Ten on Tuesday: Continuing to Learn

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is Ten Things (Or Subjects) You Wish You Knew More About

  1. Tarot. Yes, I know that may seem strange given the amount of Tarot on this blog but I feel I have just touched the tip of the iceberg.
  2. Gardening. I want to do more to help save on our food bill :cough: four boys (two of which are teens!) :cough: and reduce our footprint a bit.
  3. Yoga. I do it but, like Tarot, feel I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg.
  4. Exercise. I need to learn more non to low impact exercise options. I’ve, once again, aggravated an old knee injury :sigh:
  5. Gaelic. I would love to learn Scottish Gaelic. I’ve found Irish Gaelic courses online but not Scottish.
  6. Celtic Holidays. I want to incorporate more into our family life.
  7. Celtic Traditions. I want to incorporate more into our family life.
  8. Plotting, Writing, and Editing. I want to continue to learn the process and grow.
  9. History. I’ve always been fascinated by Celtic and Native American/Canadian First Nation history and religious beliefs.
  10. Goal Setting and Time Management. This area can always improve.

How about you, what thing/subject do you wish you knew more about?

Stepping Up to Another Round of #ROW80

ROW80LogoAnd this one will be better!

After all, balance is my word for the year.


  • Morning Pages for a minimum of 250 words or half hour, whichever comes first, every day.
  • Fiction, either 250 new words (new or existing WIP) or 1 hour of editing each week.
  • Post three times a week here on the blog.
  • Finish Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS lesson packets.


  • A minimum of 8 books to stay on track for 100 books this year.
  • Update Goodreads at least every other week.

Support/Social Media:

  • Visit and comment on 5 blogs, at least three times per week, for a total of 15 blogs each week.
  • One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter.
  • One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter.

Non-Writery Stuff:

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

What are you looking forward to this next quarter of 2013?

For those of you who celebrate it, I wish you and yours a wonderful Easter.

#ROW80 Round 1 Wrap-up

ROW80LogoIn the spirit of Kait Nolan’s Fix Your Focus post, I’m not going to beat myself up for a less than stellar Round.

I DID write on my Morning Pages most of the days of the Round (250 words or a half hour — whichever came first — going over word count more often than not).

I DID write over 6K on a dream idea that might become a story. I’ll have to get back to it and see what develops.

There was even a tiny bit of editing early in the Round.

I DID get about half way through the Deep EDITS lesson packets. I’ve found myself looking for and using the rhetorical devices I’ve learned so far.

I HAVE sent out resumes, more than I can count at this point, and continue to send out resumes. I’ve had a few interviews as well, and one job offer (which I turned down). And while the hunt is frustrating, I’m confident I’ll find something that is a good fit for my skill set and family.

We replaced the family truckster with a new-to-us van.

I DID chaperon #2’s field trip to Red Rock, help at #3’s Valentine’s party and #4’s Easter party, stay up until the wee hours of the morning helping #1 with a paper roller-coaster assignment, and see Craig Ferguson with That Man.

That Man and I received a compliment on the wee beasties while we were out to dinner the other night. Color us stunned. I admit, they were uncharacteristically well behaved. What an awesome thing for that woman to take a moment to say, “Well done.” Parenting is tough, rewarding but tough. It’s too easy to focus on the negative. I will definitely be paying this one forward!

I’m on pace toward my goal of reading 100 books this year.

How’d the first quarter of the year go for you?

You can find and support other ROWers here.

A New Year, a New Round of #ROW80

And it must be time for a new set of goals.

ROW80Logo2012 went out with a whimper for me. Even with fabulous posts like Shan Jeniah’s Relax. Revel. Appreciate. Repeat and Joely’s Fake It Until You Make It (that spoke to me on many levels), I lost steam somewhere along the way and no amount of kicking my own arse (a challenge in and of itself, let me tell you) got me going again.

Perhaps, simply NOT taking part in ROW80 was the culprit.

I did get bogged down in the social media and the blog reading/commenting to the point of NOT writing. And did that muscle atrophied fast! Add EDJ on top of family commitments… Sigh.

It’s a new week. A new month. A new year. A new start.

In the mindset of the KISS principle, my goal this week is:

  • Write 250 words (or edit for an hour) every day

Call it my test mile, if you will.

Additionally, my goal for this Round is:

In the mindset of the Flylady, my overarching plan is to add more goals each week…baby steps and the rebuilding of habits.

Do you have a new goal or resolution for 2013?


Wait. What happened to the rest of the year?


First off, let me apologize for missing Thursday’s regularly scheduled Tarot post. Heck, for missing Thursday all together! :oops:

Oldest swiped my laptop Tuesday night for a school project and I was just too busy with my crazy work schedule to bother with getting it back from him. It wasn’t until Friday morning that I realized I’d never hit ‘publish’ on the post. Blogging fail. Sigh. It’s scheduled now for this upcoming Thursday.

