ROW80 – R2C5

Posted: May 6, 2012 in ROW80
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Welcome, welcome to my check-in! (Did anyone else read that in Effie’s voice?) This week sort of kicked my butt, but I’m still happy with what I got done. Let’s get right into it:

  1. Exercise for half an hour each day, five days a week. Incomplete. I was good on Monday and Tuesday, but I was too busy on Wednesday. And then when Thursday came around, I didn’t feel like exercising. On Friday, for some weird reason, by left knee hurt and I didn’t want to risk running. Saturday I didn’t even attempt to get in an extra half hour. And right now I’m eating a doughnut for breakfast. *sigh* On the up side, I didn’t gain any weight this past week (though, I didn’t lose any either). Next week will be better!
  2. Each Sunday, visit Writer’s Market for at least half an hour. Complete! Even though I’m only doing this for half an hour each week, it still gets fairly overwhelming by the time I reach the end of my time. I just don’t get it. I don’t really understand what I’m looking at most of the time. Plus, since the first thing I want to query is a short story collection, I don’t understand how that would differentiate (in format) from novel submissions. If anyone has any resources or tips, I’d love to hear them!
  3. Write every day. Complete! I knocked this one out of the park, you guys. More on that down below.
  4. Read every day. Incomplete. I just missed Friday and Saturday, so not a huge deal. Going to try to push ahead next week and knock out a big chunk of this book that I’m reviewing for a fellow writer.
  5. Finish my Cinderella story. Complete! I finished it and I thought it turned out great. I even sent it to my BFF (which is who I wrote it for) and she loved it. I’m planning more in this series, but I think I’m going to put it on the back burner right now. I want to concentrate on my horror collection so I can get it ready for querying. With that said, my next goal was going to finish “Trigger”…but I already did! I knocked two short stories out this week, which is awesome. I think my next goal is going to be: Decide what the last story in my horror collection is going to be and start writing it. I’ve got nine completed so far, but I’m not sure if they’re all going to make the cut. We’ll see!

Some other things going on:

  1. I’m starting to realize what the big deal about Firefly is. I’m halfway through the season and I’m really starting to get into it. The characters are just so amazing! I love them all (almost).
  2. Check this completely awesome top 10 list of Doctor Who monsters that one of the writers from Hypable put together. If you saw my Who post last week, you would know that I totally agree with Harri’s #1 choice!
  3. Lastly, if you’re still on the fence about seeing The Avengers, make sure you check out this review. I think it’ll change your mind!

What about you guys? Anything interesting going on? Any cool links to share?

  1. EM Castellan says:

    Hi Karen, I know you’re in the US but there’s a great UK website called which gives advice to writers who want to get published. It has a section on short stories, you might want to check it out. You seem to have done really well with your writing this week, congratulations! Oh, and good for you if you’re watching Firefly 🙂 I loved this show. Happy writing this week!

  2. Great check in Karen. Hope your knee is feeling better, as someone who can no longer run due to a knee injury, I think you went the right route by staying off it. Congrats on all that wordage. Wishing you a fabulous upcoming week!

  3. great goals. good luck with them. totally love firefly.when jane says at one time, “she’s seriously damaging my calm.” i just died. i overuse that saying all the time. on the dr. who front (yay for dr. who fans!), i have to disagree. the silence (number 4? no way!) were so much scarier to me than the weeping angels, although they’d be my pick for number 2.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Firefly is so witty! The dialogue is just crazy amazing. I think the Silence would be #2 for me. They’re soooo creepy, especially in that first episode where we sort of figure out what they are for the first time. But, I don’t know, the Angels are still at the top of my list. There’s just something about them that totally freaks me out!

  4. Juliana Haygert says:

    You did well! And congrats on finishing the Cinderella story … I want to read it too lol
    Firefly is awesome … and I do believe it’s the characters that make it so great 😉
    See you around the web!

    • Karen Rought says:

      The characters are just so amazing! I’m definitely taking notes on this one.

      Hahaha, the Cinderella story is very…different. I’m not sure what kind of reaction it’ll get if I ever end up showing the rest of the world, but I really like the concept. And if my friend it happy, I’m happy. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Julie Glover says:

    Fabulous writing progress, Karen! How nice to finish those short stories. My husband and I enjoyed Firefly too. It was a disappointment when it was canceled. We did watch the movie Serenity that was made after the season was over to tie up loose ends. You’re doing great with ROW80. Keep it up!

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