I didn’t knock that goal out. But when I made that list above, it sunk in what I’ve said to other ROWers before: Even you I don’t accomplish all of your original goals, you can make a lot of progress with A Round of Words in 80 Days. I did far more than I realized.

I will be back for ROW80 in 2013. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!