Gaian-Tarot-HermitAnd then all the stuff I missed just from being offline for two days… There’s just no way to catch up. I bow to you masters of social media. I guess I’m more Hermit than I thought, LOL

Plus side, I did actually WORK on a story this week. I spent a nice chunk of Tuesday (day off from EDJ — yep, I decided it is eeeevil) going through a story, made notes on what happens in each scene and chapter, and started a TO-DO list of glaring errors.

Still love the characters. Even if the hero of this story is one of the wiseguys who started yammering at me a few weeks ago… He has no idea what his ‘squeaky wheel’ attitude has inspired. :twisted:

I spent Friday writing up and scheduling blog posts. Hopefully, I’ve given myself enough of a cushion to avoid any more random dead-air days.

‘Tis the season…That Man put up about half our outdoor Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving (one of my family’s traditions pressed upon him, LOL). The wee beasties are itching to pull out the rest of the decorations so come next weekend we can get our tree.

How was your week? And, if you celebrate Christmas, when do you start decorating?

Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

I completely forgot to post last week. I’d love to blame it on having a blast with the family. Sure, that was part of it. I had planned to dazzle y’all with some vacation highlights. Even preloaded all the links.

Of course, it was vacation and NOTHING went as planned, LOL

We lost our upstairs A/C, during 115 days…yeah, not pretty. That Man came down with some kind of stomach thing that laid him low for almost three days. And due to the heat, some of the activities we WANTED to do just weren’t gonna happen.

The biggest shock?

I, known paparazzi mum, took not a single picture!

The goal for the week had been to hit some of the things locally we’ve been meaning to since moving here back in 2007. And we did get to Springs Preserve as a part of that. Fabulous. And we in no way saw everything there was to see. Definitely on the must return list.

We also watched a fair amount of movies. Places with A/C were kinda a priority :)

Plus we did some usual summer activities like going to the Outdoor Picture Show. We pack a picnic dinner, stake out our spot on the grass (a rather rare commodity here, LOL), eat and enjoy the carousel while we wait for it to get dark enough to watch the movie.

Mostly…I plum lost track of time. That’s my story for not posting last Sunday and I’m stickin’ to it :D

Then, this week, what I’ve been itching to have happen, happened.

I’d been importing a story into Scrivener as part of a general Word clean up. These characters never really left me, murmuring in the background, but I KNEW the story needed major work. Possibly an entire rewrite. So, I hadn’t looked at it since I finished it during Joely’s MayNaNo thing two years ago. Actually, that was part of the original Coyote Con. Anyway, a character threw me for a loop. Loved the extra tension it would add to the story but didn’t feel I was at the point to pull it off then. Perhaps I’m still not, but I’ve been sucked back into the story, possibly the first of three stories.

I’ve been so obsessed, I’ve kinda dropped off the face of the Internet. I apologize for not getting around to your blogs or waving at you from Twitter or Facebook. I’m sure it’ll be impossible to catch up on everything y’all have been up to but I will try to at least stop by :)

Speaking of blogs, I will be over at Maria’s Back to Basics blog on Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

Title Quote: Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride

#ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Can you believe it’s April already?! Happy Sunday everyone, today we kick off the blogiversary :throws confetti:

My MIL sent me this link, the video had me at Scotland :) but this cyclist is ah-mazing!

Goals for Round 2 are:

  1. Writing: So I have a fantasy MS to finish a first draft on, a sci-fi MS to revise, a shiny to brainstorm and plot, and a contemporary MS that needs edits I really want to get back to. Instead of limiting myself to working on one or two, my goal for this Round is to write/revise 250 words (approximately a page) per day.
  2. Reading: I have a yearly goal of 100 books. Of course, reading goes in cycles depending, to a degree, on the writing. I want to read two books on craft this Round, perhaps even plotting the shiny based off one.
  3. Blogging: My blogging goals worked well for me in Round 1 so I’ll continue them in Round 2: write two blog posts in addition to a weekly check-in post, comment on three blogs per day, and comment on two new blogs per week.
  4. Social Media: This is a struggle for me :sigh: For the most part, I think the goals I had last Round work, I just need to apply myself better. So my goals are: three updates (not including blog posts) to Twitter and Facebook each week, share ten blog posts each week, and have at least one conversation. (Started this week with @MarjiLaine and a fun Coke vs. Pepsi conversation, LOL)
  5. Health: My overall goal this year is to get healthier. The plan was to add/change/lose one thing per month. Yeah, that worked last Round…not. Still I think it’s the right approach. January was to be water. February, dog walking. March was sugar reduction. In April I wanted to add yoga or something similar. Well, I need to go back and focus. For this Round my goals are to be drinking 8 glasses of water per day by the end of the Round, be walking the dog 7 days a week by the end of the Round, and to continue with the sugar reduction. If I master the dog walking before the end of the Round I’ll revisit the addition of yoga or similar exercise.

To support the awesomeness that is ROW80, go HERE.

