ROW80 – R1C12

Posted: March 18, 2012 in ROW80
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I’m sitting outside on my porch while I’m typing this. The sun is shining, there’s a thin layer of clouds, and the breeze is rustling the bare branches around me. It is a beautiful day. (Wow, my computer looks so dusty in the sunlight.) It’s got to be about 70 degrees – warmer in the sun. This is not weather we’re used to having in Upstate New York in the middle of March. It would make much more sense if we had a foot of snow on the ground right now. Seriously.

But I’m not complaining! In fact, I’m trying to take as much advantage of it as I can. I’m about 99% sure we’re going to get socked with another snowstorm between now and May. It always happens.

I’ve got tons of stuff to update you guys on – plus that lovely, lovely news that I promised I’d share with you. But first, my check-in:

(Oh, and color me surprised when I found out this morning that we only had four days left of this round. Really? I can’t believe it’s been that long already!)

  1. Go to Writer’s Market at least three times a week. Incomplete. I didn’t do this at all. I’m definitely avoiding it. Better luck next time. As always, I hope to get some time in today.
  2. Write at least four days a week. Done! I’ve been editing L1 all week and I’m about 2/3 of the way through it now. I fixed “chapter six FROM HELL” and it’s a lot better now. I hit another snag the other day, but I plan on sitting down and reworking that as soon as I get this post up. I’m not sure how many words I’ve added to my WIP (or taken away) but it’s been a fair amount. I haven’t written anything else (short stories, background information) like I was hoping I would, but I’m not too worried. L1 is my main focus right now, and that’s what I’m most concerned about working on.
  3. Exercise five days a week. Done! Since getting my new DDR game, I’ve been much more excited to do this – which is what I was hoping would happen. And, just like I knew I would, I’ve been running to dance to the Spice Girls song each and every time. What? I’m a 90’s kid! Weighing myself only on Sundays has definitely made me feel better – checking in too often was too hard on my mental state. I’m not dropping a lot (or sometimes any) weight, but that’ll come in time.
  4. Read every day. Done. Since I count blogs and other articles for this goal, there’s pretty much no way this can ever not be accomplished. I’m struggling to pick up Tiger’s Voyage and finish the last few chapters of the book. I just don’t really care. But I’m not one to give up on a book if I’m that far through it already. I’m going to try to get through it and get on to the next book. My to-read list on Goodreads keeps growing and growing, and I have to start making a dent in it!
  5. Blog at least three times a week, not including my ROW80 updates. Done! Super easy, of course. I love hanging out with you all. Being a part of Triberr has brought me some new blogs to read and has brought some new people to my own blog. It’s been a great experience and Triberr is now one of my favorite websites to visit. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out Jenny Hansen’s posts on it here. EVERY blogger should be on Triberr. And if you’re a part of ROW80, you already have a tribe that you can join!) I love blogging, and I love when my posts can help or entertain other people. Believe it or not, it’s one of the things that keeps me sane!

Okay! Now onto some super-ultra-awesome stuff.

First off, I now have a page on Facebook, which you can find here. It was very nerve-wracking for me to finally do that and admit to the rest of the world (ie. friends and family) that yes, I want to be a writer and yes, I’m serious. But I did it and there you go. Everyone has been great so far. I invite you to “like” my page and then link to your own page in the comments so we can all “like” each other!

My next announcement is the big one. It was the reason I finally made that page on Facebook. I promised myself that if this came through, there was no holding back. I was going to be out there for everyone to see and I wasn’t backing down. I am a writer. is a nerdtastic site that covers all sorts of fandoms, from Avengers to Glee to Harry Potter and way, way, WAY more than that. It’s from the same guys who brought us Potterheads Mugglenet. I’ve been a fan of Hypable from the very beginning and have been lucky enough to watch it grow and change and become this wonderful thing it is now.