Sunday Summary & #ROW80

  1. Maria Zannini brought a cool movie, Dimensions, to my attention earlier in the week. Love the premise.
  2. The writing: is off to betas. Scared. Nervous. Excited. Looking forward to learning from the process.
  3. I took a couple days off. But am now in that joyful process…synopsis writing. Thank goodness for resources like Barbara Karmazin’s Outline for Character & Plot Based Synopsis. Synopsis are so MUCH harder to do after the fact and my process is uncovering little things.
  4. I’m not surprised. This MS was very old, as in before I knew about things like character development. A piece I never expected to bring back into the light of day despite loving the idea spark behind it. I knew going in my MC was weak, early beta returns agree, so I’m taking a page from Juliette Wade’s Know Your Character Inside & Out and going to rework the MC.
  5. The blogging: I’m still maintaining that week cushion. I’d like to get it up to two weeks.
  6. I’ve started thinking about my blogiversary coming in April…there will be giveaways :) If you have a book coming out in April, I’d love to do a ‘pimpage’ post so drop me a line, all genres welcome. I’m also open to interviewing. I’d love to have reader related posts for all four Tuesdays of the month.
  7. The social media: well, most of my contributions this last week have been automatic updates. Still horribly behind on the blog commenting but I’m getting back up on that horse.
  8. The health: yay, back on the water bandwagon. Still struggling to get those doggie walks in. We did get out once this week which is better than last week :)
  9. I uncovered my desk. Whew. Amazing how much easier it is to work without piles at the elbows!
  10. To support the awesomeness that is ROW80 go HERE

Sunday Summary & #ROW80

  1. The writing: I’ve revised. I’ve searched and destroyed (though I’ll need to do at least one more of these). I’ve fiddled. I’ve deleted. I’ve moved. I’ve tweaked. I’ve revised again. OY! Yesterday, I sent the MS to the ol’ e-reader, read through it, and made notes. Hoping I’ve finally cut it down to where it needs to be for the sub call but as of typing up this post I haven’t had a chance to implement the notes.
  2. I’d love to get at least one more beta reader. This is a SFR, 1st person POV, sitting at 36K as of typing this post (needs to be under 35K for the call). If you’re interested please drop me an email to BuriedNWords [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!
  3. The blogging: still maintaining that week’s worth of cushion.
  4. The social media: sorry folks. Number one on the ol’ list has been monopolizing my time. Hope to catch up soon.
  5. That evil brilliant Jenny Hansen convinced me to join Triberr. (Be sure to check out Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 because Jenny is a master at navigating the techie waters.) I’ll probably start a Tarot Tribe once I’m more comfortable with the site :)
  6. Last year Jennifer Probst talked about the importance of joining Goodreads.
  7. Yeah, guess what I did? :head desk:
  8. The health: epic fail. Sigh.
  9. Must find balance…
  10. To support the awesomeness that is ROW80 you can go HERE.

Sunday Summary & #ROW80

  1. And we’re back to normal, well, as normal as it gets with four wild and crazy wee beasties, one faithful but bored dog, and a schedule no sane person would volunteer for!
  2. The writing: somehow I managed to get through the first round of rewrites. Cutting the MS down from 45+ K to 37,500…goal was closer to 30K but I’ll take it. In doing these rewrites I have realized a number of scenes need to be moved and a lot more summary type passages need to be cut or rewritten into action scenes. That is my next hurtle. I probably need to tighten up the timeline too. So I’ve printed this bad boy out and am playing around with the plot, because I’m on a deadline, I’m only giving myself this weekend to complete this step in the process. Gasp. Then for full-on revisions. I’m hoping to be ready for critique and/or beta readers in a week to 10 days so if you’re interested drop me an email at BuriedNWords [at] gmail [dot] com.
  3. Stating I’m hoping for critique and/or beta readers just gave me heart palpitations, LOL
  4. Which is probably why I loved Jami Gold’s post: What Makes You Feel Legitimate?
  5. The blogging: somehow managed to stay on top of my posts here. Spent some time yesterday getting more scheduled so I again have about a week’s grace on posts except for these Sunday ones. Whew.
  6. And ROW sister Marcia Richards did a fab post, Blog Better and Faster, on how to improve what I’ve already been doing. :high five: Marcia :)
  7. The social media: I’m slowly climbing back on that horse. I got around to a few blogs, made comments on some, even retweeted a couple. The other aspects of social media were so-so. But at least I opened them up.
  8. The health: oy, fail this last week. No dog walking. Even the water intake dropped. Tomorrow is a new day :)
  9. August McLaughlin gave me a nice kick in the arse with her Groovy Moving post. Thanks August :)
  10. And my fantastic mentor, Joely Sue Burkhart, brought up an interesting point in her Dressing for Success post. What do you think?
  11. I apologize. Blogger is not playing nice for me. For some reason, perhaps my Google profile is set up wrong, Blogger asks me to set up a Blogger blog whenever I try to comment with my Google account. Sorry, not doing that. Normally, I’ve posted under the OpenID WordPress option, however that hasn’t been working consistently since December. If your blog offers the Name/URL option I’ve been able to post comments. If not, it’s hit and miss. So I apologize if I’ve missed you.

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