I’ve applied for positions before, but my schedule never made me an ideal candidate. That’s fine, I thought. As a fan, I’d rather them choose someone who can really bring something to the table. So, I wasn’t that disappointed. Then a few weeks ago another posting went up. They want to add to the website – they’re not just looking for news writers now (which is what I applied for before), but content writers. They want people who can write up histories on the fandoms and make Hypable an all-inclusive website. A one stop shop for everything you’ll ever want to know about what you’re interested in. Oh, and they want copyeditors, too.


Yes! I love reviewing, editing, and critiquing all sorts of documents and articles (except my own, of course). This was just the thing for me. It’d allow me to attach my name to this amazing website, but – and more importantly – it’d let me do what I already love doing. I applied to be a content writer, since that is obviously close to my heart too. But a copyeditor? I wanted that more than anything.

They e-mailed me a week in and told me I was being considered for the position. “Don’t get your hopes up” was my mantra for the following week, but I already had. There was no use not getting my hopes up. I wanted this. Bad.

And I got it!

I was so incredibly grateful. I’m not sure how many people applied, but only three copyeditors were hired. It is volunteer-based, but I don’t care. The website is run by a bunch of college students because they love what they’re doing. Not to sound corny or anything, but to be a part of that is just as good as getting paid. I’m more than happy and more than grateful to be on their team.

You may recognize the name Hypable from Jessica O’Neal’s blog – she does a couple of different things for them, too. Please go check out the website – it’s the only place you’ll ever need to go to brush up on news for all of your favorite movies, books, TV shows, video games, and musicians. They’re always adding to the site, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t yet cover a fandom that you’re a part of. And here’s some good news – if they don’t cover something you’re interested in, they have a “News By You” section that you can submit articles to. The articles will be published on the website with your name attached – awesome!!

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough about myself. What about you guys? Do you have any awesome news to share? Don’t forget to link to your facebook page below! I’ll make sure I go around and “like” all of you. 🙂

  1. Fabio Bueno says:

    Karen, this is great news! I’m so proud of you. In my mind, you’ve always been a writer. Now you’re a professional writer 🙂
    I liked your new Facebook page. Good progress on your goals, by the way.
    So happy for you!

  2. katecopeseeley says:

    That is great news! Congrats! Although, I’m of the opinion that if you write, you’re a writer. 🙂 Employment isn’t necessary.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Oh, absolutely. I’ve been calling myself a writer long before I got the job at Hypable. It just finally gave me the kick in the butt I needed to make my own page for it. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. You’ve had a fantastic round Karen. And a huge congrats on the new “job”! So exciting. Heading over to FB 🙂

  4. mrsbongle says:

    Well done on getting the job! You deserve it!

  5. Eden says:

    Great news for you, Karen. It’s so nice to see lots of “happy” news after the mid-ROW blues that everyone seemed to be getting. Glad you “took the risk”!

  6. KM Huber says:

    Congrats on the position! There’s no such job as just volunteer-based; it’s a job that you love, and that is all that matters. You are a writer, just as you say. Way to end this first round of ROW80!!! Again, good for you!


  7. Wendy says:

    Yay! All kinds of good news! The progress, page, and position are all very exciting. Congrats!

  8. Jenny Hansen says:

    Karen, I’m jumping up and down in my kitchen for you!!! I’m so excited you got that job – that is AWESOME! You’re going to be floating for a few months…and please DM me in Twitter and tell me the name of this fantastic exercising you’re doing! I need serious “fun exercise” help…

  9. alberta says:

    great news and why have you never declared yourself a writer before?!! have liked your page – all the best with new job

    • Karen Rought says:

      Oh! I *have* declared that I’m a writer. I just haven’t told some of my friends and family, lol. Some of them are of the mind, “that doesn’t make you lots of money, therefore it is not a good path to take.” I’ve been a “writer” for a while now, though. Thanks for stopping by, Alberta!

  10. Congrats on all the DONEs you got. I love the facebook page and set off to “like” it and congrats on the AMAZING writing opportunity. That’s fantastic!! WOOT WOOT!!!

  11. Julie Glover says:

    Congratulations, Karen! Copy editing sounds fun to me. 🙂 I can hardly believe there are only four days left of this round either. Best wishes for finishing strong!

  12. Belle of Mountains says:

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

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